- How and Why We Collect and Use Personal Data and Other Information
- Data Collection Technologies and Consumer Choice
- How We Share or Disclose Your Information with Vendors
- Other Limitations on Privacy
- Retention Period
- Data Rights
- Minors' Privacy
- International Transfers
- Our Commitment to Security
- How to Contact Us
- California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Notice
- General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Notice
- Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados Pessoais (LGPD) Notice
How and Why We Collect and Use Personal Data and Other Information
In order to operate the Services and to maximize your experience, we may collect and use information, some of which may be considered personal data. Please note that you may choose not to provide us with certain information; by doing so, however, you may not be able to receive the full range of Services from us. We collect information in the following ways:
User Account and Weather Station Registration. When you choose to register a user account, you will be required to provide your e-mail address. You may also register a weather station or webcam using your name and location of the station. If we can use information, alone or in combination, to reasonably identify you as an individual, we treat the information as personal data.
Information Provided By You. You may choose to provide us with information, some of which may be personal data, when you interact with the Services in the following ways:
- Send us an e-mail message or complete an inquiry form — for example, you might e-mail us with a question and we will use your e-mail address to respond;
- Submit a comment, leave feedback, or send us a photo or video — for example, you might submit a photo of a weather event that we may post on the Services so others can enjoy it.
Special Note about Content Submissions. The Services may from time to time offer areas where you and other users can post or otherwise submit information, photos, videos, graphics, creative suggestions, ideas, notes, concepts, information, ratings or other materials on or to the Services (collectively, "Submissions"). Any geolocation information, tags, or other metadata in Submissions may become publicly available. Any information, including personal data, in your Submissions can be read, collected, or used by others. We cannot control and are not responsible for how others may use the information contained in your Submissions;
- Engage with interactive advertising — we may receive the information you provide when you submit oral or written questions or comments via the interactive ads that are placed on the Services or on third-party platforms; and we may share this information with our advertisers where required by applicable law; and
- Customize the Services — for example, you might set a "home" location so that every time you visit the Services, you are automatically displayed the weather for that home location.
Automatic Collection. We also collect certain information through automated means. Some of the information we collect through automated means may, whether alone or combined with other data, be personal data. For example, we automatically collect:
- Information about your device and device capabilities
- Information about your device operating system
- Information about your browser
- Information about how you use the Services
- Your activities on the Services
- IP address
- Advertising identifiers
- Mobile or Internet Carrier
- Browser type
- Browser identifier
- Referring URL
This information helps us to understand, analyze, and measure how users use the Services; manage Services' operations; deliver and measure the effectiveness of advertisements; help diagnose problems; recognize repeat visitors; and facilitate your access to and use of the Services.
Location Information. We, our service providers, and our Ad and Analytics Vendors (see Section 2 for more information) may collect location information through the Services. We may share the location information we collect with third parties as addressed in Section 3.
We collect location information to provide you with location-based services (such as severe weather alerts, air quality, and other weather information through our mobile applications), provide advertisements that are relevant to your geographic location, and conduct analytics to improve the Services. The type of location information we collect depends on your settings in the device you use to access the Services.
If you are accessing the Services through the Site, we may detect your general location so that we can automatically show you the weather for your general area. Depending on browser type and configuration, your browser may inform you that the Site would like to collect your specific location and request your permission to do so. If you do not allow it, or your browser does not permit it, only your general location information is then collected and may be stored locally on your device. You may always manually enter a location (such as city, postal code, and country). On mobile web, if you opt out of sharing your current location, you may continue to receive content that is relevant for the city you have entered in the search bar (i.e., contextual city name).
If you access the Services on your mobile device, we may directly collect precise geographic location information and sensor data via Global Positioning System (GPS), cellular network information, and other location-based features. We typically receive the latitude and longitude of your mobile device, as well as date and time and sensor data such as altimeter. Factors such as device and operating system determine the accuracy of this latitude and longitude and how closely it corresponds with your device’s location.
If you allow any of The Weather Channel mobile applications to directly collect location information while the mobile applications are running in the background, you will enable continuous location collection. This may allow us to send you severe weather alerts for the area in which you might be travelling. We also use this location information to conduct analytics, provide relevant advertisements, and improve the Services.
You can turn off direct location collection (or, on some operating systems, continuous direct location collection) through your device settings or by deleting the mobile application from your device. If you turn off location-based services, you may continue to receive alerts for locations that you have selected within the Services.
