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To manage our automatic data collection, we may place tags (often referred to as “web beacons”) on pages on the Site or in emails we send to you.
Web beacons are small files that link web pages to particular web servers and their cookies, and they may be used for a variety of
purposes, such as counting the number of visitors to the Site, analyzing how users navigate around the Site, assessing how many emails that we send are
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We also use third-party web analytics services, such as Google Analytics, on the Site, to provide us with statistics and other information about visitors
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Finally, companies that provide certain third-party apps, tools, widgets, and plug-ins that may appear on the Site (for example, Facebook “Like” buttons),
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We may use the information gathered on The Balance for various purposes, including the purposes listed below. For example, if you were to contact us with a
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Our agents, vendors, consultants, and other service providers may have access to information we collect through the Site to carry out work on our behalf.
Those parties are restricted from using personal information collected through the Site for purposes other than to provide the requested assistance. In
addition, certain service providers may collect or access information through the Site to enable or provide services, tools, or other features available on
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While you are visiting The Balance, you may have the opportunity to participate in surveys or quizzes, or to use other interactive features, such as
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This Site is not designed or intended for use by children, and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13. If we
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If you are visiting The Balance from outside the United States, please be aware that information we collect through the Site will be transferred to and
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transferred to the United States may be different from the laws in your country of residence.
Subject to certain limits, under California law California residents may ask us to provide them with a list of the categories of personal information that
we have disclosed to third parties for those third parties’ direct marketing purposes during the preceding calendar year, as well as the identity of those
third parties. California residents may contact us as specified in the How to Contact Us section
below to make a request for this information.
If you have questions about this policy or about our privacy practices, you may contact us by emailing privacy@TheBalance.com. If you are a
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To help us maintain the resources needed to create the quality content you deserve, we accept advertisements on our Site. We greatly value transparency
and hope that this policy leaves you feeling even more confident about the content and service we provide.
The Balance maintains a distinct separation between advertising and editorial content.
Contributors and/or The Balance may receive compensation for participation in third-party affiliate marketing programs, including purchases made through links to The Balance’s e-commerce partners, if any. All pages on the Site containing affiliate marketing links, including product reviews, will be clearly demarcated and/or identified with a disclaimer.
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including TheBalance.com (collectively “The Balance”).
These Guidelines are intended to provide general parameters for Advertisers in connection with Ad creative and content served on The Balance. They are not
exhaustive and do not address every situation or issue that may arise in the course of business. Accordingly, these Guidelines are subject to change from
time to time in The Balance’s sole and absolute discretion.
Advertisers are responsible for understanding and complying with all applicable laws and regulations, including FTC guidelines regarding advertising,
native advertising disclosures, endorsements, privacy, and data security. All Ad’s must be fair, truthful, and clearly distinguishable from editorial
content. Advertisers are responsible for ensuring all Ads and related claims are adequately substantiated. Further, Advertisers must adhere to The
Balance’s Prohibited Content Guidelines and Additional Standards set forth below, which are incorporated into and made a part of these Guidelines.
Ads served through networks or exchanges are reviewed on a regular basis and, in addition to any other remedies The Balance may have, The Balance reserves
the right to remove, without notice, any Ads that do not meet these Guidelines, regardless of whether the Ad was previously accepted by The Balance.