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This Policy shall not apply if you access or use Our Sites outside of the European Union (“EU”) and California Region.
By using the Sites, you agree to Our terms of collection, storage and use of your personal information which you provide to Us in accordance with this policy. You also provide consent to transfer your personal information outside your country to India. In some cases, particularly if you reside in a country governed by a data protection regulation, We may ask you to provide explicit consent prior collection of personal information as may be required; before processing your personal information. In case you are a roaming user or if you are a traveller visiting various countries around the world and avail TOI’s services, then We will consider the country of registration as your primary country and the consents obtained at the time of registration will be valid for your processing of personal information.
Accessing Website and TIL Services through VPN
You should not access or use the Sites by means of any mechanism or technology which conceals your actual geo-location or provides incorrect details of your location (for example, use a virtual private network (VPN) to access TIL Services).
We will not be responsible or liable for any collection, storage or processing of your personal information if you use any mechanism or technology to access or use Sites which conceals your actual geo-location.
Collection and Use of Personal Information
‘Personal Information’ or ‘PII’ is defined as any information that identifies (whether directly or indirectly) to a particular individual or natural person, such as the individual’s name, postal address, email address, mobile number and any other identifier indicating to that particular person. When anonymous information is directly or indirectly associated with personal information, the resulting information also is treated as personal information.
A. Information you provide to us
Information collected at the time of Registration
You may register on Our Sites using Times Internet Limited (“TIL”) SSO login. During registration, We ask that you provide basic personal information from you to continue to interact with you and to continue providing you the Services. Information that We collect includes but are not limited to the following-
- Mobile number; Or
- Email Address
You may also refer to Our SSOfor more details regarding the personal information processed while registering on the Sites.
Information collected when you use our Sites
When you use Our Sites, We may collect, including but not limited to, the below information from you-
- Location/IP address for geo-locating accurate up to 300 meters
- Device ID
- SMS for OTP
- In App permissions for capturing location, storage, network connection and Wi-Fi connection
- Android Advertiser ID/ iDFA ID
- SSO ID
- Reviews and comments provided by you
- Your preferences while using the Sites
- Your activities and browsing patterns on the Site
- Articles and Topics, you have read, followed, shared and saved
- People you follow and people following you
Information you provide to Us voluntarily
If you send Us personal correspondence, such as emails or letters, or if other users or third parties send Us correspondence about your activities or postings on the Site, We may collect and store such information.
We may collect additional information at other times, including but not limited to, when you change your content or email preferences, comment on stories, write a movie review of Our services, or communicate with Us.
B. Information automatically collected while browsing/navigating through the Website
Do Not Track
The Website currently do not process or respond to “Do Not Track” requests/signals which some internet browsers have the ability to send out.
C. Inferred information through usage and log data
We may track certain information about you based upon your behavior on using TIL services. We use this information for conducting internal research on demographics, devices, interests, and behavior to better understand, protect and serve Our users.
We may also collect your Information to track user behavior and preferences for internal analytics and research. We may also use your information:
- To evaluate your interest for various genres of content, services;
- To perform analytics and conduct customer research, to determine your interest, for identifying content that generate sales and to analyze traffic patterns.
If you choose to post messages on Our social media accounts, pages or leave feedback, We will collect that information you provide to Us. We retain this information as necessary to resolve disputes, provide customer support and troubleshoot problems as permitted by law.
The above information may also be captured by keeping cookies on Our Websites by our affiliates for the purposes mentioned above.
D. Information We collect from third parties
Information obtained from other sources
We may receive personal information about you from other sources, add it to your account information and treat it in accordance with this policy. If you provide personal information to another platform provider or any other partner, whom We provide services, your account information and other personal information may be passed on to Us. We may obtain updated contact information from third parties in order to correct our records or fulfil Our Services and to communicate with you.
