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ther Publishing Network affiliate and you begin to fill out certain forms on the PCWorld Web site, the site may recognize you and automatically complete the form, and this auto-fill data will then be included in your PCWorld user record. If you have provided information to PCWorld, from time to time we may enhance that information with other information that we collect from third-party sources. The personal information we collect may be linked to information regarding your use of the PCWorld Site, such as which newsletters or alerts you subscribe to or which categories of white paper content you have downloaded. This combined data helps us recommend content to you and target our communications to topics that interest you. The personal information and related data may be used in a number of ways, including the following:

To improve the content of the PCWorld site, including by allowing PCWorld’s editors to consult with readers.
To communicate with users about registration and other customer service issues.
To promote products and services of PCWorld, our parent company, and our sibling companies, as described in more detail below.
To conduct research surveys on behalf of PCWorld,, and its subsidiaries and affiliates.
Information sharing
PCWorld may share aggregated, nonpersonal information, such as Web site traffic figures, with third parties. This aggregated information does not identify you individually. We may also share cookie data as described above (“Information we collect and how we use it”). Further, we may share personal information with your consent or in order to provide products or services you have requested. In addition, by using the site you agree that we may also share personal information in any of the following circumstances: We may use or disclose personal information if we have a good-faith belief that the disclosure is reasonably necessary (a) to satisfy applicable law, regulation, legal process, or enforceable governmental request, (b) to enforce agreements we have with you, (c) to address fraud or security issues, or (d) to protect against harm to the rights, property, or safety of PCWorld or our employees or customers. In the case that disclosure is necessary to satisfy applicable law, regulation, legal process, or enforceable governmental request, we will notify you via email in advance of such disclosure, to the extent it is legally permissible for us to do so. We may share personal information with trusted affiliates or third parties, such as credit card processors or fulfillment providers, who process information or perform services on our behalf.

In addition, we make available a large library of content provided to us from third parties. In return for access to this content, we may ask you to provide us with personal information. When accessing content contributed by a third party, your personal information may be shared with those third parties, and the information will be governed by those parties’ privacy policies as well as ours. PCWorld, nor its parent company, or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, does not bear any responsibility for any actions or policies of such third parties. If you do not wish to have your information shared with a third party, please do not access third party content on our site.

If you submit personal information on a portion of our site that is operated by a third party, such as our price comparison service, we may share the information you submit with the third party, and the information may be used by that party as permitted under that party’s privacy policy. PCWorld and its parent and affiliate companies are not responsible for the third party’s actions or policies. Portions of the site operated by third parties normally include a “Powered by” logo naming the third party, or include links to the third party’s privacy policy.

Social Login
Social Login allows you to log into PCWorld using your preferred social network user name and password. With Social Login, you don’t need to remember a new set of site credentials, or fill out additional registration forms. If you choose to log into your PCWorld account using one of your social network accounts, such as Twitter, Google, Yahoo!, Facebook or Linked-In, your PCWorld profile and connections information will be shared with your social network, and in turn, your social network will share your social network profile and connections with PCWorld. The profile data that is shared with PCWorld through your social network will vary based on which social network you use. Your social network may also offer data from your contacts list, however, PCWorld does not capture, store, or share any data from a registrants contact list. Please refer to your social networks privacy policies for more information. Social Login on this site is provided by our partner, Gigya. Learn more about

As part of the Publishing Network, we share personal information with our parent company,, for promotional and other purposes. Section 2, Publishing Network Privacy Policy, explains how the Publishing Network uses this information. We may share information with third parties for promotional purposes, as described below. In addition, you should be aware that when you disclose personal information such as your name or e-mail address in a forum, blog comment, or other area that is publicly accessible by others, that information can be collected and used by others. PCWorld and its parent and affiliate companies are not responsible for any information that you provide in the above areas.

Use of data for promotions, and choices for personal information
When you provide your e-mail address to us, you agree to receive e-mail from PCWorld, its sibling companies, the Publishing Network, as well as select third party offers; however, you can unsubscribe from these e-mails at any time simply by following the instructions at the bottom of the e-mail. Offers for which the e-mail address is rented and/or licensed for use are screened and the users are required to target their offers carefully.

