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Terms Of Use

TechKonverse Terms of Use

Effective September 2014



1. General

These Terms govern your use of the websites operated by TechKonverse, LLC and its subsidiaries (collectively “TechKonverse” “we” “us” or “our”), and related services including emails, newsletters and sweepstakes (with the websites, the “Service”). Additional terms and conditions of use applicable to specific areas of the Service may also be posted in such areas and, together with these Terms, govern your use of those areas and are referred to as the “Agreement.”

We reserve the right, in our discretion, to change or modify all or any part of the Terms at any time, effective immediately upon notice published on this website. Your use of the Service constitutes your binding acceptance of these terms and conditions, including any changes or modifications made by TechKonverse as permitted above. Please be sure to review this Agreement periodically to ensure familiarity with the most current version. If at any time the terms and conditions of this Agreement are no longer acceptable to you, you should immediately cease all use of the Service. It is your responsibility to refer to these Terms on accessing our websites.

The Service is directed to teenagers and adults and is not directed to children under the age of 13. You must be 13 years of age or older to use the Service. TechKonverse complies with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and does not permit registration by, and will not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from, anyone under 13. By registering for any Service, you represent and warrant that you are 13 years of age or older. Additionally, you must provide true, accurate and complete registration information to become a member of the Service (“Member”). Creating a Member account under automated means or under false or fraudulent pretenses constitutes unauthorized use of the Service, and such accounts will be terminated by TechKonverse.

As part of the registration process, you may be asked to select a username and password and you will be responsible for all activities occurring under your username and for keeping your password secure. We may refuse to grant you a username that impersonates someone else, is or may be protected by trademark or proprietary rights law, or is vulgar, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate, as determined by us in our sole discretion.

By using the Service, you represent and warrant that all registration information you submit is truthful and accurate and you agree to the accuracy of such information. In the event you compose a profile upon registering for the Service (the “Member Profile”) such profile must describe you, an individual person. Examples of inappropriate profiles include, but are not limited to, profiles that purport to represent an animal, place, inanimate object, fictional character, or real individual who is not you. If you wish to view or change your profile, you can do so via the “Updating Your Registration Information” section of our TechKonverse Privacy Policy.

For Services: when using particular Services, you shall be subject to any posted guidelines or rules applicable to such Services, including but not limited to the Groups Moderation Policies, which may be found at: such guidelines or rules are hereby incorporated by reference into the Terms. TechKonverse currently provides users with access to a variety of Services, including but not limited to, communications tools, email-based discussion groups, online discussion groups, job center, source code, documents, Communities, Blogs, Wiki, Company Research Directory, and Professional Networking features. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, any new features or services shall be subject to the Terms as well as any posted guidelines or rules. In order to use certain Services, you will be required to register with In consideration of your use of the Services, you agree to: (a) provide accurate and complete information about yourself as prompted by the Services registration form (“Registration Data”), (b) maintain and promptly update the Registration Data to keep it accurate and complete, and (c) maintain the security of your password.

For IGN Services: when using particular IGN Services, you shall be subject to any posted guidelines or rules applicable to such Services, including but not limited to the Comment Culture and Moderation and Community How To's and FAQ's policies which can be found under IGN Community Central.All such guidelines or rules are hereby incorporated by reference into the Terms. TechKonverse currently provides IGN users with access to a variety of Services, including but not limited to, community boards, user pages, wikis, and blogs. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, any new features or services shall be subject to the Terms as well as any posted guidelines or rules. In order to use certain Services, you will be required to register with IGN. In consideration of your use of the Services, you agree to: (a) provide accurate and complete information about yourself as prompted by the Services registration form (“Registration Data”), (b) maintain and promptly update the Registration Data to keep it accurate and complete, and (c) maintain the security of your password.

For IGN Premium Services: certain Services provided by TechKonverse, including but not limited to IGN Prime, require registration and payment (such Services are referred to as the "Premium Services"). For questions about your IGN subscription, please visit our FAQ at questions that cannot be answered via the FAQ should be sent using our online form, available at Please include your name and username in all correspondence.

(a) Payment Obligation and Credit Card Authorization. You are responsible for paying any and all charges relating to your Premium Service account, including without limitation, periodic subscription fees (the initial fee and automatic renewals). You grant TechKonverse’ third party payment processor permission to charge your credit card (or other approved payment mechanism) to pay for all such charges. The subscription fee will be billed at the beginning of your subscription and on each annual, quarterly or monthly renewal thereafter, dependent on the original subscription term selected at registration, unless you cancel at least 10 days prior to the renewal date pursuant to the process set forth below.

(b) Renewal and Cancellation of Your Subscription. You grant TechKonverse’ third party payment processor permission to automatically renew your subscription and charge your account up to five (5) days prior to the day on which your subscription is scheduled to end. However, you may "opt out" of this automatic renewal by visiting The Support Center ( and canceling on your own or by using our online form to notify TechKonverse. TechKonverse will cancel your account upon receipt of such notification from you. All fees, charges and sales are final. Once charged to your credit card, the payments are nonrefundable, except in cases of demonstrated fraud, which will be determined at TechKonverse’ sole discretion. You acknowledge that canceling your subscription for any reason will not immediately terminate access to the Premium Services and TechKonverse will not refund the remaining portion of your subscription. Your subscription will remain open until the paid period expires. You acknowledge and agree that the authorization to charge your credit card or other payment mechanism for the Premium Services shall automatically transfer to any successors or assigns of the Premium Service for substantially similar services at the same website. You may not assign or transfer your subscription to any other person or entity. You must be at least 18 years old (or have the permission of a credit card holder who is) to subscribe for Premium Services.

