Updated May 2018
Table of Contents
- EU Representative and Data Protection Officer
- Information We Collect that You Provide to Us
- Information Collected Automatically; Cookie Notice; Opt-Out
- Children’s Privacy
- Security of Your Information
- Data Storage and Retention
- Links to Third-Party Websites
- Consent to Processing and Transfer of Information about You
- Your California Privacy Rights
- EU Data Subject Rights
- Business Transfers
- Questions, Comments or Complaints
For our EU users and visitors, we actively have been working towards compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and plan to further update our cookie notices and implement consent management tools for users located in the EU as soon as possible. In the meantime, if you have concerns, please contact our data protection officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EU Representative and Data Protection Officer
Merriam-Webster is headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts USA.Merriam-Webster has appointed an EU representative and data protection officer for you to contact if you have any questions or concerns about Merriam-Webster’s personal data policies or practices.
Our EU representative’s name and contact information are:
Merriam-Webster EU Representative
Unity Wharf, 13 Mill Street
London SE1 2BH UNITED KINGDOM
Our data protection officer’s name and contact information are:
Merriam-Webster Data Protection Officer
325 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 200
Chicago, IL USA 60654
Information that You Provide to Us
Merriam-Webster protects the identity of visitors to the Services by limiting the collection of personally identifiable information. Personal information provided by you to us will not be posted or published by us, and will be shared with third parties only as provided herein.You can enjoy many of our Services and their special features without giving us your personal information.
Promotions, Word of the Day and other special features
You may wish to register for or subscribe to a Merriam-Webster e-newsletter without becoming a Merriam-Webster subscriber.To receive these newsletters by email, you must provide us with your email address.We use a third party provider, DRH Internet, Inc. (DRH), to deliver our e-newsletters (and Word of the Day). We gather statistics around email opening and clicks using industry standard technologies including clear gifs to help us monitor and improve our e-newsletters (and Word of the Day). For more information, please see DRH's privacy notice.Except for DRH, we do not share your voluntarily provided email address with any third party.
You may manage your Merriam-Webster e-newsletter subscriptions by subscribing or unsubscribing at any time. Please note that if you have set your browser to block cookies, this may have an impact on your ability to unsubscribe. If you have any difficulties managing your email or other communication preferences with Merriam-Webster, please contact us at email@example.com.
Communications from us and our approved, third-party partners
If you choose to provide us with personal information, you also may receive the following types of e-mails from us:
- E-mails related to subscription-maintenance activities;
- E-mails highlighting new features, content, and usage tips for the Services; and
- Special offers
- From us for additional Merriam-Webster and Encyclopædia Britannica (Merriam-Webster's parent company) products and services, and
- From our approved, third-party partners, if you "opt-in" or give us your permission to send them.
When you provide us with your personal information, you can let us know that you do not wish to receive special offers from Merriam-Webster or its third-party partners. Also, each special offer will have information available to allow you to "opt out" if you no longer wish to receive special offers.
We may occasionally conduct on-line surveys. All surveys are voluntary and you may decline to participate.
Purposes for processing personal data provided directly by you
As explained above, Merriam-Webster processes your data to provide you with the products and services you have requested or purchased from us, including special features, e-newsletters and other content.Sometimes we use third-party providers to facilitate the delivery of the services described above, and these third-party providers may be supplied with or have access to your personal information for the sole purpose of providing services to you on our behalf, such as Word of the Day.
We also use your data for legitimate business purposes that enable us to refine our products and services to better tailor them to your needs and communicate with you about other products and services offered by Merriam-Webster.In addition, we may disclose your personal information in special legal circumstances. For instance, such information may be used where it is necessary to protect our copyright or intellectual property rights, or if the law requires us to do so.
You can update your personal information and change your marketing preferences at any time by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Payment card information
You may choose to purchase goods or services from Merriam-Webster using a payment card. Typically, payment card information is provided directly by users, via the Service, into the PCI/DSS-compliant payment processing service to which the Merriam-Webster subscribes, and Merriam-Webster does not, itself, process or store your card information.
Information Collected Automatically-Cookie Notice & Opt-Out
Merriam-Webster Activities & Opting Out
Web beacons, tags and scripts may be used on our Services or in email or other electronic communications we send to you. These assist us in delivering cookies, counting visits to our Websites, understanding usage and campaign effectiveness and determining whether an email has been opened and acted upon. We may receive reports based on the use of these technologies by our third-party service providers on an individual and aggregated basis.
As described below, on our free, ad-supported Services, we use these technologies for legitimate business purposes to provide standard advertising controls, determine user response to advertisements and promotions, and deliver targeted advertisements that we or our partners believe will be of most interest to you.
We may also use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our website, analyze trends, track visitor movements, and gather broad demographic information that assists us in identifying visitor preferences.
You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Services. For more information about cookies, please visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/.
Analytics & usage data
For our legitimate business interests, we may process your personal information for analytic purposes on all of our Services as described in this section.
We may also receive other data about your use of our Services from other sources.This information may include (but is not limited to) information about your activities across unrelated websites and mobile applications, information about the possible relationships between different browsers and devices and information that we receive from our third party service providers. We may add this information to the information to the information we have already collect through our Services.
Advertising on our free, ad-supported Services
For our legitimate business interests we process and disclose your personal information collected automatically through our free, ad-supported Services for advertising, including interest-based advertising, as described in this section. Our free Services are supported by advertising. Our subscription websites are paid for by subscription fees, and are ad-free, as are our paid-for mobile applications. As more fully described below, in order to monetize our free, ad-supported Services, we work with third parties to display advertising on the Services. If you would like to avoid all advertisements, sign up for a subscription or upgrade your mobile application.
