Types and uses of personal information
In order to access a profile, post comments, and mark favorite comments on The Awl, you must first create an account with a username and password. The registration system requires that a valid email address–used to confirm the account. Accounts in The Awl are backed up regularly, if the user changes the information on their account, The Awl's stored data backups may include the user's original information for up to six months. Separately, when any The Awl administrators are emailed, the addresses and correspondence are retained. This information is saved to respond to issues and inquiries of all types.
Information Sharing and Disclosure
Aggregate Information (non-personally identifiable)
Aggregated demographic information about our audience is shared with third-party advertising partners. Including: browser information and traffic statistics. This data is not tied to any individual readers' accounts or personally identifiable information.
Personally identifiable information:
No personally identifiable information is shared with third parties, with one limited exception: in situations in which The Awl must disclose personally identifiable information about a user if we have a good faith belief that doing so is required by law, such as pursuant to a subpoena or other judicial or administrative order.
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