Privacy Policy

Welcome to (the “Site”), which is owned and operated by Cosmopolitan Press, LLC (“we,” “us,” and “our”) based in Austin, Texas. This privacy policy is designed to provide a clear understanding of how we handle your ‘Personally Identifiable Information’ (PII) when you use our website. PII, as defined by privacy laws and information security, refers to information that can identify, contact, or locate an individual, either on its own or in conjunction with other data. We encourage you to read this privacy policy carefully to understand how we collect, use, protect, and manage your PII in line with our website.


Collection of Personal and Non-Personal Information (PII and Non-PII)

We gather and store specific personally identifiable information about you, such as your name, billing address, telephone number, email address, screen name, and financial information (“PII”), only when you provide it voluntarily. There are certain instances in which we may request PII, for example, when you purchase our services, submit comments or questions, seek information, engage in promotions, contests, or sweepstakes, or use other features or functions on our site.

When you access our Site, certain technical, non-personally identifiable information that doesn’t identify any individual (“Non-PII”) may be collected and stored through technologies like cookies and IP addresses. This process does not extract PII. Non-PII may include, but is not limited to, your IP host address, internet browser type, personal computer settings, and information about page visits, such as their number, duration, and characteristics. This data helps us enhance our site to ensure it remains engaging for our visitors and contains content tailored to their interests.

Collection of Press Release Information

Press Release Information

When you submit a press release for distribution through our services, you may provide certain personal or business information to be published as part of the press release. This may include, but is not limited to, your name, title, business name, business address, and business contact details.

Publicly Available Information: It’s important to note that all information you submit in your press release becomes publicly available information once distributed through our services. We are not responsible for any information that you choose to make public through our services.

Information Use: The information included in your press release is primarily used for distribution and promotional purposes. This information may be shared with our distribution partners and made available to the general public.

Third-party Websites: Your press release, including any personal or business information within it, might be published on third-party websites through our distribution network. While we make efforts to include only reputable websites in our distribution network, we cannot control the policies and practices of third-party websites. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of any third-party website that publishes your press release.

Removal Requests: If you wish to update or remove your press release from our website, please contact us. However, please note that removal from our website does not guarantee removal from third-party websites that have published your press release.

Use of PII

Use of Your PII: When you provide your PII on our Site, we will restrict its use to the purpose for which it was collected, in line with the terms of this Privacy Policy. Other limited uses of your PII may include:

  • Responding to your inquiries, comments, and requests; granting you access to specific areas and features on our Site; and communicating with you regarding your activities on our site.
  • Investigating suspected fraud, harassment, physical threats, or other violations of law, rules, or regulations, the rules or policies of our Site, or the rights of third parties; or investigating any suspected conduct we consider improper.
  • Utilizing the financial information you provide in connection with shopping or commercial services offered on our Site to fulfill those services.
  • Assisting in the development, delivery, and improvement of our services, content, and advertising.
  • Sharing with our parent, subsidiary, and affiliated companies, and promotional partners involved in creating, producing, delivering, or maintaining our Site, as required to perform functions on our behalf in connection with the Site, such as Site administration, promotions, marketing, data analysis, and client/company services.
  • To share such information, it may be necessary for us to transmit your PII outside the jurisdiction specified below, and you agree to this transfer. Further use or disclosure of PII by these parties for other purposes is not permitted.
  • Sharing with third-party service providers whom we employ to perform functions on our behalf in connection with the Site (such functions may include, but are not limited to, sending postal mail and e-mail, removing repetitive information from client/company lists, analyzing data, providing marketing assistance, and offering client/company services).
  • These third-party service providers have access to PII necessary to perform their functions and may collect or store PII as part of their performance of these functions, but are not authorized to use it for other purposes.
  • For our internal purposes, including auditing, data analysis, and research to improve our services and client/company communications.
  • For other purposes as disclosed when your PII is collected or in any additional terms and conditions applicable to a particular feature of our site.
  • For disclosures required by law, regulation, or court order.
  • For the purpose of or in connection with legal proceedings or necessary for establishing, defending, or exercising legal rights.

In emergencies to protect the health or safety of users of our site or the general public, or in the interests of national security.

With the exception of what’s provided for herein, we will not provide any of your PII to third parties without your specific consent.

Managing Your Personal Information: You have the ultimate control over the PII we collect and use. You can always choose not to provide certain PII, but please keep in mind that you may not be able to use some of the features offered by our site unless you provide us with your PII. If you wish to verify, update, or correct any of your PII collected through our site, please contact us using the details provided in the contact section of this policy.

We may also use your PII for the following purposes:

Direct Marketing: We may use your personal information to send you Austin American News, LLC-related marketing communications as permitted by law. You will have the ability to opt out of our marketing and promotional communications.

For Research and Development: We may use your personal information for research and development purposes, including analyzing and improving the Service and our business.

To Create Anonymous Data: We may create aggregated, de-identified, or other anonymous data records from your personal information and other individuals whose personal information we collect. We make personal information into anonymous data by excluding information (such as your name) that makes the data personally identifiable to you. We may use this anonymous data and share it with third parties for our lawful business purposes, including analyzing and improving the Service and promoting our business.

To Comply with Laws and Regulations: We use your personal information as necessary or appropriate to comply with applicable laws, lawful requests, and legal processes, such as responding to subpoenas or requests from government authorities.