Payment must be made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or PayPal. If TechKonverse does not receive payment from the credit card issuer or its agent, you agree to pay all amounts due upon our demand. Your card issuer agreement governs your use of your designated card in connection with the Premium Service, and you must refer to that agreement and not the Terms to determine your rights and liabilities as a cardholder. YOU, AND NOT TechKonverse, ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING ANY AMOUNTS BILLED TO YOUR CREDIT CARD BY A THIRD PARTY EVEN IF THEY WERE NOT AUTHORIZED BY YOU.


There shall be no refunds, except in demonstrated cases of credit card fraud (as determined by TechKonverse in its sole discretion).

(c) Termination of Your Subscription. You acknowledge that TechKonverse, in its sole discretion, may terminate your ID, password, account (or any part thereof) or use of the Premium Service for a variety of reasons, including, without limitation, if TechKonverse believes that you have violated or acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of the Terms or any other agreement referred to in the Terms. TechKonverse may also, in its sole discretion, at any time discontinue providing the Premium Service, or any part thereof, with or without notice. You agree that any termination of your access to the Premium Service under any provision of the Terms may be effected without prior notice, and acknowledge and agree that TechKonverse may immediately deactivate or delete your account and/or bar any further access to the Premium Service. If your account is terminated by TechKonverse, it will not be automatically renewed and access will be terminated, without refund. Further, you agree that TechKonverse shall not be liable to you or any third-party for termination of your access to the Premium Service. YOU AGREE AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT TechKonverse SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ADJUSTMENTS, REFUNDS OR ACCOUNT OVERSIGHTS PAST 60 DAYS OF SUCH OCCURRENCE.

(d) Trial Memberships. TechKonverse may occasionally offer promotional trial memberships to its Premium Services at special discounted prices. If you sign up for a trial membership, you will be automatically renewed at the normal subscription rate for the Premium Service at the end of the trial period, unless you cancel at least 24 hours before the end of the trial. You must cancel prior to the end of your trial to avoid charges to your credit card. We will continue to bill your credit card for the Premium Service at the standard Premium Service rate and renewal term thereafter, dependent on the original subscription term selected at registration, until you cancel. For information about canceling your IGN Prime subscription, visit the Support Center ( ).

(e) Subscriber Information.You agree to provide and maintain true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by the Premium Service registration process. You must promptly inform TechKonverse of any of the following: changes in the expiration date of any credit card used in connection with the Premium Service; changes in home or billing address; and apparent breaches of security, such as loss, theft, or unauthorized disclosure or use of an ID or password. You agree to notify TechKonverse immediately upon learning of any potential breach of your Premium Service account.

(f) Use Restriction. The material on the Premium Services is for the private, non-commercial enjoyment of Subscribers only. Any other use is strictly prohibited. TechKonverse spends a great deal of time and money to obtain the information appearing on our sites. You agree that you will not copy, publish, or in any way make available publicly any news, pictures, interviews, features, or any other information, content or materials from the Premium Services, without express written permission from TechKonverse. You agree that if you do so, TechKonverse reserves the right to cancel your subscription to the Premium Services immediately without refund. Additionally, reuse of copyrighted information (including but not limited to pictures, interviews, features, videos, audio, etc.) will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

2. Use of Content

You acknowledge that the Service contains information, software, articles, reviews, photographs, audio and video clips, graphics, links, logos, trademarks, the “look and feel” of our websites, and other material (collectively, the “Content”) that are protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights of TechKonverse or third parties. All Content on the Service is copyrighted as a collective work of TechKonverse pursuant to applicable copyright law. You agree to comply with all copyright laws and any copyright notices, information, or restrictions contained in any Content available on or accessed through the Service. Users of the Service may use the Content only for their personal, noncommercial use. Businesses, organizations or other legal entities may not become Members (defined below) and are not permitted to use the Service for any purpose, including but not limited to collecting usernames and/or email addresses of Members by electronic or other means for the purpose of sending unsolicited email and unauthorized framing of, or linking to, the Service. Please refer to our Linking Policy for more information on linking and use of Content.

Except as expressly permitted, you may not (i) modify, publish, transmit, reproduce, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, display, sell, transfer or in any way exploit any of the Content or Material (defined below), in whole or in part, or (ii) use any robot, spider, site search and/or retrieval application, or other device to retrieve or index any portion of the Service. Content consisting of downloadable software may not be reverse engineered unless specifically authorized by the owner of the software’s patent and/or copyright. You also agree not to circumvent, disable or otherwise interfere with any security related features of the Service or the Content, including features that prevent or restrict use or copying, or that enforce limitations on use.

You may post on the Service only content owned by you (such as your original statements or video clips), content for which you have received express written permission from the owner and content in the public domain (collectively, the “Material”). You assume all risk and responsibility for determining whether any Material is in the public domain. You hereby grant, transfer and assign to TechKonverse and its successors, assigns and licensees (collectively, “Licensee”) a fully-paid, royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide right and license to publish, distribute, reproduce, transmit, use, translate, display, perform, modify, revise, create derivative works of and archive the Material, in any form or media now known or hereafter developed (including without limitation in print, magnetic or electronic form), on any number of occasions in any form, and to sublicense third parties (including other users of the Service) to do any of the foregoing with further right of sublicense (the “License”), without compensation to you. You represent and warrant that you are authorized to grant all rights set forth in the preceding sentence and that the exercise by Licensee of Licensee’s rights under the License shall not violate any laws, defame or libel any person, invade any person’s right of privacy or publicity or otherwise violate, misappropriate or infringe the rights of any person (including without limit any copyright or moral right).

You may download, copy and make any personal, non-commercial use of the Content and use that is expressly permitted by the United States Copyright Act of 1976, as amended (“Copyright Act”) and not prohibited by any section of the Copyright Act or by any other applicable law, rule or regulation; provided, however, that you maintain all copyright and other notices contained in such Content; and provided further that you shall not store electronically any significant portion of any Content.