Demographic and other information
We may reference other sources of demographic information in order to provide you with more targeted communications and promotions. We use various analytics service providers, among others, to track the user behavior on Our Website. They are used to support display advertising towards helping Us gain understanding of Our users’ Demographics and Interests. The reports are anonymous and cannot be associated with any individual personally identifiable information that you may have shared with us. You can opt-out or opt-in by giving a consent to serve you advertisements when you visit our Sites.
Subscription or Paid service data
When you chose any subscription or paid service, Our payment gateway provider may collect your personal information such as address or billing information, including your credit/debit card number and expiration date etc. The subscriptions or paid Services may be on auto renewal mode unless cancelled. If at any point you do not wish to auto-renew your subscription, you may cancel your subscription before the end of the subscription term or contact Us on Our support e-mail.
Transactional/ Billing information
Based on your purchase of a subscription or paid service, Our payment gateway partner may collect information, including but not limited to, your credit/debit card details or other bank account details along with your billing address. This information is stored by the payment gateway partner. For instance, Our Sites will be using third party payment gateway partners to process and facilitate the payment of your subscription fee to provide you access to Our Services; and such payment gateway partners are not controlled by Us. When you visit such payment gateways you do so at your own risk. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the privacy statements provided by such payment gateways prior to providing them with information about you or entering into any transactions with them. We do not assume any responsibility or liability for such payment gateways, the content of such payment gateways and their privacy practices, nor do We endorse them.
We may receive financial or transactional information (for e.g., transaction ID, etc.) from Our payment gateway partners in case of payments, for reconciliation and validation of transactions and for the purpose of resolutions of complaints (in case of failed transactions and refunds).
Disclosure to Third parties
We do not provide any personally identifiable information to third party Websites / advertisers / ad-servers without your explicit consent.
In the event TIL entity is merged with or acquired by another company or in case of re-organization or re-structuring of business, We and our affiliates may share your personal information, wholly or in part, with the merged entity.
We may share your activity on our Sites both for processing and for calculation of reward points of your profile with Times Points. This information may be stored by them.
Usage of our Mobile Applications
This policy shall also apply to our mobile applications that are available in the European Economic Area (EEA) and California Region. These Mobile applications have been updated to make them compliant to the EU GDPR and California’s CCPA data privacy regulation. Few of our mobile applications providing TIL services have been discontinued in certain platforms in the European region. A list of mobile applications updated can be seen at and list of mobile applications to be deleted can be seen at .
You are urged to update to the most current version of mobile applications and/or to delete certain mobile applications listed in Annexure 2 and Annexure 3 that We no longer provide access, service or support so that We do not collect or store personal information of users located in the EEA and California. If you use an older version of these apps and/or access discontinued services, then We may collect, store and process your personal information. In such case We would not be responsible or liable for such collection, storage and processing of your personal information.
Lawful Basis of Processing
We will only collect and process personal information about you where We have a lawful basis. Lawful basis on which We would process Our personal information includes obtaining consent from you for processing your personal information or for fulfilling Our contractual obligations or processing for “legitimate interests” where processing is necessary by Us to provide you with services.
Business or commercial purposes for collecting, processing and disclosing your personal information
We or Our service providers may collect and process your personal information for the following business or commercial purposes
- To provide you and administer our services;
- Enabling registration/sign in and maintaining your accounts on SSO and TOI;
- Providing you location specific content;
- Analyze and understand our audience, improve our service (including our user interface experiences), recommendation algorithms and delivery which may require sharing personal information with our group companies and affiliates or third-party service providers;
- To help advertisers understand our audience and confirm the value of advertising on our Sites and to provide you relevant ads;
- Communicate with you concerning Our service (for example by email), so that We can send you news about TIL, details about new features and content available on Our Services,promotional announcements, and surveys and to assist you with operational requests such as password reset requests;
- Provide you with push notifications on your browser;
- Provide news alerts on your WhatsApp after you click on the hook and provide mobile number;
- Displaying your blogs and comments on the Sites;
- Allow you to participate in interactive features offered through Our Sites;
- Sharing with Our customer support team to resolve your queries/concerns;
- Help you exercise your data subject rights;
- Detecting, protecting against, and prosecuting security incidents and fraudulent or illegal activity;
Information use by the Company
The personal information as supplied by you enables Us to improve the Sites and provide you the most user-friendly experience. In some cases/provision of certain service(s) or utility (ies), We may require your contact address as well. All required personal information is service dependent and TIL may use the above said personal information to, maintain, protect, and improve the Sites and for developing new services. We may also use your email address or other personally identifiable information to send commercial or marketing messages with your consent [with an option to subscribe / unsubscribe (where feasible)]. We may, however, use your email address without further consent for non-marketing or administrative purposes (such as notifying you of major changes, for customer service purposes, billing, for notifying you in case of breach incidents, etc.)
