Submission and collection of Information
This section addresses the types of information that AmericanIdol.com collects directly from users and the collection of non-personally identifiable information via cookies and related technologies by, and on behalf of, AmericanIdol.com and third parties.
Notice and Choice
Use and disclosure
This section describes how AmericanIdol.com uses your information to provide and manage the Services, including when AmericanIdol.com may disclose your information to third parties that assist AmericanIdol.com in providing those services.
This section describes AmericanIdol.com's security measures.
User Control and Account Cancelation
This section informs users how to access and change their personal information stored by AmericanIdol.com, and how to cancel their accounts.
This section instructs users how to contact AmericanIdol.com.
Fox Broadcasting Company, a division of Fox Entertainment Group, ("Fox", "Our", "Us", "We") operates AmericanIdol.com (the "Site"), an entertainment website. The services the Site offers include applications, community pages, message boards, music and video services, and any other American Idol ("Show") related features, content, promotions, games or applications offered from time to time by Us including when accessed via the Internet, mobile or other devices (collectively, the "Services"). Fox is part of the United States based operations of News Corporation.
Submission and collection of information on the services
User Submitted Information
Registration Information is the information that Members must provide at registration in order to create a profile, subscribe to a Service or enter a game, contest or sweepstake (also called an "Account"), such as display name, email address and date of birth.
Public Information and Posts consist of your display name and, if you provide one, your display picture and your posts and comments on the Site outside of your profile (e.g., posts and comments made on other Member profiles and on general Site content, such as site provided photos, and in general site areas, such as community forums). Your Public Information and Posts are always public, which means they are available to everyone and will be displayed in search results both on the Services and on external search engines. However, when you post content or comments to another Member's profile, that information will be disclosed consistent with that Member's Privacy Settings.
Profile Content consists of information Members may add to their profile. It includes information and content you may add to your profile, such as gender, location, first, middle and last name, "favorite idol moment," friends, comments and similar information. You can control whom you share some of your Profile Content with through your Privacy Settings accessible on your "Edit your Account" page.
Site collected Information
Third parties that support the Site by serving advertisements or providing services, such as allowing users to share content or tracking aggregate site usage statistics, may also use these technologies to collect similar information. We do not control these third-party technologies and their use is governed by the privacy policies of third parties using such technologies. For more information about third-party ad networks that use these technologies, see www.aboutads.info.
Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies, but you can change your settings to notify you when a cookie is being set or updated, or to block cookies altogether. Please consult the "Help" section of your browser for more information (e.g., http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Block-or-allow-cookies). Users can manage the use of Flash technologies, including cookies, with the Flash management tools available at Adobe's website, see http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/security/privacy_policy/faq.html. Please note that by blocking any or all cookies you may not have access to certain features or personalization available through the Site.
Third Parties. To improve the quality of the Site, We may supplement the information We collect with information from third parties. If you access the Site through a third-party connection or log-in, We may also collect Third Party Information and Content.
Notice & Choice
Use and Disclosure
Information Made Public Through Use of the Site and User Privacy Settings
Members' Public Information and Posts are always publicly available to anyone, including other users, search engines, advertisers, third-party application developers, and anyone else with access to the Services. Beyond your Public Information and Posts, you control what information you add to your Profile Content, and whether you want to restrict some of the information other users can see through your Privacy Settings. When your Privacy Setting is "public" your Profile Content is made available to any and all third parties. Additionally, when you post content or comments to another Member's profile, that information will be disclosed consistent with that Member's Privacy Settings. For users under 18, the Site does not permit you to make certain information public.
Site's Use and Disclosure of Information
We use the information We collect from and about users for the following purposes:
To allow third-party service providers to assist Us in providing and managing the Services. We may make your non-public personal information available to certain third-party service providers, such as contractors, agents or sponsors, who help Us manage or provide the Services, for example: developing or supporting products and features; conducting email marketing on Our behalf; processing payments; administering message boards; fulfilling orders; processing data or statistics; or assisting with the administration, judging and prize fulfillment aspects of contests, promotions and sweepstakes. These outside service providers are required to protect non-public personal information entrusted to them and not use it for any other purpose than the specific service they are providing to the Services.
To allow other users to find you. In order to locate Members that a user may already know in the physical world and/or want to get to know in the online world, the Site may allow users to search for Members using information the user already knows, such as display name or email address and identifies users matching that search information.
To contact you. We may periodically send promotional materials (e.g., newsletters) or notifications to the email address provided to Us at registration or to your account. If you want to stop receiving promotional materials from Us, follow the unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email. There are certain service notification emails that you may not opt-out of as long as you are a Member, such as notifications of changes to the Site or policies.
To protect Our rights and the rights of Our users. There may be instances when We may disclose user information without providing notice or choice, including situations where We have a good faith belief that such disclosure is necessary in order to: (i) protect or defend the legal rights or property of Fox, Affiliated Companies or their employees, agents and contractors (including enforcement of Our agreements); (ii) protect the safety and security of users of the Site or members of the public; (iii) protect against fraud or for risk management purposes; or (iv) comply with the law or legal process.
To complete a merger or sale of assets. If We sell all or part of Our business or make a sale or transfer of Our assets or are otherwise involved in a merger or transfer of all or a material part of Our business, We may transfer your information to the party or parties involved in the transaction as part of that transaction.
The Site uses reasonable administrative, technical, personnel and physical measures to safeguard user information in its possession against loss, theft and unauthorized use, disclosure or modification.
ACCESS, REMEDIES AND COMPLIANCE
User Control and Account Cancellation.
By clicking on your user name on the upper left hand corner of the Site and visiting the "Edit Your Account" page, you can access or edit your Account Information. You may unsubscribe to the American Idol newsletter by clicking the link at the bottom of the newsletter e-mail or writing to the Privacy Officer (see contact information in "Contact Us" below). You may also link or unlink your Account from third party service accounts under the "Linked Accounts" heading on the "Edit Your Account" page and also unlinking the Account through your account on the third party service. If you no longer want to use the Services, you may cancel your account by emailing Us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Cancel Account" and requesting the cancellation of your AmericanIdol.com Account. Remember that even after you cancel your account, copies of some information from your account may remain viewable in some circumstances. We may also retain backup information related to your account on Our servers for some time after cancelation for fraud detection or to comply with applicable law or Our internal security policies. Because of the nature of caching technology, your account may not be instantly inaccessible to others, and there may be a delay in the removal of the content from elsewhere on the Internet and from search engines.
- Via email:
- Via mail:
c/o Fox Broadcasting Company
Attn: Privacy Officer
P.O. Box 900
Beverly Hills, CA 90213