Effective date: February 24, 2020

Hi we are Meredith! Meredith Corporation and our brands focus on providing you with destinations you can trust and rely on for every stage of your life to connect you to great content, products and services and personalize your experience with us.

Our mission is to be clear and transparent about how and why we collect and use information and to empower you to control your personal information. You are not our product, you are our customer.

When Does this Policy Apply?

This Privacy Statement applies when you interact with Cooking Light Diet, one of Meredith’s National Media Group brands (“Brands”) through its websites, email communications and other platforms (our “Sites”).

What Does it Say?

Read this policy in full, here. Here are the highlights:

What Personal Information Does Cooking Light Diet Collect about You?

  • Contact Information (such as name and email address)
  • Account/Registration Information (such as user name and password, and communications preferences, e.g. signing up for a newsletter or sweepstake, registering for an offer or an experiences, or making a purchase)
  • Payment Information (such as name, billing address, and credit card information, e.g. when making a purchase)
  • Demographic information (such as age and gender)
  • Online identifiers (such as IP address, internal and third party identifiers, and device information like unique device ID)
  • Location Data (like your address, city, and zip code, collected in limited circumstances)
  • Fitness Information (like your height and weight, activity level, and weight loss/gain, when you share that information to help you plan your meals)
  • Internet Activity Information (such as browsing history, information on how you interact with our Sites (e.g. which articles you click on, whether you click on links in our emails), and your interactions with social media platform features)
  • Inferences about Your, Interests, Preferences and other Behavioral Data (such as hobbies, and interests (e.g. your favorite foods, purchases or recipes) and consuming tendencies)
  • Publicly Available Information (such as your posts and submissions to blogs, video-sharing services, and other interactive forums)


Where/How Do Our Brands Collect Information About You?

  • From You
    • When you enter information on the Sites
  • From Your Device
    • From Cookies & Other Technologies (information stored on your browser, which tell us your browser, device information, IP address, and how you interact with the Sites).
  • From Others
    • Data Partners
    • Service Providers


How Do Our Brands Use Your Information?

Our Brands use your information:

  • To recognize you when you are on the Sites to deliver relevant and compelling content and services to you.
  • To fulfill your subscriptions and other orders.
  • To protect you and us from fraud and other security issues.


Who Do Our Brands Share Your Information With?

  • With Meredith’s other National Media Group Brands, which are covered by this Privacy Policy.
  • With our service providers, who help operate our Sites and provide our services to you.
  • When required by law.
  • With other third parties, when we have your consent.


How Can You Control Our Use of Your Information?

You can tell us how we can use your information by following the instructions below:

    • Marketing communications
      • You can opt-out from our email newsletters or other email lists by using the unsubscribe link at the bottom of each message.
    • To request deletion or access to your information, go to your settings at


Children’s Privacy

We do not knowingly collect information from anyone under the age of 16.


Rights for Our California Residents

You have all the rights listed above. In addition, if you’re a resident of California, you have the right to:

      • Disclose to you whether we share your information with third parties for their direct marketing purposes.


How You Can Learn More

Click here to read our full Privacy Statement.

Still can’t find what you’re looking for about our data privacy practices? Don’t worry, just reach out to us at and we will get back to you!


What Personal Information Do Our Brands Collect?

When you visit our Sites, our Brands may collect the following information from or about you:

      • Online Identifiers: IP address, unique device ID, and other information about your device, and internal and third party IDs that have been assigned to you.
      • Location Information: Information about your location that you provide us or that we collect from your device (including city, state, and zip code) (collected in limited circumstances).
      • Internet Activity Information: Information about your use of our Sites and links you click on, and whether you open, forward or click the links in emails we send to you, and social media use including the “shares” and “likes” you make on a social media platform that is connected to the Sites.
      • Inferences about Your Interests, Preferences and other Behavioral Data: Hobbies, and interests (like your exercise and activity levels, your favorite foods, your weight loss objectives and dietary preferences, which videos you like, favorite recipes, or consumption tendencies).

Some of our Brands offer you the opportunity to sign up for a newsletter, register on our Sites, or purchase products from us; when you do that, those Brands may also collect:

      • Contact Information: Your name, phone number, postal address or email address.
      • Account/Registration Information: User name and password, reminder questions and answers, subscription and account numbers, and communications preferences (such as which newsletters you would like to receive).
      • Payment Information: Billing address, shipping address, credit card or bank account number, expiration date, and card verification number (when you provide that information to us).
      • Fitness Data: Our Cooking Light Diet site collects height, weight, weight gain/loss, exercise activity level, and dietary restrictions in order produce meal plans and track weight goals.

