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Ranker, Inc. ("Ranker") Ranker is a social site and platform that provides a wide variety of lists on a variety of subjects (each a “List”. We make it easy, fun, and social for Users to participate in the raking of List items via a drop-and-drag interface and a comprehensive database. Users of the Website and Service (each a “User”) can setup a profile with all of their ratings, favorites, Lists and more, connect their profile with friends and meet new people with similar taste through our website located at www.ranker.com and any other websites or applications, operated or controlled by us ("Website").

Please read these Terms of Service ("Terms") carefully as they govern your access to and use of the services on the Website (collectively, the "Services"), and any information, text, graphics, photos or other materials uploaded, downloaded or appearing on the Services, including Lists, User Content, Ranker Content and User-Generated Lists (collectively referred to as "Content"). Services include all aspects of the Website, including but not limited to all products, software and services offered via the Website, such as the Widget, uploaders and other applications. Your access to and use of the Services is conditioned on your acceptance of and compliance with these Terms. By accessing or using the Services you agree to be bound by these Terms.

Ownership of Content
User Content. Except as otherwise provided for herein, you own all content you submit to the Website and/or Services, including but not limited to profile information, reviews, images, messages, and any other materials, including a User-Generated List ("User Content"). By submitting User Content you hereby irrevocably grant Ranker a perpetual, world-wide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sub-licensable and transferable license and right to Use User Content for any purpose and in any media now existing or in the future. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you grant Ranker an exclusive, perpetual license to Use any User Content that is your contribution to a User-Generated List. As used herein, a “User-Generated List” is List submitted by you to the Service.

You also irrevocably grant the Users of the Services and third party websites, mobile applications, Publishers and other platforms that have obtained User Content from Ranker ("Third Party Properties") the same right you have granted to Ranker herein to Use the User Content in connection with their use of the Services. As used herein, the right to “Use” means the right to, copy, display, perform, digitally perform, distribute, modify, translate, reformat, incorporate into advertisements and other works, promote, create derivative works of, and , allow others to do the same. You irrevocably waive, and cause to be waived, any claims and assertions of moral rights or attribution with respect to User Content brought against Ranker, any Third Party Properties and our and their users.

You shall be solely responsible for your own User Content and the consequences of posting or publishing them. In connection with any User Content, you affirm, represent, and/or warrant that: (i) you own or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions to use and authorize Ranker to use all patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, publicity, publishing or other proprietary rights in and to any and all such User Content to enable inclusion and Use of the User Content in the manner contemplated by these Terms; and (ii) you have the written consent, release, and/or permission of each and every identifiable individual person in the User Content to use the name, voice or likeness of each and every such identifiable individual person to enable inclusion and Use of the User Content in the manner contemplated by these Terms.

We may use, post or refuse to post, disable from view, remove or reinstate any Content (including User Content) in our sole discretion. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, we may, but are not obligated to, hide or remove any User Content that we determine, in our sole discretion, to be in violation of the terms hereof. We are not obligated to return any User Content to you under any circumstances.

Ranker Content. We are the sole and exclusive copyright owners of the Website and Services, including, but not limited to, visual interfaces, interactive features, graphics, design, compilation, computer code, products, software, aggregate user review ratings, reports and other usage-related data in connection with activities associated with your account and all other elements and components of the Website and Services excluding Your Content and third party content (collectively, the "Ranker Content"). We also exclusively own the copyrights, trademarks, service marks, logos, trade names, trade dress and other intellectual and proprietary rights throughout the world (the "IP Rights") associated with the Website, Services and Ranker Content, which may be protected by copyright, patent, trademark and other applicable intellectual property and proprietary rights and laws. You may not use, copy, display, distribute, modify, translate, reformat, incorporate into advertisements and other works, promote, create derivative works, or in any way exploit or allow others to exploit any of Ranker Content in whole or in part except as expressly authorized by us. Except as otherwise expressly granted to you in writing, we do not grant you any other express or implied right or license to the Website, Services, Ranker Content or Ranker's IP Rights.

Content on the Website and Service is provided to all Users AS-IS for your information and personal use only and may not be used, copied, reproduced, distributed, transmitted, broadcast, displayed, sold, licensed, or otherwise exploited for any other purposes whatsoever without the prior written consent of Ranker. Ranker reserves all rights not expressly granted in and to the Website, the Service and the Content. You agree to not engage in the use, copying, or distribution of any of the Content other than expressly permitted herein. If you download or print a copy of the Content for personal use, you must retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained therein.

Content Disclaimer
You understand that when using the Services you will be exposed to Content from a variety of sources, and that Ranker is not responsible for the accuracy or intellectual property rights of or relating to such Content. You further understand and acknowledge that you may be exposed to Content that is inaccurate, offensive, indecent, or objectionable, and you agree to waive, and hereby do waive, any legal or equitable rights or remedies you have or may have against Ranker with respect thereto. Ranker does not endorse any Content or any opinion, recommendation, or advice expressed therein, and Ranker expressly disclaims any and all liability in connection with Content.

