Last Modified: August 21, 2020
At AccuWeather, We want to assure that We provide You, as a User, with information and choice about Our policies and practices. We do this so You may make informed decisions whether or not You want to use AccuWeather Sites and how you choose to use them.
ACCUWEATHER SITES, AND THE PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND ADVERTISING MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THEM, ARE NOT INTENDED FOR USE BY CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 18 WITHOUT PARENTAL SUPERVISION. AccuWeather does not intentionally collect any information from children under 18 years of age. We will undertake to delete any details from such users where a parent or guardian has notified us that any such details have been obtained.
- 2. WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT?
- 3. HOW DO WE USE THE INFORMATION?
- 4. HOW DO WE SHARE THE INFORMATION?
- 5. WHERE IS THE INFORMATION STORED?
- 6. HOW LONG IS THE INFORMATION STORED?
- 7. HOW CAN YOU ACCESS AND CONTROL YOUR INFORMATION?
- 9. HOW DO YOU CONTACT US?
"AccuWeather," "We," "Our," and "Us" refers to AccuWeather, Inc. and any and all entities that are controlled by or under common control with AccuWeather, Inc.
"AccuWeather Sites" include but are not limited to all AccuWeather wired and mobile websites, digital products, services, websites, applications, data, content, advertising, and other elements. These other elements may include sign-up screens, contests, data input and tracking, and other interfaces.
"Online Behavioral Advertising," also referred to as "OBA," which is also sometimes called "interest-based advertising," uses information collected across multiple web sites that You visit in order to predict Your preferences and to show You advertisements that are most likely to be of interest to You.
"Personally Identifiable Information" or "PII" means information by which a natural person can be specifically identified. This information includes things such name, address and email address. Your username and a password You supply are examples of PII. Information about a device or the location of a device may be PII, but only if We also have other information that, when combined with information about that device, might lead to identification of You or another natural person.
"Providers," refers to non-AccuWeather entities such as, but not limited to, service providers, advertisers, vendors, data collection services and other third parties. These Providers may also collect information about You.
"User," "You," "Your," and "Visitor," whether in the singular or plural refers to a natural person who views, downloads or interacts with any AccuWeather Sites.
WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT?
We may collect Your PII or device information, including Your device’s location, when You use the AccuWeather Sites. Users are informed during the registration or onboarding process for certain AccuWeather Sites of the information We may collect about You or Your device and prompted to provide that information or grant Us access to it for specified purposes such as product improvements and push notifications.
Information We ask You to provide. We may ask You to provide PII or allow AccuWeather and/or its Providers to identify or contact You. We may request this information when we ask You to register for fee-based services, although some free products and services may also request or require registration. For example, We may request PII from You when You create an account, download an application or content through AccuWeather Sites, upload content (e.g., photos, videos) to AccuWeather Sites, subscribe to e-mail newsletters or other content made available by AccuWeather Sites, or report a problem with Your account or AccuWeather Sites. As a registered subscriber or user, You may be able to download software, enter contests or sweepstakes, order e-mail newsletters or participate in additional services or other promotions offered on AccuWeather Sites.
Information Your device provides passively about the device, the network it is on and the device's location. Your use of AccuWeather Sites may result in the assignment of unique identifiers (IDs). Some of these IDs are generated by Your device and some of these are provided to Your device by Us or our Providers. These may be in the form or numbers or combinations of letters, numbers and other characters or other codes. These may be used to allow AccuWeather and its Providers and others who assist AccuWeather in the support of AccuWeather Sites to know Your device's location, web browsing movements or information about the environment near the device. When You use certain AccuWeather Sites, We allow You to choose when and how often to share Your device location data with Us and the purposes for which We or our Providers may use Your device location data. Basic AccuWeather app features will still function if You choose not to share Your device location data to receive personalized content and advertising.
When you use AccuWeather Sites, your device may send us some or all of the following:
- GPS Coordinates. The GPS coordinates of a device. On many devices, enabling or disabling "Location Services" or a similar setting controls whether the device sends GPS coordinates.
- Internet Protocol (IP) Address. An IP Address is a number automatically assigned by Your Internet Service Provider (ISP). The IP address is the host computer a device uses to connect to the ISP's network to send information to Us or to our Providers and for a device to receive information back from Us or from our Providers.
