Privacy Policy

Scott Adams Says Privacy Policy

Effective: September 27, 2021

 

This Privacy Policy explains how Scott Adams Says (“Scott Adams Says,” “we,” “our,” or “us”) collects, uses, discloses, and otherwise processes information about you related to your access or use of scottadamsays.com, the personal blog of Scott Adams (the “Site”). Scott Adams Says does not intend to collect any personal information from children under 16 unless such collection is permitted by law. Your use of the Site, including any dispute concerning privacy, is subject to this Privacy Policy and Scott Adams Says’ Terms and Conditions of Use and any other policies on the Site (collectively the “Terms”). We reserve the right to modify this Privacy Policy at any time.  If we make changes to this policy, we will notify you by revising the date at the top of the policy and, in some cases, we may provide you with additional notice (such as adding a statement to our website homepage or sending you a notification).

  1. WHAT DOES THIS PRIVACY POLICY COVER?

This policy covers the treatment and use of information that is collected by Scott Adams Says through your use of the Site.

This policy does not cover information that may or may not be collected by companies or websites other than the Site, including websites owned, operated, or controlled by The frank Agency, Andrews McMeel Universal, or any other party. Please see the privacy policies and terms of conditions on such websites for more information about how your information is protected or shared on such websites. Any information that is received by Scott Adams Says from such websites shall be treated in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

  1. WHAT INFORMATION IS COLLECTED?

The Site collects various information about you, including information that identifies, relates to, describes, is reasonably capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with a particular consumer or household. In particular, the Site may have collected information within the following categories from consumers within the last 12 months for the following purposes (see “How my information is used by Scott Adams Says?” below for more details):

CategoryExamplesPurposes
(A) IdentifiersA real name, alias, postal address, unique personal identifier, online identifier, Internet Protocol address, email address, account name, or other similar identifiers.

a.       Service Delivery and Support

b.       Research and Development

c.        Marketing

d.       Compliance and Operations

(B) Personally identifiable informationA name, signature, address, year or month of birth, household information, telephone number, email address, or any other similar information. Some information included in this category may overlap with other categories.

a.       Service Delivery and Support

b.       Research and Development

c.        Marketing

d.       Compliance and Operations

(C) Internet or other similar network activityBrowsing history, search history, information on a consumer’s interaction with a website, application, or advertisement.

a.       Service Delivery and Support

b.       Research and Development

c.        Marketing

d.       Compliance and Operations

(D) Geolocation dataPhysical location or movements.

a.       Service Delivery and Support

b.       Research and Development

c.        Marketing

d.       Compliance and Operations

(E) Inferences drawn from other personal informationProfile reflecting a person’s preferences, characteristics, psychological trends, predispositions, behavior, attitudes, intelligence, abilities, and aptitudes.

a.       Service Delivery and Support

b.       Research and Development

c.        Marketing

d.       Compliance and Operations

Scott Adams Says does not collect information that consists of:

  1. Sensitive personal information such as social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, bank account numbers, or other similar information.
  2. Financial information such as credit card numbers, bank account information, o rother similar payment data.
  3. Protected classification characteristics such as race, color, ancestry, national origin, or similar immutable characteristics.
  4. Biometric information such as genetic, physiological, behavioral, and biological characteristics.
  5. Sensory data such as audio, electronic, visual, thermal, olfactory, or similar information.
  6. Professional or employment-related information from consumers other than applicants, employees, business owners, directors, officers, medical staff, or contractors of Scott Adams Says.
  7. Non-public education information.

Scott Adams Says obtains the categories of information listed in the table above from the following categories of sources:

  1. Directly from you. For example, from forms you complete.
  2. Indirectly from you. For example, from observing your actions on our Site.
  3. Social media companies when you link to them from the Site.

Please note that your personal information governed by this Privacy Policy does not include (A) publicly available information from government records or (B) deidentified or aggregated consumer information.

  1. HOW IS MY INFORMATION COLLECTED?

We collect certain information when you provide us your information on the Site. We may ask you to register and/or provide information when you visit certain areas of our Site, such as if we provide a members section or commenting capabilities. If you choose not to register, you may not have access to areas that require registration. We may receive information, including information about you from other sources, such as publicly available sources, if you connect to social media platforms or other third-party data providers, such as analytics, audience identification, and demographics providers, and combine that with information we receive from you.

