Our Commitment to You
MetaNews and its affiliated companies (“MetaNews”, “us” or “we“) are dedicated to providing its users with the highest level of transparency and control over the use of their data. In order for us to provide you with the best possible services, we are required to collect and process certain personal information about you and your online account activity.
By entrusting us with your personal information, we would like to guarantee you of our ongoing commitment to keep such information private at all times. We take this very seriously and have numerous steps in place to assure our customers that we are able to adequately protect the confidentiality, security, and integrity of this Information. We welcome and encourage you to review the following information carefully.
- Grounds for data collection
- How do we receive data about you?
- What type of data do we collect?
- Tracking Technologies
- How do we use the data we collect?
- With whom do we share your Personal Data?
- How do we protect your information?
- EU User Rights
- Transfer of data outside the EU
- How to contact us?
- Our Policy Toward Children
- Updates to this Policy
Grounds for data collection
Processing of your “Personal Data” (meaning any information that relates to an identifiable characteristic or that can lead to the identification of a particular person) is necessary for the performance of our contractual obligations to our customers in order to provide you with our services and the full operations of our websites (hereinafter the “Websites” and “Service“), to protect our legitimate interests and for compliance with legal and regulatory obligations, to which we are liable.
How do we receive data about you?
We receive your Personal Data from various sources:
- Registration information – When you voluntarily provide us with your personal information in order to create an account or register with our Service.
- When you communicate with us – For example, when you send us an email, we collect the Personal Data you provide to us.
- Third party information – We may receive your personal data from third-party providers who help us with the provision and maintenance of our Services, such as social networks (for example your name and username, when you register or log-in to our Service), traffic analytics vendors, fraud prevention agencies and others.
What type of data do we collect?
In the course of using the Service, we may ask you to provide us with certain Personal Data to provide and improve the Service, to contact or identify you, to enable you to access certain parts of the Service, and as otherwise indicated in this Policy. We collect the following Personal Data about you:
- Registration information – In order to register and enjoy the full functionality of our Service we may collect the following Personal Data:
- When you register for our service, we will collect your email address, name, and phone number.
- You may also register to our newsletter only; in which case we will collect your email address.
- If you connect your account to a social network (for example, if you log in via Facebook or Google+), we may also receive certain details, such as your profile name, profile photo and other social account details.
Please note that although registration is not mandatory, unregistered users may have limited usage of the Service we provide.
- When using our Service – Our server will collect your IP-address and unique device identifiers.
We also collect data about the use of our Service and the characteristics and activities of users, in order to understand daily operations and make improvements as needed. We may collect the following non-Personal Data:
- Technical information – Such as aggregated usage information, e.g. your approximate geolocation, page visits, clicks, the browser you are using and its display settings, session start/stop time, time zone, network connection type (e.g., Wi-Fi, cellular), and cookie information etc.
- Information from third parties – This category includes information we receive from our business partners. This may include pseudonymous advertiser identifiers or aggregated analytical data. This information is also used to enhance data points about a particular unique browser or device.
If we combine Personal Data with non-Personal Data, the combined data will be treated as Personal Data. Further Personal Data will only be stored and processed if you voluntarily provide it to us, e.g. through a contact form.
When you visit or access our Services we use (and authorize 3rd parties to use) pixels, cookies, beacons and other technologies. Those allow us to automatically collect information about you, your device and your online behavior, in order to enhance your navigation in our Services, improve our Web site’s performance, perform analytics and customize your experience on it. In addition, we may merge information we have with information collected through these tracking technologies or with information we may obtain from other sources and, as a result, such information may become Personal Data.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files (composed only of letters and numbers) that a web server places on your computer or mobile device when you visit a webpage. When used, the cookie can help make our Services more user-friendly. For example, by remembering your language preferences and settings. You can find more information about cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org.
Cookies are widely used in order to make websites function in the most efficient way. Cookies remember your preferences and make the interaction between you and the Service smoother and more efficient.
How to manage your cookie settings?
There are various ways in which you can manage and control your cookie settings. Please remember that, by deleting or blocking cookies, some of the features of the Services may not work properly or as effectively.
- Turning off cookies via your web browser
Most web browsers will provide you with some general information about cookies, enable you to see what cookies are stored on your device, allow you to delete them all or on an individual basis, and enable you to block or allow cookies for all websites or individually selected websites. You can also normally turn off third-party cookies separately. Please note that the settings offered by a browser or device often only apply to that particular browser or device.
Information about cookies is usually found in the “Help” section of the web browser. Below are some links to some commonly used web browsers:
- Google Chrome
- Internet Explorer
- Mozilla Firefox
- Safari (Desktop)
- Safari (Mobile)
- Android Browser
- Opera Mobile
For other browsers, please consult the documentation that your browser manufacturer provides.
- Turning off third-party cookies
You can turn off certain third party targeting/advertising cookies by visiting the following link: Network Advertising Initiative.
- Other helpful resources
- European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance (EU)
How do we use the data we collect?
- Provision of service – For the provision and improvement of our Services, including for support and to respond to your queries.
- Service announcements – We will use your Personal Data to communicate with you and to keep you informed of our latest updates to our Services and provide service offers.
