Updated: August 15, 2019.
We take your privacy very seriously. Please read the following to learn more about the privacy policies on our platforms.
What Information Is Collected by Main Stream Media?
The information we gather enables us to operate, personalize, and improve Main Stream Media. When you access some components of Main Stream Media, we may request, collect and/or display some of your Personal Information. We collect the following types of information from our users.
When you create an Account or login using your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and/or Google credentials, you will provide information that could be Personal Information, such as your username on that service and/or email address. You acknowledge that this information may be personal to you, and by creating an account with Main Stream Media and providing Personal Information to us, you allow others, including us, to identify you and therefore may not be anonymous.
We may use contact information you voluntarily provide to send you information about our Services, including without limitation, notifications regarding the Services and, upon your consent, email digests of content shared by those that you follow on Main Stream Media, Twitter, and/or Facebook. You may subscribe and unsubscribe from these messages through your Account settings, although we regardless reserve the right to contact you when we believe it is necessary, such as for account recovery purposes.
User Content and URL Information:
Main Stream Media allows you to provide content to Main Stream Media platforms, such as the ability to submit collections of content and uniform resource locators ("URLs"), written descriptions of content or URLs, comments, text, images and video, along with your Name, Username, avatar, and profile bio. We may also collect and store information regarding the content submitted, or shared to your Twitter, and/or Facebook, and the original URL, and associate that information with your Account. We also collect and store (i) the time and date on which the content was first submitted, or shared and (ii) information on the channels through which the content was shared, e.g., to other Main Stream Media users, Twitter, Instagram followers, and/or Facebook friends. Your Main Stream Media name, username, bio, and avatar and your comments on Main Stream Media are always public. We share certain information about you when you choose to make other information public through the account settings page, such as your Twitter, Instagram handle (which is displayed on the public page for your Main Stream Media /Top content), your reading feeds through Main Stream Media, your Main Stream Media /Top stories, Twitter, your Saved items, and other information you elect to make public to your followers on Twitter, your friends on Facebook, and/or any other Third Party Services you use. This may include Personal Information, but only to the extent that you decide to share such information with others. We may retain data submitted by you to Main Stream Media indefinitely, even after you terminate your Account.
Main Stream Media Reader Information:
If you are a Main Stream Media Reader user, we may maintain information about the sources and subscriptions, including RSS and other content feeds, that you choose to follow. We will collect and store (i) all articles and posts that are part of your subscribed feeds, (ii) data associated with those items, such as the time and date they were published, (iii) whether and when you viewed, saved, or marked them as read, (iv) information related to your organizational choices, such as the folders or tags you assign to sources, and (v) information necessary to complete actions you may choose to take with particular items, such as saving, liking, recommending, or sharing to Third Party Services.
Metrics and Analytics:
We collect information about accesses of content curated through Main Stream Media, as well as interactions with Main Stream Media features and services. This information includes, but is not limited to: (i) the IP address and physical location of the devices accessing the curated content or interacting with Main Stream Media; (ii) the time and date of each access or interactions; and (iii) information about sharing of curated content or content appearing on or accessed through Main Stream Media.
Information Collected From Third Party Services:
Main Stream Media uses Quantcast for information on Internet traffic statistics and demographic data. If you do not wish to participate, you may adjust your setting in Quantcast’s opt-out tool.
You may also opt-out of the collection and use of information for ad targeting by going to http://www.aboutads.info/choices.
IP Address Information and Other Information Collected Automatically:
We automatically receive and record information from the Main Stream Media application or your web browser when you interact with Main Stream Media, including your IP address and cookie information. This information is used to facilitate collection of data concerning your interaction with Main Stream Media (e.g., what content you have clicked on).
Generally, Main Stream Media automatically collects usage information, such as the number and frequency of users accessing Main Stream Media, Main Stream Media features and applications, and its various streams of content/platforms. We may use this data in aggregate form, that is, as a statistical measure, but not in a manner that would identify you personally. This type of aggregate data enables us and third parties authorized by us to figure out how often individuals use parts of Main Stream Media so that we can analyze and improve them.
