Drudge Report Privacy Policy

Last Updated: August 2, 2019

Drudge Report is a news website (see “Who We Are“). We are concerned about privacy issues and want you to be familiar with how we collect, use, and share information and how you can exercise the privacy rights available to you.  This Privacy Policy (“Policy”) covers the information that we may process:

  1. About individuals who visit, use, or interact with the Drudge Report Properties (see “Privacy for the Drudge Report Properties” ).

If you are resident in the European Economic Area and want to find out more about your data protection rights, please see “Your Data Protection Rights“.

If you have any questions, you may contact us by email.

SECTION 1 – WHO WE ARE

A reference to “Drudge Report” “we” or “our” means The Drudge Report (drudgereport.com).

Drudge Report provides curated headlines with links to previaling stories about current events worldwide. We operate a website and mobile applications, each "Digital Properties". We provide information to the public and digital advertising space to our “Media Buyers” who are advertisers and other ad partners looking to distribute relevant ad content on our Digital Properties. We display relevant online advertising to end users (“End Users”) who interact with our Digital Properties.

Drudge Report may also share or license certain information about End Users collected in connection with our partners, agencies and other interested third parties, to help them better promote transparency and protect against fraud.

Drudge Report also collects information from individuals when they visit, use, or interact with: (i) www.drudgereport.com and other websites operated by us, including Drudge Report’s client interfaces (the “Websites”); (ii) our software applications (the “Apps”); (collectively, our “Drudge Report Properties”).

SECTION 2 – THINGS WE PROMISE NOT TO DO

This Section covers the specific things that we promise not do to that you might be concerned about.

SECTION 3 – PRIVACY FOR THE DRUDGE REPORT PROPERTIES

This Section describes how we collect and use information when visitors interact with or use any of the Drudge Report Properties (such as our Website and mobile apps).

3.1       WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT?

Information that individuals provide voluntarily

Although our Website does not ask for this information, our mobile Apps may ask visitors to provide personal information voluntarily: for example, we may collect personal information when a visitor registers the app, or otherwise contacts us.

The personal information we collect may include contact information (such as name, address, telephone number, or email address) and contact preferences.  It may also include professional information, such as job title, department or job role, and the nature of an individual’s request or communication.  We may also collect information that visitors choose to provide to us when completing any ‘free text’ boxes in our forms (for example, for news tips).  Please do not post any information that you do not want to reveal to the public at large. We do not collect any personal information from our news tips form, except the End User IP address which is only used to prevent abuse of the form.

Information we or our third-party partners collect automatically

When using the Drudge Report Properties, we or our third-party partners may automatically collect certain information from an individual’s device.  In some countries, including countries in the EU, this information may be considered personal data under applicable data protection laws.

Specifically, the information we collect automatically may include IP address, operating system type and version, browser type and version, cookie ID, an individual’s activities on the Drudge Report Properties, and other information about the individual’s system and connection and how the individual interacts with the Drudge Report Properties and other websites.  We and our third-party partners may collect this information as a part of log files and through the use of cookies or other tracking technologies, as explained further in our Website Cookie Policy.

3.2       HOW DO WE USE YOUR INFORMATION?

We may use information collected from the Drudge Report Properties for the following purposes:

