Privacy Policy

Bright Lite Magazine is committed to protecting its readers’ privacy. Our Privacy Policy (“Policy”) is designed to help you understand how we collect, use and safeguard the information you provide to us and to assist you in making informed decisions when using our Service. The Policy applies to your use of www.brightlitemag.com (the “Site”) and any other related services. By visiting or otherwise interacting with the Site you are subject to this Policy. Please read this policy carefully, especially before providing personal information or submissions through our email address.

1. Creating an account

(Bright Lite does not currently offer users the ability to create accounts on our site. However, if and when this feature is enabled in the future, the following terms will apply.)

In order to access a profile and post comments on Bright Lite you must first create an account with a username and password. The registration system requires that a valid email address be used to confirm the account. You’ll be informed that you should choose a username that does not include your last name and does not specify your city or your address. Bright Lite asks that you use your first name only, or an alias for your display name. This is for your own protection.

Bright Lite accounts are backed up regularly. If a user changes the information on her or his account, Bright Lite’s stored data backups may include the user’s original information. If you email anyone at Bright Lite, a record of the addresses and correspondence will continue to exist. We save this information so that we can respond to you and have a record of that correspondence.

2. Information We Collect and How We Use It

Personally identifiable information
Personally identifiable information (“PII”) is any information that can be used to identify you, such as your first and last name, your email address, your physical address, phone number, etc. When you correspond with us, or send us submissions, Bright Lite collects some amount of PII from you.

Bright Lite will never share PII with third parties. However, if Bright Lite has a good faith belief it must do so to meet a legal requirement, such as pursuant to a subpoena or other judicial or administrative order, we will disclose only the PII necessary to comply. Please be advised, however, that although we take technological precautions to protect your data, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Therefore, Bright Lite cannot warrant that your information will be absolutely secure. Any transmission of data is at your own risk.

Aggregate information (non-personally identifiable information)

Bright Lite may, from time to time, automatically collect and provide aggregate information about our visitors to our advertisers, sponsors, promotional partners and affiliates, such as how many persons visited a particular page or activity, the average age of our visitors on the site or page, or the likes and dislikes of our visitors.  We use log files, like most websites. This information includes, but is not limited to, internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track users’ movement in the aggregate, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. This information isn’t linked to personally identifiable information and does not include any personal information about any individual visitor.

3. Do Not Track

Do Not Track (“DNT”) is a preference you can set in your browser to let websites you visit know that you do not want them collecting certain information about you. Bright Lite does not currently respond to, or honor, Do Not Track signals or requests from your browser.

4. Your Rights Regarding The Use Of Your Personal Information.

You have the right at any time to prevent us from contacting you for marketing purposes.  When we send a promotional communication to a user, the user can opt out of further promotional communications by following the unsubscribe instructions provided in each promotional e-mail.  You can also indicate that you do not wish to receive marketing communications from us in the “Settings” section of the Site.  Please note that notwithstanding the promotional preferences you indicate by either unsubscribing or opting out in the Settings section of the Site, we may continue to send you administrative emails including, for example, periodic updates to our Privacy Policy.

5. California Online Privacy Protection Act

CalOPPA is the first state law in the nation to require commercial websites and online services to post a privacy policy. The law’s reach stretches well beyond California to require a person or company in the United States (and conceivably the world) that operates websites collecting personally identifiable information from California consumers to post a conspicuous privacy policy on its website stating exactly the information being collected and those individuals with whom it is being shared, and to comply with this policy. Per CalOPPA, we agree to the following:

  • Users can visit our site anonymously.
  • Users will be notified of any privacy policy changes on our Privacy Policy Page
  • Users are able to change their personal information by emailing us directly at info@brightlitemag.com

6. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

Bright Lite accepts submissions of material and information from its users. When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under 13, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children’s privacy and safety online.

