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Privacy Policy

This policy was last updated on February 27, 2014.

This policy discloses the privacy practices for,, The Boston Globe newspaper, the Boston Globe Services Web site,, our mobile messaging services and smartphone applications (collectively, the "Services"). For the purposes of this Privacy Policy, unless otherwise noted, all references to "The Boston Globe" include,,, (the “Web Sites”) as well as The Boston Globe newspaper and Boston Globe Services.

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The Boston Globe has received TRUSTe's Privacy Seal signifying that this privacy statement and our practices have been reviewed for compliance with the TRUSTe program viewable on the validation page available by clicking the TRUSTe seal. The TRUSTe certification only covers information collected on, and If you have questions or complaints regarding our privacy policy or practices, please contact us at If you are not satisfied with our response you can contact TRUSTe here..

The TRUSTe program covers only information that is collected through the aforementioned Web Sites, and does not cover information that may be collected through software downloaded from this site or through our mobile applications.

In this Privacy Policy, you will find the answers to the following questions:

For further information, you can view our Terms of Service and read our Frequently Asked Questions about Cookies.

Third party sites that offer services on our Web Sites are governed by their own privacy policies. We are not responsible for the content or the privacy policies of Web sites to which the Services may link.

These sites include:
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The information gathered by the Services falls into two categories: (1) Personal information, which includes personal information you supply when you subscribe, order, complete a survey, register for one of our Web Sites, enter a contest or provide your e-mail address and (2) Non-personal information collected through technology, which includes tracking information collected as you use the Services.

Personal Information That You Give Us

Registration Information: There is a free registration process required to access the full range of information and services offered across Boston Globe Web Sites. and require that you supply a unique e-mail address, your first and last name, and basic demographic information (zip code, birth year, and gender) in order to register. In addition, we may ask you to supply optional information on household income, job industry, and job title. In addition, requires that you supply your credit card number or other billing information, address, and phone number. You must also agree to our Terms of Service as part of the registration process.

Boston Globe newspaper subscriber information: We generally obtain your name, address, telephone number, credit card number or other billing information in order to process your newspaper subscription request. As a subscriber, we request that you also provide us with your e-mail address. If you use the Boston Globe Services Web site to manage your home delivery service, your newspaper subscriber information will be used to process online customer service requests relating to issues such as missing or late deliveries, and vacation stops and restarts.

Registration for our Web Sites via Third-Party Tools: You can log in to our sites using sign-in services such as Facebook Connect or an Open ID provider. These services will authenticate your identity and provide you the option to share certain personal information with us such as your name and email address to pre-populate our sign up form. Services like Facebook Connect give you the option to post information about your activities on our Web Sites to your profile page to share with others within your network.

Premium Products and Services: We collect and store billing and credit card information where required for certain purchase transactions (such as paying for a subscription or classified advertisement). This information will only be shared with third parties who perform tasks required to complete the purchase transaction. Examples of this include fulfilling orders and processing credit card payments.

User Generated Content (Including comments, profiles, and photo uploads): We offer opportunities for you to engage in public activities on our Web Sites, including submitting comments and photos in a number of areas throughout the Services. Any information you disclose in your submissions, along with your screen name or ID, or any image or photo, becomes public and may be used by The Boston Globe for online and offline promotional or commercial uses in any and all media.

"Public activities" are actions you take on our Web Sites that are designed to be visible to other users, including but not limited to comments on articles or blogs, participation in forums or discussion groups, and photo uploads. This feature may be disabled on the "edit profile" page. We may also feature, either through automation or by editor selection, specific user profiles or public activities to be promoted anywhere on the Services. If you choose to engage in public activities, we will track and aggregate these public activities on your profile page.

If you choose to engage in public activities, you should be aware that any personally identifiable information you submit there can be read, collected, or used by other users of these areas, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for this information. For more information, see the Posting Policy and read the User Generated Content section of the Terms of Service. To request removal of any personal information you submitted through engaging in public activities such as forums, contact us at In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why.

When you share or recommend (with or without adding your own comments) any articles or content from the Services to your Facebook profile, that action is governed by the Facebook Privacy Policy. We do not track or store a record of those comments or actions.

Social Media Features and Widgets: Our Web Sites includes Social Media Features, such as the Facebook Like button, and Widgets, such as the Share This button or interactive mini-programs that run on our site. These Features may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our site, and may set a cookie to enable the Feature to function properly. Social Media Features and Widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our site. Your interactions with these Features are governed by the privacy policy of the company providing it.

Contests, Sweepstakes, and Special Offers: On occasion, The Boston Globe collects personal information from users or subscribers in connection with optional sweepstakes, contests, or special offers. If this information is to be shared with a third party other than The Boston Globe we will notify you at the time of collection. If you do not want any personal information shared, you may always decline to participate in the sweepstakes, contest, or special offer.