When you register with the Site, We contact you from time to time about updating your personal information to provide you with features that We believe may benefit / interest you.
The Company shares your personal information with third parties in the following limited circumstances:
- When it is requested or required by law or by any court or governmental agency or authority to disclose, for the purpose of verification of identity, or for the prevention, detection, investigation including cyber incidents, or for prosecution and punishment of offences. These disclosures are made in good faith and belief that such disclosure is reasonably necessary for enforcing these Terms or for complying with the applicable laws and regulations.
- When you interact with TOI (such as follow articles, follow other users, follow activities etc.) MyTimes (an affiliate of TIL) will collect your follow activities and create a MyTimes profile against those activities for you to refer to them at a later stage to review your comments on the articles and your activities. MyTimes doesn’t collect any additional personal information but only tracks your activities on various TOI Sites for the articles or topics that you choose to follow or the users you wish to follow. Any comments, views, shares that are performed by you will be available publicly
- In case you are not logged in as a TIL SSO user and wish to comment on any article or topic, We will ask for your name and email address and will be stored by TIL to display them against your comments. Please note that your name and email address against your comment will be stored by TOI for legal and regulatory purposes. Further, TOI reserves the right to delete or disapprove any comment related or unrelated to the respective article or post if We find it defamatory, abusive or illegal.
How long do We store and use your information
We retain personal information which We have collected no longer than is necessary. This is determined on a case by case basis. Normally, We will retain the information as long as you maintain an account with Us and till the time you continue to access and use TIL Services. We will delete your information whenever you request Us to do so. However, We may archive and/or retain some information for legal purposes.
EEA Residents’ Controls and Choices
For any of the below request you may send Us an e-mail to our support team
A. Accessing & rectifying your personal information
When you use Our Services (Sites), We make good faith efforts to provide you, as and when requested by you, with access to your personal information and shall further ensure that any personal information or sensitive personal information found to be inaccurate or deficient shall be corrected or amended as feasible. We ask individual users to identify themselves and the information requested to be accessed or corrected before processing such requests. We may decline to process requests that are unreasonably repetitive or systematic, requiring disproportionate technical effort, jeopardizing the privacy of others, or would be extremely impractical (for instance, requests concerning information residing on backup tapes), or for which access is not otherwise required. In any case, where We provide information access and correction, We perform this service free of charge, except if doing so would require a disproportionate effort.
You can make access requests by sending an e-mail to Our Grievance officer. You will get a link on your registered Email address through which you can access all the information TOI collects and stores about you.
You can ask Us to correct inaccurate or incomplete personal information
- Concerning your login credentials by editing the same through My Accounts section, through the SSO portal. The same shall be reflected across all properties.
- Concerning details that are separately collected and maintained by TOI by sending an e-mail to Our support team to perform the rectification.
B. Data Portability
You may also be entitled to request copies of personal information that you have provided to Us in a structured, commonly used, and machine-readable format; wherever feasible. If you are registered on the TOI Services, then you can download the information which We have collected and stored by using the Download functionality through this. Through this, a copy of your information that We have collected and stored will be downloaded on your machine.
