Although parts of our website do not require you to be a subscriber and you can use them without submitting any personally identifiable information, some areas do require you to register and provide information that enables us to identify who you are. Literary Mama generally collects personally identifying information with your specific knowledge and consent. For instance, when you submit work to be considered for publication, enter a contest, complete a survey, make a purchase, subscribe to our magazine or newsletter or register for any portion of our services, you are asked to provide information such as your e-mail address, name or phone number. Optional information such as your age or gender may also be requested.
Literary Mama is not directed toward children (individuals under thirteen years of age). We do not permit registration or use of the Literary Mama by anyone under the age of 13, and we do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children. In particular, if you are under 13 years of age, you should not provide any personally identifiable information to any site on the Internet without the knowledge and permission of your parent or guardian. Minors between the ages of 13 and 17 must get the permission of their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) before making purchases, including subscriptions, on this website.
Literary Mama uses this information to provide you with the service you have requested. If you subscribe to our magazine, we may use your e-mail address to send you a confirmation notice and your e-mail or mailing address to send you your magazine or newsletter. Similarly, if you enter an online contest, we will use this information to notify you if you are a winner. We may also use the information to communicate with you about new features, products or services, or to improve the services that we offer by tailoring them to your needs.
Literary Mama does not sell our users’ e-mail addresses. However, unless otherwise specified, we may share e-mail address and sell or share all other information with our affiliates and with carefully selected organizations or companies who we think can offer you services and products of interest to you. If you do not wish to have your information shared, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not wish to receive communications from us, simply follow the unsubscribe instructions contained within the e-mail.
We also allow access to our database by third parties that provide us with services, such as technical maintenance or forums software, but only for the purpose of and to the extent necessary to provide those services. And if you choose to purchase items through features on our site, we may forward your information to third parties for services such as credit card processing and order fulfillment. There are also times when you provide information about yourself to us in areas of the site that are managed or participated in by third parties, such as our featured merchant partners. In such cases, the information may be used by us and by such third party(ies), each pursuant to its own policies.
We may also provide your information to our advertisers, so that they can serve ads to you that meet your needs or match your interests. While Literary Mama will seek to require such third parties to follow appropriate privacy policies and will not authorize them to use this information except for the express purpose for which it is provided, Literary Mama does not bear any responsibility for any actions or policies of third parties. There may also be occasion when we are legally required to provide access to our database in order to cooperate with police investigations or other legal proceedings. In those instances, the information is provided only for that purpose.
While your individual information is protected as outlined above, we reserve the right to use aggregated, anonymous data about our users as a group for any business purpose, such as analyzing usage trends and seeking compatible advertisers and partners.
Your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address is usually associated with the place from which you enter the Internet, like your Internet Service Provider, your company or your university. We may use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server, gather broad demographic information, and administer our website.