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AOL Privacy Policy

 
Last updated:  November 24, 2014
 
At AOL, it’s our mission to provide users with rich, interactive online experiences.  From the latest technology news, to up-to-the-minute traffic information, our websites, apps, and other services are designed to keep you informed, entertained and delighted.  We also operate some of the industry’s best-known advertising services, including Adap.tv and Advertising.com. 

We’re always working to make our services even better.  One of the ways we do that is by analyzing information we collect and receive about users in order to figure out what they might be interested in.  This helps us develop more engaging content and to provide more effective advertising, which enables us to keep most of our services free. 

This Privacy Policy describes how we handle the information we collect and receive about users.  There are three things you should keep in mind as you read it: 

  We’ve done our best to keep this Privacy Policy short and simple, but if you have any questions about it, we hope you’ll let us know. 

Information We Collect and Receive
We collect and receive information about users in a few different ways: 

  When you use the “My Portfolios” feature on Daily Finance, you can give us information about your investments so that we can provide you with up-to-the-second market news and commentary relevant to your holdings.  (For more information about our financial privacy practices, please click here.)

  Additionally, when you download the AOL client software, we may collect information about other software on your device for the limited purposes of improving the security of our services and enhancing your online experience. 

How We Use the Information We Collect and Receive
We use the information we collect and receive for the following general purposes: Learn more about advertising and privacy on our Services.

How We Share the Information We Collect and Receive
We don’t rent or sell personal information to third parties for their marketing purposes.  But we may share certain information we collect or receive with third parties to provide products and services you have requested, when we have your consent, or as described in this Privacy Policy. 

We may share information with: Companies that Provide Services to AOL
Companies that provide services to us or act on our behalf may have access to information about you.  These companies include, but are not limited to, analytics providers, which are companies that help us understand how our Services are being used.  These companies are limited in their ability to use information they receive in the course of providing services to us.  Learn more about advertising and privacy on our Services.
 
Third Parties that Provide Content, Advertising Services, or Functionality on Our Services
Some of the content, advertising, and functionality on our Services may be provided by third parties that are not affiliated with us.  Such third parties include: These and other third parties may collect or receive information about your use of our Services, including through the use of cookies, web beacons and similar technologies, and this information may be collected over time and combined with information collected on different websites and online services. 

Note that some of these companies participate in industry-developed programs designed to provide consumers with choices about whether to receive targeted ads.  To learn more, please visit the websites of the Network Advertising Initiative and the Digital Advertising Alliance. Learn more about advertising and privacy on our Services.

If you choose to connect with a social networking service, like Facebook, we may share information with that service, and that service may share information about you with us.  We may use the information for the reasons explained in this Privacy Policy, but the main reason we use it is to make your experience on our Services more personal and social.  For example, we might show you what content is popular among your connections on the social networking service or give you a glimpse of what your friends are saying about that content. 

It’s important to remember that we don’t control the privacy practices of these (or any other) third-party services.  So we encourage you to read the privacy policies of the services before connecting to them. 

“Do Not Track” Signals
Some web browsers may transmit “do not track” signals to the websites and other online services with which the browser communicates.  There is no standard that governs what, if anything, websites should do when they receive these signals.  AOL currently does not take action in response to these signals.  If and when a standard for responding is established, AOL may revisit its policy on responding to these signals. 

Choices
You have a number of choices about how we handle your information: Our Commitment to Security
Although we can’t guarantee the security of the information we collect and receive, we do employ a number of safeguards intended to mitigate the risk of unauthorized access or disclosure of this information.  For example: The safeguards we apply to protect the information we collect and receive depends on the type of information and its sensitivity.   

Children's Privacy
Our Services are intended for a general audience.  We do not knowingly collect, use, or disclose personal information from children under the age of 13 without prior parental consent, except as permitted by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.  If you are a parent who consents to the collection of personal information from your child, you agree that your child may use all our Services and that we may collect, use, and disclose your child’s personal information consistent with this Privacy Policy.

If you have questions concerning our information practices with respect to children, or if you would like to review, have deleted, or stop the further collection of your child’s personal information, you may contact us:

 By mail:
 AOL Children's Online Privacy
 ATT: H2A:H09
 22000 AOL Way
 Dulles, VA 20166-9302
 
 By phone: (888) 206-6088
 By email

International users
AOL is based in the United States, and, regardless of where you use our Services or otherwise provide information to us, the information may be transferred to and maintained on servers located in the U.S. Please note that any information we obtain about you will be stored in accordance with U.S. privacy laws, regulations, and standards, which may not be equivalent to the laws in your country of residence. By using our Services or by providing us with your information, you consent to this collection, transfer, storage, and processing of information to and in the U.S.

AOL Inc. complies with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework and the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information from European Union member countries and Switzerland.  AOL has certified that it adheres to the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles of notice, choice, onward transfer, security, data integrity, access, and enforcement.  To learn more about the Safe Harbor program, and to view AOL’s certification, please visit http://www.export.gov/safeharbor/.

How to Contact Us
If you have questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy or about AOL’s privacy practices in general, please contact us.

AOL Global Privacy Leader  
22000 AOL Way
Dulles, VA 20166
CAPrivacyinfo@aol.com
 
Changes to This Privacy Policy and Additional Information
We may update this Privacy Policy from time to time, and so you should review this Policy periodically. If there are significant changes to AOL’s information practices, we will place a prominent notice on our site, or send a notice to the primary email address specified in your AOL account, as applicable.