3. Rules of Conduct

TechKonverse has the right, but not the obligation, to investigate any illegal and/or unauthorized use of the Service and appropriate legal action may be taken, including without limitation, civil, and injunctive relief. While utilizing the Service, you may not:

  • Use the Service for any commercial purpose, to distribute any advertising or solicitation of funds or goods and services, or to solicit users to join competitive online services;
  • Post on the Service any links to any external Internet sites that are obscene or pornographic, or display pornographic or sexually explicit material of any kind;
  • Reformat or frame any portion of any web page that is part of the Service;
  • Post Material containing restricted or password only access pages, or hidden pages or images (those not linked to or from another accessible page);
  • Submit any Material that falsely implies sponsorship of that Material by the Service and/or TechKonverse, falsify or delete any author attributions in any Materials, or promote any information that you know is false or misleading;
  • Transmit any viruses, worms, defects, Trojan horses or other items of a contaminating or destructive nature through the Service;
  • Promote an illegal or unauthorized copy of another person’s copyrighted work, such as providing pirated computer programs or videos or links to them, providing information to circumvent manufacture-installed copy-protect devices, or providing pirated music or links to pirated music files;
  • Submit Material, or engage in any activity, that is libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, abusive, harassing, threatening, and unlawful or promotes or encourages illegal activity;
  • Harvest or collect email addresses or other contact information of other users by electronic or other means.

The above is not a complete list of illegal and/or prohibited uses of the Service.

Use of our Service is subject to existing laws and legal process. Nothing contained in these Terms shall limit our right to comply with governmental, court, and law-enforcement requests or requirements relating to your use of the Service.

4. Managing Content

Despite our rights outlined herein, you shall remain solely responsible for all Material you post. TechKonverse has no obligation to pre-screen or monitor the Material you post, however TechKonverse reserves the right to edit or remove any Content or Material on the Service, in whole or in part, and to disclose any information or take any action necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request or to protect the rights, property or safety of TechKonverse, its users and the public. You understand and agree that you may be exposed to such matters and that you further waive your right to any damages (from any party) related to such exposure.

TechKonverse has the right, but not the obligation, to take any of the following actions in our sole discretion at any time and for any reason without giving you any prior notice:

  • Restrict, suspend, or terminate your access to all or any part of our Services;
  • Change, suspend, or discontinue all or any part of our Services;
  • Refuse, move, edit or remove any Material for any reason;
  • Refuse, move, edit or remove any Content that is available on our sites;
  • Deactivate or delete your account(s) and all related information and files in your account(s);
  • Establish general practices and limits concerning use of our sites and Services.

You agree that TechKonverse will not be liable to you or any third party for taking any of these actions. You understand and agree that our Services may include communications such as advertisements, service announcements and administrative messages from us or from our partners, and that these are considered part of the Services.

5. Endorsement

TechKonverse does not represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of any Content or Material posted on any interactive area and you acknowledge that any reliance upon such Content or Material shall be at your sole risk. Any Content or Material placed on any interactive area by users represents the views of the user posting the statement, and does not represent the views of TechKonverse.

The Service may contain links to sites on the Internet which are owned and operated by third parties (the “External Sites”). You acknowledge that TechKonverse is not responsible for the availability of, or the content located on or through, any External Site. Any third-party content or a link to a third-party site is not an endorsement of that content or third-party site. You should contact the site administrator or webmaster for those External Sites if you have any concerns regarding such links or the content located on such External Sites.

Typically, we do not sell, resell, or license any of the products or the services that we review, list, or advertise on our sites, and we disclaim any responsibility for or liability related to them. Your correspondence or related activities with third parties, including payment transactions and goods-delivery transactions, are solely between you and that third party. All product and deal information such as discount, price and availability are believed to be accurate as of the time of publication. Please verify these details with the merchant site and check the merchant’s terms and conditions before you buy. You agree that we will not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of any of your transactions with third parties. Any questions, complaints, or claims related to any product or service should be directed to the appropriate vendor. However, in the event we do sell, resell, or license products or services, any terms and conditions related to your purchase or license of such products and services from us or any affiliates will be accessible on the applicable site page.

Please note that we allow certain manufacturers to license, use and/or reprint a TechKonverse trademark, logo, or a review in whole or in part, in its own marketing materials and advertisements in exchange for a license fee.

6. Indemnity

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold TechKonverse and its affiliates, and their respective officers, directors, owners, agents, information providers and licensors (collectively, the “TechKonverse Parties”) harmless from and against any and all claims, liability, losses, damages, costs and expenses (including attorneys’ fees) incurred by any TechKonverse Party in connection with:

  • Your use of, or connection to, our Service;
  • Any use or alleged use of your accounts or your passwords by any person, whether or not authorized by you;
  • The content, the quality, or the performance of Material that you submit;
  • Your violation of these Terms or the Privacy Policy; or
  • Your violation of the rights of any other person or entity

TechKonverse reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, and in such case, you agree to cooperate with TechKonverse’ defense of such claim.

7. Termination of Service

TechKonverse reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to restrict, suspend or terminate your access to all or any part of the Service, including the discussion areas, at any time for any reason without prior notice or liability. Conversely, you may terminate your access to the Service at any time by immediately ceasing use of the Service. If you would like to delete a particular account on the Service, please review the “Updating Your Registration Information” section of our Privacy Policy and use the contact instructions for the particular website at which you obtained the account. Once your access terminates, you will have no right to use the Service. The terms of this Agreement shall survive any termination of your access. TechKonverse may change, suspend or discontinue all or any aspect of the Service at any time, including the availability of any feature, database, or Content (including the discussion areas), without prior notice or liability.