  • To send administrative information. For example, to send information regarding our services and changes to our terms, conditions, and policies.
  • Interest-based advertising and analytics. We may partner with certain third parties to collect information on the Drudge Report Properties to engage in analysis, auditing, research, and reporting, as well as to deliver advertising that we believe may interest you based on your activity on the Drudge Report Properties and other websites over time. These third parties may set and access cookies on your computer or other device and may also use pixel tags, web logs, web beacons, or other similar technologies.  For more information about these practices and how to opt out, please see Drudge Report’s Website Cookie Policy.
  • To manage accounts and provide customer support or other services. For example, we may use information to create or administer Drudge Report accounts and to provide customer support or other requested services or information.
  • To select content and improve quality. We may use information to help improve the Drudge Report Properties and to ensure that content on the Drudge Report Properties is presented in the most effective manner for your device.
  • For legal purposes. We may use information as we believe to be necessary or appropriate: (a) under applicable law, including laws outside your country of residence; (b) to comply with subpoenas, warrants, or other legal process; (c) to respond to requests from public and government authorities including public and government authorities outside your country of residence; (d) to enforce our terms and conditions; (e) to protect our operations or those of any of our affiliates; (f) to protect our rights, privacy, safety or property, and/or that of our affiliates, you or others; and (g) to allow us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain.
  • For our business purposes. We may use information for our business purposes, such as data analysis, audits, identifying usage trends, determining the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns, and to evaluate and improve our products, services, marketing, and client relationships.
  • 3.3         COOKIES AND SIMILAR TRACKING TECHNOLOGIES

    We and our third-party partners may use cookies and similar tracking technologies on the Drudge Report Properties to collect and use information about you.  For further information about the types of cookies and other tracking technologies we use, why, and how you can control cookies, please see our Website Cookie Policy. 

    3.4       USE OF DRUDGE REPORT PROPERTIES BY MINORS

    The Drudge Report Properties are not intended for nor directed to individuals that are deemed to be children under applicable data protection or privacy laws, and we request that such individuals do not provide information through any of the Drudge Report Properties.

    SECTION 4 – GENERAL INFORMATION

    4.1       HOW DO WE SHARE YOUR INFORMATION?

    Information we collect may be disclosed:

    4.2       YOUR OPT-OUT CHOICES

    Opting out of receiving electronic communications from us 

    We do not send marketing-related emails to anyone. Therefore it is not necesary to opt out of receiving any marketing-related emails from us, because that will not happen. If you receive marketing related emails claiming to be from Drudge Report, they are fraudulent.

    Opting out of interest-based advertising from Cookies

    To opt out of receiving interest-based advertising (including retargeting) through the use of cookies in your current browser and for more information on what it means to opt out, please go to https://granite3.com/legal/opt-out/.

    See Drudge Report’s Platform Cookie Policy and Website Cookie Policy for more information on how Drudge Report uses cookies and other similar technologies. For more information about cookies in general, including how to see what cookies have been set on your device and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.  For more information about how to clear your browser cache, please see your browser’s instructions for doing so.  Please note that deleting or resetting cookies and clearing your browser cache will not opt you out of receiving interest-based advertising (including retargeting) from Drudge Report.

    We are a member of the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) and adhere to the 2018 NAI Code of Conduct.  We also adhere to the Digital Advertising Alliance’s (DAA) Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising and Multi-Site Data, the Application of Self-Regulatory Principles to the Mobile Environment, and the Application of the DAA Principles of Transparency and Control to Data Used Across Devices.  If you go to optout.networkadvertising.org, or optout.aboutads.info, you can learn how to exercise choice regarding the collection of information about your online activities over time and across multiple third-party websites, online services, devices, or applications for interest-based advertising purposes.

    Some of our advertising networks have their own opt-out mechanisms that are linked from their sites or their online-posted privacy policies.  You should review the privacy policies of those companies for these opt-out links if you no longer wish to receive targeted advertising from a particular company, or multiple companies.

    At this time, we do not honor “Do Not Track” headers and similar mechanisms.

    Opting Out of Interest-Based Advertising in Mobile Applications

    Our clients and partners may display interest-based advertising to you in mobile applications, based on your use of mobile applications over time and across non-affiliated apps.  To learn more about these practices and how to opt out, please visit http://www.aboutads.info/appchoices, download the DAA’s AppChoices mobile app, and follow the instructions provided in the AppChoices mobile app.  You can also adjust the advertising preferences on your mobile device (in iOS, visit Settings > Privacy > Advertising > Limit Ad Tracking, and in Android, visit Settings > Google > Ads > Opt out of interest-based ads).