- Analytics, surveys, and research – From time to time, we may conduct surveys or test features, and analyze the data we have to develop, evaluate and improve these features. This is all done in order to improve our Services and think of new and exciting features for our users.
- Marketing and advertising – We may use your Personal Data in the following ways: we, or our partners, may send you promotional material concerning our Service, or our partners’ services, which we or our partners, believe might interest you. We may also display certain adverts on our Service, which we believe will be relevant for you. We make our best efforts to make sure you see only relevant ads and receive relevant communications from us, including but not limited to, by building an automated profile based on your Personal Data.
- Opt-out of receiving marketing materials – If you do not want us to use or share your Personal Data for marketing purposes, you may opt-out in accordance with this “Opt-out” section. Please note that even if you opt-out, we may still use and share your Personal Data with third parties for non-marketing purposes (for example to fulfill your requests, communicate with you and respond to your inquiries, etc.). In such cases, the companies with whom we share your Personal Data are authorized to use your Personal Data only as necessary to provide these non-marketing services.
You may choose not to receive our promotional or marketing emails by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link in the emails that you receive from us. Please note that even if you unsubscribe, we may continue to send you service-related updates and notifications or reply to your queries and feedback you provide us. You may also object to the use of your Personal Data for advertising purposes by disabling your cookies, as described in the Tracking Technologies section above. Please note we have no control over our partners’ communications. In order to unsubscribe from our partners’ communications, please contact the relevant partner or use the “unsubscribe” link in its emails.
- Protecting our interests – We may use your Personal Data if we believe it’s necessary to take precautions against liabilities, investigations and to defend ourselves against any third party claims, allegations, investigations or to protect ourselves from fraud, protect the security or integrity of our services and/or protect the rights and property of MetaNews, its users and/or our partners.
- Enforcing of policies – We may use your Personal Data in order to enforce our policies, including, but limited to, our Terms.
- Compliance with legal and regulatory requirements – We may use your Personal Data to investigate violations, as required by law, regulation or other governmental authority, or to comply with a subpoena or similar legal process.
With whom do we share your Personal Data?
- Internal concerned parties – We share your information with companies in our group, as well as our employees, in order to provide you with quality services.
- Compliance with laws and law enforcement entities – We cooperate with government, law enforcement officials and private parties to enforce and comply with the law. We will disclose any data about you to government, law enforcement officials or private parties as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate to respond to claims and legal processes, including but not limited to subpoenas, in order to protect our or a third party’s property and rights, to protect the safety of the public or any person, or to prevent or stop any activity we may consider to be inappropriate, or to pose a risk of being, illegal, unethical or legally actionable. We also may be required to disclose an individual’s Personal Data in response to a lawful request by public authorities, including meeting national security or law enforcement requirements.
How do we protect your information?
We have implemented administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to help prevent unauthorized access, use, or disclosure of your Personal Data. We assure you that your data is stored on secure servers and isn’t publicly available. We limit access to your information only to those employees or partners on a “need to know” basis, in order to enable the carrying out of the agreement between us the fullest extent.
While we seek to protect your information to ensure that it is kept confidential, we cannot absolutely guarantee its security. You need to help us prevent unauthorized access to your account by protecting your passwords appropriately and limiting access to your account from anyone you do not wish to have access to any of your Personal Data. You will be solely responsible for keeping your passwords and log in information confidential and will also be responsible for all use of your passwords and your account, including any unauthorized use. You should also be aware that there is always some risk involved in transmitting information over the internet. While we strive to protect your Personal Data, we cannot ensure or warrant the security and privacy of your Personal Data or other content you transmit using the service, and you do so at your own risk.
We will retain your Personal Data for as long as it remains necessary to provide our services, and as required to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our policies. Retention periods will be determined based upon the type of information that is collected and the purpose for which it is collected, bearing in mind the requirements applicable to the situation and the need to destroy outdated, unused information at the earliest reasonable time. Under applicable regulations, we will keep records containing client personal data, trading information, account opening documents, communications and anything else as required by applicable laws and regulations.
EU User Rights
You may request to:
- Receive confirmation as to whether or not Personal Data concerning you is being processed, and access your stored Personal Data, together with supplementary information.
- Receive a copy of Personal Data you directly volunteer to us in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- Request rectification of your Personal Data that is in our control.
- Request erasure of your Personal Data.
- Object to the processing of Personal Data by us.
- Request to restrict processing of your Personal Data by us.
- Lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority.
However, please note that these rights pertain to EU residents only, are not absolute, and may be subjected to our own legitimate interests and regulatory requirements. Users outside the EU are welcome to contact us for any questions or requests at the details below.
Transfer of data outside the EU
EU users – please note that some data recipients may be located outside the EU. In such cases, we will transfer your personal data only to such countries as approved by the European Commission as providing an adequate level of data protection or enter into legal agreements ensuring an adequate level of data protection.
How to contact us?
If you wish to exercise any of the aforementioned rights or receive more information, please contact us using the details provided below:
Our Policy Toward Children
We understand the importance of protecting children’s privacy, especially in an online environment. The Site and Services are not designed for, or directed at, children under the age of 16 years old (“Minors”). We do not knowingly collect Personal Data from Minors. If a parent or guardian becomes aware that his or her child has provided us with Personal Data, he or she should contact us using the details provided above.
Updates to this Policy