Privacy and Cookie Policy

Who We Are

This Privacy & Cookie Policy governs the manner in which VGBlogger collects, uses, maintains, and discloses data and information collected from each user of the http://www.vgblogger.com/ website. This privacy policy applies to the site and all products and services offered by VGBlogger.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Web browser cookies

Our website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites.

Our cookies help us:

– Make our website work as you’d expect
– Remember your search settings
– Remember if you have accepted our terms and conditions
– Offer you free services/content (thanks to advertising)
– Improve the speed/security of the site

We do not use cookies to:

– Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
– Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
– Pass personally identifiable data to third parties

Advertising Cookies

Cookies are widely used in online advertising. Neither us, advertisers or our advertising partners can gain personally identifiable information from these cookies. We only work with advertising partners who work to accepted privacy standards such as http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/iab-good-practice-principles

You can learn more about online advertising at http://www.youronlinechoices.com. You can opt-out of almost all advertising cookies at http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices although we would prefer that you didn’t as ultimately adverts help keep much of the internet free. It is also worth noting that opting out of advertising cookies will not mean you won’t see adverts, just simply that they won’t be tailored to you any longer.

Banner Ads

We fund our site by showing advertisements as you browse our site. Ads appearing on our site may be delivered to you by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile anonymous identification information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. Our partners include: Amazon Services LLC Associates Program.

Granting us permission to use cookies

If the settings on your browser are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that our site may not work as expected.

Disabling Cookies

Visit these websites for instructions on how to disable cookies in your browser:

Internet Explorer Cookie Settings
Windows Edge Cookie Settings
Chrome Cookie Settings
Firefox Cookie Settings
Safari Cookie Settings
iOS Cookie Settings

Third party websites and embedded content

Users may find advertising or other content on our site that link to the sites and services of our partners, suppliers, advertisers, sponsors, licensors and other third parties. We do not control the content or links that appear on these sites and are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from our Site. In addition, these sites or services, including their content and links, may be constantly changing. These sites and services may have their own privacy policies and customer service policies. Browsing and interaction on any other website, including websites which have a link to our site, is subject to that website’s own terms and policies.

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.) from third-party websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Kickstarter, YouTube, and Amazon. Pages on this site may also link to other websites, for example Steam, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google Plus, and Yahoo. Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

We may collect personal identification information from users in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, when users visit our site and in connection with other activities, services, features or resources we make available on our site. We will collect personal identification information from users only if they voluntarily submit such information to us. Users can always refuse to supply personal identification information, except that it may prevent them from engaging in certain site related activities.

Non-personal identification information

We may collect non-personal identification information about users whenever they interact with our site. Non-personal identification information may include the browser name, the type of computer and technical information about users means of connection to our site, such as the operating system and the Internet service providers utilized and other similar information.

How we use collected information

VGBlogger may collect and use users personal information for the following purposes:

– To improve our Site
We may use feedback you provide to improve our products and services.

– To run a promotion, contest, survey or other feature
To send Users information they agreed to receive about topics we think will be of interest to them.

– To send emails
We may use the email address to respond to their inquiries, questions, giveaway entries, and/or other requests. We currently do not feature a mailing list, newsletter subscription, or open commenting, so you will not receive emails or spam from us unless you contact us directly.

How long we retain your data

Commenting has now been disabled site-wide, but past comments and their metadata have been retained indefinitely. Users who have logged in to comment in the past have had their name, email address, and IP address recorded.

What rights you have over your data

If you have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes. If you would like to request an exported file of your personal data or to have your personal data erased, submit your request to the contact information provided at the bottom of this policy.

How we protect your information

We adopt appropriate data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures to protect against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction of your personal information, username, password, transaction information and data stored on our site. We use Wordfence firewall service to protect from known and emerging threats and to scan for security issues.

Data breach notification

Should a data breach occur, we will notify Users within 72 hours of first becoming aware of the breach.

Sharing your personal information

We do not sell, trade, or rent Users personal identification information to others. We may share generic aggregated demographic information not linked to any personal identification information regarding visitors and Users with our business partners, trusted affiliates and advertisers for the purposes outlined above.

Changes to this privacy policy

VGBlogger has the discretion to update this privacy policy at any time. When we do, we will revise the updated date at the bottom of this page. We encourage Users to frequently check this page for any changes to stay informed about how we are helping to protect the personal information we collect. You acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to review this privacy policy periodically and become aware of modifications.

Your acceptance of these terms

By using this site, you signify your acceptance of this policy. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use our site. Your continued use of the site following the posting of changes to this policy will be deemed your acceptance of those changes.

Contacting us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this Site, please contact us at:
VGBlogger
http://www.vgblogger.com/
7277 King William St. Warrenton, VA 20187
540-347-5670
matt[dot]litten[at]vgblogger[dot]com

This document was last updated on May 29, 2018

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uidHTTP179 daysCollects anonymous data related to the user's visits to the website, such as the number of visits, average time spent on the website and what pages have been loaded, with the purpose of displaying targeted ads.
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About the Author

Matt Litten is the full-time editor and owner of VGBlogger.com. He is responsible for maintaining the day to day operation of the site, editing all staff content before it is published, and contributing regular news, reviews, previews and other articles. Matt landed his first gig in the video game review business writing for the now-defunct website BonusStage.com. After the sad and untimely close of BonusStage, the former staff went on to found VGBlogger.com. After a short stint as US Site Manager for AceGamez, Matt assumed full ownership over VGBlogger, and to this day he is dedicated to making it one of the top video game blogs in all the blogosphere. Matt is a fair-minded reviewer and lover of games of all platforms and types, big or small, hyped or niche, big-budget or indie. But that doesn't mean he will let poor games slide without a good thrashing when necessary!