Tracking Technologies We May Use. We may use one or more of the following tracking technologies, and similar future tracking technologies, to automatically collect information: cookies, local shared objects, web beacons, pixel tags, unique telephone numbers, general log information and referral information from third-party services
“Web beacons,” also known as an Internet tags, pixel tags or clear GIFs, link web pages to web servers and their cookies. Web beacons can be embedded in web pages, videos, or emails, to collect certain types of information from your browser, check whether you have viewed a particular web page or email message, and determine, among other things, the time and date on which you viewed the content, the IP address of your computer, and the URL of the web page from which the content was viewed.
“Local shared objects,” sometimes known as Flash cookies, may be used to store your preferences or display content based upon what you have viewed on various websites to personalize your visit.
Information Collected Using Cookies:
We may also use "pixel tags," which are small graphic files that allow us and third parties to monitor the use of Main Stream Media and collect Usage Data. A pixel tag can collect information such as the IP address of the computer that downloaded the page on which the tag appears; the URL of the page on which the pixel tag appears; the time (and length of time) the page containing the pixel tag was viewed; the type of browser that retrieved the pixel tag; and the identification number of any cookie previously placed by that server on your computer.
We may use pixel tags, either provided by us or by our third party advertisers, service providers and ad networks, to collect information about your visit, including the pages you view, the links you click and other actions taken in connection with Main Stream Media and use them in combination with our cookies to provide offers and information of interest to you. Pixel tags may also enable ad networks to serve targeted advertisements to you when you visit Main Stream Media or other websites.
We collect statistical information about how people use Main Stream Media ("Aggregate Information"). Some of this information is derived from Personal Information, such as your location (which, in turn, can be derived from your IP address or through location based services used by your device). This statistical information is not Personal Information and cannot be tied back to you, your Account, your web browser or your Main Stream Media application.
How and To Whom Is My Information Shared?
Main Stream Media is designed to help you share information that you or people you choose to follow locate on the web. As a result, much of the information generated through Main Stream Media is shared publicly or with third parties. All Main Stream Media content is public. We may also distribute content and feeds through an email digest to users who have elected to receive such email digests.
Public Main Stream Media Activity Information:
Your activity on the Main Stream Media network is public by default and can be located by or distributed to anyone, although certain activity and information can be made private through your Account settings page. Individuals reading the aforementioned information may use or disclose it to other individuals or entities without our control and without your knowledge. Therefore, we urge you to think carefully about how you configure your Main Stream Media settings, and what actions you take on Main Stream Media.
Information You Elect to Share:
User Profile Information:
User profile information, including the display Name you select, the username you choose to use on Main Stream Media, avatars or images you elect to upload and other information you enter on your profile (such as your bio), may be displayed to other users to facilitate user interaction within Main Stream Media. Email addresses, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and/or Google account name will not appear on your public profile unless you enter it in the bio area yourself.
We share Aggregate Information with our partners, service providers and other persons with whom we conduct business. We share this type of statistical data so that our partners can understand how and how often people use Main Stream Media and their services or websites, which facilitates improving both their services and how we interface with them. In addition, these third parties may share with us non-private, aggregated or otherwise non Personal Information about you that they have independently developed or acquired.
Information Shared with Our Agents:
We employ and contract with people and other entities that perform certain tasks on our behalf and who are under our control (our "Agents"). We may need to share Personal Information with our Agents in order to provide products or services to you. Unless we tell you differently, our Agents do not have any right to use Personal Information or other information we share with them beyond what is necessary to assist us. You hereby consent to our sharing of Personal Information with our Agents.
Information Disclosed Pursuant to Business Transfers:
In some cases, we may choose to buy or sell assets. In these types of transactions, user information is typically one of the transferred business assets. Moreover, if we, or substantially all of our assets associated with Main Stream Media, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that we go out of business or enter bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of us may continue to use your Personal Information as set forth in this policy.
Information Disclosed for the Protection of Us and Others:
We also reserve the right to access, read, preserve, and disclose any information as it reasonably believes is necessary to (i) satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, (ii) enforce these Terms of Service, including investigation of potential violations hereof, (iii) detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues, (iv) respond to user support requests, or (v) protect our rights, property or safety, our users and the public. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for fraud protection and spam prevention.