Where/How Do We Collect Information About You?


We collect information about you from a number of sources:

From you. Some of our Brands collect your contact, registration/account information, and payment information and any other information when you provide it to us on the Sites. When you make a purchase on the Sites, we also retain a record of your purchases and order history.

From your Device.

What are Cookies & Other Technologies?

      • Cookies. A “cookie” is a tiny file that’s stored on your computer. It contains a unique identifier, as well as the address and other information about the website you are visiting. Cookies help us know whether you are a returning visitor to our Sites. For example, although you may not log-in when you visit our Sites, we can use cookies to recognize that you have visited the Site in the past. By using cookies, we are able to understand what is of interest to our customers and ensure the content and services we offer are relevant and compelling when you visit our Sites. In some cases, we may use the information we collect from cookies, to deliver relevant and compelling content to you when you visit the Sites.
      • Web Beacons, Pixel Tags and Other Tracking Technologies. Web beacons, pixel techs and other “tracking technologies” are small strings of code placed on a web page or in an email or advertisement. These technologies allow your browser to recognize and store certain types of information such as cookies previously set, the time and date that you viewed the page with the beacon and a description of that page.

Can You Opt Out?

In most cases, yes! There are some cookies that we need in order to operate the Sites. If you deleted those cookies, the Sites would no longer function (as an example, if we don’t know which account you belong to, we cannot show you your meal plans). You can always decide to opt-out of or delete the third party cookies on our Sites. Keep in mind, if you block cookies, you may not be able to view or access some of the features of our Sites. Visit our section on your privacy choices for more information on how to opt-out.

From Others.

      • Service Providers. We work with service providers who collect information on our behalf in order to provide services to us, such as hosting our websites, processing our credit card transactions, fulfilling your subscriptions and orders, verifying your identity, and other activities needed to help us provide our content and services to you. We only allow our service providers to use your personal information in connection with the services they provide us.

How Do We Use Your Information?


We and our other Meredith Companies and the Service Providers working on our behalf use information collected about you to:

      • Contact You
        • To send you emails, including your meal plans, newsletters, surveys and other communications.
      • Fulfill Your Subscriptions, Orders and Other Requests
        • Fulfill your orders and requests for products, services, and information (including to send you email or other newsletters).
        • Some of our brands offer products and services you can purchase individually or on a subscription basis. We use the information you provide at check-out to process your orders on those sites.
      • Create and Manage your Account
        • Create and manage your Account, including providing you with access to your Account.
      • Market to You
        • We may use your information to market our service to you.
      • Provide and Improve the Sites
        • Analyze, operate and improve our Sites (including repairing errors or debugging) or develop new ones.
        • Allow you to participate in features such as surveys, polls, sweepstakes, and message boards.
        • Measure and analyze visitor traffic and usage patterns and improve the quality and effectiveness of our Sites, features and related communications.
      • Security and Fraud Prevention
        • Enforce our legal rights or comply with the law.
        • Prevent potentially prohibited or illegal activities, comply with applicable law and enforce our see the Terms of Service.

We may use your information for any other purposes disclosed to you at the time we collect your information, provided we have obtained the required consent.

Who Do We Share Your Information With?


We may share your personal information with our other Meredith Companies, Service Providers, and Social Media Platforms.

      • Service Providers. We engage Service Providers to provide services such as credit-card and billing processing, shipping, marketing, advertising optimization and interest-based targeting, email and text message distribution, data processing, mobile and website analytics, user authentication, security and promotions management. We may share any information we collect about you with these Service Providers and authorize them to collect information from you directly to support the services they provide to us. We do not authorize our Service Providers to share or use your information with any other third parties.
      • Social Media Platforms. To make your experience with our Sites more enjoyable, we may offer features made available by social media platforms (such as likes or social sharing). Some social media platforms may collect information directly from you pursuant to their own separate privacy policies which may differ from ours.
      • Legal Compliance, Business Transfers, and Other Disclosures. We disclose information about users of our Sites when we believe the law requires it. For example, to respond to compulsory process or law enforcement requests, to enforce our Terms of Service, or to protect the rights, property or safety of users, the public, Meredith Companies, Service Providers, Social Media Platforms, Advertisers, Data Partners, or third parties. Over time, we may reorganize or transfer various assets and lines of business. We reserve the right to disclose or transfer any information we collect to third parties in connection with any proposed or actual purchase, sale, lease, merger, foreclosure, liquidation, amalgamation or any other type of acquisition, disposal, transfer, conveyance or financing of all or any portion of Meredith companies.