  1. We require parental consent before personally identifiable information can be collected from children. 
    1. During the registration or submission process, we may ask the child to provide certain information for notification and security purposes, including a parent or guardian’s email address, the child’s first name and gender, the child’s member or account username, and password. We also may ask for birth dates from children to validate their ages. We strongly advise children never to provide any personal information in their usernames. Please note that children can choose whether to share their information with us, but certain features cannot function without it. As a result, children may not be able to access certain features if required information has not been provided.
    2. Email Consent. In the event that Bright Lite wishes to collect personal information from a child, COPPA requires that we first seek parental or guardian consent by email. In the email we will explain what information we are collecting, how we plan to use it, how the parent can provide consent, and how the parent can revoke consent. If we do not receive parental consent within a reasonable time, we will delete the parent contact information and any other information collected from the child in connection with that activity.
    3. High-Level Consent. In the event Bright Lite collects personal information from a child that will be posted publicly, we will seek a higher level of consent than email consent. Such “high-level” methods of consent include but are not limited to asking for a credit card or other payment method for verification (with a nominal charge involved in order to verify identity), speaking to a trained customer service representative by telephone or video chat, or requiring a signed consent form by mail, email attachment, or fax. After providing high-level consent, a parent may have the opportunity to use a pin or password in future communications as a way to confirm the parent’s identity.
  2. Parents: in order to remove your child’s information please contact the following personnel:
    1.  www.submissions@brightlitemag.com
  3. We adhere to the following COPPA requirements:
    1. We will not require a child to disclose more information than is reasonably necessary to participate in an activity.
    2. Parents can review their child’s personal information, direct us to delete it, and refuse to allow any further collection or use of the child’s information.
    3. Parents can agree to the collection and uses of their child’s information, while still NOT allowing disclosure to third parties, unless that forms part of the service.
    4. Parents can review, delete, manage or refuse consent for their child’s information to be shared with certain third parties by emailing our support staff at info@brightlitemag.com.
    5. We will notify parents directly before collecting PII from their children. This includes what specific information we will collect and how it might be disclosed, a link to our online privacy policy, and how the parents can give their consent. If the parent does not consent within a reasonable time we will delete the parent and child’s online contact information from our records.

7. Links to Other Websites

Bright Lite may, from time to time, contain links to other sites. However, we are not responsible for the privacy practices employed by those sites, or the information or content they contain. We encourage our users to be aware of this fact when they leave Bright Lite, and to read the privacy statements of any website that collects personally identifiable information. This Privacy Policy applies solely to information collected by Bright Lite through our site and does not apply to any third-party websites linked.

8. Anti-SPAM Policy

Bright Lite is 100% opposed to unsolicited commercial email (“spam”). We do not have any desire to send unsolicited marketing emails to anyone without permission and we do not sell or provide user email addresses to any unauthorized third party in violation of this Policy. All of our newsletters and other general email marketing communications also include an “unsubscribe” opt-out link that you may use to ask that we discontinue such emails to you.

9.Changes to our Privacy Policy

We may periodically modify, alter, or update this Privacy Policy. We will alert readers to any material changes to this policy by posting the revised information here. We encourage you to review our Privacy Policy on a regular basis to stay informed about how we are protecting the personal information we collect. Your continued use of Bright Lite constitutes your agreement to this Privacy Policy and any updates.

10. What if Bright Lite is sold or closes up shop?

In the event of a change in control resulting from, for example, a sale to, or merger with, another entity, or in the event of a sale of assets or a bankruptcy, Bright Lite reserves the right to transfer your personal information to the new party in control, or the party acquiring assets. We will only do that if the party we transfer the information to agrees that they will abide by our Privacy Policy for as long as they hold the information, and that they will not transfer the information to any other party who will not abide by our Privacy Policy.

11. Sharing of Information with Partners

As stated above, we may collect and provide aggregate information about our visitors to our advertisers, sponsors, promotional partners, and affiliates, such as how many persons visited a particular page or activity, the average age of our visitors on the site or page, or the likes and dislikes of our visitors, but this information does not include personal information about any individual visitor.

Online advertising for Bright Lite is delivered by third-party advertising companies. These companies facilitate the delivery of ads and conduct market research, and make a cookie—a small text file that’s stored on a user’s computer—for record-keeping purposes. These cookies sometimes enable the companies to serve you ads tailored to things you have shown an interest in based on your web activity. For example, this means that if you frequently read movie reviews it is possible that you might see ads relating to upcoming movie openings. Online advertising companies generally conduct this activity in an anonymous format, with online information not combined with information that would allow for your identification.

The third-party companies that will be serving advertisements on Bright Lite may include DoubleClickGoogle and Blue Kai. If you would like more about the collection, use and disclosure practices of these companies, and/or your options for not having this information used by these companies, click on the company names above and follow the links to the company websites.