Information We Share With Your Consent:
Except as set forth above, you will be notified when your Personal Information may be shared with third parties, and will be able to prevent the sharing of this information.
If you sign up for email via the Main Stream Media website or in any other Main Stream Media application, you will receive an email once daily highlighting some curated or other content on Main Stream Media. Regardless of whether you decide to receive the above mentioned email alerts, you may occasionally receive from us email and other communication relating to your Account. These emails will only be sent for important purposes, such as password recovery or important communications regarding Main Stream Media services and/or features.
Use of the Service and Transfer of Information Outside the United States:
Children Under The Age of 13. We do not collect or solicit any information from anyone under the age of 13 or allow people under the age of 13 to register for the Service. The Service and its content are not directed at children under the age of 13. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at [email protected].
California Privacy Rights and Do Not Track Disclosures. If you are a California resident, you may have certain additional rights. Privacy Rights. California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits you to request information regarding the disclosure of your Personal Information by us to third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes. California Business and Professions Code Section 22581 permits registered users who are minors to request and obtain deletion of certain posted content. To make any such requests, please email us at [email protected].
Do Not Track Disclosures. California Business & Professions Code Section 22575(b) (as amended effective January 1, 2014) provides that California residents are entitled to know how we respond to “Do Not Track” browser settings. We do not currently take action to respond to Do Not Track signals because a uniform technological standard has not yet been developed. We continue to review new technologies and may adopt a standard once one is created.
The Services are hosted and operated in the United States and elsewhere by us and our authorized Third Party Services. Use of the Services is governed by United States law. If you are accessing our Services while you are domiciled outside of the United States, laws in the United States may differ from laws where you reside, which may include but not be limited to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). You acknowledge that the Personal Information you are providing us may be collected and stored in the United States and elsewhere and therefore consent to the transfer of information to and storage of the information outside of your domiciled country and in the United States. If you are covered by the GDPR, please note the following: You may access, correct or update certain Personally Information as described under “What Information Is Collected by Main Stream Media?” above. You may remove cookies. To request deletion, withdraw consent to use of or request other restrictions on your Personally Information, you may contact us as described under "What If I Have Questions or Concerns?" below. Please note that withdrawing your consent will not affect the legality of any processing conducted prior to your withdrawal or at any time on grounds other than consent. If you need further assistance, please contact us as described under "What If I Have Questions or Concerns?" below.
Is Information About Me Secure?
Your Account information (including your Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google or other third-party logins) is protected for your privacy and security. You need to prevent unauthorized access to your account and Personal Information by selecting and protecting your passwords appropriately and limiting access to your computer and browser by signing off after you have finished accessing your account. We endeavor to protect Account information to ensure that it is kept private; however, we cannot guarantee the security of any Account information. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors, may compromise the security of user information at any time. We store all of our information, including your IP address information, using industry-standard security techniques. Although we undertake regular security review and use industry Best Practices to keep your information safe, we do not guarantee or warrant that such techniques will prevent unauthorized access to information about you we store, Personal Information or otherwise.
What Information of Mine Can I Access?
You can access information associated with your Account by logging into the web version of Main Stream Media, or through the Main Stream Media application. You can adjust settings and privacy preferences through your Account settings.
How Can I Delete My Account?
Should you ever decide to delete your Account, you may do so by visiting your Account settings page. If you terminate and delete your Account, any association between your Account and information stored by, or in connection with, Main Stream Media will no longer be accessible. However, given the nature of sharing using Main Stream Media, any public activity on your Account prior to deletion will remain stored on our servers and will remain accessible to the public. If you would like us to remove such stored information, please send us an email at [email protected]
What Choices Do I Have Regarding My Information?
As stated previously, you can opt not to disclose certain information to us, even though it may be needed to take advantage of some Main Stream Media platforms features.
You can delete your Account or adjust your Account's privacy settings. Please note that we will need to verify that you have the authority to delete the Account, and activity generated prior to deletion will remain stored by us and may be publicly accessible.
What If I Have Questions or Concerns?
If you have any questions or concerns regarding privacy using Main Stream Media, please send us a detailed message to: [email protected] and we will make every effort to resolve your concerns.