How Can You Control Our Use of Your Information?


What Rights Do You Have?

      • Right to Know: You have the right to ask us to tell you what personal information we collect use, disclose and sell about you.
      • Right to Request Deletion: You have the right to ask us to delete the personal information we collect or maintain about you.
      • Right to be Free from Discrimination: You have the right not to be discriminated against for exercising these rights.
      • Right to Access or Correct Your Information: You have the right to request access to and to edit certain personal information that you have provided to us through our Sites.

We are only legally required to provide these rights in certain jurisdictions, but we are working towards honoring these rights for all visitors. If you are in the U.S. and wish to exercise your rights:

      • Information and Deletion Requests. To exercise your right to for information on our data collection practices on this Site or to request deletion of the information on this Site, please visit your account settings at You will be required to login to your account in order to exercise your rights. You can also contact us at for assistance.

What Other Choices Do You Have?

Marketing Communications

Email. You can opt-out from our email newsletters by using the unsubscribe link at the bottom of each message or by visiting your account settings at If you no longer want to receive third-party email offers that you requested through our Sites, simply follow the unsubscribe link or opt-out instructions that are included in every commercial message you receive.

Opt-Out of Cookies & Other Technologies.

You can opt-out or delete cookies:

On your browser (Chrome, Safari, etc.). The settings of the browser you use give you an option to accept or reject most cookies, or to notify you when a cookie is set. (Each browser is different, so check the “Help” menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.) Please be aware that certain browsers cannot block or delete so-called “Flash” cookies, which use a feature of the Adobe Flash video player to store information on your computer. For information about how to delete Flash cookies, please visit the Adobe website This will opt you out of cookies on the browser you are using. If you use multiple browsers, you will need to take this step for all relevant browsers. Please note that denying all or certain cookies may result in a less personalized experience of some of the services offered on the website.

Do Not Track

We do not currently respond to browser do-not-track signals. Instead, we adhere to the standards set out in this Privacy Statement and offer the opt-out choices described above.

Children’s Privacy


We do not knowingly allow anyone under the age of 16 to provide us with any personal information online. Children should always get permission from their parents before sharing any personal information about themselves over the Internet. If you’re under 16, please do not register for the Sites or provide us with any personal information.

Additional Privacy Information

      • Contests and Other Co-Sponsored Promotions. From time to time, we may offer contests, sweepstakes or other promotions. Participation in these promotions may require registration on our Sites. We may share your registration information with co-sponsors or other third parties involved in the promotion that we identify in the rules or entry materials. We don’t control these third parties’ privacy practices, and our Privacy Statement does not apply to their collection and use of your information. We may also share some of your entry information with third parties or the public in connection with the administration of the promotion, such as winner selection and prize fulfillment, and as permitted by the promotion’s official rules, such as on a winners’ list.
      • Security, Retention and Storage of Information. We use commercially reasonable procedures to protect the information that we collect. However, we cannot guarantee the security of our databases, nor can we guarantee that information you supply won’t be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the Internet. Please see our Terms of Service for more information related to posting materials on our Sites including our use of such materials.
      • Location of Your Data. Meredith is a U.S. company and your personal information will be transferred to, processed, stored and accessed by us, the Meredith Companies and Service Providers in the United States and in other jurisdictions where we or they operate, which may not provide you with the same level of privacy protection as you are entitled to in your jurisdiction.
      • EU-U.S. Privacy Shield.

        Meredith adheres to the principles of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework (“Privacy Shield Principles”) as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information transferred from the European Union (“EU”) to the United States, and it is in the process of certifying its compliance with the U.S. Department of Commerce. If there is any conflict between the terms in this Privacy Policy and the Privacy Shield Principles, the Privacy Shield Principles will govern. To learn more about the Privacy Shield program, please visit the Privacy Shield website. Meredith is responsible for the processing of personal information it receives under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework, or subsequently transfers to a third party acting as an agent on its behalf. Meredith complies with the Privacy Shield Principles for all onward transfers from the EU and EEA, including onward transfer liability provisions.

        The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has jurisdiction over Meredith’s compliance with its obligations under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. In certain situations, Meredith may be required to disclose personal information in response to a lawful request by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements.