Alerts and Notifications. Certain Services offer you the ability to receive push notifications for weather-related updates. To provide these Services, we may need to collect your device information and/or mobile carrier information, in addition to the postcode or geographic area to which the alert, update, or notification pertains.
If you no longer wish to receive these types of notifications, you may opt out by turning them off within the settings of your mobile device or the particular Service for which you registered, or by deleting the application.
Data Collection Technologies and Consumer Choice
We and third parties acting on our behalf or on behalf of our vendors use various technologies that help us to manage the operations of our Services and track usage behavior. These technologies enable us to tailor information and advertisements to make your visits more meaningful and to offer accurate forecast data to everyone, everywhere, free of charge. We follow the self-regulatory principles of the Digital Advertising Alliance ("DAA"), the Digital Advertising Alliance of Canada ("DAAC"), and the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance ("EDAA").
We work with a variety of advertising services ("Ad Vendors"), and advertisers that use various technologies to collect data about your use of the Services (such as content viewed or ads clicked on) in order to serve relevant ads. Ad Vendors use various technologies on the Services to (among other purposes): track how the Services are used, what pages or content users interact with, and what sites or mobile applications users interact with after they leave the Services; link users' devices; and serve more relevant ads on and within the Services or other websites or mobile applications that you visit. Ad Vendors and advertisers may combine this data with other information they may have obtained from you or from other sources that is unrelated to your use of the Services in order to target and measure the effectiveness of advertisements. More information about this type of advertising that is tailored to your likely interests based on your activities across other apps or websites (“personalized advertising”) is available from the Network Advertising Initiative's website.
- The DAA’s opt-out page
- The Digital Advertising Alliance of Canada's (DAAC’s) opt-out page
- One of the EDAA’s country-specific opt-out pages
- The NAI’s opt-out page
Also, the DAA offers AppChoices, a separate choice tool for users to exercise control over the collection and use of data through mobile applications for personalized advertising and other related uses. To exercise choice for participating companies, you can install the DAA's AppChoices application on your mobile device. Visit here for more information on DAA's AppChoices tool.
We also contract with certain entities that use data collection technologies to track, analyze, and report data about the use of the Services and to analyze and optimize the performance of the Services ("Analytics Vendors").
Information collected via the data collection technologies described in this section may be linked to other information about you such as location information and may be considered personal data. We and our vendors may use the technologies described in this section, alone or in combination, to understand user behavior, target and measure the effectiveness of advertisements, help diagnose problems, recognize repeat visitors, and facilitate your access to and use of the Services.
Cookies: Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information that are downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a website and stored within your browser. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit to that website or to another website that recognizes those cookies. Some cookies on our Services collect IP and MAC addresses, which may be considered personal data in some jurisdictions. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognize a user's device. For more information, please visit this “All About Cookies” guide. The cookies used on this website can be categorized in the following ways:
Category 1: Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies are essential in order to enable you to use the Services and its features.
Category 2: Performance Cookies
These cookies collect information about how you use the Services (such as which pages you go to most often and if you receive error messages). In general, these cookies do not collect information that directly identifies you. However, some such cookies may collect GeoIP or other identifiers that may be considered personal data in some jurisdictions.
Category 3: Functionality Cookies
These cookies allow Services to remember choices you make (such as language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced features (such as local weather reports or traffic news). These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to customize the Services.
Category 4: Targeting Cookies
These cookies collect several pieces of information about your browsing habits. They are often placed by advertising networks rather than website operators. They collect information about your interactions over time with the Services as well as with third-party websites and online services. This information may be shared with other organizations such as advertisers in order to provide you with advertisements that may be more relevant to you based on your inferred interests.
Category 5: Social Network Cookies
These cookies are generally generated by content embeds. They allow social network users to share content and use other features such as publishing comments.
Web beacons: Certain pages on the Services contain web beacons. Web beacons allow third parties to obtain information, such as the IP address of the computer that accessed the page on which the web beacon appears, the URL of the page on which the web beacon appears, the time the page containing the web beacon was viewed, the type of browser used to view the page, and the information in cookies sent by the third party.
Web Storage: We use local storage, to enhance user experience by, for example, storing your user preferences and settings (e.g., volume/mute) in connection with animated content on the Services. Local storage is similar to browser cookies but can store data more complex than simple text. By itself, local storage cannot do anything to or with the data stored on your device.
Use of Advertising Identifiers
We and our Ad Vendors may collect information about usage of mobile applications via advertising identifiers to support or deliver personalized advertising. An advertising identifier is a randomly-generated alphanumeric code associated with a user's device. Advertising identifiers provide advertisers a way to identify a user's device without using a permanent device identifier, such as serial number.