    Opting Out of Cross-Device Targeting

    Our clients and partners may combine and use information from websites or applications on your current browser or device with information from your other browsers or devices for advertising purposes.  To opt out of such practices by our clients and partners, please follow the instructions above for opting out on each of your browsers and on each of your mobile devices, including:

    Please note that you will need to opt out separately on each of your browsers and on each of your mobile devices to ensure that information collected on a particular browser or device is not used on another browser or device.

    4.3       YOUR DATA PROTECTION RIGHTS

    You have the following data protection rights:

    Please note that because most of the information we store can only identify a particular browser or device, and cannot directly identify you personally, you may need to provide us with some additional information to enable us to identify the personal information we hold about you and ensure that we accurately fulfill your request and do not infringe on the privacy rights of other individuals.You can exercise your rights at any time by contacting us at drudge@drudgereport.com. We will respond to your request in accordance with our obligations under applicable privacy laws. Please review our Data Subject Rights Notice for further information and instructions on how to exercise your rights.

    4.4       LEGAL BASIS FOR PROCESSING PERSONAL INFORMATION (EEA END USERS AND VISITORS ONLY)If you are a resident of the EEA, our legal basis for collecting and using personal information described above will depend on the personal information concerned and the specific context in which we collect it.  However, we normally rely on our (or our Clients) legitimate interests to collect personal information from you, except where such interests are overridden by your data protection interests or fundamental rights and freedoms.  Where we rely on our legitimate interests to process your personal information, they include the interests described in the sections above with the heading “How Do We Use Your Information” and how we use it with the Drudge Report Properties.

    In some cases, we may rely on your consent or have a legal obligation to collect personal information from you or may otherwise need the personal information to protect your vital interests or those of another person.  If we rely on consent to collect and/or process your personal information, we will obtain such consent in compliance with applicable laws.

    If you have questions about or need further information concerning the legal basis on which we collect and use your personal information, please contact us using the contact details provided under the “Contacting Us” heading below.

    4.5       THIRD PARTIES

    This Policy does not address, and except as otherwise described in this Policy, we are not responsible for, the privacy, information, or other practices of any third parties, including our vendors or any other third party operating any site or service to which the Ad Services or Drudge Report Properties link.  The inclusion of a link through the Ad Services or Online Property does not imply endorsement of the linked site or service by us or by our affiliates.

    Please note that we are not responsible for the collection, usage and disclosure policies and practices (including the data security practices) of other organizations, such as Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft, RIM or any other app developer, app provider, social media platform provider, operating system provider, wireless service provider or device manufacturer, including any personal information you disclose to other organizations through or in connection with the Ad Services or Drudge Report Properties.

    You should always read the privacy policy of any website you access or social network page through which you share information carefully in order to understand their specific privacy and information usage practices.

    4.6      HOW DO WE KEEP YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION SECURE?

    We use reasonable organizational, technical, administrative, and physical safeguards to protect the personal information we collect and process.  The measures we use are designed to provide a level of security appropriate to the risk of processing your personal information and to help ensure that your data is safe and secure.  However, no electronic transmission over the Internet or information storage technology can be guaranteed to be 100% secure.  If you have reason to believe that your interaction with us is no longer secure (for example, if you feel that the security of any account you might have with us has been compromised), please immediately notify us of the problem by contacting us in accordance with the “Contacting Us” section below.

    4.7       RETENTION OF YOUR INFORMATION

    We will retain personal information for the period necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this Policy and where we have ongoing legitimate business needs to do so (for example, to provide the Ad Services, to comply with applicable legal, tax or accounting requirements, to enforce our agreements or comply with our legal obligations) unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law.

    If you are an End User, we may retain information that we collect through the Ad Services (including the segment information that we receive from third parties) for up to 45 days from the last date that we received any of the End User’s data.  We may retain ad impression information for up to 45 days.  We may retain raw ad server logs for our mobile ad server business for up to 45 days.  We use precise geolocation for the specific ad impression to which the geolocation relates, after which the geolocation information is aggregated with other geolocation data for use by us for analytical purposes.  If we de-identify information we collect through the Ad Services, we may retain that information, in an aggregated format, indefinitely.  In such cases, we commit to not re-identifying the information.  If we are required to retain information to comply with a legal or audit obligation, we may store End User information for longer periods.