8. Copyright Policy

You may not post, distribute, perform, display, transmit or reproduce in any way any copyrighted material, trademarks, or other proprietary information without obtaining the prior written consent of the owner of such proprietary rights. TechKonverse has registered a designated agent with the Copyright Office pursuant to 17 U.S.C. 512(c). If you believe that your work has been copied and posted on the Service in a way that constitutes copyright or trademark infringement, please notify the designated agent, Stephen Hicks, TechKonverse, LLC at 28 East 28th Street, 11th Floor, New York, New York 10016, fax: (212) 503-5136, or by email: lThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and insert “Terms of Use” in the subject line.

Notification of claimed infringement must include the following:

(a) an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or trademark interest;

(b) a description of the copyrighted work(s) or trademark(s) that you claim has been infringed;

(c) a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the Service;

(d) your address, telephone number, and email address;

(e) a written statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright or trademark owner, its agent, or the law; and

(f) a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright or trademark owner or authorized to act on the copyright or trademark owner’s behalf.

If your materials have been removed due to alleged infringement of a third party’s intellectual property rights, TechKonverse will notify you. If you believe your materials have been wrongly removed, you may file a counter-notification containing the following:

(a) an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on your behalf;

(b) a description of the material that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and where the material was located online before it was removed or access to it was disabled;

(c) a written statement by you that under penalty of perjury, that you have a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled; and

(d) your address, telephone number, and email address; and

(e) a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of federal district court for the judicial district in which the address is located, or if your address is outside of the United States, for any judicial district in which the service provider may be found, and that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification under DMCA 512 subsection (c)(1)(c) or an agent of such person.

Upon TechKonverse’ receipt of such counter-notice, TechKonverse will provide the complainant with your contact information so that you have the ability to resolve the issue. Please note that when we forward the counter-notification, it includes your personal information. If you are concerned about protecting your anonymity, please consult with an attorney about other options. If the matter has been resolved or the complainant does not seek a court order within the statutory time period, we generally will re-post the material.

TechKonverse reserves the right to remove any materials or content alleged to be infringing without prior notice, at TechKonverse’ sole discretion, and without liability to you.

In appropriate circumstances, TechKonverse will also terminate your account if you are determined to be a repeat infringer.

Any person who knowingly misrepresents that material is infringing or that material was removed or disabled by mistake or misidentification may be subject to liability.

9. Disclaimer of Warranties; Limitation of Liability.

The Service and the Content are distributed on an “as is, as available” basis. None of TechKonverse, third party content providers or their respective agents makes any warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including, without limitation, warranties of title or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, with respect to the Service, any Content or any products or services sold through the Service. Neither TechKonverse nor any third party content provider warrants that any files available for downloading through the Service will be free of viruses or similar contamination or destructive features. Neither TechKonverse nor any third party content provider warrants that any of the goods or services linked to or advertised in the Service comply with data protection or other relevant legislation and TechKonverse accepts no liability whatsoever for any claim arising from such goods or services.

You expressly agree that the entire risk as to the quality and performance of the Service and the accuracy or completeness of the Content is assumed solely by you. You specifically acknowledge that TechKonverse is not responsible or liable for any unauthorized access to or alteration of your Materials, data or other transmissions entered into through the Service or for any threatening, defamatory, obscene, offensive or illegal Content or for conduct of any other party or for any infringement of another’s rights.


Some jurisdictions do not allow exclusion of implied warranties or limitation of liability for incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. In such states, the liability of TechKonverse, third party content providers and their respective agents shall be limited to the greatest extent permitted by law.


10. Member Disputes

You are solely responsible for your interactions with other Members of the Service. TechKonverse reserves the right, but has no obligation, to monitor disputes between you and other Members.

11. International Use

We make no claims that any Material, Service or any Content is appropriate or may be downloaded outside of the United States or outside the country where such Material, Service or any Content was produced. Access to the Material, Services or any Content may not be legal in certain countries or for certain persons. If you access any Material, Services or Content from outside of the United States, you do so at your own risk and are responsible for compliance with the laws of your jurisdiction. You agree to comply with: i) all local rules regarding user conduct on the Internet and acceptable content; and ii) all applicable laws regarding the downloading and/or transmission of technical data and other material from or to the United States and the country in which you are located.

12. No Submission of Unsolicited Ideas

TechKonverse does not accept unsolicited ideas of any kind, including ideas for: advertising; promotions; new products, technologies, processes, or materials; marketing plans; or product names. Please do not send us any such ideas or materials relating to such ideas. This is to avoid any potential misunderstanding or dispute should our products or marketing strategies seem similar to unsolicited ideas submitted to us. If, despite this request, you do send us any unsolicited ideas or materials, we make no assurances that such ideas or materials will be treated as confidential or proprietary.

13. Miscellaneous

We may be required by international, state or federal law to notify you of certain events. You hereby acknowledge and consent that such notices will be effective upon our posting them on our sites or delivering them to you through e-mail. This Agreement shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, without reference to principles of choice of law. You and TechKonverse each irrevocably consent to the personal jurisdiction of the federal or state courts located in New York, New York, the Borough of Manhattan (the “Courts”) with respect to any action, suit or proceeding arising out of or related to this Agreement or to the Service (including without limitation any Content) and waive any objection to venue in any of the Courts for such an action, suit or proceeding (whether based on forum non conveniens or otherwise); additionally, you agree that you will not bring any such action, suit or proceeding in any court other than the Courts.

This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof, and supersedes all previous written or oral agreements between the parties with respect to such subject matter. If any inconsistency exists between the terms of this Agreement and any additional terms and conditions posted on the Service, such terms shall be interpreted as to eliminate any inconsistency, if possible, and otherwise, the additional terms and conditions shall control. If any provision of this Agreement is held invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect, (i) such provision shall be interpreted in such a manner as to preserve, to the maximum extent possible, the intent of the parties, (ii) the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions shall not in any way be affected or impaired thereby, and (iii) such decision shall not affect the validity, legality or enforceability of such provision under other circumstances.