Your Choices Around Cookies, Advertising Identifiers, and Other Technologies Used by Advertisers and Vendors
You have the ability to control how your data is used, including for personalized advertising, in the following ways:
- Browser settings: Your web browser may allow you to manage your cookies and local storage to control access to data about your online activity. We encourage you to check your browser’s “Help” feature to learn how to block, disable, and delete cookies. Please note that for technical reasons, if you delete or block certain cookies, some features of the site may be unavailable or may not function as intended. For more information, please visit this “All About Cookies” guide on managing cookies.
- Device settings: The Android and iOS versions 6 to 13 mobile device operating systems allow you to control how your device’s advertising identifier is used to support or deliver personalized advertising. The iOS versions 14 and above mobile device operating systems allow you to control use of the advertising identifier and “tracking;” learn about tracking from Apple at Settings > Privacy > Tracking > Learn More
- Android device settings (version 2.3 and above): “Opt out of Ads Personalization” by following the instructions provided by Google here.
- iOS device settings (versions 6 to 13): “Limit Ad Tracking” at Settings > Privacy > Advertising > Limit Ad Tracking
- iOS device settings (versions 14 and above): “Tracking” permissions at Settings > Privacy > Tracking
The opt outs described above are device- or browser-specific and may not be available for all devices. So, if you opt out on your mobile device, you may continue to receive personalized advertising on your desktop computer or other devices. If you choose to opt out, you will still see ads, but the ads will not be based on your activities across other apps and websites you use.
You can also opt out of future information collection from the Services by adjusting the settings on your device, ceasing use of the Service on web, or un-installing the relevant mobile application.
How We Share or Disclose Your Information with Vendors
We may also share any information collected from the Services including aggregated or statistical data that we may generate from such information in the following ways:
Service Providers. When your data is collected on the Services, it may be shared with select Analytics Vendors and Ad Vendors that assist us with marketing or advertising campaigns for our brands, and providers of services that assist us with our business operations, with the provision of the Services, or in delivering you the features and functionality that you have requested ("Technology Vendors"). These service providers include companies that support our advertising programs for our brands, provide data storage, support customer service, assist with audience research and product development, facilitate or deliver materials to you, and provide map content for the Services. Our service providers are authorized to use the data that we provide to them only to carry out the service they are providing for us. All such service providers are contractually bound by us to keep the data confidential.
Companies Offering Promotions, Products, or Services. We may share location data, advertising identifiers, IP address, and aggregate usage statistics for the Services with advertisers.
At times, we will provide you with the opportunity to choose to receive promotions, products, or services from third-party sponsors. We also may provide you with the opportunity to receive products and services directly from specifically-identified third parties through the Services. In these instances, you must explicitly consent to receive each offer. When you choose to receive offers from specific third parties, your information is shared with them to enable them to provide you with the offer you have requested. We are not responsible for the information collection practices of these third parties, and all information provided is governed by their privacy policies. You should review the privacy policies of these third parties before supplying personal data to them.
Ad Vendors and advertisers. We may share information we collect with Ad Vendors and advertisers so that they can: (i) deliver and/or support the delivery of relevant content or ads on our websites or apps, their own websites or apps, or other third-party websites or apps, and; (ii) analyze and report on content or ads users see or interact with. Ad Vendors and advertisers may also collect information via the technologies discussed in section 2 above or via interactive ads. The information may include data about how users interact with the Services, information users provide via interactive ads, the content and ads users have viewed, users' activities on other websites and online services, and physical places users have visited.
Purchase or Sale of Businesses. We continually look for ways to improve our business, including purchasing a business or selling all or part of our business. If we buy, merge, reorganize or sell any business or assets, personal data and non-personal information will likely be disclosed or transferred as part of the transaction.
Aggregated Information. As part of the Services, we may aggregate or otherwise alter information (including location information) that is collected from the Services so that it does not identify your device and cannot reasonably be linked to your device. As explained in section 1.C. above, you can turn off the collection of location data through your device settings.
Personal Weather Station data. If you contribute to the Weather Underground community by sharing your Personal Weather Station (PWS) sensor information, then data from your sensor may be shared for commercial purposes, including sensor location, per your acceptance during PWS registration.
Other Limitations on Privacy
We will retain your information for as long as needed to provide and develop the Services. We will also retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements. We may retain information that no longer identifies you indefinitely.
You can request to access, obtain a portable copy of, correct, or delete data related to your stored preferences and your use of the Services.