You may have the opportunity to provide us with your mobile phone number, whether by responding to a form that asks for a mobile number or by using your phone to send us certain kinds of communications, such as a shortcode, SMS or other mobile message. We use your mobile phone number to provide the products and services you’ve specifically requested, such as content delivery to your phone, and for customer service regarding those products and services. We may use your mobile phone number to promote other products and services of PCWorld and its sibling companies if you have expressly consented to receive our promotions via your phone. Similarly, we may use your mobile phone number to promote products and services of carefully chosen third parties if you have expressly consented to receive third party promotions via your phone. Your preferences for receiving promotions via your mobile phone are separate from your preferences for receiving promotions via other means, and you can update your mobile phone preferences at any time simply by following the instructions included in the messages we send to your mobile phone. Please note that the privacy practices described in this paragraph apply only to mobile phone numbers provided to us in the ways described above. If you provide your mobile phone number in other contexts, such as by entering a mobile phone number in a form that asks for your home or business number, we will not be able to identify the number as a mobile number, and the practices described in this paragraph will not apply. Also, please be aware that many mobile phone companies recycle phone numbers, so if you have a new phone number it is possible that you might receive messages that the previous holder of the number had signed up for or consented to receive.

Postal addresses and telephone numbers (other than mobile phone numbers described above) will be used to promote PCWorld and companies products and services, and may be rented and/or licensed to selected outside firms for promotional purposes. Offers for which the postal addresses and telephone numbers are rented and/or licensed for use are screened and the users are required to target their offers carefully. Fax numbers may be used for surveys for PCWorld and third parties, but are not rented and/or licensed to outside firms except as expressly set forth in this policy.

In addition to the methods outlined above, you may change your preferences regarding use of personal data by sending an e-mail to If you request that we terminate your registration and/or cancel your account, PCWorld will delete your personal data that we have in our records.

If PCWorld or any of its products is involved in a merger, acquisition, or sale of some or all of its assets, all personal information and other data will be transferred to the new owner.

2. Publishing Network Privacy Policy
PCWorld is part of the Publishing Network, a group of Web sites for the family of technology publications. The policy below governs the use of personally identifying information collected by the Publishing Network from registered members of sites that are part of the Publishing Network and from subscribers to publications. For information on PCWorld’s privacy practices, please see Section 1 (PCWorld Online Privacy Policy). Publishing Network Privacy Policy
Below is the current policy regarding the usage of personally identifying information and data collected by the Publishing Network. We reevaluate this policy on an ongoing basis based on feedback from readers. The Publishing Network reserves the right to change its privacy policy. However, if there are any changes to the use of personally identifiable information and data that is different from that stated at the time of collection, we will notify you by posting a notice on

About the Publishing Network
The International Data Group, Inc. ( family of on-line and print publications consists of hundreds of award-winning titles including PCWorld, Macworld, TechHive, CIO, CSO, and Network World. The Publishing Network is a growing collection of Web sites that presently includes,,,,,, and A complete listing is available at

To access restricted content on any Publishing Network Web site, you must be a member of the Publishing Network. To become a member of the Publishing Network, you need to provide certain information about yourself. Any of the Publishing Network sites may use this identifying information for internal analytical and business development purposes and to send you e-mail. However, other forms of communication, including postal mail, may be directed to you pursuant to the specific privacy policy of the site to which you provided the information, as may be updated from time to time.

You can opt out of receiving further e-mail by clicking the appropriate links that appear at the bottom of any e-mail you receive. If you do not want to receive other types of communication, including as applicable, postal mail, from the editor and publisher of the site to which you provided the information, please refer to the site’s privacy policy for the procedure to follow.

The Publishing Network is intended for individuals age 13 and over. Personal information may not be provided by anyone under 13 years of age. Further no one under 13 years old may participate in the forums or chat rooms or any other areas where public discussions may take place. In addition no one under the age of 18 may conduct any transactions for the purposes of purchasing or selling any items. Parents should be sure that their children are not conducting any of the above activities on the Publishing Network.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the Publishing Network or its use of information please send email to or write to us at Publishing Network, C/O Customer Service, TSG, Communications, Inc., 5 Speen St., Framingham, MA U.S.A. 01701.


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