Your Obligations in Using the Services
The Services may be used and accessed for lawful and non-commercial purposes only. You agree to abide by all applicable local, state, national and foreign laws, treatises and regulations in connection with your use of the Services. In addition, without limitation, you agree that you will not do any of the following while using or accessing the Website or Services:

  • Circumvent, disable or otherwise interfere with security related features of the Website or Service or features that prevent or restrict use or copying of any Content;
  • Upload, post, email or otherwise transmit (i) any User Content to which you do not have the lawful right to copy, transmit and display (including any User Content that would violate any confidentiality or fiduciary obligations that you might have with respect to the User Content); (ii) any User Content for which you do not have the consent or permission of each identifiable person in the User Content to use the name, voice, signature, photograph, or likeness of each such person (to the extent each is implicated by the User Content) and such consent or permission is necessary; or (iii) any User Content that infringes the intellectual property rights or violates the privacy rights of any third party (including without limitation copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, or other intellectual property right, or moral right or right of publicity);
  • Use any meta tags or other hidden text or metadata utilizing Ranker's name, trademark, URL or any product names;
  • Upload, post, email or otherwise transmit any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, junk mail, spam, or any other form of solicitation;
  • Forge any TCP/IP packet header or any part of the header information in any posting or in any way use the Website or Services to send altered, deceptive or false source-identifying information;
  • Upload, post, email, or otherwise transmit, via the Website or Services, any User Content that is unlawful, obscene, harmful, threatening, harassing, defamatory or hateful or that contain objects or symbols of hate, invade the privacy of any third party, contain nudity (including without limitation any pornography, erotica, child pornography or child erotica), are deceptive, threatening, abusive, inciting of unlawful action, defamatory, libelous, vulgar or violent or constitute hate speech or are otherwise objectionable in the opinion of Ranker;
  • Upload, post, email, or otherwise transmit any User Content that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files, or programs designed to (i) interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of the Website or Service; or (ii) interfere with the access of any users, host or network, including without limitation sending a virus, overloading, flooding, spamming or mail-bombing the Website or Service;
  • Upload, post, email or otherwise transmit any User Content that include code that is hidden or otherwise surreptitiously contained within the images, audio or video of any User Content that is unrelated to the immediate, aesthetic nature of the User Content;
  • Interfere with or disrupt (or attempt to interfere with or disrupt) the Service or any web pages available at the Website, servers or networks connected to the Website or Service or the technical delivery systems of Ranker's providers or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to the Website or Service;
  • Attempt to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of the Website or Service or breach or impair or circumvent any security or authentication measures protecting the Website or Services;
  • Attempt to decipher, decompile, disassemble or reverse engineer any of the software used to provide the Website or Services;
  • Attempt to access, search or meta-search the Website or Service with any engine, software, tool, agent, device or mechanism other than software and/or search agents provided by Ranker or other generally available third party web browsers (such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or Opera), including without limitation any software that sends queries to the Website or Service to determine how a website or web page ranks;
  • Collect, harvest or store (or permit anyone else to collect, harvest or store) personal data about other Users without their express permission;
  • Impersonate or misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity, through pretexting or some other form of social engineering or otherwise commit fraud;
  • Share your Account password with any third party except as expressly permitted in writing by Ranker;
  • Use the Website or Services in any manner not permitted by this Agreement; or
  • Encourage or instruct any other individual to do any of the foregoing or to violate any term of these Terms.
  • In submitting User Content to us, you represent that:

  • You are the sole author of the User Content, and the User Content are not copied from or based on, in whole or in part, any other work or website, except works in the public; and
  • Use of User Content by Ranker, Third Party Properties and our and their users will not violate or infringe any right of yours or any third party.
  • With regard to User Content that are images, you agree that at least one of the following is met:

  • You have taken the photograph or created the artwork being submitted;
  • You own the rights to the image; or
  • You have explicit permission from the rights-holder to submit such image or artwork for use on our Properties and Third Party Properties and to grant the rights you have granted herein.
  • Lastly, you agree that any of User Content submitted to us will not:

  • Be unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, indecent, defamatory, vulgar, profane, obscene, libelous, hateful or otherwise objectionable;
  • Contain material that violates the standards of good taste or the standards of the Properties;
  • Violate any third-party right, including, but not limited to, right of privacy, right of publicity, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, or any other intellectual property or proprietary rights;
  • Accuse others of illegal activity, or describe physical confrontations;
  • Contain material that is illegal, or that violates any federal, state, or local law or regulation;
  • Contain language or images intended to impersonate another person;
  • Disguise or attempt to disguise the origin of User Content;
  • Be considered a form of deceptive advertisement or cause, or be a result of, a conflict of interest;
  • Be commercial in nature, including but not limited to spam, surveys, contests, pyramid schemes or other advertising materials;
  • Assert or imply that User Content is in any way sponsored or endorsed by us; or
  • Contain material that is not in English;
  • Termination; Cancellation
    We may immediately terminate or suspend your access to the Services and remove any material (including User Content) from the Website or our servers, in the event that you breach these Terms. Notwithstanding the foregoing, we also reserve the right to terminate the Website, Services or your access thereto at any time and for any reason. After such a termination, you understand and acknowledge that we will have no further obligation to provide the Services. Upon termination, all licenses and other rights granted to you by these Terms will immediately cease. Ranker is not liable to you or any third party for termination of the Services or termination of your use of the Services. UPON ANY TERMINATION OR SUSPENSION, ANY INFORMATION (INCLUDING USER CONTENT) THAT YOU HAVE SUBMITTED ON THE WEBSITE OR THAT WHICH IS RELATED TO YOUR ACCOUNT MAY NO LONGER BE ACCESSED BY YOU. Furthermore, Ranker will have no obligation to maintain any information stored in our database related to your Account or to forward any information to you or any third party.

    You may terminate your Account at any time and for any reason by clicking "Cancel Account" on the "My Account" page. Upon any termination by a Member, the related Account will no longer be accessible.