If you use more than one of our Services, or if you use our Services on more than one device or web browser, you will need to manage your data for each of the Services separately. To manage your Data Rights on www.wunderground.com, click here. To manage your Data Rights on the iOS or Android app, navigate to Data Rights in the app menu.
If you have registered a user account with us, you may reset your password, update your personal data, correct information, delete your account, or opt-out of certain Services by accessing your account.
In the event that you consider our processing of data related your use of the Services not to be compliant with the applicable data protection laws, you can contact us at email@example.com or lodge a complaint with the relevant data protection authority. If you are a California user, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are committed to protecting the safety and privacy of young people using the Internet. We do not knowingly collect personal data from children under age 18. We believe that children should get their parents' or guardians' consent before giving out any personal data. If you become aware that we have collected personal data from a child without parental consent, please notify us promptly at email@example.com. If we become aware that a child under age 18 has provided us with personal data without parental consent, we will take steps to remove such personal data.
The Services are hosted on servers inside and outside the United States. If you are located in the European Union or elsewhere outside of the United States, information that we collect (including through cookies) will be processed and stored in the United States, a jurisdiction in which the data protection and privacy laws may not offer the same level of protection as those in the country where you reside or are a citizen. Subject to applicable law, by using our Services and providing information to use, you consent to the transfer to and processing of information in the United States and other jurisdictions. Where necessary under applicable law, we may employ appropriate cross-border transfer methods governing personal data.
Our Commitment to Security
We have put in place physical, electronic, and managerial procedures intended to protect your data. Of course, we cannot guarantee that your communications with the Services will never be unlawfully intercepted or that your data will never be unlawfully accessed by third parties. Any transmission of information is at your own risk.
How to Contact UsThe Weather Company, an IBM businessAttn: Privacy Office1001 Summit Boulevard, Floor 20Brookhaven, GA, USA 30319
California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Notice
Disclosures about the use of your Personal Information
- Information related to User Account and Weather Station Registration;
- Information provided by you;
- Information automatically collected from your device, in accordance with consumer choice;
- Location information; and
- Information from Analytics and Advertising Vendors.
In the past twelve months, we have disclosed the following categories of Personal Information as defined by the CCPA for our business purposes with our Advertising, Analytics and Technology Vendors:
- Identifiers such as an online identifier or IP address;
- Commercial information relating to your use of the Services;
- Internet or other electronic network activity information relating to your use of the Services; and
- Geolocation data.
In the past twelve months, we have disclosed the following category of Personal Information as defined by the CCPA for our business purposes with our Advertising and Analytics Vendors.
In the past twelve months, we have sold the following categories of Personal Information as defined by the CCPA to our Advertising Vendors:
- Identifiers such as an online identifier or IP address;
- Commercial information relating to your use of the Services;
- Internet or other electronic network activity information relating to your use of the Services;
- Geolocation data; and
Information on how you can opt out of selling your information with these vendors for purposes beyond the advertising services they provide us is provided below (“Opt out of sale of your Personal Information”). You also can opt out of sharing your information for personalized advertising through the available web- and app-related opt-outs listed above in Section 2.C.
Under the CCPA, you have the right to:
Know your Personal Information. You can request information about the Personal Information collected from your use of the Services. You will need to provide your email address so we can return the requested data to you. Please note that you must make the request from each browser or device where you access the Services.
To request specific pieces of information on www.wunderground.com, click here and select “Request a Portable Copy of Data” from the options.
To request specific pieces of information on the iOS or Android app, navigate to “Data Rights” under “Settings” in the app menu and select “Request a Portable Copy of Data” from the options.
Alternatively, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org for further instructions.
Please note that we may take steps to verify your identity before you can make a request to know your Personal Information.
Delete your Personal Information. You can request that we delete the Personal Information that we have collected from your use of the Services. You will need to provide your email address so we can confirm to you that we have fulfilled your request. Please note that you must make the request from each browser or device where you access the Services. We will delete your information unless it is necessary for purposes permitted by CCPA.
To make a deletion request on www.wunderground.com, click here and select “Delete Data” from the options.
To make a deletion request on the iOS or Android app, navigate to “Data Rights” under “Settings” in the app menu and select “Delete Data” from the options.
Alternatively, you may email email@example.com for further instructions.
- Opt out of sale of your Personal Information. You will be opted in by default to the sale of Personal Information. You can opt out of the sale of Personal Information at any time in the following ways. Please note that we do not track users across devices, so you will have to opt out from each device or browser where you access the Services.
