privacy policy

Tuesday, March 30, 2010; 11:24 AM

Welcome to This site is provided by WP Company LLC (The Washington Post) ("we" or "us"). We value your privacy. This Privacy Policy gives you information about our practices with respect to the personally identifiable information -- information that could reasonably identify you ¿ that we collect in connection with this website. Whenever you provide personally identifiable information to us, we will make an effort to link to our privacy policy.


We may ask you to provide personally identifiable information for various reasons and at various times. For example, during registration we may ask for information such as your name, e-mail address, and age. We may also ask you for other information at other times -- such as when you submit content or ask us a question. We may combine this information with other information (including personally identifiable information) about you that we may have collected from other sources.

We may automatically collect other information about you when you use this website. For instance, our web servers may automatically collect certain non-personally identifiable information, such as which pages each user visits, the domain name (e.g., of visitors, your IP address, Web browser software (such as Internet Explorer), and referring web site. In addition, we may place a "cookie" (a small, unique identifier text file) on your system to remember who you are. We also may include other information in our cookie files; for example, if you arrived at this site via a link from third-party site, we may include the URL of the linking page. You may opt out of the cookies delivered by us by changing the setting on your browser. Please be aware that this will disable all cookies delivered to your browser, not just the ones delivered by us. We may combine all of this information with other information, including personally identifiable information we have collected about you.


We use the information, including personally identifiable information, that we have collected about you in several ways, including:

  • To manage and administer your account, including to advise you of your account status, to solicit or respond to your questions or comments, to inform you of material changes or additions to this Privacy Policy or our terms and conditions, or to contact you with legal notices.
  • To send you offers and information from The Washington Post and its corporate affiliates or from other companies whose products and services may be of interest to you. (Your information will not be shared with those other companies unless you provide us permission as described below.)
  • To conduct research on our customers' demographics, interests and behavior, to analyze traffic patterns, and generally for business analytics.
  • In other ways as described to you at the point of collection or otherwise.


We may share the information, including personally identifiable information, that we collect about you in limited circumstances, including:

  • With our parent company (The Washington Post Company) and our corporate affiliates.
  • With vendors providing contractual services for The Washington Post (such as hosting vendors, list managers who facilitate or assist with communications on our behalf, companies that provide consulting or analytics services, and service providers who process payment information or transactions).
  • When we have reason to believe that disclosing this information may be necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be violating our Terms and Conditions or may be causing injury to or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) the rights or property of The Washington Post or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities, or when disclosure is required by law.
  • In the event that our ownership or ownership of changes as a result of a merger, acquisition, or corporate transfer to another company.
  • With co-sponsors of certain promotions, events, sweepstakes, and contests that may appear on our site or in connection with this site.
  • If you give us permission, with selected third parties for their direct marketing purposes.
  • In aggregated or otherwise non-personally identifiable form, with advertisers or other entities for business analytics or marketing purposes.
  • In other ways as described to you at the point of collection or otherwise.


We have in place administrative, technical, and physical measures to protect the information we collect online. However, we cannot guarantee the security of our database, nor can we guarantee that the information you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the Internet.


If any part of this website links you to other websites, please note that those websites do not operate under this Privacy Policy. We recommend that you examine the privacy statements posted on those other sites to understand their procedures for collecting, using, disclosing, and protecting personal information.


In general, does not allow individuals under the age of 13 to register for the site, and does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from individuals under the age of 13. Please do not send any information about yourself to us if you are under the age of 13. Should we learn that a person under 13 has provided us with personal information, we will delete that information from our database.


Whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information online in public forums, that information can be collected and used by others. This includes your display name and any information in comments that you post on our site. For this reason, we encourage users not to post any sensitive information, including personal information, in any public forums.


We may use a third-party vendor to serve advertising on this site based on metrics about our users' preferences. Such a vendor does this by placing cookies on users' hard drives so that its systems can identify your computer. The vendor is thus able, among other things, to serve you advertisements tailored to things you have shown interest in based on other sites you have visited, to determine automatically whether you have seen a particular advertisement before, and to help avoid sending you duplicate advertisements. You can avoid this by changing your browser setting to opt out of all cookies.


If we need to materially change this Privacy Policy in the future, we will notify you by sending a notice to the primary email address specified in your account or by placing a prominent notice on this website. Please note that you are responsible for updating your information so that we have your current e-mail address, and for checking the website and Privacy Policy periodically for notice of changes. Changes to this Privacy Policy may affect our use of personally identifiable information provided to us prior to our notification to you of the changes. Therefore, if you do not wish to permit changes in our use of your information, you must notify us prior to the effective date of the changes that you wish to terminate your account with us.


If you have questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at

Effective date: April 1, 2010.

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