C. Information Retention and Erasure
We retain your personal information as long as necessary for Us to provide services to you or you ask Us to not retain your information. If you no longer want Us to use your information then you can request that We erase your personal information and close your TIL account. Please note that if you request for the erasure of your personal information;
- The personal information (Name, E-mail, Mobile No) will be retained as a part of the SSO Login functionality and will be governed by the SSO Login .
- We may retain some of your personal information as necessary for Our legitimate business interests, such as fraud detection and prevention and enhancing safety. For example, if We suspend a TIL account for fraud or safety reasons, We may retain certain information from that account to prevent that user from opening a new account in the future.
- We may retain and use your personal information to the extent necessary to comply with Our legal obligations. For example, We may keep some of your information for tax, legal reporting and auditing obligations.
- Information you have shared with others (e.g., Comments, Reviews, etc.) may continue to be publicly visible on the TIL, even after your account is cancelled. However, attribution of such information to you will be removed. Additionally, some copies of your information (e.g., log records) may remain in Our database, but are disassociated from personal identifiers.
- Because of the way We maintain certain services, after you delete your information, residual copies may take a period of time before they are deleted from Our active servers and may remain in Our backup systems.
Please note that if you have multiple accounts with us, then you will have to raise separate requests for each of the accounts, along with the associated email IDs or phone numbers.
D. Withdrawing Consent and Restriction of Processing
For withdrawing your consent at any time during the tenure of your services with Us, you may choose to do so by sending Us an e-mail to Our support team. We shall review your request and may ask you to verify your identity. Post verification We will withdraw the consent for which request was made by you and stop any further processing of your personal information.
E. Objection to Processing
Where your personal information is processed for direct marketing purposes or any contests or promotions or other services, you may, at any time ask Us to cease processing your information for these direct marketing purposes by sending an e-mail to Our support team.
Please be aware that if you do not allow Us to collect personal information from you, We may not be able to deliver certain experiences, and services to you, and some of Our services may not be able to take account of your interests and preferences. If collection of personal information is mandatory, We will make that clear at the point of collection so that you can make an informed decision whether to participate. If you have questions about the specific personal information about you that We process or retain, and your rights regarding that personal information, please contact Us at the below mentioned e-mail address.
We may take 30 days from the date of receipt of request to complete your requests. However, if the nature of the requests are excessive in nature or would require significant effort then may ask for an extension of 60 days by giving a prior notice to you with the reason for the extension.
We ask individual users to identify themselves and the information requested to be accessed, corrected or removed before processing such requests, and We may decline to process requests that are unreasonably repetitive or systematic, require disproportionate technical effort, jeopardize the privacy of others, or would be extremely impractical (for instance, requests concerning information residing on backup tapes), or for which access is not otherwise required. In any case, where We provide information access and correction, We perform this service free of charge, except if doing so would require a disproportionate effort.
You can write to Us in case of any grievance or compliant at the support e-mail address. If you have any complaints regarding processing of your personal information you may contact Our data protection officer or Our grievance officer at the below mentioned e-mail address. You have the right to complaint about the data processing activities carried out by TIL before the competent data protection authorities.
TIL is not intentionally designed for or directed at persons less than 18 years of age. TIL does not knowingly permit any person who is under 18 years of age to register with the services or to provide any other personally identifying information. If TIL becomes aware that any personally identifiable information of persons less than 18 years of age has been collected on TIL Services without verified parental consent, then TIL will take the appropriate steps to delete any such information and notify the parent.
However, We consider it the responsibility of parents to monitor their children’s use of Our services. Nevertheless, it is Our policy not to collect and process any personal information from children below 18 years of age or offer to send any promotional materials to persons in that category. TIL does not seek or intend to seek or receive any personal information from children. Should a parent or guardian have reasons to believe that a minor has provided TIL with personal information without their prior consent, please contact Our customer support team to ensure that the personal information is removed from the TIL services.