    Any suspension, termination or cancellation will not affect your obligations to Ranker under these Terms (including but not limited to ownership, indemnification and limitation of liability), which by their sense and context are intended to survive such suspension, termination or cancellation.

    Third-Party Links
    The Website and Service may contain links to third party websites that are not owned or controlled by Ranker. Ranker has no control over, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third party websites. In addition, Ranker will not and cannot censor or edit the content of any third-party site. By visiting the Website and/or using the Service, you expressly relieve Ranker from any and all liability arising from your use of any third-party website. Accordingly, we encourage you to be aware when you leave the Service and to read the terms and conditions and privacy policy of each other website that you visit.

    Ranker uses YouTube links on Ranker lists. Please see YouTube terms of service foundhere for more information on YouTube's policies.

    Publishers
    Ranker has developed proprietary software (the "Widget") which includes an online list publishing widget and online data management platform designed for organizing, querying, analyzing, exporting and developing reports based on voting on and publishing lists. Ranker makes the Widget available to third parties (“Publishers”) solely for display on Publisher's website via HTML embedded code Upon embedding the Widget, Publisher is granted a royalty-free, non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-assignable right to download, and install the Widget on the Publisher's websites and to display the Widget, Lists and other Content Ranker delivers to the Widget and to collect and report quantitative List and other data ("List Data") from visitors to the Publisher's websites.

    Publisher hereby acknowledges and agrees that Ranker owns and shall retain rights in and to the Widget, including, without limitation, (i) all patent, copyright, trade secret, database rights, trademark and other intellectual property rights in and to the Widget, and any corrections, bug fixes, enhancements, updates or other modifications to the Widget, whether made by Publisher, Ranker or any third party and (ii) all List content, each List, List analysis, end-user presentations, the List Data and other data generated from the use of the Widget. ("Widget Content")

    Publisher acknowledges and agrees that Ranker may develop one or more databases containing the List Data and may analyze, sell, redistribute the List Data or any part thereof subject to the terms of the Privacy Policy.

    Copyright
    If you believe that any content has been posted on the Service, Website or Widget in a manner that constitutes copyright infringement, please notify Ranker by providing its designated Copyright Agent with the written information specified below:

  • A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
  • Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site.
  • Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material. Providing URLs in an email enables us to most efficiently locate and remove the infringing material.
  • Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted.
  • A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
  • A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
  • Ranker's Copyright Agent for Notice of claims of copyright infringement can be reached as follows:

    By mail: Copyright Agent  Ranker, Inc., 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500 , Los Angeles, CA 90048
    By email: copyright@ranker.com

    Content Policy
    The purpose of this section is to make clear what we consider to be acceptable use of Ranker.

    If you are found to be in violation of any of the policies listed below, your account will be frozen and you will be notified via email when possible. Unless you explain or correct your behavior within 48 hours, your account will be suspended. Though our goal is to work with you to ensure an equitable outcome in all cases, we reserve the right to immediately suspend, without notice, any content, account, or IP address which we determine to be illegal, spam, systematically generated, or potentially damaging to our service or infrastructure.

    When your account is suspended, public access to your content is blocked. Access to your Ranker account and the ability to add/edit posts will also be disabled.

    Redundant Content

    Ranker is not intended to be an all-purpose content aggregator. Users who import or aggregate content that is unrelated to the purpose of the Website will be subject to suspension.

    Copyright

    Although the use of copyrighted material does not necessarily constitute infringement, as a rule users should exercise caution when using copyrighted content without the permission of the content owner. It is Ranker policy to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA").

    Sexually Explicit Video and Photographs

    Accounts that use Ranker's Video/Photograph upload feature to upload and host sexually explicit or pornographic material will be suspended.

    Spam

    Users that publish content that is not meaningful or relevant, use deceptive means to generate revenue or traffic, or post primarily for the purpose of affiliate marketing, will be subject to suspension.

    Privacy and Identity Theft

    The appropriation and use of the identity of another person are not permitted. Users may not post other people's personally identifying or confidential information. You may not post information such as other people's credit card numbers, Social Security Numbers, driver's and/or other license numbers, passwords, usernames, phone numbers, addresses and email addresses.

    Objectionable Content, Defamation, and Libel

    Hate speech and other objectionable content that is unlawful, defamatory, and fraudulent are not allowed on Ranker. Though an allegation of defamatory expression, in and of itself, does not establish defamation, as the truth or falsehood of an expression is a necessary element in establishing defamation, therefore, as we are not in a position to make that sort of fact-based judgment, we will remove any statement that we have reason to believe could be defamatory.

    Illegal Use

    Ranker may not be used for illegal purposes. Examples of this include using Ranker for deceptive or fraudulent purposes.

    Unauthorized Use

    We will terminate accounts and block access of individuals who attempt unauthorized use of Ranker.com.

    Automated or Mass Registration

    Accounts that are registered automatically or systematically will be removed and access will be permanently suspended.

    Ability to Accept Terms
    You affirm that you are either more than 18 years of age, or an emancipated minor, or possess legal parental or guardian consent, and are fully able and competent to enter into the terms, conditions, obligations, affirmations, representations, and warranties set forth in these Terms, and to abide by and comply with these Terms. In any case, you affirm that you are over the age of 13, as the Service is not intended for children under 13. If you are under 13 years of age, then please do not use the Service.

