Step Up Magazine Privacy Policy

Date of Last Modification: May 8th 2018


Here at Step Up Magazine (“Step Up”), we are committed to preserving your privacy and being transparent about how Step Up uses information collected through its website and related services (collectively, the "Services").  The following privacy policy (the “Policy”) is intended to inform you of our policies and procedures regarding the information we collect and use when you use the Services.  By using or accessing the Services in any manner, you acknowledge that you accept the practices and policies outlined in this Policy, and you hereby consent that we will collect, use, and share your information in the following ways.  Any capitalized terms not defined in this Policy have the definition assigned to them in our Terms of Use. 




Information You Provide. When you use the Services, you will have the opportunity to provide us with some information directly.  For example, some functions of the Services, such as submission of one of your stories, will require you to provide us with information such as your name, email address, and your writing submission.  As another example, if you want to apply to write articles for Step Up, we require you to submit your name, email address, age, and a short pitch statement. 


When you provide us with the credentials to a third party SNS, we will obtain what information the SNS allows us to receive, as determined by the terms that govern your relationship with the SNS.


Certain parts of the Services also allow you to upload or post User Content.  You may post User Content at your sole discretion, but please note that any User Content you post may be publicly available, viewable to others, and may appear in search results of third-party search engines.  Step Up recommends that you do not post any sensitive personally identifiable information, such as your address, information about website accounts, credit card numbers, or your Social Security Number, as that information may be seen by others.


Automatically Collected Information. Whenever you interact with Services, we automatically receive and record information on our server logs from your browser or device, which may include your IP address, geolocation data, device identification, “cookie” information, the type of browser and/or device you’re using to access our Services, the page or feature you requested, and the page you viewed or engaged with before or after using the Services.  “Cookies” are identifiers we transfer to your browser or device that allow us to recognize your browser or device and tell us how and when pages and features in our Services are visited and by how many people.  You may be able to change the preferences on your browser or device to prevent or limit your device’s acceptance of cookies, but this may prevent you from taking advantage of some of our features.  


Our Advertisers (as defined below) may also transmit cookies to your browser or device, when you click on ads that appear on the Services.  Also, if you click on a link to a third party website or service, a third party may also transmit cookies to you.  This Policy does not cover the use of cookies by any third parties, and we aren’t responsible for their privacy policies and practices.  Please be aware that cookies placed by third parties may continue to track your activities online even after you have left our Services, and those third parties may not honor “Do Not Track” requests you have set using your browser or device.


We may also receive a confirmation when you open an email from us.  This confirmation helps us make our communications with you more interesting and improve our Services.


Google Analytics. The Services use Google Analytics to collect information about your use of the Services.  We use the information we get from Google Analytics only to improve the Services.  This means that Google Analytics may be provided with some of your de-identified personal information.  For more information on Google Analytics and how it uses any data it receives, please visit the Google Analytics Terms of Use and the Google Privacy Policy


Use of Automatically Collected Information. We may use this automatically collected information to customize content for you that we think you might like, based on your usage patterns.  We may also use it to improve the Services – for example, this data can tell us how often users use a particular feature of the Services, and we can use that knowledge to make the Services interesting to as many users as possible. 





With Your Consent. We may share your information and writing submissions at your direction or as described at the time of sharing, such as when you send us a writing submission to us either by email or through the website. 


Service Providers and Staff Members. We may employ other companies and people to perform tasks on our behalf and need to share your information with them to provide products or services to you.  For example, we use the Facebook Comment Plugin allowing users to comment and post User Content on articles.  Further, the user may choose to use DISQUS, a third party commenting platform that facilitates user interactions on the website, to comment on articles.  Unless we tell you differently, our agents do not have any right to use the personally identifiable information we share with them beyond what is necessary to assist us.


Comment Sections. Please note that if you submit any of your personally identifiable information to a portion of the Services that is accessible by other users, including an online forum or comment section, other users will be able to see that personally identifiable information.  Accordingly, only include information in such submissions that you are comfortable sharing with third parties.


Advertisers. We may allow advertisers and/or merchant partners (“Advertisers”) to choose the demographic information of users who will see their advertisements and/or promotional offers and you agree that we may provide any of the information we have collected from you in non-personally identifiable form to an Advertiser, in order for that Advertiser to select the appropriate audience for those advertisements and/or offers.  For example, we might use the fact you are located in Boston to show you ads or offers for Boston businesses, but we will not tell such businesses who you are.  Or, we might allow Advertisers to display their ads to users with similar usage patterns to yours, but we will not disclose usage information to Advertisers except in aggregate form, and not in a manner that would identify you personally.  Note that if an advertiser asks us to show an ad to a certain audience or audience segment and you respond to that ad, the advertiser may conclude that you fit the description of the audience they were trying to reach.


Under California Civil Code Sections 1798.83-1798.84, California residents are entitled to contact us to prevent disclosure of personally identifiable information to third parties for such third parties’ direct marketing purposes; in order to submit such a request, please contact us at


Legal Compliance. We reserve the right to access, read, preserve, and disclose any information that we believe is necessary to comply with law or court order; enforce or apply our Terms of Use and other agreements; or protect the rights, property, or safety of Step Up, our employees, our users, or others.  




We endeavor to protect the privacy of your personally identifiable information we hold in our records, but unfortunately, we cannot guarantee complete security.  Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors, may compromise the security of user information at any time.




You may access, and, in some cases, edit or delete the following information you’ve provided to us:


•    Name; and

•    Submissions in comment sections of articles.


The information you can view, update, and delete may change as the Services change.  If you have any questions about viewing or updating information we have on file about you, please contact us at


Finally, if you request, we will remove your name and all other personally identifiable information that you have provided from the Please understand, however, that it may be impossible to delete this information completely, due to backups and records of deletions.  In addition, please understand that, if you request removal of your information, you may be unable to utilize associated features of the Services.  You may not request the removal of de-identified, anonymous, or aggregate data from our databases.





Children under the age of 13 are not permitted to use, access or register for the Services in any way.  We do not knowingly collect or solicit information from anyone under the age of 13.  If we learn that Step Up has collected personally identifiable information from a child under the age of 13, we will delete that information as quickly as possible.




Step Up reserves the right to modify this Policy at any time in accordance with this provision.  If we make changes to this Policy, we will post the revised Policy on the website and update the “Last Modification” date at the top of this Policy.  If you disagree with the revised Policy, you may choose not to use our Services. Your continued access or use of the Services will constitute acceptance of the revised Policy.




If you have any questions or complaints about the Policy or the handling practices of Step Up, you may contact us by email at