The Site, and any messages sent from Scott Adams Says, may contain code that enables our database and servers to better understand how you use the Site, including whether a message was opened and/or what links (if any) were clicked. We may combine that information with other information we have about you and may use that information to improve your experience and/or provide customized messages to you.  Scott Adams Says may also use other technologies to verify and track your use of the Site or to test the integrity of our systems and services. We use different technologies to collect information, including cookies and web beacons. Cookies are small data files stored on your hard drive or in device memory that help us improve our Site and your experience, see which areas and features of our Site are popular, and count visits. Web beacons are electronic images that may be used on our Site or emails and help deliver cookies, count visits, and understand usage and campaign effectiveness. Your browser has options to accept, reject, or provide you with notice when a cookie is sent. Please be aware that disabling or revoking consent to the use of cookies may impact your ability to fully utilize the Site. You may block all cookies by following the instructions applicable to your browser at http://www.aboutcookies.org/page-1.

If you use a device with Global Positioning System (“GPS”) or other location detection functionality, then we may collect precise information about the location of your device during your use of the Site.

  1. HOW IS MY INFORMATION USED BY SCOTT ADAMS SAYS?

Scott Adams Says may use, sell, or disclose information we collect for one or more of the following categories of purposes:

  1. Service Delivery and Support:
    1. To fulfill or meet the reason you provided the information. For example, if you share your name and contact information or ask a question about the Site, we will use that information to respond to your inquiry;
    2. To attempt to detect and reduce fraud and other illegal activities or threats to the safety, security, or integrity of the Site;
    3. To provide, support, personalize, and develop our Site;
    4. To provide a seamless experience across multiple devices, platforms or browsers for each user;
    5. To create, maintain, customize, and secure an account with us, if any;
    6. To send periodic messages, via mobile, twitter, email, or other platforms, with content updates, subscription information, and order information;
    7. To offer contests or promotions that are sponsored by Scott Adams Says or another company; and
    8. To operate chat, bulletin board, or other user-generated content functionality. Any posting by you is considered public information available to other users and is governed by the Terms.
  1. Research and Development:
    1. To provide, support, personalize, and develop our Site; and
    2. To create, maintain, customize, and secure an account with us, if any.
  1. Marketing:
    1. To send periodic messages, via mobile, twitter, email, or other platforms, with content updates, subscription information, and order information; and
    2. To offer contests or promotions that are sponsored by Scott Adams Says or another company.
  1. Compliance & Operations:
    1. To attempt to detect and reduce fraud and other illegal activities or threats to the safety, security, or integrity of the Site;
    2. To respond to law enforcement requests and as required by applicable law, court order, or governmental regulations; and
    3. To evaluate or conduct a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution, or other sale or transfer of some or all of Scott Adams Says’ assets, whether as a going concern or as part of bankruptcy, liquidation, or similar proceeding, in which personal information held by Scott Adams Says about the Site’s users is among the assets transferred.
  2. To fulfill or complete any other purpose or function described to you when collecting your information.
  3. WHO DOES SCOTT ADAMS SAYS SHARE INFORMATION WITH?

Subject to applicable law, we may disclose information about you to the following categories of recipients:

  1. “Consultants and Service Providers” include various third parties and other businesses that support the Site’s functions and operations, including:
    1. Security and fraud prevention consultants;
    2. Hosting and other technology and communications providers (including internet service providers, operating systems and platforms, commenting tools, mailing services and consent management platforms);
    3. Site data analytics providers;
    4. Customer relationship management and customer support providers (including mailing list managers);
    5. The frank Agency; and
    6. Andrews McMeel Universal.
  2. Other users (where you post information publicly or as otherwise necessary to effect a transaction initiated or authorized by you).
  3. Other parties if authorized by you.
  4. Other parties as required by law (such as law enforcement or other governmental entities).

Over the past twelve months, we have disclosed the following categories of Information about you (to the extent you have used the Site) to the parties identified below:

Category of InformationCategories of Recipients
a. Identifiersa. Consultants and Service Providers
b. Personally identifiable informationa. Consultants and Service Providers
c. Internet or other similar network activitya. Consultants and Service Providers
d. Geolocation dataa. Consultants and Service Providers
e. Inferences drawn from other personal informationa. Consultants and Service Providers
e. Other information that has been de-identified as noted below.Third parties including those listed above and others.