Data transfer, storage and processing globally
We take appropriate security measures to protect against unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of data. These include internal reviews of Our data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures, including appropriate encryption and physical security measures to guard against unauthorized access to systems where We store personal information. All information gathered on the Site is securely stored within the TIL controlled database. The database is stored on servers secured behind a firewall; access to the servers is password-protected and is strictly limited. However, as effective as Our security measures are, no security system is impenetrable. If you know or have reason to believe that your TIL account credentials have been lost, stolen, altered, or otherwise compromised or in case of any actual or suspected unauthorized use of your account, please contact Us by contacting Our customer support team.
Updates & Changes
Data Controller Officer
The data protection officer (DPO) appointed by Times Internet Limited is Sumit Malhotra who can be contacted at [email protected]
You can also write to:
Times Internet Limited
If you have any queries, complaints regarding the collecting, processing, transfer of personal information or regarding this policy please do contact Our Data Protection Officer.
Last Updated – 1st March 2021
A. Do Not Sell My Info
Under CCPA, users based out of California have the right to “Opt Out” of such sale of their information at any time. Please be advised that TOI does not sell personal information for monetary consideration; however, we may share certain personal information with third parties under circumstances which might be deemed a “sale” under the California Consumer Privacy Act
Therefore, if you would like to proceed with your “Do Not Sell My Info” request, use the following link.
Alternatively, you can submit a request via [email protected] that includes your name, registered email id or mobile number.
Please note that we do not knowingly sell the personal information of minors under 16 years of age without legally required affirmative authorization.
B. California Residents’ Rights
Residents of California are entitled to certain rights under CCPA.
- Right to Know – You can request and receive a copy of the specific pieces of the personal information that We have collected from you in the last 12 months of making the request.
You will receive the copy of your requested information electronically in a portable and technically feasible format, free of charge. This request can be made by the user twice in a period of 12 months.
- Right to Delete – You can request deletion of your personal information that We have collected except where an exemption applies
We take reasonable steps to verify your identity before responding to any of the above requests, which may include, at a minimum, depending on the sensitivity of the information you are requesting and the type of request you are making, verifying your name, email address or mobile number.
You are also permitted to designate an authorized agent to submit certain requests on your behalf. In order for an authorized agent to be verified, you must provide the authorized agent with signed, written permission to make such requests or a power of attorney. We may also follow up with you to verify your identity before processing the authorized agent’s request.
If you would like to exercise any of the rights, please send Us an email at [email protected] or submit a request to delete/download your data .
C. Non-discrimination for exercising your rights
CCPA prohibits discrimination against California residents for exercising their rights under CCPA. TOI holds the practice of non-discrimination strongly and does not denies or provides a different level or quality of services or charges different rates or penalties on residents who exercise their CCPA rights.
California law requires Us to compile metrics for the previous calendar year regarding consumer requests and responses catered. TOI will disclose the metrics with relevant details by July every year.
List of websites this policy applies to:
List of applications to be updated:
List of applications no longer supported:
|Website/Mobile App||Not Supported Platform|
|Mumbai Mirror||All Platforms|
|Times City||All Platforms|
|The Economic Times Wealth||All Platforms|
|ET Sunday Magazine||All Platforms|
|ET Tech||All Platforms|
|ET Banking||All Platforms|
|Android / iPhone|
|Android / iPhone|
|TV Times||Android / iPhone|
|Android / iPhone|
|Android / iPhone|
Ed Sheeran & Elton John Reveal ‘Merry Christmas’ Duet Release Date – Billboard
Ed Sheeran and Elton John are teaming up to give fans a new holiday song for their festive playlists.
After teasing the release of Christmas music, the English musicians announced Monday (Nov. 29) that their new song “Merry Christmas” will be released on Friday. In addition, the duo revealed in a joint Instagram post that all U.K. profits from the song this holiday season will go to theand the .