Special Events and Promotions: We often receive contact information regarding customers who attend Special Events and Promotions. Such information will be used as indicated at the time of collection.

Online Customer Panels: We occasionally offer readers and customers the opportunity to participate in online research panels. These customers agree to participate in periodic surveys about their usage of products produced by The Boston Globe, their household/personal characteristics and their purchase behavior. Panel members are primarily contacted via e-mail, but may occasionally be contacted by telephone or postal mail. All survey data is reported/used in aggregate form only, and no personally identifiable information is released. As a panel member, we require that you supply us with your e-mail address only; name, home address and telephone number are optional.

Market Research and User Surveys: Reader surveys and market research are valuable tools that help us better respond to consumer needs and opinions and help shape our product offerings. We may collect additional personal information from members in connection with optional reader surveys and market research activities. Information that you provide to answer optional survey or market research questions may be shared, in aggregate, with advertisers and partners unless we notify you otherwise at the time of collection.

Jobs, Cars, and Real Estate: While you are visiting certain sections of our Web Sites, please be aware that these areas are run by third parties. For instance if you are searching for a job you will be directed to use the Web site, which is framed within the jobs section. All information collected in these areas is covered by the privacy policies of such third parties. has no access or control over the information collected.

Non-Personal Information Collected Using Technology

Device Information: We may collect non-personal information about the computer, mobile device, or other device you use to access the Services, such as IP address, geolocation information, unique device identifiers, browser type, browser language and other transactional information.

Cookies: In providing the Services, we use "cookies," Web beacons and other similar technologies to recognize you and provide personalization, as well as to help us understand where our visitors are going and how much time they spend there. You will not be able to access certain areas of our Web Sites if your computer does not accept cookies from us. For more detailed information about our use of cookies, see Frequently Asked Questions about Cookies in our Help section.

We use a commercial advertising server to display ads on our Web Sites and we use cookies to manage the display and frequency of advertisements that we sell and/or serve.

We also reserve the right to place a cookie on your computer with a unique anonymous number to ensure that your browser does not see the same ad over and over again, to sequence ads in a series, and to measure the number of unique visitors that have viewed a particular ad or visited a particular webpage.

We also use clear gifs in our HTML-based e-mails to let us know which e-mails have been opened by recipients. This allows us to gauge the effectiveness of certain communications and the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns.

Usage Data: We currently have a contract with Adobe, a third party, to track and analyze non-personally identifiable usage and volume statistical information from our visitors and customers on our Web Sites. We use this information to track the traffic, usability, performance, and effectiveness of our Web Sites.

All data collected by Adobe on behalf of our Web Sites is owned and used by The Boston Globe. We reserve the right to publish non-personally identifiable, summary information regarding our online visitors for promotional purposes and as a representative audience for advertisers. Please note that this is not personal information, only general summaries of the activities of our visitors and customers in aggregate. Adobe uses cookies to help track visitor behavior and sets cookies on behalf of our Web Sites. For more information about Adobe's privacy policy, including how to opt out, go to

We use Localytics and Flurry to track usage and browsing patterns on some of our mobile applications. For more information about Localytics and its privacy policy, please go to For more information about Flurry and its privacy policy, please go to Flurry and Localytics may independently record the type of device and operating system you are using, general location information, as well as events that occur within our apps, such as how often you use our apps. We do not receive that information.

The Boston Globe currently uses Google Analytics, a third party, to track and analyze non-personally identifiable usage and volume statistical information from our Finds users. We use this information to track the traffic, usability, performance, and effectiveness of our programs. We reserve the right to publish non-personally identifiable, summary information regarding our online visitors for promotional purposes and as a representative audience for advertisers. Please note that this is not personal information, only general summaries of the activities of our visitors and customers in aggregate.

We reserve the right to change the vendors who provide us with usage data. If such a change takes place, updated information will be posted here in this Privacy Policy.

IP Addresses: Our Web Sites log Internet Protocol (IP addresses), or the location of your computer on the Internet, for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes. We use this information in an aggregate fashion to track access to our Web Sites and mobile applications.

Log Files, Web Beacons, and Your Reading History: We automatically log certain usage information about your use of the Services. This information includes a reading history of the pages you view. We use this information in the aggregate to analyze usage of our Web Sites and mobile applications.

Location Information: Some of our mobile applications can deliver content based on your current location if you choose to enable that feature of the app. If you enable the location-based feature, your current location will be stored locally on your device, which will then be used by the app. If you elect to have a location-based search saved to your history, we will store that information on our servers. If you do not enable the location-based service, or if an app does not have that feature, the app will not transmit to us, and we will not collect or store location information.