As we develop our business, we may buy or sell assets, and, depending upon the transaction, your information may be one of the transferred assets. In the event that the Scott Adams Says Site is acquired by another company, your information may be part of the assets transferred to the acquiring party.

  1. WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS TO CONTROL THE USE OF MY INFORMATION?

We will not discriminate against you for exercising any of the rights provided below.

Personal Information Sales Opt-Out

We do not sell your personal information other than in connection with a business transaction involving the sale of the Site.

Promotional Communications Opt-Out

We may email you with information about other products and services of Scott Adams Says or our partners, including information about selected third parties. If you do not want to receive such promotional communications from Scott Adams Says, you may decline to receive those email messages by opting out when you receive such a communication, sign-up, register, or from within your account, as applicable. However, we may still communicate with you by email if such email communication is for the purpose of corresponding with you regarding products or services you have requested, related to protecting your interests, including any information, property, or other data, or to provide you with any notification or disclosure that may be required by applicable law or this Privacy Policy. Accordingly, you agree that all communications, disclosures, and notices sent to you by email satisfy any requirement that notice be provided in writing.

Location Sharing Opt-Out

You may opt-out of allowing us to have any access to your precise location data by disabling your device’s location detection functionality or GPS or, if possible on your device, disabling permission for our Site to access such location detection functionality or GPS.

Access to Specific Information and Data Portability Rights

If you are a California resident, you may request that Scott Adams Says disclose certain information to you about our collection and use of your personal information over the past 12 months. Once we receive and confirm your verifiable consumer request (see Exercising Access, Data Portability, and Deletion Rights), we will, to the extent required by applicable law, disclose specific information about what information we have collected, the sources we collected information from, our business purpose in collecting information, who we shared information with, the specific pieces of information we collected about you (also called a data portability request), and any sales or disclosures for a business purpose of your information.

Deletion Request Rights

If you are a California resident, you may request that Scott Adams Says delete any of your personal information that we collected from you and retained, subject to certain exceptions. Once we receive and confirm your verifiable consumer request, we will delete (and direct our service providers to delete) your personal information from our records, unless an exception applies. We may deny your deletion request if retaining the information is permitted under applicable law.

Exercising Access, Data Portability, and Deletion Rights

To exercise the access, data portability, and deletion rights described above as permitted under state law, please submit a verifiable consumer request to us by either:

  1. Calling us at 877-682-5425.
  2. Visiting the following Do Not Sell My Data webpage.

Only you, or someone legally authorized to act on your behalf, may make a verifiable consumer request related to your personal information. You may also make a verifiable consumer request on behalf of your minor child. You may only make a verifiable consumer request for access or data portability twice within a 12-month period. The verifiable consumer request must: (A) provide sufficient information that allows us to reasonably verify you are the person about whom we collected personal information or an authorized representative; and (B) describe your request with sufficient detail that allows us to properly understand, evaluate, and respond to it.

We cannot respond to your request or provide you with personal information if we cannot verify your identity or authority to make the request and confirm the personal information relates to you.

Response Timing and Format

We endeavor to respond to a verifiable consumer request within 45 days. If we require more time, we will inform you of the reason and extension period in writing. If applicable, any disclosures we provide will only cover the 12-month period preceding the verifiable consumer request’s receipt. The response we provide will also explain the reasons we cannot comply with a request, if applicable. For data portability requests, we will select a format to provide your personal information that is readily useable and should allow you to transmit the information from one entity to another entity without hindrance.  We do not charge a fee to process or respond to your verifiable consumer request unless it is excessive, repetitive, or manifestly unfounded.

  1. TRANSFER OF INFORMATION TO THE UNITED STATES

The Site is based in the United States, and are directed to U.S. residents, and we process and store information in the U.S. If you are located outside the U.S., we and our service providers may transfer your information to, or store or access to your information in, jurisdictions that may not provide equivalent levels of data protection as your home jurisdiction.

  1. CHILDREN’S PERSONAL INFORMATION

The Site is a general audience site and not directed to children under the age of 13. Scott Adams Says respects the privacy of parents and children and is committed to complying with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) and applicable state law. Scott Adams Says does not collect personal information from individuals who identify themselves as under the age of 13 except in those limited circumstances where Scott Adams Says believes that such collection is permitted under COPPA and other applicable law.