    Disclaimer of Warranties
    YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE AND THE SERVICES IS AT YOUR SOLE DISCRETION AND RISK. RANKER EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, RELATING TO THE WEBSITE, SERVICES, AND CONTENT OR THE CONTENT OF ANY WEBSITES LINKED TO THE WEBSITE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE WARRANTIES OF TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, COURSE OF DEALING OR COURSE OF PERFORMANCE. RANKER DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTIES: (I) REGARDING THE SECURITY, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, TIMELINESS AND PERFORMANCE OF THE SITES; OR (II) THAT THE SERVICES WILL BE ERROR-FREE OR THAT ANY ERRORS WILL BE CORRECTED.

    RANKER ASSUMES NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY (I) ERRORS, MISTAKES, OR INACCURACIES OF THE WEBSITE, SERVICE OR CONTENT, (II) ANY UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR USE OF THE WEBSITE OR SERVICE'S SECURE SERVERS AND/OR ANY AND ALL PERSONAL INFORMATION AND/OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION STORED THEREIN, (III) ANY INTERRUPTION OR CESSATION OF TRANSMISSION TO OR FROM THE WEBSITE, (IV) ANY BUGS, VIRUSES, TROJAN HORSES, OR THE LIKE WHICH MAY BE TRANSMITTED TO OR THROUGH THE WEBSITE BY ANY THIRD PARTY, (V) ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN ANY CONTENT OR FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND INCURRED AS A RESULT OF THE USE OF ANY CONTENT POSTED, EMAILED, TRANSMITTED, OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE VIA THE WEBSITE OR SERVICE, AND/OR (VI) OTHERWISE RESULTING FROM YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE OR SERVICE.

    NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM RANKER, WILL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THIS AGREEMENT. SOME STATES OR JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES. ACCORDINGLY, SOME OF THE ABOVE EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

    Limitation of Liability
    IN NO EVENT WILL RANKER, ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS, BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE, SERVICES, AND CONTENT WHETHER THE DAMAGES ARE FORESEEABLE AND WHETHER OR NOT RANKER HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THE FOREGOING LIMITATION OF LIABILITY WILL APPLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW IN THE APPLICABLE JURISDICTION AND IN NO EVENT WILL RANKER'S CUMULATIVE LIABILITY TO YOU EXCEED $100.

    Indemnification
    You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless us and our affiliates, subsidiaries, successors, assignees, licensees, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, vendors, business partners, owners, and professional advisors from any claims, damages, liabilities, costs, or expenses (including without limitation court costs, collection costs, and reasonable attorney fees) arising from: (i) your use of and access to the Service; (ii) your violation of any term of these Terms; (iii) your violation of any third party right, including without limitation any copyright, property, or privacy right; or (iv) any claim that your Content caused damage to a third party.

    Modification of Terms
    Ranker reserves the right, in its sole discretion, at any time to modify, discontinue or terminate any aspect of the Website or Services, or modify these Terms without notice. Ranker may also impose limits on certain features and services or restrict your access to parts or the entire Website or Service without notice or liability at any time in Ranker's sole discretion, without prejudice to any legal or equitable remedies available to Ranker, for any reason or purpose, including, but not limited to, conduct that Ranker believes violates these Terms or other policies or guidelines posted on the Website or conduct which Ranker believes is harmful to it, the Website, the Service, or others. All modified terms and conditions will be effective when posted on the Website (unless a longer notice period is required by applicable law). If any modified Terms are not acceptable to you, your sole remedy is to cease using the Services, and if applicable, cancel your Account (defined below). By continuing to access or use the Services after Ranker makes any such modification, you agree to be bound by the revised Terms.

    General
    You agree that: (i) the Website and Service shall be deemed solely based in California; and (ii) the Website and Service shall be deemed a passive website that does not give rise to personal jurisdiction over Ranker, either specific or general, in jurisdictions other than California. These Terms shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of California excluding that body of law pertaining to conflict of laws. Any legal action or proceeding arising under these Terms will be brought exclusively in courts located in Los Angeles, California and the parties hereby irrevocably consent to the personal jurisdiction and venue therein. These Terms, together with the Privacy Policy and any other legal notices published by Ranker on the Service, shall constitute the entire agreement between you and Ranker concerning the Service. In the event that any provision in these Terms is held to be invalid or unenforceable, the remaining provisions will remain in full force and effect. No waiver of any term of this these Terms shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term, and Ranker's failure to assert any right or provision under these Terms shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. You may not assign this Agreement (by operation of law or otherwise) without the prior written consent of Ranker and any prohibited assignment will be null and void. Ranker reserves all rights not expressly granted in these Terms. Ranker may assign these Terms or any rights hereunder without your consent. Ranker reserves the right to amend these Terms at any time and without notice, and it is your responsibility to review these Terms for any changes. Your use of the Service following any amendment of these Terms will signify your assent to and acceptance of its revised terms. YOU AND RANKER AGREE THAT ANY CAUSE OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THE SERVICES MUST COMMENCE WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR AFTER THE CAUSE OF ACTION ACCRUES. OTHERWISE, SUCH CAUSE OF ACTION IS PERMANENTLY BARRED.

    TAG Certified Against Fraud Publisher Sourcing Disclosure
    In partnership with the Trustworthy Accountabilty Group (TAG), Ranker is committed to transparency and fighting fraud in digital advertising and participates in the TAG Certified Against Fraud Program. Ranker participates in paid traffic via boosting Facebook posts. In accordance with the TAG Publisher Sourcing Disclosure Requirements, the following are the percentages of paid traffic directed to ranker.com, per quarter.

