Last Updated: December 1, 2012
1. Why do PCHbingo, PCHlotto and PCHslots collect personal information?
PCHbingo, PCHlotto and PCHslots collect certain personal information from our visitors primarily to process and fulfill online entries. For example, we need your full name, postal and email address to enter you in the PCHbingo, PCHslots or PCHlotto giveaways, confirm your entry, contact you if you have won and notify you about any updates or changes to our sites. We may also use the personal data we collect for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes, and to report aggregate information to our marketing partners and others.
For each day that you play, we will send you an email confirmation with the number of bonus Diamonds earned and/or of the numbers you have chosen for entry at PCHlotto and/or your Jackpot ball progress and the nightly drawing card you may submit at PCHbingo. We may utilize the services of service providers and subcontractors to collect such information on our behalf for administrative and other purposes that we may deem necessary to maintain service and improve the user experience. We may forward personally identifiable information to select vendors or third parties necessary for the fulfilment of any prize you may win. These service providers are prohibited from using your personally identifiable information for any other purpose including their own marketing.
To provide our users with a more personalized and relevant web experience, we may collect and use personal data to identify users' specific interests and needs. If given permission, we may notify our users by email of special contests, announcements and offers we feel may be of interest to them that are available from PCHbingo, PCHslots and PCHlotto and/or our marketing partners who send information on our behalf. Users may unsubscribe from such future offers by clicking to remove the check in the permission notice box before submitting the registration and entry form. You may also unsubscribe from such offers at any time by using the unsubscribe link in such emails, by clicking on the “Contact PCHbingo/PCHlotto/PCHslots” link or by writing directly to us care of: Consumer & Privacy Affairs, 382 Channel Drive, Port Washington, New York, 11050.
From time to time, we may post customer testimonials on our web sites which may contain personally identifiable information such as the customer's name. If the testimonial contains personally identifiable information, we do obtain the customer's consent prior to posting these testimonials.
2. How and what information does PCHbingo, PCHlotto and PCHslots gather or track?
We collect personal data from our users mainly during the initial registration process for PCHbingo, PCHlotto and PCHslots. Such information is collected to process and fulfill online entries. For example, we need your full name, postal and email address to enter you in the PCHbingo, PCHlotto and PCHslots giveaways, confirm your entry, contact you if you have won, and notify you about any updates or changes to our site. We will also send you an email confirmation each day of the numbers you have chosen for entry at PCHlotto and/or the number of Diamonds earned at PCHslots. We will also send you an email confirmation each day that you play, of the numbers you submitted for the Last Chance Drawing and the current number of Jackpot balls you possess and when they expire. We may also forward personally identifiable information to select vendors or third parties necessary for the fulfillment of any prize you may win. We may utilize the services of service providers and subcontractors to collect such information on our behalf for administrative and other purposes that we may deem necessary to maintain service and improve the user experience. We may also request additional information about the offers and services on our sites. We gather this data in order to better understand our users' interests and provide them with relevant offers and information.
Through the use of "cookies" and "pixel tags" (both described below) and online and registration forms, we may collect personal data on, among other things, the following information:
3. What are Cookies?
As is true of most web sites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and clickstream data. We use this information, which does not identify individual users, to analyze trends, to administer the sites, to track users movements around the sites and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. We do not link this automatically-collected data to personally identifiable information.
When you register with PCHbingo, PCHlotto and PCHslots, we may share your name and information with third parties who may contact you by mail with relevant offers. If you wish to opt out of such exchanges you may click here.
4. Targeted or Behavioral Advertising:
Targeted advertising (also known as Behavioral Advertising) uses information collected about an individual’s web browsing behavior such as the pages they have visited or the searches they have made. This information is then used to select which advertisement should be displayed to a particular individual on websites other than pch.com. For example, if you have shown a preference for cooking while visiting pch.com, you may be served an advertisement from pch.com for cooking related products when you visit a site other than pch.com. The information collected is linked to an anonymous cookie ID (random alphanumeric number); it does not include any information that could be linked back to a particular person, such as name, address or credit card number. The information used for targeted advertising either comes from pch.com or through third party website publishers. If you would like to opt out of targeted advertising from pch.com that occurs when visiting our third party advertising publishers, please click here. Please note that this will opt you out of targeted ads from Publishers Clearing House and any other participating advertisers. If you opt out, you will continue to receive online advertising from Publishers Clearing House; however, these ads may not be as relevant to you.
5. Do PCHlotto and PCHslots disclose user information to third parties?
PCHbingo,PCHlotto and PCHslots disclose user information in aggregate form to marketing partners. For example, we might tell a marketing partner how many users visited our sites over a period of time, but we will never tell them who it was that saw or clicked on their offer, unless that user has given us permission to do so.
Visitors who do not want to hear about PCHbingo, PCHlotto or PCHslots opportunities may follow the simple unsubscribe procedure of removing the check mark located at the permission notice box appearing on each site's registration and/or entry page. If an opt out is not submitted, we may notify users by email about special opportunities, drawings, contests, and events. In the event of a merger, acquisition, or change of control, customer data would be considered a business asset and may be transferred. We will disclose information we maintain when required to do so by law, for example, in response to a court order or a subpoena. We may also disclose personal information as required by law or to protect the safety and security of our users.
6. Can I opt-out of PCHbingo, PCHlotto and PCHslots' data collection and/or distribution?
Receiving email messages is optional. As noted earlier, the collection, use, and distribution of personal data helps us create a more personalized, relevant, and intelligent web service for our users. Our sites will not contact you with email offers and announcements from us or from select marketing partners if you follow the simple opt-out procedure of removing the check mark located at the permission notice box appearing on the sites registration and/or entry pages. To update your password or update, correct, or delete registration information, please go to MY ACCOUNT.
If you are already receiving emails and no longer wish to receive such communications, simply follow the "unsubscribe" instructions that appear in the e-mail, or click on the "Contact PCHbingo,PCHlotto/PCHslots" link or write directly to us care of: Consumer & Privacy Affairs, 382 Channel Drive, Port Washington, New York, 11050. Please note that we will confirm each entry into PCHlotto with an email summary of the number you have selected and each entry into PCHbingo with an email summary of the numbers you have selected.
7. What about external web sites?
8. What do PCHBingo, PCHLotto and PCHSlots do to keep their sites secure?
We have implemented a number of security features throughout our sites that are intended to prevent the unauthorized release of or access to the user information we collect online. For example, database information is firewall protected. Also, only authorized personnel and approved service providers have access to any stored personal information we collect from our users. While we strive to create secure and reliable sites for our users, the confidentiality of any communication or material transmitted over the Internet cannot be 100% guaranteed. Users should keep in mind that any information submitted through an Internet transaction is potentially accessible to the public, and consequently, can be collected and used by others without their consent. PCHbingo, PCHlotto and PCHslots are not responsible or liable for illegal interception of personal data via any Internet transaction.
9. Does PCHbingo, PCHlotto and PCHslots collect information from users outside of the United States?
Our sites are not directed to visitors residing outside of the United States and such users are not eligible to submit online sweepstakes entries. If we become aware that a user who does not reside in the United States has registered with the PCHbingo, PCHlotto or PCHslots sites, we will use reasonable efforts to remove such information from our files.
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