You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of our sites or these Terms must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.

Please click here to visit our Privacy Policy.The Privacy Policy is incorporated by reference into these Terms.

QUESTIONS: Please contact lThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and insert “Terms of Use Question” in the subject line if you have any questions or comments about the Terms, or to report user conduct violating the Terms.


Privacy Policy

TechKonverse, LLC Privacy Policy

Effective August 2014

This Privacy Policy describes what information TechKonverse, LLC (“TechKonverse” or “we”) gathers, how we collect it, our information-sharing practices, how users may change the way their information is collected and how to access their information that is provided on our websites.

TRUSTe Certification

TechKonverse has received TRUSTe’s Privacy Seal signifying that this Privacy Policy and our practices have been reviewed for compliance with the TRUSTe program viewable on the validation page available by clicking the TRUSTe seal.

For a list of TRUSTe certified sites, please click on the TRUSTe seal located above.

International Information

TechKonverse complies with the U.S.–E.U. Safe Harbor framework and the U.S.–Swiss Safe Harbor framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal data from European Union member countries and Switzerland. TechKonverse has certified that it adheres to the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles of notice, choice, onward transfer, security, data integrity, access, and enforcement. To learn more about the Safe Harbor program, and to view TechKonverse’s certification, please click here.

TechKonverse’s privacy practices described in this Privacy Policy comply with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (“APEC”) Cross Border Privacy Rules System. To learn more about this program, please click here .

Privacy Policy Overview

In this Privacy Policy, we will discuss the following information and more:

What we collect:

Part 1- Personal Information

Personal Information generally means information that might reasonably be used to specifically identify you and may include information such as your name, address, age, email and phone number. This Privacy Policy applies to all Personal Information that we receive, regardless of how it is gathered or stored. We collect such Personal Information when you provide it to us, such as when you:

  • Subscribe to the PC Magazine Digital Edition;
  • Register with any of our TechKonverse B2B sites, including,,, and;
  • Purchase a software license or a product;
  • Sign up for emails, bulletins, newsletters, webinars or white papers;
  • Enter a sweepstakes, contest, competition or prize draw;
  • Register for site membership or create a profile on any of our sites, including My IGN, AskMen One,,, and;
  • Participate in surveys;
  • Use a third party connection or log-in to create a membership or profile on any of our sites, access our content, or forward our content to another person, platform or service, e.g. through email, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn and/or Pinterest; or
  • Otherwise communicate with us.

Several of the services that we offer require registration as a condition of use. We may also receive Personal Information about you from other sources and add it to the information you have provided to us.

Please note that TechKonverse is not responsible for the information you volunteer about yourself in the discussions in our forums, blogs, wikis, chat rooms, or other publicly accessible interaction, or information that you choose to make public in your member profile or other areas that allow users to upload or post content. We discourage users from posting personally identifiable information in this fashion, and any personally identifiable information you post to these areas is not covered by this Privacy Policy. You can change your publicly available information at any time via your profile page or to request removal of your Personal Information from these areas, please see our section on Updating Your Registration Information in this Privacy Policy. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your Personal Information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why. Please refer to the applicable User Agreement or Terms of Use for our websites for more information.

Part 2- Other Information We Collect:

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. Cookies contain information that can later be read by a Web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you. Users can control the use of cookies at the individual browser level. If you reject cookies, you may still use our site, but your ability to use some features or areas of our site may be limited. Please see our Cookie Policy for more information, including a more in-depth explanation of what cookies are, the different types of cookies used on TechKonverse sites, and how to change or delete them.

Log Files As is true of most websites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information may include internet protocol (“IP”) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (“ISP”), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and/or clickstream data. We may combine this automatically collected log information with other information we collect about you. We do this to improve services we offer you, to improve marketing, analytics, or site functionality.

Web Beacons are electronic files that allow a website to count users who have visited that page or to access certain cookies. When you receive email messages or newsletters from us, we may use web beacons, customized links or similar technologies to determine whether the email has been opened and which links you click in order to provide you more focused email communications or other information.

Pixel Tags ,also known as clear GIFs, beacons, spotlight tags or web bugs, are a method for passing information from the user’s computer to a third party website. Used in conjunction with cookies, TechKonverse may use pixel tags to improve our understanding of site traffic, visitor behavior, and response to promotional campaigns. Pixel tags are also used as a supplement to our server logs and other methods of traffic and response measurement, and they are sometimes used in conjunction with small Javascript-based applications. We may also implement pixel tags provided by other companies for the same purpose. We use clear GIFs in our HTML-based emails to let us know which emails have been opened by recipients.

Local Shared Objects  (“LSOs”) are found in technologies such as HTML5 or Flash to store user settings and video viewing history. Third parties, with whom we partner to provide certain features on our site or to display advertising based upon your Web browsing activity, use HTML5- or Flash-based LSOs to collect and store information. Various browsers may offer their own management tools for removing HTML5 LSOs. To manage Flash LSOs please click here.

IP Addresses are a unique string of numbers that identifies each computer attached to the Internet. We use IP Addresses to analyze trends, administer our websites, track users’ movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. We may connect information about your IP Address to known corporate information and use associated information related to aggregate content preferences to assist in our efforts to market business-to-business services to the originating corporation or corporations. IP Addresses that we collect are sometimes linked to personally identifiable information. We use registration and email addresses that you provide together with IP Addresses and other information that we collect as described in this Privacy Policy. By combining the information, we are better able to understand our users and to better market services and products to our users.

Third Parties. To improve the quality of some of our services, we may supplement the information we collect with information from third parties. For example, if you access My IGN ( using a third party connection or log-in (such as Google+, Facebook or Yahoo!), we may also collect your user ID, username or email address associated with that third party service or any information you have made public in connection with that service or the third party shares with us. In addition, we may use data collected by a third party operator/licensee of localized versions or editions of,, or

Social Media Widgets. Our websites include social media features, such as the Facebook “Like” button and widgets, which include the “Share This” button or interactive mini-programs that run on our sites. These features may collect your IP Address, track which page you are visiting on our site, and may set a cookie to enable the features to function properly. Social media features and widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our sites. Your interactions with these Features are governed by the privacy policy of the company providing it.

