Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Our Recent Changes

What is Oath?

The AOL company name has changed to Oath. Oath is part of the Verizon family of companies and consists of over 50 digital and mobile brands globally, including HuffPost, Yahoo News, Yahoo Sports, Tumblr, and AOL, as well as advertising platforms such as ONE by AOL, BrightRoll, and Gemini. The way we handle your information hasn’t changed, so the Oath Privacy Policy will continue to govern when you are on previously branded AOL products, services, or technologies, such asTechCrunch, Moviefone, Huffpost, and Makers.

What does this privacy policy cover?

The Oath Privacy Policy will apply when you are on an Oath product, service, or brand site that links to this policy. This policy does not apply to information about you collected by third party websites and offerings linked to or otherwise accessible from Oath websites, mobile apps, or other online services, which is subject to their own privacy policies.

Does Oath share my personal information?

Oath may share your personal information in limited circumstances, including when we have your consent to do so or when sharing is necessary to protect Oath or comply with the law. Our agents and contractors may have access to your information, but only to perform services for Oath. We do not sell or rent your personal information to third parties.

How do you use information to target ads and content?

Oath uses information to operate and improve our services, fulfill your requests, and communicate with you, conduct research, and personalize content and ads provided to you. Often, an ad you see online is customized based on the content of the site. For example, you may see sports-related ads on a sports site. We may also select an ad based on our knowledge of the audience we think may be looking at that page. This is often done with publicly available and/or aggregated demographic information, or it may be done with analysis of the aggregated traffic on a particular website, or by using the registration data or other household data you have provided or that we have acquired from other companies.

What is behavioral advertising and its impact on my privacy?

In addition to customizing advertisements for you based on the subject matter of the page you are visiting, demographic data, or information you have already provided to Oath, some ads may be targeted based on your activity on sites including the ONE by AOL advertising services. When you visit these sites, you may receive a "cookie" that helps us note, in an anonymized way, that your browser visited that site. ONE by AOL may use information about your activity to display ads that are more relevant. Note that the information shared with the advertising network is always with a unique identifier, not personally identifiable information, such as your name or email address. You can opt out of targeted ads. Please note that you will still receive ads; however, they will no longer be tailored based on your activities.

What choices does Oath offer to control my information?

AOL provides you with access to your registration information, any billing or shipping information, the ability to edit your information at My Account, as well as the ability to cancel AOL fee-based services. Visit AOL Marketing Preferences to make choices about how your information may be used to provide marketing offers to you. Please note that these preferences do not apply to communications that are directly related to your registration with AOL or the fulfillment of a specific transaction you have requested (for example, a service advisory from AOL or an acknowledgment of a purchase). Visit Advertising, Analytics, and Privacy to learn more about online advertising and your related choices. Some Oath services (AOL Search, for example) may offer you the ability to control what information is collected or used specific to these services.

Does Oath read my private communications?

Oath may use information about your use of certain communication tools (for example, AOL Mail or AOL Instant Messenger); however, Oath does not read your private online communications when you use these communication tools without your consent.

Who can I contact with questions about my privacy?

If you have any questions, please email us. For immediate assistance with Oath products and services or your AOL account, please visit AOL Help, where you can find answers to many common questions. Here, you can find assistance with error messages, connection problems, billing, or using Oath products and services. Users on qualified plans can chat live with a Member Services consultant by clicking the "Contact AOL" link at the bottom of the page.