    4.8       INTERNATIONAL DATA TRANSFERS

    The Drudge Report Properties and Ad Services are provided, supported, and hosted in the United States.  If you are using these from outside the United States, be aware that your information may be transferred to, stored, and processed by us in our facilities and by those third parties with whom we may share your personal information, in the United States and other locations, including India, where we have offices or employees or engage service providers.  These countries may have data protection laws that are different from the laws of your country of residence.

    However, we have taken appropriate safeguards to require that your personal information will remain protected in accordance with this Policy.  These include:

    4.9       PRIVACY SHIELD NOTICE

    EU-U.S. Privacy Shield and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Status

    Drudge Report, Inc., located in the United States, participates in and has certified its compliance with the EU-U.S.  Privacy Shield Framework and the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework.  We are committed to subjecting all personal information received from European Union (EU) member countries and Switzerland, respectively, in reliance on each Privacy Shield Framework, to the Framework’s applicable Principles.  To learn more about the Privacy Shield Frameworks, and to view our certification, visit the U.S.  Department of Commerce’s Privacy Shield website: https://www.privacyshield.gov/welcome.  A list of Privacy Shield participants is maintained by the Department of Commerce and is available at: https://www.privacyshield.gov/list.

    Drudge Report is responsible for the processing of personal information it receives under each Privacy Shield Framework and subsequently transfers to a third party acting as an agent on its behalf.  We comply with the Privacy Shield Principles for all onward transfers of personal information from the EU and Switzerland, including the onward transfer liability provisions.

    With respect to personal information received or transferred pursuant to the Privacy Shield Frameworks, we are subject to the regulatory enforcement powers of the U.S.  Federal Trade Commission.  In certain situations, we may be required to disclose personal information in response to lawful requests by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements.

    If you have an unresolved privacy or data use concern that we have not addressed satisfactorily, please contact our U.S.-based third-party dispute resolution provider TRUSTe (free of charge to you) at https://feedback-form.truste.com/watchdog/request.  Under certain conditions, more fully described on the Privacy Shield website, https://www.privacyshield.gov/article?id=How-to-Submit-a-Complaint, you may be entitled to invoke binding arbitration when other dispute resolution procedures have been exhausted.

    Residents of the EU and Switzerland may also request our data processing agreements in addition to relying on Drudge Report’s Privacy Shield certification.

    4.10     SENSITIVE INFORMATION AND OUR USE OF NON-SENSITIVE HEALTH SEGMENTS

    We ask that you not send us, and you not disclose, any sensitive personal information (e.g., social security numbers, information related to racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religion or other beliefs, health, criminal background, or trade union membership) on or through the Drudge Report Properties or otherwise to us.

    We may receive the following non-sensitive health-related advertising segments that we use to target ads that may be of interest to End Users: diet and fitness; doctors; health care professionals; health conscious; health and medicine; health and well-being; interest in health insurance; and pregnancy.

    4.11     UPDATES TO THIS POLICY

    We will review and update this Policy periodically and will note the date of its most recent revision at the top of this Policy.  If we make material changes to this Policy, we will post the revised Policy on our website and may take additional measures to inform you about such changes if required by applicable data protection laws.  We encourage you to review this Policy frequently to be informed of how Drudge Report is protecting your information.

    4.12     CONTACTING US

    If you have any questions about this Policy or Drudge Report’s privacy practices, please contact us by email at drudge@drudgereport.com.

    Please note that email communications are not always secure, so please do not include sensitive information in your emails to us.

    To comply with our obligations under EU data protection legislation, we have appointed a Data Protection Officer (DPO).  Our DPO is contactable at drudge@drudgereport.com or by mail using the details provided above.

    Who is the controller of my data? For the purposes of EU data protection legislation, Drudge Report is the controller of your personal information.

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