- Device ID. A Device ID is a combination of letters and numbers that is unique to the device You are using. The Device ID identifies the device, regardless of who is using the device. On many devices, the Device ID is provided by the device manufacturer and stored permanently in the memory of the device. Depending on how the manufacturer configured the device, You may not be able to change it.
- Advertising ID (AAID) or ID for Advertising (IDFA). These are combinations of letters and numbers that are unique to the device You are using. However, these identifiers may not be permanent. Depending on Your device, You may be able to reset them through the settings of Your device or Your browser.
Information about other devices that are near Your device. Your device commonly has several types of wireless communications
methods, and each is enabled or disabled separately by You. If You are
using a wireless or cellular connection, the device may log and
transmit when it has come in contact or connected to other devices or
components of the network the device is using. These include things
- When You enable WiFi, a basic service set identifier (BSSID) of a WiFi access point near the device
- When You enable a cellular connection, a cell tower near the device
- When You enable Bluetooth, a Bluetooth beacon near the device
- Information from sensors on Your device. Many mobile devices include sensors that measure information about the surroundings of the device. These include things like gyroscopes, accelerometers and altimeters that measure things like rotation, speed direction and altitude. Some wearable devices also include sensors for body conditions like pulse and body temperature.
- Information about the performance of Your device. This may include information such as how much battery power the device is using, the operating system and version the device is using and the version of Our application the device is using.
- Pixel Tags, Web Beacons, Flash Shared Objects/HTML5 Local Storage/HTML5 Mini Databases. Many mobile devices use these technologies which allow for the storage of information on the mobile devices and, in effect, allow the enhancement of internet browsing The Flash Shared Objects, HTML5 Local Storage and HTML5 Mini Databases also allow the device to track a user's web browsing movements across the internet and not just on one particular website. You can learn more about how we use these technologies here.
If you turn off "Location Services" or a similar setting that controls GPS functionality, the device still may automatically send or receive this other information as long as you have these other communications types enabled. You should read the instructions related to Your device, operating system or browser to learn about how to control the information Your device may transmit.
We do not respond to web browser Do Not Track signals at this time.
Weather observations, videos and other information You choose to upload or submit to Us. You may have the opportunity to submit information about Yourself and your surroundings, such as weather-related data You observe, as well as your present location or another location of interest. You also may be able to post or submit photos, videos, graphics, information, comments, and other content to an AccuWeather Site. When you submit this information, it becomes the property of AccuWeather, and you accept responsibility for its accuracy, appropriateness and legality. It may be distributed and become publicly available. It may be viewed, read, collected, or used by others, outside of Our control, including any geo-location, tags, or other metadata in the submission.
Information You provide AccuWeather if You contact Us directly. If You contact AccuWeather, We may keep a record of that contact or correspondence.
Your Mobile Device SMS / Text Messages. You may decide to opt-in and consent to receiving SMS / text messages from AccuWeather. If you do, we do not sell or disclose Your SMS / text messaging opt-in data and consent to any unaffiliated third parties.
HOW DO WE USE THIS INFORMATION?
It is important for Us to know Our users. AccuWeather uses the information it collects to:
- Provide You weather alerts at the location(s) You provide us
- Provide You a more accurate service
- Provide You a user-friendly and engaging service with content We believe will be most relevant to You
- Deliver to You targeted or contextual advertising We and our advertising Providers believe will be most relevant to You
- Analyze the traffic and use patterns on AccuWeather Sites
- Provide You up-to-date information on Our products, Our services and the AccuWeather Sites
- Provide access to subscription-based AccuWeather Sites
- Process and verify subscriptions
- Bill for subscription-based AccuWeather Sites and other services
- Process Your data access and deletion requests
WHERE IS THE INFORMATION STORED?
AccuWeather Sites are controlled and operated from within the United States. PII may be stored and processed in any country where we have facilities or Providers. When You consent to use AccuWeather Sites, You are consenting to the transfer of information to countries outside of your country of residence, including to the United States, which may provide for different data protection rules than in Your country.
HOW LONG IS THE INFORMATION STORED?
We retain PII for as long as You have a registered account with Us or as long as needed to provide You services on the AccuWeather Sites. If You request that We delete or restrict certain PII about You controlled by Us, We will comply with your request, but We may retain and use the PII for a period of time. For example, We may use the records to follow-up on a request, resolve a dispute or as needed to comply with applicable law. In addition, some PII may be stored on back-up files for financial, legal, or technical reasons.