    QuarterSourced Traffic
    Q1 201911%
    Q2 201911%
    Q3 20198%
    Q4 20198%

    These Terms were last updated on, and are effective as of, July 25th 2019.

    Privacy Policy

    Thank you for visiting Ranker, Inc.'s ("Ranker") website at www.ranker.com (the "Website"). This Privacy Policy describes the policies implemented throughout Ranker governing the use of personally identifiable information about users of our Website.

    Privacy Policy Updates
    At Ranker we are constantly working to improve the user experience. These changes, along with the ever-changing nature of the Internet, may cause Ranker to update this Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Ranker's sole discretion. If we do, we will notify you by posting the amended policy on the Website. If any modification is unacceptable to you, you shall cease using this Website. If you do not cease using this Website, you will be deemed to have accepted the change(s). In all cases, use of information we collect now is subject to the Privacy Policy in effect at the time such information is collected.

    Ranker Visitors
    Like most website operators, Ranker also collects non-personally identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Ranker collects non-personally identifying information in order to better understand how Ranker's visitors use its Website. From time to time, Ranker may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its Website.

    Ranker also collects potentially personally identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, email addresses (from registered users only), and data from connected social media accounts. Ranker does not disclose such information, other than under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally identifying information, as described below.

    Ranker may collect and, on any page, display the total counts that the page has been viewed. Ranker allows for the RSS syndication of its public content within the Ranker website.

    User Submitted Information
    When visiting Ranker you may choose to submit information such as photos, videos, interests, opinions, social connections, and more. You may also be prompted to provide information to help you leverage your online social network through our third party sharing services, amongst other things.

    When you create a Ranker account, some information about your account and your account activity may be provided to other Ranker users. This may include the date you opened your account, the date you last logged into your account, your birthday (if you choose to make it public), and various other information.

    Your Ranker account name, not your email address, is displayed to other users when you engage in certain activities on Ranker. Other users can contact you by leaving a message or comment on the Website. If you choose to communicate with other Ranker users, you alone are responsible for any events or actions that might result from such communication; Ranker is not responsible for conversations between its users, either on the site or elsewhere.

    You may also choose to add personal information that may include your name, gender, profile picture or other details, that will be visible to other users on your Ranker account page.

    Ranker may use this information, in aggregate, to provide information about voting patterns to other users, partners, advertisers, and other interested parties. This aggregated information will not identify specific users' identity.

    Collection and Use of Personally Identifiable Information
    If you so choose, you can visit our Website without revealing any personally identifiable information about yourself. However, certain visitors to the Website choose to interact with Ranker in ways that require Ranker to gather personally identifying information. The amount and type of information that Ranker gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, in certain sections of this Website we may invite you to contact us with questions or comments or feedback, participate in list creation and/or voting, questionnaires or contests, recommend or rate content, or complete a registration form. Ranker does not disclose personally identifying information other than as described herein. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally identifying information.

    We may use and disclose your information if we believe, in good faith, that it is appropriate or necessary: to take precautions against liability; to protect Ranker from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful uses; to investigate and defend ourselves against third-party claims or allegations; to assist government enforcement agencies; to protect the security or integrity of the Website; or to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Ranker, our users, or others. We may disclose user information to affiliated companies or other businesses or persons to: provide website hosting, maintenance, and security services; conduct data analysis and create reports; offer certain functionality and assist us in improving the Website and creating new features.

    Additional Policies and Rights Pursuant to the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”)
    This section applies to individuals who reside in California, USA, and is adopted to comply with the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA).

    Pursuant to the CCPA, California consumers have the following rights:

  • Right to Know – The right to request that we disclose certain information to you about our collection and use of your Personal Information over the past 12 months.
  • Right to Delete – The right to request that we delete any of your Personal Information that we have collected from you and retained, subject to certain exceptions.
  • Right to Opt Out of Sale – The right to opt out of the sale of your Personal Information to third parties.
  • Right to Non-Discrimination – The right to not be discriminated against for exercising any of these rights.
  • To exercise your full rights as outlined by the CCPA, please email us directly at ccpa@ranker.com, and include the subject “CCPA” along with your request details and your full name, and other forms of identity verification such as email or phone number. We will do our best to respond within 30 business days.

    Children's Privacy
    This Website is not intended for children under the age of 13. Ranker does not target this Website to children under 13. Ranker does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13. If you are under 13 years of age, then please do not use or access the Ranker website at any time or in any manner. If ranker learns that personally-identifiable information of persons less than 13-years-of-age has been collected on or through the ranker website, then ranker will take the appropriate steps to remove this information.

    If you are the parent or guardian of a child under 13 who has created a registered account, then please contact Ranker at help@ranker.com to have that child's account terminated and information deleted.

    Cookies
    When you use or access the Website we may use cookies to improve overall Website experience, among other things. A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's hard drive containing information about the user. Cookies generally do not permit us to personally identify you. Ranker may use both session cookies and persistent cookies. A session cookie generally disappears after you close your browser. A persistent cookie remains after you close your browser and may be used by your browser on subsequent visits to the Ranker Website or other websites. Persistent cookies can generally be removed by you. Please review your web browser "Help" file to learn the proper way to modify your cookie settings and to remove cookies. We may also use web beacons on our Website and in emails that we send to you. We may collect information regarding pages visited, searches performed, documents and profiles viewed, documents downloaded, documents uploaded, votes cast, reviews and comments made.

