DawgNation California Privacy Notice

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in DawgNation, a website owned and operated by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a division of Cox Enterprises, Inc., and our “Affiliates” (other companies within the Cox Enterprises, Inc. corporate family), (collectively, “DawgNation”). We respect your privacy when you use our websites, mobile applications and other online and offline products and services, including our podcasts (collectively, the “DawgNation Services”). This California Privacy Notice (“Notice”) applies to California residents that are “Consumers” as defined by the California Consumer Privacy Act (together with its regulations, “CCPA”) and is a supplement to DawgNation’s other privacy policies or notices, including our main Privacy Policy. This Notice reflects the California consumer data practices of DawgNation (“we,” “our,” “us”). There are Affiliates that may have their own California privacy notices and consumer rights programs. You will need to consult their policies and make requests to them separately.

Capitalized terms that are used within this California Privacy Notice shall have the meaning given to them in the CCPA unless otherwise noted. We may from time-to-time update information in this Notice regarding our data practices and your rights, modify our methods for responding to your requests, or supplement our responses to your requests as required to reflect updates to the law.

1. COLLECTION, USE AND DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

Generally, we collect, retain, use, and share your Personal Information (“PI”) to provide you DawgNation Services, which may include but are not limited to https://www.dawgnation.com/. In addition, we may collect, use and disclose your PI as required or permitted by applicable law, or as directed by you, in accordance with this Notice.

Information We Collect

During the preceding 12 months, we may have collected the following categories of personal information about you:

  • Identifiers: such as name, nicknames, aliases, contact information including email address, User IDs, passwords, IP addresses, and device IDs;
  • Internet Usage Information: such as browsing history, referring URLs, search history, interactions with advertising links, and mobile application usage;
  • Geolocation Data: such as your location we infer based on your IP address;
  • Inferences from PI Collected: such as customer profiles including subscriber preferences, customer characteristics, and behaviors.

We collect the above categories of PI directly from you, your device or browser, vendors that assist us in providing the DawgNation Services and running our internal business operations (“Vendors”), suppliers, public databases, social media platforms, data append services, and Affiliates. We collect, use and share the PI we collect for the CCPA-defined business purposes in the bulleted list below and for the purposes described in our Privacy Policy (collectively, our “Business Purposes”).

Our Business Purposes

  • Providing the DawgNation Services and our products and services, including maintaining and servicing your accounts, verifying your information, advertising, marketing, or analytic services, and similar functions and services;
  • Detecting security incidents and protecting against malicious, deceptive, or illegal activity;
  • Debugging the DawgNation Services to identify and repair errors;
  • Internal research and development;
  • Quality and safety assurance, and improving, upgrading, and enhancing the DawgNation Services and our products and services;
  • Processing and managing interactions and transactions on the DawgNation Services and our products and services;
  • Additional business purposes, which include sharing PI with third parties for other than a sale or one of the foregoing business purposes as required or permitted by applicable law, such as to our Vendors that perform services for us, to the government or private parties to comply with law or legal process, to the consumer or other parties at the consumer’s request, for the additional purposes explained in our Privacy Policy, and to assignees as part of a merger or asset sale.

The following categories of PI are shared with the following categories of third parties for Business Purposes only:

  • Our Affiliates: identifiers, internet usage information, geolocation data, and inferences from PI;
  • Vendors: identifiers, internet usage information, geolocation data, and inferences from PI;
  • Analytics and Advertising Partners: internet usage information, geolocation data, and inferences from PI;
  • Our Joint Marketing Partners: internet usage information, geolocation data, and inferences from PI;
  • Business Partners: identifiers, internet usage information, geolocation data, and inferences from PI;
  • Social Media Platforms: identifiers, internet usage information, geolocation data, and inferences from PI;
  • Government Entities, Including Law Enforcement: upon request and as required under law, we may provide identifiers, internet usage information, geolocation data, and inferences from PI.

2. YOUR CCPA RIGHTS

Rights to Know and Delete Personal Information

California Consumers have the right to exercise certain privacy rights under the CCPA. Any request you submit to us is subject to an identification and residency verification process (“Verifiable Consumer Request”). We will not fulfill your CCPA request unless you have provided sufficient information for us to reasonably verify you are the Consumer about whom we collected PI.

If you are unable to provide us with certain information about yourself or, in some cases, about your transaction history with us, we will be unable to verify your identity to fulfill a request to know or delete. In some cases, we may verify identity by confirming that you are the owner of the email address we have on file. For your specific pieces of information, as required by the CCPA, we will apply heightened verification standards, and reserve the right to request further information from you, in addition to the information mentioned above.

We will make commercially reasonable efforts to identify Consumer PI that we collect, process, store, disclose, and otherwise use and to respond to your California Consumer privacy rights requests. If we do not comply fully with a request, we will explain the reasons in our response We will typically not charge a fee to fully respond to your requests, but we may charge a reasonable fee, or refuse to act upon a request, if your request is excessive, repetitive, unfounded, or overly burdensome.

