Updated Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for AOL Users


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We want to take a moment to share with you the upcoming changes to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy that will take effect on September 15, 2014.

Terms of Service

The AOL Terms of Service ("TOS") contains the agreements between you and AOL. We've added an arbitration clause to our Terms of Service. This means that legal disputes with us must be resolved via binding arbitration. Arbitration is a more informal way of resolving legal disputes than going to court. It is typically faster and more efficient as well. Cases are decided by a neutral, independent arbitrator based on document submissions, by phone, or in person. In most cases, the arbitration will be at no cost to you: AOL will pay your filing fees and will also pay you at least $1000 if the arbitrator awards you more than we offered to settle the dispute before the arbitration began. Arbitrators can award you the same damages on an individual basis as a court could, but class actions and class arbitrations are not permitted.

Privacy Policy

Our Privacy Policy explains what information we collect, how we use and share it, and the choices you have about your information. Our changes to the Privacy Policy are designed to provide more information about our practices and to improve the overall readability of the policy. Key changes include:

  • Definitions of important terms, such as "personal information" and "non-personally identifiable" information. As always, we do not rent or sell your personal information to third parties for their marketing purposes. But we may share non-personally identifiable information with business partners, who may use that information for their own purposes.
  • Examples of the ways we collect and use information. We've added examples from some of AOL's most popular services to help explain how we collect and use your information.
  • More information about the AOL businesses among which information may be shared. AOL is made up of some of the world's most popular online services, including AOL.com, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, and MapQuest. We also operate some of the industry's best-known advertising services, including Adap.tv and Advertising.com. The updated Privacy Policy provides more information about how data may be shared among AOL's businesses and provides details about those businesses.
  • More information about our digital advertising business. Advertising is a core part of AOL's business. Many of our free services are supported by the ads we display on those services, and we also provide a variety of online advertising services to other companies that want to place ads on our services and elsewhere. The updated Privacy Policy includes more information about advertising on AOL, such as how we use cookies, beacons and similar technologies to provide relevant ads, the other businesses that help us provide ads, and the way we measure the effectiveness of our advertising.
  • Changes required by California law. We also have added information required by a recently amended California law. This information includes how AOL treats so-called "do not track" signals.

In addition, our updated Privacy Policy will replace privacy policies for a number of AOL online services that previously had their own policies. These include services, such as The Huffington Post, which became part of AOL in the last few years, as well as a number of AOL's advertising services.

Beginning on September 15, 2014, the updated TOS and Privacy Policy will govern your use of AOL services that refer or link to the updated TOS and Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to the updated TOS or Privacy Policy, you should stop using AOL's services to meet your needs online and you should cancel your account before the updated Privacy Policy and TOS go into effect. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-827-6364.

Thank you for your continued membership and support.

- The Engadget Team

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