    Many companies offer programs that help you to visit websites anonymously. While Ranker will not be able to provide you with a personalized experience if we cannot recognize you, we want you to be aware that these programs are available.

    Automatically Collected Information
    When you access the Website or open one of our HTML emails, we may automatically record certain information from your system by using different types of tracking technology, including server logs. This "automatically collected" information may include Internet Protocol address ("IP Address"), a unique device or user ID, version of software installed, system type, browser used, the content and pages that you access on the Website, the dates and times that you visit the Website, documents that you viewed, uploaded or downloaded, and ads that you clicked on, and information from your Facebook account that you make publicly available, which is provided to us by Facebook via the Facebook APIs. Like most websites, our servers automatically record the page requests made when you visit our Website. These "server logs" typically include your web request, Internet Protocol address, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request and one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser. Additionally, Ranker may collect and, on any page, display the total counts that page has been viewed.

    We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads and collect information when users visit our site. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements on our site, other websites and other forms of media about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, check out www.networkadvertising.org.

    Aggregate Information
    The Website may track the total number of visitors to our Website, the number of visitors to each page of our Website, browser type, IP addresses, and general website behavior such as voting or connecting via social media, and we may analyze this data for trends and statistics in the aggregate, but such information will be maintained, used and disclosed in aggregate form only and it will not contain personally identifiable information. We may use such aggregate information to analyze trends, administer the Website, track users' movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.

    Disclosure
    We may provide your personally identifiable information and the data generated by cookies, web beacons, logs, and the aggregate information to the vendors and service agencies that we may engage to assist us in providing services and advertising to you. Such third party entities may be obligated to use your personally identifiable information to provide the services to us. We will disclose your personally identifiable information if we reasonably believe we are required to do so by law, regulation or in cooperation with any governmental investigation, including upon receipt of what we believe may be a valid subpoena, whether issued by a Court that has jurisdiction over Ranker or not. (Please note that Ranker reserves the right to assert that only the Federal District Court of the Central District of California, and the Los Angeles County Superior Court, have jurisdiction, and subpoenas from outside those jurisdictions must be "domesticated," though we are not obligated to do so.) We will not sell your personally identifiable information to any company or organization, however, we may transfer your personally identifiable information to a successor entity upon a merger, consolidation or other corporate reorganization in which Ranker participates or to a purchaser of all or substantially all of Ranker's assets to which this Website relates.

    Links to Third Party Sites/Opt-Out for Non-Personal Information Collection for Network Services
    We use third-party advertising companies and advertising networks to serve ads to you on our behalf when you visit our Website, as well as to provide augmented website functionality and do data analyses in aggregate. These, and other companies may use information (not including your name, address email address or telephone number, but including your company name and job title gathered from your profile information) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. They may do this by using cookies and web beacons, among other things. (See, e.g., http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_beacons.) Some third parties might use the DoubleClick DART cookie in  in the ads served on the Website. When users visit the Website and either view or click on an ad, a cookie may be dropped on that end user's browser. The data gathered from these cookies will be used to help better serve and manage ads on our Website. Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by cookie by visiting their advertising opt-out page. . . Platform-A, our advertising partner, may also utilize cookies to present more relevant ads. If you would prefer to opt out, please visit their privacy policy and opt-out page. We may use Google AdSense, and so the privacy policies \pertaining to Google AdSense ads are integrated herein by reference. Users are encouraged to read the Google AdSense privacy policies here: www.google.com/privacy_ads.html,and the DoubleClick privacy policies here: www.google.com/doubleclick/privacy/. Although we may attempt to contractually limit what third party advertising companies and networks do, we have no ability to monitor or control what they do. Recently some advertising companies and networks have been sued for allegedly using what are called local shared objects or re-spawning cookies (including by using Adobe® flash cookies). Although we attempt to contractually require that these companies shall always allow the end-user (you) to easily and completely uninstall any means of tracking the end-user without regenerating the means of such tracking, we cannot assure that this will occur and, therefore, you consent to these types of practices. If you would like more information about what many advertising companies and advertising networks do and to know some of your choices about not having this information used by the companies that are member of the Network Advertising Initiative, please visit www.networkadvertising.org/optout_nonppii.asp. We cannot assure that all of our third-party advertising companies and advertising networks are members of the Network Advertising Initiative, or that they comply with the policies of the Network Advertising Initiative.

    Security
    We may employ procedural and technological security measures that are reasonably designed to help protect your personally identifiable information from loss, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction. Ranker may use encryption, password protection, and other security measures to help prevent unauthorized access to your personally identifiable information. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING THE SECRECY OF YOUR UNIQUE PASSWORD AND ACCOUNT INFORMATION AT ALL TIMES. WE CANNOT, HOWEVER, ENSURE OR WARRANT THE SECURITY OF ANY INFORMATION YOU TRANSMIT TO US, AND YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK. ONCE WE RECEIVE YOUR TRANSMISSION OF INFORMATION, WE MAKE COMMERCIALLY REASONABLE EFFORTS TO ENSURE THE SECURITY OF OUR SYSTEMS. HOWEVER, PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT A GUARANTEE THAT SUCH INFORMATION MAY NOT BE ACCESSED, DISCLOSED, ALTERED, OR DESTROYED BY BREACH OF ANY OF OUR PHYSICAL, TECHNICAL, OR MANAGERIAL SAFEGUARDS. IF WE LEARN OF A SECURITY SYSTEMS BREACH, THEN WE MAY ATTEMPT TO NOTIFY YOU ELECTRONICALLY SO THAT YOU CAN TAKE APPROPRIATE PROTECTIVE STEPS. WE MAY POST A NOTICE ON THE WEBSITE IF A SECURITY BREACH OCCURS. DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU LIVE, YOU MAY HAVE A LEGAL RIGHT TO RECEIVE NOTICE OF A SECURITY BREACH IN WRITING.