Ads may be displayed within our apps. The ads you see are not targeted to you based on your current GPS location, but they may be targeted to you based on your device's IP address or ZIP code.

Mobile Messaging Service: We use the information collected from your interaction with The Boston Globe by Text Messaging Service ("SMS Service") solely for the purposes of improving the SMS Service. The information will not be provided, sold, licensed, rented, assigned or disclosed to Third Parties, except as required by law, nor will we use your phone number to initiate a call or SMS text message to you without your express prior consent. Your wireless carrier and other service providers also collect data about your SMS Service usage, and their practices are governed by their own privacy policies. We collect the mobile phone number you use to send us a text message and the content of the messages sent between you and The Boston Globe. When you send a text message to The Boston Globe or via The Boston Globe, we log the incoming phone number, the wireless provider associated with the number, and the date and time of the transaction. The only information we automatically collect is that related to the use of our Mobile Services. We use this data to analyze the message traffic in order to operate, develop and improve our SMS Service.

Information Collected by Third Parties Using Technology: Some of the services and advertisements included in the Services, are delivered or served by third-party companies that may place or recognize cookies, Web beacons, or other technology to track certain non-personally identifiable information about our Web Site users. For example, in the course of serving certain advertisements, some advertisers may place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser in order to collect certain non personally identifiable information about your visits to our Web Sites and other Web sites. In many cases, this information could be used to show you ads based on your interests on other Web sites.

We do not have access to, nor control over, advertisers’ or service providers’ cookies or other tracking technologies or how they may be used.

Please click here to see a list of third parties that may be using cookies to serve advertising on the Services. For example, Google is one of the companies that serves advertisements onto the Services. It uses the DART cookie to serve ads based on your visit to the Services and other sites on the Internet. You may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.

You have choices about the collection of information by third parties on our Web Sites:

1. If you would like more information about advertisers' use of cookies, and about your option not to accept these cookies, please click here.
2. If you would like to opt-out of having interest-based information collected during your visits to this or other sites, click here.

Your access to our Web Sites should not be affected if you do not accept cookies served by third parties.


Providing the Services You Request: We use the information we gather about you to enable your use of the Services, and to fulfill your requests for certain products and services, such as sending out electronic newsletters and enabling you to participate in and renew paid services, polls, contests, and forums.

Site Login: Your e-mail address acts as your member login, and together with the password that you create during the registration process your e-mail address allows you to access many of the features and services available on our Web Sites.

Your e-mail address, password, and demographic information will be shared between the Services. This sharing will allow you to use the same login and password on each of the sites.

Statistical Analysis: We perform statistical, demographic and marketing analyses of users of the Services, and their subscribing and purchasing patterns, for product development purposes and to generally inform advertisers about the nature of our subscriber base. We use this information for analysis purposes, including analysis to improve customer relationships.

Customizing Your Experience: We use the information that we collect to allow advertising to be targeted to the users for whom such advertising is most pertinent. We also use this information to customize certain features of the Services to provide you with an enhanced experienced based on the type of device you are using to access the Services, and in certain cases, provide you with requested services.

Relevant Advertising: We may use demographic, location, and preference information to allow advertising on the Services to be targeted to the users for whom they are most pertinent. This means users see advertising that is most likely to interest them, and advertisers send their messages to people who are most likely to be receptive, improving both the viewer's experience and the effectiveness of the ads. We disclose information to third parties only in aggregate or de-identified form.

E-Mail Newsletters: During the registration process, you will have the opportunity to subscribe to periodic e-mail newsletters. You may also sign up to receive e-mails at any time by accessing your profile in the Member Center. We send both editorial e-mail newsletters and messages about services offered by The Boston Globe and its partners and advertisers.

If you would like to opt out of these e-mails, you may manage your subscriptions and preferences in the Member Center. If you experience difficulty with the unsubscribe process, feel free to contact us at and provide all possible e-mail addresses along with the name of the newsletter from which you would like to unsubscribe. If your personally identifiable information or e-mail address changes, or if you no longer desire our service, you may update it at the Member Center.

If we decide to make changes in our e-mail practices, we will post those changes to this privacy statement, the homepage, and other places we deem appropriate so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.

Other Communications from The Boston Globe: The Boston Globe may use the e-mail address provided by you at registration to contact you regarding (1) account status (including confirmation of registration or newspaper subscription), (2) major changes to the Services and or to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, and (3) participation in user surveys, asking for feedback about the Web Sites and existing or prospective products and services, as well as information to better understand our users and (4) information regarding Boston Globe products and services that may be of interest (including subscriptions, online archives, newsletters and other premium products). You may opt out at any time from any primarily commercial messages and user surveys by following the opt-out instructions in the e-mail.

