Privacy Policy

This privacy statement covers all of the Food Smackdown Website (“FS Website”). Please read this statement carefully before using proceeding to access the FS Website. Your use of the FS Website site indicates your agreement to abide by the Terms in effect.

Information Collection
Food Smackdown is the sole owner of the information collected on the FS Website. Food Smackdown may collect information from our users at several different points on the FS Website.

Comments
In order to enhance their use of the FS Website sites, users can choose to leave comments on particular articles of interest. To leave a comment, users must submit information including a valid email address. Food Smackdown uses this information to screen out users who leave comments prohibited by our terms and conditions of use, and will not pass this information to any other organization.

Mailing List
In order to sign up to receive regular emails from the site’s mailing list, users may be required to submit information including a valid email address and demographic information such as location and interests. This information will be used in aggregate form only in order to assess general user interest in various internal and third party products and services, and your personal and contact information will not be passed to any other organization. Users who choose to sign up for a mailing list will receive regular emails from the site, including new articles added to the site as well as emails from third party site sponsors. If you do not wish to receive emails from third party advertisers, do not sign up for the mailing list.

Discussion Group and Cookies
In order to further enhance the user experience, the FS Website includes a discussion board service where users can discuss common topics of interest. Users have the option of signing up for this service, and to do so must submit information including a valid email address. Food Smackdown uses this information to screen out users who leave comments prohibited by our terms and conditions of use and to pick out topics of interest to discussion board users. Food Smackdown will not pass this information to any other organization except in aggregate form.
The discussion board service uses cookies. A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user’s computer tied to information about the user. We may use both session ID cookies and persistent cookies. For the session ID cookie, once users close the browser, the cookie simply terminates. A persistent cookie is a small text file stored on the user’s hard drive for an extended period of time. Persistent cookies can be removed by following Internet browser help file directions.
By setting a cookie on the Food Smackdown site, users will not have to log in a password more than once, thereby saving time while on the site’s discussion board. We store a cookie on each user’s machine that contains a username and encrypted password. You can configure your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, or notify you when a cookie is set. If you reject all cookies, you will not be able to use Food Smackdown products or services that require you to “sign in,” and you may not be able to take full advantage of all offerings. However, not all Food Smackdown services require that you accept cookies.

Third Party Advertising
The ads appearing on the FS Website may be delivered to you by third parties. Information about your visits to this site, such as number of times you have viewed an ad, is used to serve ads to you. You can contact the third-party for more information about cookies and how to “opt-out.”

Third Party Cookies
In the course of serving advertisements to this site, our third-party advertiser may place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser. You can contact the third-party for more information about cookies and how to “opt-out.”

Log Files
Like most standard Web site servers we use log files. This includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track user’s movement in the aggregate, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses, etc. are not linked to personally identifiable information. We may use a tracking utility that uses log files to analyze user movement.

Legal Disclaimer
Though we make every effort to preserve user privacy, Food Smackdown may need to disclose personal information when required by law wherein we have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with a current judicial proceeding, a court order or legal process served on the FS Website.

Business Transitions
In the event Food Smackdown goes through a business transition, such as a merger, acquisition by another company, or sale of a portion of its assets, users’ personal information will, in most instances, be part of the assets transferred.

Links
The FS Website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that Food Smackdown is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every Web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by Food Smackdown.

Third Party Cookies
Some of our business partners may use cookies on our site (for example, advertisers). However, Food Smackdown has no access to or control over these cookies, once we have given permission for them to set cookies for advertising. This privacy statement covers the use of cookies by Food Smackdown only and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Third Party Advertising
The ads appearing on the FS Website are delivered to users by Google as well as other services. Information about users’ visit to this site, such as number of times they have viewed an ad (but not username, date of birth, or any other personal information), is used to serve ads to users on this site. Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to users based on their visit to our sites and other sites on the Internet. Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy. For more information or to opt out of the DART cookie for Google, please visit Google’s Privacy Policy.

Notification of Changes
Whenever Food Smackdown changes its privacy policy, we will post those changes to the privacy statement on the FS Website, and other places we deem appropriate so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.