        In compliance with the Privacy Shield Principles, Meredith commits to resolve complaints about our collection or use of your personal information. EU individuals with inquiries or complaints regarding our Privacy Shield policy should first contact us at If you do not receive timely acknowledgment of your complaint from us, or if we have not resolved your complaint, you may submit your complaint at no cost to you to JAMS, our independent recourse mechanism, at In the event there are residual complaints that have not been resolved by JAMS, or any other means, you may seek a non-monetary remedy through binding arbitration to be provided to you in accordance with the Privacy Shield Principles.

      • Changes to Our Privacy Policy. Digital technology is rapidly evolving. If we decide to change our Privacy Statement in the future, we’ll post the changes here and indicate at the top of the policy the last date on which it was updated. Unless otherwise noted, all changes will be effective when posted.

Rights for Our California Residents


This section contains information on the personal information we collect about residents of California (our “California Consumers”), including the sources of that information, how that informed is used, who it is shared with, and the rights that California Consumers have under California law. Our collection of your information, our data sharing practices, and your privacy rights are discussed below.

I. Do Not Sell

Cooking Light Diet does not sell your personal information. If you would like to exercise your rights as to Cooking Light Magazine or the Cooking Light website, please visit

II. Our Collection of Your Information

What Information Do We Collect About You? Where Do We Collect this Information From? Why Do We Collect this Information? Who Do We Share this Information With?
Contact Information (Name, Email, Zip Code) From you when you register on our sites, subscribe to one of our publications, or otherwise submit this information to us.
  • To contact you (to deliver our newsletters, surveys, and other communications to you).
  • To fulfill your subscriptions, orders and other requests.
  • To market our Services to you.
  • To create and manage your account when you register on our Services, and provide you with your membership benefits.
  • To prevent fraud, including verifying your identity
  • Service Providers (companies who use your personal information solely to provide services to us, including advertising, website support, analytics, payment processing, subscription/order fulfillment and customer service).
  • Social Media Platforms.
Account/Registration Information (Name, username, and password) From You when you create an account or register on our Services. To create and manage your account when you register on our Services, and provide you with your membership benefits. Service Providers (companies who use your personal information solely to provide services to us, including advertising, website support, analytics, subscription/order fulfillment and customer service).
Demographic Information (age, weight, gender) From You when you share that information with us on surveys, registration or other forms on our Services. To help us identify you and understand your interests and preferences so that we can customize your experience on our Services (including the content displayed to you). Service Providers (companies who use your personal information solely to provide services to us, including advertising, website support, analytics, subscription/order fulfillment and customer service).
Online Identifiers (IP addresses, device IDs, and other internal and third party identifiers we use to recognize you online) From Pixels, Cookies, and Other Tracking Technologies, which collect information about you when you visit our Services online. To help us measure the effectiveness of the Services. Service Providers (companies who use your personal information solely to provide services to us, including advertising, website support, analytics).
Payment Information From You when your place an order on our Services. To fulfill your subscriptions and orders, and any refund requests. Service Providers (companies who use your personal information solely to process your payments on our behalf).
Fitness Information (weight, weight gain/loss, dietary restrictions and fitness activity) From you To help create meal plans when you use Cooking Light Diet. Service Providers (companies who use your personal information solely to provide services to us, including advertising, website support, analytics).

III. Our Data Sharing Practices

Cooking Light Diet does not sell your personal information. We do share the personal information below with our Service Providers. Our Service Providers help us send our newsletters to you, fulfill your orders, provide advertising and marketing services, and analytics, and other activities that support our business Service Providers only use the personal information we share with them to provide these services to us.
Below are the categories of personal information we disclose to our Service Providers:


  • Contact Information
  • Demographic Information
  • Online Identifiers
  • Online activity information
  • Payment Information
  • Interests, Preferences and other Behavioral Data



IV. Your Privacy Rights

What Rights Do You Have?

        • Shine the Light Rights –- You have the right to request and obtain from us, once a year and free of charge, a list of the third parties to whom we have disclosed certain types of personal information (if any) for their direct marketing purposes in the prior calendar year. At our option, we may respond to such requests by providing instructions about how our users can exercise their options to prevent our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes.

V. How Do You Submit These Requests to Us?

In addition to the rights detailed in the “How Can You Control Our Use of Your Information?” section above, California residents can contact us to exercise their Shine the Light Rights at

How Can You Learn More?


How to Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns about the Meredith Corporation. Privacy Statement or its implementation please contact us via email by clicking here or by writing to:

Meredith Corporation
1716 Locust Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309

Attn: Privacy Officer