E-mail to a friend: The "e-mail to a friend" feature is an easy way for users of the Services to send links to articles, photos, or other content through e-mail. The e-mail address(es) that you supply to use this service will only be used to send the requested content or feature. We do not store this information for any purpose.


If you have registered to use the Services, we will not sell, rent, swap or authorize any third party to use your e-mail address or any information that personally identifies you without your permission. We do, however, share information about our audience in aggregate form.

We may perform statistical, demographic and marketing analyses of customers and their buying and purchasing patterns for product development purposes and to generally inform advertisers about the nature of our customer base. We also use such information to allow advertising to be targeted, in aggregate, to the users for whom such advertising is the most pertinent. Personal information about you as an individual will not be disclosed without your consent.

From time to time, we may offer you the opportunity to receive information and offers about products or services from our advertisers, partners or other third parties. You will have the opportunity to opt out of each primarily commercial e-mail that we send. If you sign up to receive information directly from an advertiser, partner or third party you may contact that advertiser, partner or third party directly in order to opt out of future messages from them.

If you are a print subscriber to The Boston Globe, or have registered on any our Web Sites, then we may opt to share your e-mail address and other personally identifiable information with a third party service provider that sends e-mail on behalf of the newspaper. Any third party service provider will not share your e-mail address or personally identifiable information with other companies and will only send you e-mail on behalf of the newspaper. Promotional e-mails sent by an e-mail service provider will contain instructions on how to unsubscribe from future promotional e-mails sent on behalf of The Boston Globe.

The Boston Globe also reserves the right to contact you to discuss your account or to renew your subscription, in accordance with applicable laws.

We also share information about our audience in aggregate or de-identified form. Nothing in this Privacy Policy is intended to restrict our use of aggregated or de-identified information in any way.

In the future, we may sell, buy, merge or partner with other companies or businesses. In such transactions, we may include your information among the transferred assets.

Service Providers: We contract with other companies to provide services on our behalf, including credit card and billing processing, shipping, e-mail distribution, list processing, and analytics or promotions management. We provide these companies only with the information they need to perform their services. These service providers are restricted from using this data in any way other than to provide services for the Services, and they may not share, resell, or use this data for their own direct marketing purposes.

We reserve the right to disclose your opt-out information to third parties so they can suppress your name from future solicitations, in accordance with applicable laws. We may occasionally release personal information as required by law, for example, to comply with a court order or subpoena. (For more information, see the Compliance with legal process section of this policy.)


Member Center: You may review and update your membership or account information and access your transactions history in the Member Center. The Member Center is a centralized area where you can manage your relationship with The Boston Globe. There are a number of things you can do in the Member Center to ensure your personal information is accurate and up to date. For one, you can gain secure access to update the information you provided during the registration process. The E-mail Preferences tab is the place to go to sign up for e-mail newsletters and manage your delivery options. In order to gain access to the areas of the Member Center containing personal information, you will be asked to re-enter your password. If you do not remember your password, you can reset your password here. If you need further assistance, please contact Customer Support.

Data Retention: We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. If you wish to cancel your account or request that we no longer use your information to provide you services, contact us at We will also retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.

How do I opt out from receiving promotional offers? If, at any time you wish to discontinue receiving any specific e-mail sent by our marketing partners or us, simply follow the unsubscribe options at the bottom of the e-mail.

If, at any time, you wish to opt out of receiving any direct mail and/or telephone solicitations from The Boston Globe, you may notify us by calling 617-929-2233 or e-mailing


Compliance With Legal Process: We may disclose personal information if we are required to do so by law or we have a good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (1) comply with the law or with legal process; (2) protect and defend our rights and property; (3) protect against misuse or unauthorized use of the Services; or (4) protect the personal safety or property of our users or the public (among other things, this means that if you provide false information or attempt to pose as someone else, information about you may be disclosed as part of any investigation into your actions).

COPPA Compliance: In accordance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), The Boston Globe does not knowingly collect or store any personal information, even in the aggregate, about children under the age of 13.

Data Security: To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the appropriate use of information, we have put in place commercially reasonable physical, technical, and administrative controls to protect the information. Please note that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure.

How To Contact Us:

For any questions or comments regarding our information or security practices, you may contact us:

By E-mail: or
By Phone: 617-929-7900 (between 9:00am and 5:30pm EST)
By Fax: 617-929-7975, Attention Privacy Manager
By Mail: 135 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125, Attention: Privacy Manager


This Privacy Policy may be amended from time to time. Any such changes will be posted on this page. If we make a significant or material change in the way we use your personal information, the change will be posted on this site thirty (30) days prior to taking effect and registered users will be notified via e-mail.