Your privacy is important. Period.
It’s crucial that you feel comfortable using our site, so we have created this page to provide you with information about our privacy policies. This includes the types of personal information we receive and collect when you visit us and how we safeguard your information.
First and foremost, please understand that we never sell your email address to third parties. If you submit a story by direct contact via [email protected] and want to remain anonymous, we support that and will work with you to make sure your identity is protected from both the CM collective and the world.
You are not required to provide an email if you contribute to CM. You can submit content on our submission page and we will not know or seek to know who you are. Typically we look at web traffic and “touchpoints” (where visitors are finding our site) to understand how our content is ranking and if our social media works…basically to know if all this hard work is actually engaging with the world. Below are some of the types of information we collect, which is just basic internet privacy stuff….
As with most other websites on the internet, we collect data contained in the log files of our servers. The information does not tell us who you are, but it does include your internet protocol (IP) address, your internet service provider (ISP, such as AOL or Time Warner Cable), the browser you used to visit our site (such as Internet Explorer or Firefox), the time you visited our site and which pages you visited throughout our site.
Third Party Advertisements
We also may use third party advertisements to support our site. These ads often come from safe sex product retailers. Some of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons when they advertise on our site. When they use these technologies, these advertisers may also receive information about your visit including your IP address, your ISP , the browser you used to visit our site, and in some cases, whether you have Flash extensions installed.
Again, these are large reputable companies. A great example would be Google advertisements through the Google AdSense program. Usually, these companies are using this information for things like geo-targeting (this allows them to show Texas plumbing ads to someone in Dallas, for example).
What You Can Do
If all of this bothers you, don’t worry. You can easily chose to disable or selectively turn off our cookies or third-party cookies in your browser settings. Or, you can use the preferences in programs such as Norton Internet Security. However, you need to understand that this can affect how you are able to interact with our site (as well as other websites.) This could include the inability to login to services or programs, such as logging into forums or accounts.
If you have questions or comments email [email protected]