The post features a video of Sheeran doing his best Love Actually impression, borrowing the famous scene where Andrew Lincoln’s Mark silently professes his love to Keira Knightley’s Juliet with romantic cue cards. This time, though, Sheeran is just announcing his and John’s “Merry Christmas” song.
The pair posted a second joint post, in which John and Sheeran shared a sneak peek of the corresponding video for the track, which contained a short snippet of the song. “Filled up with so much love/ All our family and friends are together where we all belong/ Merry Christmas, everyone,” the 71- and 30-year-old are heard singing. “This was an absolute blast! Our music video for ‘Merry Christmas’ is coming this Friday,” they captioned the post.
During Sheeran’s Nov. 8 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, he revealed that John, who recently released a hit collaborative album The Lockdown Sessions, pitched him a Christmas duet idea. The collaborators would later go on to write three Christmas songs together.
“I’ve always been quite against it,” Sheeran recalled. “Not that I don’t like Christmas, I love Christmas, but in terms of doing a Christmas song, you need to chuck the kitchen sink at it.”
John already has a holiday hit under his belt: “Step Into Christmas” topped Billboard‘s Christmas Singles chart in 1973 and also hit the top 10 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart that same year.
See John and Sheeran’s new posts below.
Women are swooning over Joe Biden’s ‘hot Secret Service agent’
Women online are swooning over President Joe Biden’s ‘hot Secret Service agent’.
Following Biden’s arrival in Nantucket, Massachussetts, footage of the apparent Secret Service agent was posted to TikTok. The young man can be seen wearing dark sunglasses, jeans, and a heavy jacket.
Several TikToks have been posted, with one by user @magsmur gaining over 1.2 million views. The 14-second clip shows the Secret Service agent smiling and interacting with another agent. The user captioned the video, “When I wasn’t the only one lookin’ at the secret service man.”
“Biden’s Baddies is how I will refer to his Secret Service from now on,” one user commented.
“This is giving me too high [of] expectations that [the] FBI guy watching my phone is hot,” said another.
“How many times have y’all watched this? I CAN’T STOP,” another commented.
There are over 1,000 comments that echo the same sentiment.
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The same video was posted again by user @Sadie T, but from a different angle. “The third angle y’all been waiting for,” the caption reads.
“Someone FIND THIS MAN,” said one comment.
“He’s our man now. No longer a secret,” said another.
User @carolinecray uploaded a different angle of the Secret Service Agent with the caption, “Came to see Joe Biden…stayed for the Secret Service.” The footage shows him standing and facing the camera. Another video by @carolinecray shows him walking in slow motion and using a metal detector on a woman in a church.
The man has yet to be identified.
Donald Trump Jr.’s Comments On LeBron James Have The Internet Seeing Red
In two Instagram posts made on his official account, former President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., poked fun at the incident that took place between LeBron James and the unruly fans at the Los Angeles Lakers-Indiana Pacers basketball game on Sunday. Thefeatured a video of the interaction between James and the fans, along with the caption, “Is there a bigger b**** in pro sports than LaSnitch?” The turned the interaction into a meme, with Trump Jr. putting a “Karen” wig on James and captioning the photo, “LaKaren wants to speak to the manager!!!”
Almost immediately after posting those comments about James to his Instagram page, fans of James were quick to throw shade at Trump Jr. “Don Jr. out here calling Lebron James a b****,” auser said. “I’m sure Donny would definitely say that in Lebron’s face. He’s the roughest, toughest trust fund baby ever seen.” Other Twitter users were quick to point out the fact that, while James has worked hard for his fame and accomplishments, Trump Jr. is famous for being Donald Trump’s son. Donald Trump Jr calling LeBron James a “b****” for having a couple sitting court-side kicked out of a game for saying, ‘I hope your son does in a car wreck.’ Don Jr — literally no personal accomplishments. Born white. And rich. The end. Here’s LeBron’s legacy…” another user said while retweeting a post detailing the basketball player’s accomplishments.
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