What We Provide to Third Parties:

Statistical Reports and Mailing Lists. The aggregate statistics that describe our online audience—which are often based on the information you provide when you subscribe, register, or browse our sites—help us sell advertising and otherwise publicize TechKonverse and our brands. In addition, we make some information collected by our B2B and emedia divisions, such as the name of our users, their mailing address, phone number, email address—and in certain circumstances their employer's name, company size and other industry data—available on a rental or other basis (e.g. sale) to third party providers of goods and services when such information is provided in connection with webcasts and white papers or other sponsored downloads. Please note that we only take such actions in connection with emails collected by PCMag,, ITtoolbox, HR World, Inside CRM, IT Management, IT Security, Voip-News, and Web Hosting Unleashed. Please see the sections Webcasts and White Papers/Other Sponsored Downloads below to learn more. To learn how you can make choices about how this information is used or shared, please visit the How You Can Change or Control What is Collected section below.

Email Deployment, Data Analysis E-Commerce and Other Services. We provide customer lists, email addresses and other information to third party companies and contractors who provide us with specialized services, such as email message deployment, merge-purge (identifying and removing duplicate addresses), subscription fulfillment, and customer support and service, research, statistical analysis, data and website hosting and other data and transaction processing. These companies work on our behalf, and we do not provide our lists or other data to them for their own permanent use. Those service providers will be permitted to obtain only the information they need to deliver the service. They should also maintain the confidentiality of the information and are prohibited from using it for any other purpose.

Please note that we engage third party service providers for the purpose of processing the sale of subscriptions, to fulfill your orders for product purchases, to honor your request to be removed from promotional mailings, or other services. These service providers have access to or are provided with certain Personal Information (including credit card information) in order to provide us with the applicable service.

Webcasts. At times we produce and host sponsored webcasts for a variety of companies (“Sponsors”). Data collected during the registration process and the actual event may be shared with those Sponsors and others. The data is governed by our Privacy Policy and the third party’s privacy policy, and it may be used by us and the Sponsor for follow-up purposes.

White Papers/Other Sponsored Downloads. TechKonverse hosts product listings and offers informational downloads for a variety of third party vendors. When registration is required in order to receive or view the download, some or all data collected during product registration and/or TechKonverse website registration may be shared with the vendor (and other third parties) in order to send information related to the topic of the white paper or product download.

Contests, Competitions, Sweepstakes and Prize Draws. Data collected during the registration for contests, competitions, sweepstakes and prize draws is used by us and may be shared with sponsors. Please read the contest rules carefully before you submit your data.

Co-Branded Sites and Services. When you use a co-branded service (a service operated with a partner of TechKonverse), or register or otherwise provide information on a co-branded site, you grant us permission to pass the information collected back to that partner. Use of your information by such partners is subject to their privacy policies as well as ours.

Ecommerce. When shopping on some of our sites or pages, users may need to provide personally identifiable information to third party partners that is necessary to fulfill an online order, including name, billing address, shipping address, telephone number, email address, credit card number (with expiration date), and any of the above information needed to send a package to a gift recipient. TechKonverse does not request, collect, store or have access to any credit card information. If a user creates an account, the credit card information above will not be stored under their account. When placing an order, credit card information will be immediately entered onto a secure server of a PCI-compliant third party. We partner with a number of third parties to process and fulfill orders, send transactional emails, collect payment/credit card information and ensure delivery of downloads and packages. While these third parties may have access to Personal Information in order to perform their duties, they are not permitted to use it for other purposes.

What Third parties and TechKonverse May Collect:

Online Ad Serving. TechKonverse and some of our advertisers use third party advertising service companies to serve advertisements when you visit our sites. Often, these third party advertising companies employ cookie, pixel tag and other technologies to measure the effectiveness of Web and email advertisement and to create a record of interaction with our site content that they use in conjunction with their advertising which appears on other sites, or for reporting website traffic, statistics, advertisement data and/or other activities on our sites. We will also engage third party providers to assist with the segmentation of this data. TechKonverse and/or these third party advertisers may collect non-Personal Information about you for online behavioral advertising purposes in order for you to receive relevant interest-based advertising from us in the future. The specific providers we use are subject to change.

For a list of the applicable providers, click here. For information about how to opt out of tracking methods for these entities and others, click here.

What TechKonverse does with the Information it Collects

Personal Information .  How we use personal information is described in the Section What We Provide to Third Parties.

Emails.  We use email addresses to send offers of services or products (and as set forth in the section What We Provide to Third Parties ). Any recipient will be able to unsubscribe from receiving these emails by following the instructions at the bottom of the email.

Other Information: Ad Serving and TechKonverse. At times we display ads both on our network of owned and operated websites and on non-TechKonverse websites. When you visit one of our websites or view ads that we serve off of our network elsewhere on the Internet, you may see multiple kinds of ads, such as text ads next to search results and graphical ads shown on web pages. Sometimes these ads are based on the content of the page on which they appear. Other times these ads are generated by matching the ad to your interests as inferred from your browsing activities collected online. Either way, TechKonverse tries to show you relevant ads, and to do so, we may use information we know or receive about you, such as your gender, location or interests.