You may use an authorized agent to submit a consumer rights request. If you use an authorized agent to submit a request, we may require proof that the agent has been authorized by you to do so, and take other steps permissible under the CCPA, to ensure it is a proper request by an authorized agent.

a. The Right to Know

1. Categories of PI.
You have the right to send us a request, no more than twice in a twelve-month period, for any of the following for the period that is twelve months prior to the request date:

  • The categories of PI we have collected about you;
  • The categories of sources from which we collected your PI;
  • The business or commercial purposes for our collecting or selling your PI;
  • The categories of third parties to whom we have shared your PI;
  • A list of the categories of PI disclosed for a business purpose in the prior 12 months, or that no disclosure occurred;
  • A list of the categories of PI sold about you in the prior 12 months, or that no sale occurred. If we sold your PI, we will explain the categories of your PI we have sold and the categories of third parties to which we sold PI, by categories of PI sold for each third party.

2. Specific Pieces of PI
You have the right to make or obtain a transportable copy, no more than twice in a twelve-month period, of your PI that we have collected, and are maintaining, in the period that is 12 months prior to the request date. Please note that PI is retained by us for various time periods, so we may not be able to fully respond to what might be relevant going back 12 months prior to the request.

b. The Right to Deletion

You may request that we delete your PI that we have collected directly from you and are maintaining. Exceptions do apply, including, without limitation, where we need to retain your personal information as permitted by applicable law, such as for regulatory reasons, to complete a warranty or other contract with you, or other internal uses of the information that are compatible with the context in which you provided it. Note also that we are not required to delete your PI that we did not collect directly from you.

To exercise the right to know or right to delete, you may submit a request by emailing us at dawgnationprivacy@coxinc.com and including your name, address, email address, and phone number. Do not send other information via e-mail. We will contact you for further information if necessary. In order to complete your request, you will be required to respond to any follow up inquires we may make, and we may deny your request if you do not do so. DawgNation will not discriminate against any consumer for exercising these rights, as described further below.

Right to Opt-Out of Sale of Personal Information

We do not knowingly sell your PI. For this reason, we do not treat PI collected by DawgNation as subject to a Do Not Sell request and, therefore, we do not offer a way for you to submit such a request.

However, third parties may collect personal information through our online services for advertising, analytics and other purposes. Please visit here to opt-out of what these participating third parties consider a sale of personal information by such parties. You must opt out on every device and browser you use in order to effectuate your “Do Not Sell” requests from these parties. However, opting out does not mean you will stop seeing ads and you may continue to still see interest-based ads. To learn more about interest-based advertising and additional opt-out choices related to it, please visit here or here.

You can exercise control over browser-based cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser. For additional details about your choices regarding certain kinds of online interest-based advertising, visit here.

Do Not Track Signals

Your browser settings may allow you to automatically transmit a “Do Not Track” signal to online services you visit. Like many online services, DawgNation currently does not alter DawgNation’s practices when DawgNation receives a “Do Not Track” signal from a visitor’s browser.

California Minors

We do not knowingly sell the PI of Consumers we know are under 16. Any California residents under the age of 18 who have registered to use DawgNation, and who posted content or information on the DawgNation Services, can request removal by contacting us at dawgnationprivacy@coxinc.com and detailing where the content or information is posted and attesting that you posted it. We will then make reasonably good faith efforts to remove the post from prospective public view or anonymize it, so the minor cannot be individually identified to the extent required by applicable law. This removal process cannot ensure complete or comprehensive removal. For instance, third parties may have republished or archived content by search engines and others that we do not control.

Notice of Financial Incentive and Non-Discrimination

We will not discriminate against you in a manner prohibited by the CCPA because you exercise your CCPA rights. However, we may charge a different price or rate, or offer a different level or quality of good or service, to the extent that doing so is reasonably related to the value of the applicable data. In addition, we may offer you financial incentives for the collection, sale, and retention and use of your PI as permitted by the CCPA that can, without limitation, result in reasonably different prices, rates, or quality levels. The material aspects of any financial incentive, if offered, will be explained and described in its program terms, as applicable. Please note that participating in incentive programs is entirely optional. You will have to affirmatively opt-in to the program and you can opt-out of each program (i.e., terminate participation and forgo the ongoing incentives) prospectively by following the instructions in the applicable program description and terms. We may add or change incentive programs and/or their terms by posting notice on the program descriptions and applicable terms so check them regularly.

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, we may collect, use, and disclose your PI as required or permitted by applicable law and this may override your CCPA rights. In addition, we need not honor any of your requests to the extent that doing so would infringe upon our or any other person or party’s rights or conflict with applicable law.

3. CALIFORNIA "SHINE THE LIGHT" LAW

Separate from your CCPA rights, California’s “Shine the Light” law permits California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of PI to third parties for their own direct marketing purposes. We do not share personal information with third parties for their direct marketing purposes. If you are a California resident, you may request information about our compliance with Shine the Light by contacting us at dawgnationprivacy@coxinc.com or by sending a letter to:

ATTN: Chief Privacy Officer – Shine the Light Request
Cox Enterprises Inc. / DawgNation
6205-A Peachtree Dunwoody Road
Atlanta, GA 30328

Any such request must include “California Shine the Light Privacy Rights Request” in the first line of the description and include your name, street address, city, state, and ZIP code. Please note that we are only required to respond to one request per customer each year.

As these rights and your CCPA rights are not the same and exist under different laws, you must exercise your rights under each law separately.

4. CONTACT DAWGNATION

If you have any questions about this Notice, please contact DawgNation at dawgnationprivacy@coxinc.com.

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