    Messaging
    Ranker.com wants you to retain full control of the types of emails you receive. By default, you will receive emails that we identify as enhancing the functionality of our products and services, emails about transactions that you have initiated or are involved in, and emails regarding your account, security and settings at www.ranker.com. We may also occasionally send out announcements about the site or regarding your followers, groups and content on Ranker, and we may allow people to message you regarding various types of activity on Ranker. You can opt out of these and other announcements by changing your email settings on your account settings page. Please allow for up to 24 hours for all changes to take effect.

    Notice to European Users
    The information you enter on this Website or otherwise provide to Ranker may be transferred outside of the European Union to the United States of America which does not offer an equivalent level of protection to that required in the European Union. In particular, you are advised that the United States of America uses a sectoral model of privacy protection that relies on a mix of legislation, governmental regulation, and self-regulation. Article 26 of the European Union's Data Protection Directive (Directive 95/46/EC, 1995 O.J. (L 281) 31) allows for transfer of personal data from the European Union to a third country if the individual has unambiguously given his consent to the transfer of personal information, regardless of the third country's level of protection. By agreeing to the terms of use and this privacy policy, you consent to the transfer of all such information to the United States of America which may not offer an equivalent level of protection to that required in the European Union and to the processing of that information by Ranker on its servers located in the United States of America as described in this Privacy Policy.

    Correction/Updating Personally Identifiable Information
    Ranker provides you with the ability to review, correct and delete any of your user profile. Information you post in other areas of the Website cannot be deleted. If you wish to review or correct any profile information you have provided to us, you may submit a request to us at the contact email below or access your account online.

    If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Policy please contact us via email at help@ranker.com.

    This Privacy Policy was last updated on, and is effective as of, August 5, 2014.

    Nielsen Privacy Policy
    Our properties may feature Nielsen proprietary measurement software, which will allow you to contribute to market research, such as Nielsen TV Ratings. To learn more about the information that Nielsen software may collect and your choices with regard to it, please see the Nielsen Digital Measurement Privacy Policy at http://priv-policy.imrworldwide.com.

    Cookie Policy

    Introduction
    Ranker wants you to be familiar with how we collect, use and disclose information from and about you because we respect your concerns about privacy, and we want to maintain your trust. We and our service providers collect information by automated means when you visit, access, or use our websites, mobile sites, applications ("apps"), electronic newsletters or widgets (collectively the "Ranker Services") that link to this Cookie Policy. We collect information through cookies (including Flash cookies), web beacons, pixels, web server logs, JavaScript, and other tracking technologies (collectively "Cookies") to deliver and improve the Ranker Services, and to display relevant content, products, services and advertising.

    This Cookie Policy describes the information we obtain from Cookies, how we use Cookies, and how you can manage them. By using the Ranker Services, you acknowledge you have read and accept this Cookie Policy. We may periodically update this Cookie Policy without prior notice to reflect changes in our practices.

    Our use of Cookies may involve the processing of Personal Data (i.e., any information relating to an identified or identifiable individual, such as IP addresses, or other online mobile identifiers).

    What Are Cookies?
    A cookie is a small text file that is sent to and stored on your computer or other internet connected device to identify your browser or store information. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work in a better, more efficient way. A web beacon links web pages to servers and may be used to transmit information collected through cookies back to a web server. Other tracking technologies such as pixels, JavaScript, or web server logs allow us to use invisible images or code on the Ranker Services, or data from our web server logs, to gain analytics insights.

    Information We Obtain Through Cookies
    The information we obtain through the use of Cookies may include information about your computer, device, and browser, such as your IP address, browser, operating system and device characteristics, language preferences, mobile device or advertising ID, referring URLs, and actions taken by you on the Ranker Services such as what content you visited, whether you have used the Ranker Services before, dates and times you access the Ranker Services, email and advertising views and click-throughs, frequent list searches on the Ranker Services, and other software or hardware information. If you access the Ranker Services from a mobile or other device, we may collect information for that device such as a unique device identifier ("UDID"), mobile phone number, and details about your mobile carrier.

    How We Use Cookie Information
    The Ranker Services use Cookies to function effectively. For example, Cookies allow us to display relevant content, provide advertising, and enhance your online experience. In addition, Cookies can recognize you and remember important information that will make your use of a website more convenient such as by remembering your login status and user preferences.

    We use information we obtain through the use of Cookies to enhance our products and services, such as by learning which content is popular. We may also use Cookies to link your use of the Ranker Services to Personal Data we have about you. For example, if you have voted on lists prior to logging in, we will link your voting history to your personal account.

    Through the Cookies of third party analytics providers, ad networks, and advertisers, we can track your online activities over time and across third party websites, apps and devices, by obtaining information through automated means. This information, along with information we gather when you log in, can be used to understand use across sites and devices to help improve our products, remember your preferences, provide content recommendations, and show you advertisements on the Ranker Services or other third party websites and apps that may be tailored to your individual interests. The information these third parties may obtain on our behalf includes data about your visits to websites and use of apps that serve our advertisements, such as the pages, lists or ads you view and the actions you take on those websites or apps. This data collection takes place both on our sites, apps and emails, and on third party websites and apps. For more information, including how to opt out of Analytics and Advertising Cookies, see Cookies We Use and How You Can Manage Cookies below.