Interest-based Ads. We use cookies, Javascript, pixel tags and other technology to collect information about (i) your visit to our sites and other third party partner websites that we do not own or operate but with whom we have agreements and (ii) your interaction with emails we deliver (“Online Data”). We analyze what pages you visit on our sites and the third party sites, what products or services you view, and whether you view or click on ads that are shown to you. We use this information to send you interest-based ads. All such data is also collected anonymously, and is aggregated with other data we collect and/or similar data collected by partners to create segments, groups of users and certain general-interest categories or segments that we have inferred based on (a) demographic or interest data, and a general geographic location derived from your IP Address, (b) the pages you view and links you click when viewing an email or using our sites and services and those of our partners, and/or (c) the search terms you enter when using certain search services. We use this information to get a more accurate picture of audience interests in order to serve ads we believe are more relevant to your interests.

We store page views, clicks and search terms used for ad personalization targeting separately from your contact information or other data that directly identifies you (such as your name or email address), which we obtained as described above under Personal Information and in some situations we combine the Online Data with your email address.

We will engage third party providers to assist with the collection, storage and segmentation of Online Data; and the providers are required to maintain the confidentiality of this information. These efforts do not result in the collection of personally identifiable information such as name or address; and we do not intentionally collect data that we consider to be sensitive, such as financial, health, or medical information or data concerning racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, or sex life. This data is not sold or transferred to any third party. Except as may be set forth elsewhere in this Privacy Policy, this Online Data is retained for not more than 180 days after which it shall expire. However, the 180 day period may commence again if the same user subsequently visits one of our sites or a partner’s site.

To allow other users to find you.  In order to locate My IGN Members that a user may already know in the physical world and/or want to get to know in the online world, we allows users to search for members using information the user already knows, such as username, full name, or gamer profile, and identifies users matching that search information.

To ease future form filing.  Some of our services use a registered user’s data to “pre-populate” online forms that are displayed for the purpose of collecting additional individual data by our websites, selected third party sites, and/or sponsors and advertisers.

Behavioral Targeting/Re-Targeting.  We partner with third party ad networks to either display advertising on our website or to manage our advertising on other sites. Our ad network partners use cookies and Web beacons to collect non-personally identifiable information about your activities on our owned and operated sites and third party websites to provide you targeted advertising based upon your interests. If you wish to not have this information used for the purpose of serving you targeted ads, you may opt out by clicking here. Please note this does not opt you out of being served advertising. You will continue to receive generic ads.

How You Can Change or Control what is Collected:

Cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies but allow you to modify security settings so you can approve or reject cookies on a case-by-case basis. You may stop or restrict cookies on your computer or purge them from your browser by adjusting your web browser preferences. If you would prefer that we not collect anonymous data that may be used to help determine which advertisements to serve you, opt out by clicking this icon , which can be found on most of our webpages. However, if you “turn off,” purge, or disable cookies, although you may still use our websites, you may not be able to use all of the features, functions, or services available on our websites.

Digital Advertising Alliances. U.S. residents can click here to learn more about the use of cookies, your opt-out choices, and more. Residents of the European Union and Switzerland should visit the EDAA by clicking here for more information, and Canadian residents should visit the DACC by clicking here.

TechKonverse supports and adheres to the Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising of the Digital Advertising Alliance (for more information click here ) and has Ghostery, Inc.’s assurance platform to comply with these Principles. As part of this service, online ads that we place using behavioral data we collect are expected to be delivered with the Advertising Option Icon (also referred to as the Forward i) or similar icon that helps users understand how their data is being used and provides choices for users who want more control. Online advertisements on our sites targeted to you based on previously collected Online Data about you by third parties should also have the Advertising Option Icon. This icon is also on each of our web pages. The Advertising Option icon provides information (and links to other information) on online behavioral ads, who is collecting and using your online data, how you can opt out and more.

TechKonverse adheres to the EU self-regulatory initiative for online behavioral advertising (OBA).

Pixel Tags.  You can disable pixel tags by changing your browser settings to omit images and disable Javascript, or there may be commercially available software packages that can assist with dealing with pixel tags.

Updating Your Registration Information. You can correct, delete or change the information collected during user registration at any time at the profile page for that membership or website. Please allow five to ten business days for corrections or changes to be publicly displayed or implemented throughout our systems.

If you have any trouble accessing, correcting or deleting any of your information, contact the website directly by clicking on the appropriate link (which should lead to a “Contact Us” or support page):

Your Newsletter and Email Subscriptions. You can opt-out or unsubscribe to a newsletter or other email lists at any time by following the instructions at the end of the newsletters or email you receive. You can also do so through the PCMag newsletter subscription management page (this page will display all of your newsletter subscriptions for and certain other TechKonverse Newsletters), IGN’s newsletter management page , emedia’s Bulletins list (US) or emedia’s Bulletins list (UK). Please allow five to ten business days for changes to take effect.

Your Subscription Information You can correct or change your PC Magazine Digital Edition subscription information by clicking here. Please allow two to four weeks for changes to take effect (if you are a new subscriber, your information may not be immediately available at this URL—please allow up to four weeks from placing your subscription order for processing). You can correct or change your subscriptions and preferences using the account settings here . Please note member service-related communications are an integral part of the service to which you subscribe and you will continue to receive these emails as part of the service unless you cancel your account.

Stop Sharing of Lists.  Many customers appreciate the communications they receive from the third party providers of goods and services to whom our PCMag, B2B and emedia divisions provide lists of our customers, but if you no longer wish to receive messages from individual providers, follow the unsubscribe link and instructions at the bottom of the message. To stop receiving messages from all third parties— including messages from third parties to whom you provided your Personal Information in order to download a white paper, case study or other document, or to enter an advertiser-sponsored sweepstakes or other contest—please send an email with your preference request changes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include “Privacy Policy” in the subject line.

If you encounter any issues with changing your preferences, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include “Privacy Policy” in the subject line. Please allow up to ten business days for any changes to be implemented throughout our systems.

