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Privacy Policy and Terms

We are committed to protecting your privacy. This Privacy Policy describes the types of information we collect about you, how your information may be used and when it may be disclosed, how your information is protected, and how you can control the use and disclosure of your information.

This Privacy Policy covers the This Privacy Policy applies to personally identifying information (“PII”) and other information collected about you and your devices. PII may include, for example, your name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, credit/debit card information, user name and password, and demographic information.

Our website may contain links to third-party websites which are provided for your information and convenience. Please note that unless otherwise indicated, this Privacy Policy does not cover any information that may be collected through any third party website.

1. Information Collected
Information you provide directly to us. You may provide different types of information to us when you subscribe to or purchase a product or service, access various content or features, post product reviews or ratings, participate in our blogs or forums, make a donation, enter a sweepstakes, contest or other special initiative, directly contact us, or otherwise interact with our websites, mobile sites or mobile applications, including:

Contact information such as name, email address, mailing address, phone number, and mobile number;
User name and password;
When you subscribe to or purchase a product or service, your billing information, subscription preferences and account number where needed for payment, to complete a particular transaction, or to access a particular product or service;
When you post a user review or make a comment in a blog or forum, information you provide such as your user name, email address, geographic location, and the content of your review or comment; and
When you participate in one of our surveys, information you provide to us such as your age, gender and geographic location; information about yourself and your experiences with particular products and services; and your views and opinions on various topics.

Information we collect automatically including through the use of cookies, web beacons, and other technologies. This information may include the following:

Your browser and mobile device type, operating system and name of your Internet service provider;
Geo-location information;
Information about your interactions with email messages, such as whether the messages were opened and the links clicked in those emails; and
Standard server log information.
Information we obtain from other sources. We may collect information about you from other sources, including when you use social media integrated with our products and services (for example, on our pages on Facebook) and when you purchase certain of our mobile products and services from third party services. Examples of the type of information we may receive from other sources are user name and password and payment card information and demographic and lifestyle information.

When you use our website and services, we or our service providers may collect tracking information through cookies, web beacons and other technical methods. These technical methods help us to analyze the traffic patterns on the website and to measure site effectiveness or use of our other products and services, such as mobile applications. For example, we or our service providers use them to measure such information as the frequency with which our users visit various parts of our websites, how long the average user spends on our websites or which pages or features get the most attention. They may involve the transmission of information either directly to us or to our service providers, and allow us to make our websites and other products and services, and any e-mails you have agreed to receive, more relevant to you.

We use “cookies” to store, and sometimes to track, usage information. A cookie is a small amount of data that is sent to your browser from a web server and stored on your computer’s hard drive. A cookie contains a unique number that allows our websites to recognize your computer.

We use both temporary and persistent cookies. A temporary cookie tracks visitor activity during a session or visit and expires when you close your browser. We use them to provide continuity for your visit as you visit website pages. Persistent cookies store a unique credential that allows us to automatically log you back in if you are a subscriber so you don’t have to re-enter your user name and password each time you visit. We or our service providers may use flash cookies, for example, for user authentication and fraud detection purposes.

We use web beacons on some of our website pages in conjunction with cookies to compile statistics about site usage. web beacons are small pieces of code that are embedded on the pages of websites or applications so we can detect when they have been viewed.

On their own, cookies and web beacons do not contain or reveal any personally identifiable information. However, if you choose to furnish Consumer Reports with personally identifiable information, this information can be associated with the data collected using the cookies or web beacons.

Cookies and web beacons placed on sites where Consumer Reports has run an ad allow the site to recognize the computer when it is used to return to that site, or to measure advertising response. This data is not linked to personal data in any Consumer Reports databases.

The Help function on most browsers contains information on how to set your browser to notify you before accepting cookies or to disable cookies entirely. However, if you don’t accept cookies, you won’t be able to take advantage of various features on our websites that are available to other visitors.

2. Use of Information
Information we collect is used for a variety of purposes, such as to customize your online experience, or provide you with information regarding products and services we believe may be of interest to you. Other purposes for which we may use your information include to:

Contact you regarding your use of our products and services and matters that affect you;
Enable you to participate in features such as surveys, user reviews, blogs or forums, make a donation, participate in consumer advocacy campaigns, or enter sweepstakes, contests or other special initiatives;
Analyze the use of the CR Products and information about visitors to the CR Products to understand and improve our service offerings;
Update and maintain the accuracy of our information;
Provide others with your information for the limited purposes described in this Privacy Policy.

3. Disclosure of Information

We are committed to maintaining your trust and we want you to understand when and with whom we may share information collected about you. If you wish to opt out of any sharing of information described in this Privacy Policy.

Donations. We may share certain information about you when you make a donation to Consumer Reports or one of our related organizations.

User Reviews. If you submit user reviews, we may share your submissions with other websites or provide links to your submissions from other websites.

Direct-Mail and Other Promotional Offers. We may share certain information about you for direct mail and other promotional offers when you subscribe to Consumer Reports magazine or our print newsletters, or purchase any of our print publications.

If you subscribe to or purchase any of our other print publications, we may provide certain information about you to other companies that offer products or services through direct-mail and other channels.

Authorized Third-Party Service Providers. We may share your information with third party service providers who help us with specialized services, such as payment processing, shipping, mail and e-mail distribution, mobile messaging, website hosting, monitoring of user reviews and ratings, digital publishing, analytics, promotions management, surveys and mobile payment processing. We provide these companies only with the information they need to perform their services. For mobile payment processing, the mobile payment service providers will provide your information to your mobile telephone service provider to bill you directly.

Promotional Offers, Sweepstakes, or Contests. If you choose to enter a sweepstakes, contest or other promotion, your information may be disclosed to third parties who help design, administer and implement the promotion, including in connection with winner selection, prize fulfillment and aggregated data analysis. Your information also may be disclosed as required by law, such as on a winners list.

Aggregated, Anonymous Information. We authorize certain service providers to utilize for their business purposes and in accordance with their privacy policies certain aggregated, anonymous information derived from data collected when you use the products and services they support on our behalf, such as to report on usage or industry trends to their customer base. This aggregated, anonymous information does not identify you personally.

If we engage in any of these types of transactions, your information will be subject to our privacy policy in effect at the time of the transfer of that information.

Legal Requirements. We may disclose your information if required by law, such as to comply with a court order or subpoena.

4. Accessing Your Information
If you have provided personal information to us that you want to change, please write us at or at our contact us page.

5. Protection of Information
We are committed to protecting your information from loss, misuse or unauthorized alteration. We have put in place physical, technical and administrative procedures to help safeguard and prevent unauthorized access to the data we collect.

Please note that no method of transmitting or storing electronic data is ever completely secure. Therefore, we cannot promise or guarantee that such information will never be accessed, used, or released in a manner that is inconsistent with this Privacy Policy.

6. Third Party Sites and Services
This Privacy Policy does not cover the practices of third parties, including those that may disclose information to us. We recommend that you review their policies before you visit those sites.

We work with third parties, such as ad networks, analytics companies and social networking platforms, and they may collect information about your online activities over time and across our sites and other online services.

7. Privacy Protection for Children are directed toward a general audience and are intended for adults only. We do not knowingly request information from children under the age of 13. In those instances where a has actual knowledge that it collects information from or offers a service directed toward children as defined under applicable laws, it will comply with those laws.