This page was last updated May 18, 2009 privacy policy understands and respects your right to the privacy of the personal information you provide on this site. As such, we would like you to know how we use the personal information you disclose to us. All information is handled with the utmost discretion.

Collection of Personal Information

The only personal information collected through our Web site is information that is submitted to us voluntarily and knowingly by site visitors. When you simply browse our site, no personal information is collected.

Some functions and services offered on our site require that you provide certain personal information. For example, when you order a product from our online store, we may need your postal address.

Policy for Adult Users

Information voluntarily submitted by users may be used for marketing and promotional purposes by Unless you designate otherwise or we state otherwise in this policy or at the time the information is collected, information about individuals is not shared with any outside companies, although data may be aggregated to provide a general reader profile to advertisers. When we do present aggregated information to advertisers or potential advertisers, no one will be able to identify you or contact you.

Policy for Minors

Children should always ask parents or guardians for permission before providing any personal information online. No information should be submitted to this site by any minor [a user under 18 years of age], without the consent of a parent or guardian. We do not provide any personally identifying information about minors, regardless of its source, to any third party for any purpose whatsoever. Minors are not allowed to participate in site contests.

Opt-In E-mail/Newsletters

If you sign up ("Opt-In") to receive a newsletter by e-mail, you will receive periodic announcements from We collect subscribers’ e-mail addresses in order to distribute newsletters/announcements and do not share them with any outside companies. Users can choose to unsubscribe ("Opt-Out") from newsletters at any time by following the unsubscribe instructions found at the bottom of each e-mail.

Opting Out

Receiving e-mail messages from is optional. You may choose not to receive e-mail, even after granting prior permission, or you may wish to correct information you previously provided. will use reasonable efforts to delete records or alter records in our database when we receive requests to do so. However, because of possible retention of a residual copy in a system backup file, we cannot guarantee deletion or alteration in every instance.

Letters to the Editor

Any information provided by a user along with or in connection with a letter to the editor will only be used to verify the identity of the writer (should we need to) in connection with the publication of a letter. We do not retain this information, nor do we sell, trade, or disclose it to any third parties. may or may not contact you prior to posting a letter to the editor on the site.

Purchase of products from the Failure Store

Failure magazine operates an online store at In the course of processing orders, we will necessarily collect information from you for the purpose of filling customer orders. We do not share any of this information with any other companies, individuals, or third party firms except those directly involved in helping us complete the transaction and deliver the order.


From time to time, may sponsor sweepstakes, contests, free product samples from advertisers, or other events that require the collection, processing and storage of individual contact and demographic information to be used for the promotion. may also co-sponsor these events with other companies, in which case the user’s individual contact and demographic information may, in some cases, be shared with the participating sponsor(s). requests that co-sponsors of any events uphold the privacy of registrants’ information. In cases where contact and demographic information is not shared with co-sponsors, the information may be shared with an outside fulfillment house whose sole purpose is to deliver product samples or other materials. Otherwise, a registrant’s personal contact and demographic information will not be released by to any third-party or non-participating organization.

Opinion Polls

Opinion polls on our Web site are anonymous. We do not correlate votes submitted via such polls with names or e-mail addresses.

Use of IP Addresses

An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web. Web servers automatically identify your computer by its IP address. When a user requests pages from our site, our servers log the user’s IP address. The addresses are collected for the purposes of system administration and to report aggregate information. We do not link IP addresses to anything personally identifiable. In other words, a user’s session will be logged, but the identity of the guest remains anonymous.

Use of Cookies

On the Web, cookies are pieces of information that a Web site transfers to an individual’s hard drive for record-keeping purposes. Cookies enhance the Web surfing experience by saving your passwords, preferences, purchases, etc., while you’re at a site. The use of cookies is standard–you’ll find them at most major Web sites. By demonstrating how and when users navigate the site, cookies help us see which areas are popular and which are, uh, failures.

A cookie lets computers "remember" you, which allows us to speed up your experience on our site. In many cases, this saves you the trouble of entering the same information on multiple occasions. We never use cookies to retrieve information from your computer that was not originally sent in a cookie.

Companies which place advertising on our site also have the ability to assign their cookies to you in a process that does not control. However, cookies cannot be used to identify individuals, only machines, so those advertisers will not know who you are. Also, any advertising network that serves ads onto our site may use cookies. We do not control these cookies and these networks are not subject to our policies. The use of advertising cookies sent by third-party servers is a standard procedure in the Internet industry.

Other disclosure of personal information will not use or disclose your personal information without your consent except (i) as described in this Privacy Policy, or (ii) as required by law.

Other sites contains many links to other sites on the Web. We cannot control and are in no way responsible for the privacy practices or content of other Web sites.

Acceptance of Privacy Policy Terms and Conditions

By using this site, you signify your agreement to the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use this site. (owned and operated by Failure Magazine LLC) reserves the right, in our sole discretion, to change, modify, or otherwise update this Policy at any time. Such changes, modifications, updates or additions shall be effective immediately upon notice, which may be given by posting on this site. Use of after such notice shall be deemed to constitute your acceptance of such changes, modifications, updates or additions.

Additional questions?

If you have any additional questions or concerns pertaining to the privacy of information collected on this site, please send them to