If a parent believes that his or her child has submitted personal information to Scott Adams Says, he or she can contact us via email or postal mail as listed below. Scott Adams Says will promptly delete the information upon learning that it relates to a child under the age of 13.

  1. SCOTT ADAMS SAYS’S DATA SECURITY DISCLAIMER.

We do not provide any guarantee or warranty by us that your information will not be accessed or compromised by third parties, or that we will use all available security technologies to prevent unauthorized access to, use, or disclosure of your personally identifying information; or that your information will be transmitted without unauthorized interception or modification.  We may permanently delete or destroy any and all information at any time as determined by us.

  1. EUROPEAN UNION / GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION (“GDPR”)

If you are located within the European Economic Area (“EEA”) or within another jurisdiction having similar data protection laws to the GDPR, Scott Adams Says provides such users the following rights:

  1. the right to be told how we use your information and obtain access to your information;
  2. the right to have your information rectified or erased or to place restrictions on processing your information;
  3. the right to object to the processing of your information (e.g., for direct marketing purposes);
  4. the right to have information you directly provided to us provided to you in a structured, commonly used, and machine-readable format;
  5. wherein the processing of your information is based on your consent, the right to withdraw that consent subject to legal or contractual restrictions;
  6. the right to object to any decisions that have significant legal effect based on the automated processing of your information, including profiling; and
  7. the right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority responsible for data protection matters.

If we hold any information about you that is incorrect, or if there are any changes to your details, please let us know so that we can keep our records accurate and up-to-date. If you withdraw your consent to the use of your information for purposes set out in our Privacy Policy, we may not be able to provide you with access to all or parts of the Site. We will retain your information for the duration of our business relationship and afterward for as long as is necessary and relevant for our legitimate business purposes, in accordance with our data retention, marking and destruction policy, or as otherwise permitted by applicable laws and regulations.

Certain data protection law requires us to rely on one or more lawful grounds to process your personal information. We consider the following grounds to be relevant:

  1. Consent: Wherein you have provided consent in accordance with applicable law to us using your personal information in a certain way, such as to send you email, text, and/or telephone marketing.
  2. Performance of a contract: Wherein we are entering into a contract with you or performing our obligations under it.
  3. Legal obligation: Where necessary so that we can comply with a legal or regulatory obligation to which we are subject, for example where we are ordered by a court or regulatory authority.
  4. Legitimate interests: Wherein it is reasonably necessary to achieve our or others’ legitimate interests (as long as what the information is used for is fair and does not unduly impact your rights). We consider our legitimate interests to be operating the Site and facilitating the services we provide to users. For example, to:
    1. understand how people choose/use our Site;
    2. determine the effectiveness of our services, promotional campaigns, and advertising;
    3. monitor whom we deal with to protect against fraud, money laundering, and other risks;
    4. enhance, modify, personalize, or otherwise improve our services / communications for the benefit of our customers; and
    5. better understand how people interact with the Site.

When we process your personal information in this way, we consider and balance any potential impact on you (both positive and negative) and your rights under data protection laws. We will not use your personal information where our interests are overridden by the impact on you.

Due to the nature and location of our business in the United States, your personal data will be disclosed to Scott Adams Says, Andrews McMeel Universal, the frank Agency, and others as outlined herein outside of the EEA, including in the United States.

  1. HOW DO I UPDATE MY INFORMATION?

You can help Scott Adams Says by notifying us if you change your address, phone number, email address, or other information. If at any time you wish to update your information then contact us. Please include your old and new contact information in any message so that we can make the appropriate corrections.

  1. REFER A FRIEND

If a user elects to use our referral service for informing a friend about our Site, we ask them for the friend’s name and email address. Scott Adams Says will automatically send the friend a one-time email inviting them to visit the Site. Scott Adams Says stores this information for the sole purpose of sending this one-time email. The friend may contact Scott Adams Says to request the removal of this information from their database.

  1. CONTACTING SCOTT ADAMS SAYS

Please address comments or questions regarding Scott Adams Says’s Privacy Policy to us via email or postal mail. You can complete our email form at: [CONTACT POINT]. You may also contact Scott Adams Says by mail or email at:

Scott Adams Says

[Mailing Address]

or

[Specific email for SAS?]support@universaluclick.zendesk.com