HOW CAN YOU ACCESS AND CONTROL YOUR INFORMATION?
Controlling Information Your Device Sends to Us. Most devices and web browsers offer privacy settings and options where you can control the information that Your device sends. Changing these settings will not prevent you from seeing advertisements and offers, but those advertisements and offers may not be tailored to your interests and needs. You may disable cookies, reset your IDFA or AAID, or turn off location-based (GPS) services. We do not override these settings or options, and You can change them at any time. We encourage you to use them to enhance your choices and personalize your experiences. However, in order to access certain content, features, services, products, or benefits of AccuWeather Sites, you may be required to provide Us certain information. Basic AccuWeather app features will still function if You choose not to share Your device location with Us to receive local content and customized advertising.
Online Behavioral Advertising (OBA). If You desire to opt-out of OBA described above in the section "How Do We Share Your Information?", You should visit https://www.aboutads.info/choices for web-based advertising), and https://www.aboutads.info/appchoices for mobile advertising. This hyperlink and process is the recommended tool for the Digital Advertising Alliance Self-Regulatory Principles of Online Behavioral Advertising, to which AccuWeather endeavors to adhere, as a member of the Interactive Advertising Bureau.
Accessing and updating Your online account information. If You have a subscription or account with Us where You voluntarily provided PII through email, registration forms, the best way to access or control this information is to visit the applicable AccuWeather Site to update Your online profile, change Your password. If You have a user name or password associated with an account, You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of Your user name and password.
US Residents. If You have a subscription or account with Us where You voluntarily provided PII through email, registration forms, or other contact forms request, the best way to update Your subscription or account information is to visit the applicable AccuWeather Site to update Your online profile or change Your password. You also can request that We provide You a summary of PII we maintain in connection with Your account. Upon your request, if we have any of this PII, we will update or correct that information. Users of the AccuWeather Sites may also request that We provide you with a summary of data We collect about Your device or delete Your device data, inclusive of any PII.
California Residents. California Civil Code Section 1798.83, known as the "Shine the Light" law, permits users who are California residents to request and obtain from us once annually, free of charge, information about PII (if any) we disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes in the preceding calendar year. If applicable, this information would include a list of the categories of PII that was shared and the names and addresses of third parties with which we shared information in the immediately preceding calendar year. We do not respond to web browser Do Not Track signals at this time.
Users accessing from the European Union. You have the right to request that We confirm what PII we collect or hold about You, provide a copy of Your PII to You in a machine-readable format and to ask us to correct or update the PII. You also have the right to ask us to delete Your PII that we hold, in accordance with applicable law. However, the deletion of the PII may impact Your access, use and ability to use features on the AccuWeather Sites.
Use by Children under age 18. AccuWeather Sites are not directed to children and AccuWeather does not intend to collect any PII from children. Please do not allow children under age 18 to use AccuWeather Sites, provide any PII to AccuWeather, or ask questions or participate in chat rooms on AccuWeather Sites. If We are notified with verifiable information that a child under age 18 has provided PII to Us, We will delete that information as soon as reasonably possible. If You become aware that a child under age 18 has provided such information, please send Us a detailed email with all identifiable information at firstname.lastname@example.org so We may delete this information. We have no way to control the use of an access device that You allow a child under age 18 to use, and therefore the device may be sending Us information about the device's location and other factors. PLEASE EXERCISE CONTROL OF YOUR DEVICES TO PREVENT MINORS FROM GETTING INTO A SITUATION WHERE THEIR LOCATION MAY BE DISCLOSED TO US, OUR PROVIDERS, OR OTHER THIRD PARTIES.
We recently included a disclosure about our practices regarding your SMS / text messaging opt-in data and consent. We made this disclosure as a requirement by phone carriers with whom You may have services with, and to inform You of our existing practices. We do not share such information with unaffiliated third parties.
HOW DO YOU CONTACT US?
You may request a copy of the data we hold about you or amend or delete that data by contacting the Privacy Officer at email@example.com or through a "Contact Us" or similar link on an AccuWeather Site.
Note that for most of Our Users, We may have information about a device the User has used, but not the name, address or other PII of the User. When You contact Us, You may be providing Us some of this PII for the first time.
To help protect Your privacy and provide security, We may take reasonable steps to verify that You are the authorized user of a device where You are making a request for Us to provide You information about the device or amend or delete information We have related to that device.