Helpful Information for International Users

TechKonverse operates websites hosted in the United States and, depending on your country of residence, the submission of personally identifiable information to our sites may involve some transfer of Personal Information to the United States. You understand and consent to having any Personal Information you provide transferred to and processed in the United States. You should be aware that privacy laws in the United States may not provide protections equivalent to those of your country of residence.

However, we are compliant with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor, U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor and APEC frameworks. For more information regarding our participation in these systems, please see the information provided at the beginning of this Privacy Policy.

Other Useful Information Regarding Your Privacy

Change of Ownership of TechKonverse. Some or all Personal Information maintained by TechKonverse may be subject to transfer to another company in the event of a change of ownership of TechKonverse or sale of any part of TechKonverse. You will be notified via email and/or a prominent notice on our websites of any change in ownership or uses of your Personal Information, as well as any choices you may have regarding your Personal Information.

Security.  We believe we use reasonable precautions to keep the Personal Information you disclose to our websites secure and to only release this information to third parties that share our commitment to privacy. However, we cannot guarantee there will not be a breach, and we are not responsible for any breach of security or for the actions of any third parties. In certain instances we may use Secure Sockets Layer encryption on anonymous data.

You are ultimately responsible for the security of your email address and password. Please take care when using and storing them. We recommend that you do not divulge your password to anyone. You should log out of your browser at the end of each session to ensure that others cannot access your Personal Information and correspondence, especially if several people have access to your personal computer or you are using a computer in a public place, such as a library or Internet café

Children. TechKonverse websites are not intended for use by children, especially those under 13. No one under age 13 should provide any Personal Information or use our public discussion areas, forums and chats. Minors under the age of 18 are prohibited from making purchases on our sites. If, notwithstanding these prohibitions, your children disclose information about themselves in our public discussion areas, consequences may occur that are not intended for children (for example, they may receive unsolicited messages from other parties).

Data Retention. The time period for which we keep information varies according to the information’s use. In some cases, there are legal requirements to keep data for a minimum period. Unless there is a specific legal requirement for us to keep the information, we will retain it for no longer than is necessary to fulfill a legitimate business need.

Links to Other Sites. TechKonverse websites may contain links to other sites whose information practices may be different from ours. We do not have control over the information that is submitted to, or collected by, these third parties. You should consult the privacy policy of these other sites to learn how your privacy is protected.

Compliance with Law and Other Terms. Subject to applicable law, we reserve the right to release information concerning any user of our sites or services when we have grounds to believe that the user is in violation of our Terms of Use, User Agreement, or other published guidelines or engages in (or we have grounds to believe is engaging in) any illegal activity, and to release information in response to court and governmental orders, other enforceable requests from government entities, civil subpoenas, discovery requests and otherwise as required by law. We also may release information about users when we believe in good faith that such release is required to protect the rights, property, safety or security of TechKonverse, any of our users or the public, or to respond to an emergency.

California Residents. In accordance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act (“CalOPPA”), we may collect Personal Information about your online activities when you use our sites. While we give our users many avenues to opt out of providing Personal Information, we do not respond to Web browsers’ “do not track” signals, in accordance with California Business & Professions Code Section 22575. If you wish for us to refrain from gathering your Personal Information, please see our section on How to Change or Control What Is Collected.

California’s “Shine the Light” law, Civil Code Section 1798.83, permits our users who are California residents to periodically request and obtain certain information about any Personal Information disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes. If you are a California resident and wish to make such a request, please submit your request in writing to:

TechKonverse Legal Department
28 East 28th Street
New York, NY 10016

Please visit our Terms of Use page for more information concerning your use of TechKonverse websites and other services.Please see our User Agreement regarding your use of IGN websites and services. The Terms of Use and User Agreement are incorporated by reference into this Privacy Policy.

Changes to the Privacy Policy.  We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time, and all changes will be effective at the time we post them. If we believe there is a significant change to this Privacy Policy or our data collection and use practices, we will indicate on our sites that our Privacy Policy has changed prior to the change becoming effective. The then-posted version of the Privacy Policy supersedes all prior versions.Your continued access to or use of any of our sites shall be deemed your acceptance of the Privacy Policy.

We urge you to come back to this web page and review this Privacy Policy regularly so that you remain aware of the terms and conditions that apply to you.

Questions or Complaints? If you have any questions on our Privacy Policy, you can contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; be sure to include Privacy Policy in the subject line.You may also contact us by writing to:

TechKonverse Legal Department
28 East 28th Street
New York, NY 10016

TRUSTe-Certified Websites

The TRUSTe program covers only information that is collected through these websites: TechKonverse, TechBargains, IGN, IGN Canada, IGN UK, IGN Australia, AskMen, AskMen Canada, AskMen UK, AskMen Australia, PCMag, PCMag Canada, PCMag UK, PCMag Australia,, ITtoolbox, ExtremeTech, Computer Shopper, Geek, LogicBuy, HR World, Inside CRM, IT Management, IT Security, Voip-News, and Web Hosting Unleashed and does not cover information that may be collected through our mobile applications.

If you have an unresolved privacy or data use concern that we have not addressed satisfactorily, please contact TRUSTe by clicking here.



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TechKonverse is a not just another news website focused on technology and startups, but a platform to everyone who wants to share the ideas and thoughts about the current happenings in the tech-savvy world.

We do have a database of companies and start-ups, which comprises around a million data points profiling companies, people, funds, fundings and events. We estimate to have more than 50,000 active contributors shortly.

To put it simply, we’re a one-stop-shop for serious technological needs. Our writers spelunk into the abyss of the future in search of the real story behind what’s out there today, and what will be out there tomorrow. You, our dynamic community fills in all the gaps by gabbing and chatting about anything and everything.

We eat, sleep, and breathe technology. We not only look at products, but we look behind-the-scenes and explore the concepts that drive them.

We’re always interested in covering new and emergent technologies, too — so by all means contact us if you have a story idea for us, or just leave a comment on a story. We always read the comments.