Bright Lite’s third party advertising company partners typically belong and/or conform to the standards and principles of the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI). The NAI provides information and tools to opt out of the cookies used to tailor advertisements to you. If you would like to opt out of the storage of anonymous information used by our third party advertising company partners, visit www.networkadvertising.org. The NAI opt-out tool is cookie based. In order for it to work on your computer, your browser must be set to accept third-party cookies. You also have the option to opt out of cookies in your Internet browser. You can do this by following directions in your browser’s “help” file, or by searching for “[your browser] + disable cookies.” If you choose to opt out through your Internet browser, Bright Lite will still be usable and accessible, but a user’s ability to use some features of the site may be limited.

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Email: submissions@brightlite.

Last Updated: 3/3/16

Terms of Use

Please read the following Terms of Use before using Bright Lite Magazine (the “Site”). By accessing this Site, you agree to be bound by these Terms of Use. If you don’t agree to these Terms of Use, please do not use this Site. Every time you use the Site, the current Terms of Use will apply.

1. Intellectual Property
The data and materials on the Site, except User Submissions (as defined below), as well as the selection, organization, coordination, compilation and overall look and feel of the Site (collectively, the “Content”) are the intellectual property of Bright Lite (“Bright Lite,” “we,” or “us”), our licensors, and our contributors. The Content is protected by U.S. copyright and other intellectual property laws. All ownership rights remain with Bright Lite, our licensors or our contributors, as the case may be.

2. User Comments
(Bright Lite does not currently offer users the ability to post comments on our site. However, if and when this feature is enabled in the future, the following terms will apply.)

Users must register an account in order to comment publicly on Bright Lite. Bright Lite’s house rules request that no commenter uses their last name when choosing a display name. Commenters should use their first name only, or an alias. Do not enter your street address or any information that may lead another user to discover your real address. Users should include no information that makes them publicly identifiable. Bright Lite periodically moderates comments. We reserve the right to block commenters, remove or amend comments, and to remove user accounts entirely at our discretion, and/or for reasons including, but not limited to, violation of our Terms of Use.

3. User Submissions

Bright Lite permits the submission of communications. This includes images, comments, and text (“User Submissions”), and the hosting, sharing, and/or publishing of such User Submissions. Please follow Bright Lite’s house rules when commenting and submitting – no last names, no addresses, no phone numbers, and no personally identifiable information. Your user submissions will go only to Bright Lite and will be moderated. What this means:

We reserve the right to not publish User Submissions.

  • You agree that if you submit a User Submission to the Site that you shall be solely responsible for your own User Submission and the consequences of posting or our publishing of such.
  • In connection with User Submissions, you affirm, represent, and warrant that you own or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions to use and authorize us to use all patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights in and to any and all User Submissions to enable inclusion and use of the User Submissions in the manner contemplated by the Site and these Terms of Use.

4. Your Rights in Your Submissions

You retain all of your copyrights in your User Submissions, except as set forth herein. By submitting User Submissions to Bright Lite, you:

  1. Hereby grant Bright Lite a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, fully paid up, sub-licensable, assignable and transferable license to display, perform, use, reproduce, distribute, publish, create derivative works of, perform, edit and disseminate by all media, whether now known or hereafter devised, create derivative works based thereon, and/or insert the User Submissions in connection with Bright Lite’s (and our subsidiaries’, derivatives’, or successor’s) business
    1. (What this means: you continue to own the work, and are legally responsible for it and any and all copyright and consent issues. However, you allow Bright Lite the right to freely feature that submission on our site and in any Bright Lite-branded derivative work in perpetuity);
  2. Grant each user of the Site a non-exclusive license to access your User Submissions through the Site, and to use, reproduce, distribute, publish, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform such User Submissions as permitted through the functionality of the Site and under these Terms of Use;
  3. Are not entitled to any compensation for any User Submissions for any reason, unless expressly agreed to by the written consent of all parties;
  4. Agree and acknowledge that we do not endorse any User Submission or any opinion, recommendation, or advice expressed therein, and we expressly disclaim any and all liability in connection with User Submissions.

In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), we will remove all Content and User Submissions if properly notified that such Content or User Submission infringes on another’s intellectual property rights. We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to remove Content and User Submissions without prior notice.