We work with DigiTrust to set a cookie in your browser to enable us and DigiTrust Partners to collect web viewing data that includes visits to a Merriam-Webster Service and other non-affiliated websites over time. This data may be used to infer whether you share interests with other Users, and deliver advertising relevant to those inferences. This type of advertising is called interest-based or behavioral advertising. You can exercise choice about the collection of data in this way for interest-based, behavioral advertising by visiting the Digital Advertising Alliance’s choice page and opting out from DigiTrust or use one of the links provided below. Opting out from DigiTrust will stop DigiTrust Partners from using the DigiTrust identifier. Through the DAA choice page, you may make other choices for companies that participate in the DAA, some of which are DigiTrust Partners.
Please note that limiting third-party cookies via your browser controls does not prevent our first-party cookie from being set in this way. Also, please know, if you opt out of interest-based advertising you will continue to receive ads on our free, ad-supported Services, but not behaviorally targeted ads. Also, if you opt out of Merriam-Webster’s practices, you may continue to receive interest-based advertising through other companies.If you erase your browser's cookies, you may need to perform this process again.
Anonymous aggregated data may be provided to other companies we do business with for statistical purposes. For example, we may report to advertisers that a certain percentage of our site's visitors are adults between the ages of 25 and 35.
For our legitimate business interests, we process your device identifiers as described in this section.
When you use a mobile device like a tablet or cell phone to access our Services, we may access and monitor one or more "device identifiers." Device identifiers are small data files associated with your mobile device that uniquely identify your mobile device. A device identifier may deliver information to us or a third party partner about how you browse and use the services and may help us or others provide reports or personalized ads. Some features of the services may not function properly if use or availability of device identifiers is impaired or disabled.
Third-party activities & opting out
For our legitimate business interests, and with your consent where this is required, we may process for advertising, including interest-based advertising, as described in this section.
Some advertising networks require that we specifically list their opt-out links below. When you opt-out of a network, you may receive a "opt-out" cookie so that the network will know not to assign you new cookies in the future. You will continue to receive ads from that network, but not behaviorally targeted ads. If you erase your browser's cookies, you may need to perform this process again.
You can opt out of being behaviorally targeted by Merriam-Webster (and other companies employing online advertising) via the following options:
- Digital Advertising Alliance
- Digital Advertising Alliance Canada
- European Digital Advertising Alliance
- Network Advertising Initiative
To manage or delete browser cookies, please see your browser's privacy settings.
To manage or delete Flash cookies, please use the Adobe Flash Player Settings Manager:
Please remember, if you opt out of interest-based advertising you will continue to receive ads on our free, ad-supported Services, but not behaviorally targeted ads. Also, if you opt out of Merriam-Webster’s practices, you may continue to receive interest-based advertising through other companies.
Merriam-Webster does not knowingly collect or solicit personally identifiable information from or about children under 13, except as permitted by law. If we discover we have received any information from a child under 13 in violation of this policy, we will delete that information immediately. If you believe Merriam-Webster has any information from or about anyone under 13, please e-mail us at email@example.com
Security of Your Information
Any personally identifiable information collected through this site is stored on limited-access servers. We will maintain safeguards to protect these servers and the information they store.In addition, to help protect the privacy of data and personally identifiable information you transmit through use of our Services, we maintain physical, technical and administrative safeguards. We update and test our security technology on an ongoing basis. We strive to restrict access to your personal data to those employees who need to know that information to provide benefits or services to you. In addition, we strive to all our employees about the importance of confidentiality and maintaining the privacy and security of your information.
Data Storage and Retention
Your personal data is stored by us on our servers located in the United States.We retain your information for the duration of your business relationship with us and as long as necessary to permit us to use it for the legitimate business purposes that we have communicated to you and comply with applicable law or regulations.For more information on where and how long your personal data is stored, and for more information on your rights of erasure and portability, please contact the Merriam-Webster’s data protection officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Links to Third-Party Websites
The Services may contain links to other websites. Merriam-Webster is not responsible for the privacy practices or content of these third-party websites. We urge all users of our Services to follow safe Internet practices: Do not supply personal information to these websites unless you have verified their security and privacy policies.
Consent to Processing and Transfer of Information about You
Merriam-Webster’s headquarters are in the United States. Information we collect from you will be processed in the United States and may be stored, transferred to, and processed in any country where we have facilities or in which we engage service providers.These countries may be outside your country of residence, including the United States, and may have different data protection laws than your country.
Your California Privacy Rights
If you are a California resident, you are entitled to prevent sharing of your personal information with third parties for their own marketing purposes through a cost-free means. If you send a request to the address above, Merriam-Webster will provide you with a California Customer Choice Notice that you may use to opt-out of such information sharing. To receive this notice, submit a written request to email@example.com, specifying that you seek your "California Customer Choice Notice." Please allow at least thirty (30) days for a response.
EU Data Subject Rights
The EU GDPR and other countries’ privacy laws provide certain rights for data subjects. A good explanation of them (in English) is available on the website of the United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office.
If you wish to confirm that Merriam-Webster is processing your personal data, or to have access to the personal data Merriam-Webster may have about you, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All of the content on the Services is copyrighted by Merriam-Webster, Incorporated, 47 Federal Street, P.O. Box 281, Springfield, MA 01102, or its licensors, and it cannot be redistributed or used for commercial purposes. More detailed information about Merriam-Webster's copyrights and trademarks is available on our Copyright Notice page.
Questions, Comments or Complaints
If you have questions about Merriam-Webster or its products, visit our Contact Us page to find e-mail addresses and other contact information for the appropriate department. To correct, update, or remove personally identifiable information, please email us at email@example.com. If you have any questions or concerns, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com.