- You can access the "Do Not Sell My Personal Information" link in the footer of the website, if you are located in California when you access the Services.
- You can access the "Review my Advertising Settings" link in the footer of the website, if you are not located in California when you access the Services.
- You can go to “Privacy Settings” under “Settings” then select “Do Not Sell My Personal Information (Opt Out)” under “California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Right to Opt Out,” if you are located in California when you access the Services.
- You can go to "Privacy Settings" under "Settings" then click on the "Do Not Share My Information other than for ads in this app (Opt Out)" under “California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Right to Opt Out,” if you are not located in California when you access the Services.
Alternatively, you may also email firstname.lastname@example.org for further instructions.
Non-discrimination. If you choose to exercise any of these rights, we will not deny goods or services to you or provide different quality of services, unless that difference is reasonably related to the value provided by your data.
Authorized Agent. You can designate an authorized agent to make a request under the CCPA on your behalf provided that (1) it is a natural person or a business entity registered with the Secretary of State of California; and (2) you have authorized the authorized agent to act on your behalf.
Authorized agents may email email@example.com for further instructions. To protect your information, please note that we may take steps to verify your identity and we will also ask for a signed permission from you authorizing the authorized agent to submit a request on your behalf.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Notice
Please note that for the purposes of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 ("GDPR"), the data controller is TWC Product and Technology, LLC, doing business as The Weather Company, an IBM business, which may be contacted at the e-mail or address listed in Section 11 How to Contact Us.
The data controller's legal representative is IBM International Group B.V., Johan Huizingalaan 765, 1066 VH Amsterdam, The Netherlands and the relevant Data Protection Officer may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be aware that where GDPR applies you have the right to lodge a complaint with the competent data protection authority. The name and contact details of the Data Protection Authorities in the European Union can be found at http://ec.europa.eu/justice/article-29/structure/data-protection-authorities/index_en.htm.
European Union Minors' Privacy: Where GDPR applies, we do not knowingly collect personal data from children under age 16 (or such lower age permitted under applicable local law not being lower than age 13).
International Transfer: If you are located where GDPR applies, information that we collect (including through cookies) will be processed and stored in the United States. The appropriate cross-border transfer method governing personal data included in such transfers is the EU Standard Contractual Clauses agreement pursuant to EC Decision 2010/87/EU.
Processing Basis: Our processing of your personal data in order to provide you with the Services will typically be based on one of the following processing bases: (i) because you have provided us with your specific, informed, freely-given, and unambiguous consent, (ii) because we need to process it in order to provide you with the Services or a particular feature of the Services; that is, because we cannot readily fulfil your request without performing the relevant processing, or (iii) because the processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued either by us or by a third party and such legitimate interests are not overridden by your privacy and related rights as an individual. Our legitimate interests include the provision of market-leading weather-related products and services, including the Services.
Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados Pessoais (LGPD) Notice
In addition, please note that for the purposes of LGPD, the data controller is TWC Product and Technology, LLC, doing business as The Weather Company, an IBM business, which may be contacted at the e-mail or address listed in Section 11 How to Contact Us.
The relevant Data Protection Officer may be contacted at email@example.com.
Data rights: under LGPD, you can request to access your personal data, receive confirmation of the existence of processing and be able to request to receive confirmation about the private and public entities with whom the controller shares the data, obtain a portable copy of your data, object to the processing when data is processed unlawfully and to request correction, anonymization, blocking and deletion of unnecessary, excessive data or data processed unlawfully related to your stored preferences and your use of the Services. You can exercise your data rights on www.wunderground.com by clicking here and on the iOS or Android app by navigating to “Data Rights” under “Settings” in the app menu. Please note that you must make any requests from each browser or device where you access the Services.
International Transfers: If you are located where LGPD applies, information that we collect (including through cookies) will be processed and stored in the United States. The appropriate cross-border transfer method governing personal data included in such transfers is the EU Standard Contractual Clauses agreement pursuant to EC Decision 2010/87/EU.
Processing Basis: Our processing of your personal data in order to provide you with the Services will typically be based on one of the following processing bases (pursuant to Articles 7 to 10 LGPD):
- Because you have provided us with your specific, informed, freely-given, and unambiguous consent,
- Because we need to process your personal data in order to provide you with the Services or a particular feature of the Services, or
- Because the processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued either by us or by a third party and such legitimate interests are not overridden by your privacy and related rights as an individual. Our legitimate interests include the provision of market-leading weather-related products and services, including the Services.