    Cookies We Use
    Below we list the different types of Cookies we may use on the Ranker Services.

    Strictly Necessary Cookies

    These Cookies are essential to the Ranker Services in order to facilitate our authentication, registration or log-in process and enable you to navigate and use the features of the Ranker Services. Without these Cookies, you may not be able to take full advantage of our services or features, and the Ranker Services will not perform as smoothly for you as we would like.

    Functionality Cookies

    In some circumstances, we may use Functionality Cookies to allow us to remember the choices you make while browsing the Ranker Services, to provide enhanced and more personalized content and features (such as customizing a certain webpage, asking you if you would like to subscribe to an email newsletter). In order to permit your connection to the Ranker Services, we receive and record information about your computer, device, and browser, potentially including your IP address, browser type, and other software or hardware information. If you access the Ranker Services from a mobile or other device, we may collect a unique device identifier assigned to that device ("UDID"), geolocation data obtained with your consent where required by applicable law, or other traffic information for that device. All of these features help us, for example, improve your visit to the Ranker Services.

    Analytics Cookies

    We and our service providers may use Analytics Cookies (or performance cookies) to collect information about your use of the Ranker Services to help create reports and statistics on the performance of the Ranker Services which enable us to improve the way they work. Analytics Cookies collect information such as your IP address, type of device, operating system, referring URLs, country information, date and time of page visits, and pages visited. The information allows us to count our audience size, see the overall patterns of usage on the Ranker Services, help us record any difficulties you have with the Ranker Services and show us whether our advertising is effective or not.

    Analytics cookies on the Ranker Services may include Adobe Analytics, Google Analytics, Krux, and comScore.

    Advertising Cookies
    We and our service providers may use Advertising Cookies to deliver ads that we believe are relevant to you and your interests. For example, we may use Advertising Cookies to customize the advertising and content you receive on the Ranker Services, to conduct interest-based advertising, to limit the number of times you see the same ad on the Ranker Services to help measure the effectiveness of our advertising campaigns, and to conduct market research. These Cookies remember what you have looked at or purchased on the Ranker Services and other sites, and may be combined with other information acquired from third parties such as demographics and other marketing segment information, and we may share this information with other organizations, such as advertisers, in accordance with applicable law.

    Social Networking Cookies
    Our products may have social plug-in capabilities which may include Cookies used to allow you to register with or sign in to the Ranker Services using your social network account, and track both members and non-members of social networks for additional purposes such as behavioral advertising, analytics, and market research.

    Social Networking cookies include Facebook and Google Plus.

    Third Party Cookies
    We work with third parties to support the Ranker Services by serving advertisements or providing services, such as providing users with the ability to comment on content, allowing users to share content, customizing content based on usage, or tracking aggregate site usage statistics (including actions taken on the Ranker Services, and dates and times you access the Ranker Services). These third parties use their Cookies to collect information on the Ranker Services and on other websites.

    For example, we use analytics services supported by third parties who generate Analytics Cookies on our behalf. We may not have access to these Cookies, although we may use statistical information arising from the Cookies provided by these third parties to customize content and for the other purposes described above. These companies may also transfer this information to other parties where required to do so by law, or where such other parties process the information on their behalf. Third party advertisers and other organizations may also use their own Cookies to collect information about your activities on the Ranker Services and/or the advertisements you have clicked on. This information, which may be combined with other information acquired from third parties such as demographics and other marketing segment information, may be used by them to serve advertisements on the Ranker Services and third party sites that they believe are most likely to be of interest to you based on content you have viewed. Third party advertisers may also use this information to measure the effectiveness of their advertisements and to track aggregate usage statistics.

    You can learn how to manage cookies below. However, we may not control these third party Cookies and their use may be governed by the policies of the third parties employing these Cookies. To learn about these third party Cookies and how to manage them, please refer to the relevant policies on the third party’s website.

    How You Manage Cookies
    People in the EU can manage their cookie settings for Ranker.com .

    You can stop Cookies from being downloaded to your device from the Ranker Services at any time by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser. Most browsers will tell you how to change your browser settings to notify you when a Cookie is being set or updated, or to restrict or block certain types or all Cookies. Please consult the "Help" section of your browser for more information or by visiting www.allaboutcookies.org. . Your device settings may also allow you to prohibit mobile app platforms (such as Apple or Google) from sharing certain information obtained by automated means with us.

    For more information on how to opt out of Advertising Cookies, visit:

  • click here or here in the US
  • click here in Canada
  • click here if you are in the EU
  • Opting out of Advertising Cookies will not remove advertising from the pages you visit; instead it means the ads you will see may not be matched to your interests.

    If you make updates to your browser or device settings, or use an online link to opt out of Cookies, those updates apply to the device where you made the changes. Please note that by disabling or blocking any or all Cookies, some features of the Ranker Services may not operate as intended, or you may not have access to features or personalization available through the Ranker Services.

    Contact Us
    If you have questions about this Cookie Policy, please contact help@ranker.com.

    Or you may write to:

    Ranker, Inc.
    6420 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500
    Los Angeles, CA 90048

    Please do not disclose any sensitive Personal Data (e.g., information related to racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religion or other beliefs, health, or trade union membership), social security numbers, or criminal background information when contacting us.