What all of this means: if you send us a picture or other submission, you are agreeing that you own whatever you sent us, and have the right to distribute and otherwise use it. In sending it to Bright Lite, you are giving us the right to feature it on our site and in any Bright Lite branded derivative work (e.g. print publications or videos) in “perpetuity,” or “for as long as we would like to.” By default, we are not required to pay you for your submissions. Payment for any submission must be agreed upon in writing, prior to your submission, between both you and Bright Lite. Bright Lite also reserves the right to take down submissions at any point.

5. Image and Video Terms of Use
Bright Lite may display images, audio, and video (the “Material”) from time to time. The types of Material users and editors are authorized to use on Bright Lite include Material commissioned by Bright Lite, embedded material, or material we believe to be covered by the Fair Use Doctrine, taking into account factors such as: (1) the purpose and character of the use (i.e. transformation from the original, use for criticism, satire or parody; (2) the nature of the copyrighted work (i.e. factual or newsworthy versus creative works); (3) the effect on the potential market for the copyrighted work (for example, use that is not substitutive for the original, or would never be licensed in any event), Material from photographic archive and video vendors, Material supplied to our editors or released into the public domain by public relations and marketing companies for press purposes, user-submitted Material, with the implied representation that the person submitting the material owns the copyright in the material and the right to give it to us for use on Bright Lite (see above under “User Submissions”).

6. Copyright Notices

If Bright Lite publishes Material you think infringes your copyright, please email us at submissions@brightlitemag.com and we will address your concerns.

If the material falls into one of the categories listed above, we believe that our use is legitimate and we may not remove it from the site. If you have corresponded with Bright Lite directly, and thereafter choose to pursue a copyright notice, please note that we will respond only to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the DMCA. The text of the Act can be found at the U.S. Copyright Office Web Site.

To file a notice of infringement with us, you must provide a written communication (by email to submissions@brightlitemag.com) with an attached and signed PDF that sets forth the items specified below. If we do not respond in 10 business days, please write again – high email volume and spam means we sometimes miss emails.

To enable us to address your concerns quickly and efficiently, please provide the following information in your notice email:

  • For each alleged infringement that you wish to have removed, please provide the exact URL for the page containing the material.
  • Provide information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact you: an email address is preferred, as well as a telephone number.
  • For images, provide the following detailing your claim to ownership of the copyright in the allegedly infringing image:
  • Proof of copyright in the image concerned, namely proof of copyright registration of the Image, or, absent such registration, a detailed description of the photograph – where it was taken, by whom, who or what the subject of the image is, and evidence to support your claim that you own the copyright. We may not comply with requests to remove an image if you cannot prove that you own the copyright in the image in question.
  • Include the following statement: “I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.”
  • Sign the document and email it to info@brightlitemag.com.

You acknowledge that if you fail to comply with all of the requirements of this Section 6, your DMCA notice may not be valid and we will have no obligation to respond or acknowledge receipt of your notice. Please note that you will be liable for damages (including costs and attorneys’ fees) if you materially misrepresent that any material on Bright Lite infringes your copyrights.

7. Accuracy of Information
While we strive for accuracy, however information on the site may contain errors or inaccuracies. Bright Lite does not make any warranty as to the correctness or reliability of the site’s content.

8. Email Correspondence
Emails sent to any brightlitemag.com email address are considered our property. You can read more about this in the Privacy Policy, but all correspondence is considered available for publication. If you wish to remain anonymous, please specify this in the body of the email itself and we will do our best to respect your wishes.

9. Links
Bright Lite will contain links to and quotation of material from other sites. Bright Lite is responsible for neither the content nor the privacy practices of other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave Bright Lite, and to read the privacy statements of any website that may collect personally identifiable information.

10. Information Security
As stated in our Privacy Policy, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% safe, so we can’t warrant that your information will be absolutely secure. But Bright Lite does have a variety of safeguards – technical, administrative, and physical – in place to help protect against unauthorized access to, use, or disclosure of user information.

11. Changes to our Terms of Use
We may periodically modify, alter or update the Terms of Use. We will alert readers to any material changes to this policy by posting the revised information here. We encourage you to review our Terms of Use on a regular basis to stay informed. Your continued use of Bright Lite constitutes your agreement to these Terms of Use and any updates therein.

Last Updated: 3/3/16

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