Privacy Policy

| March 29, 2011 | 12 Comments

We value the trust you place in us and we are committed to safeguarding your privacy. (“Web Crosswords” or the “Site”) is operated by Ltd (“we”, “us” or “Bored”) and is designed to be a fun and entertaining free crossword gaming site.

This Privacy Policy is designed to inform you about the information we collect and use and your options with regard to that collection and use at (the “Site”). By use of this Site, communications to or with us or use of any of our services, you are agreeing to these terms. If you do not agree with any of these terms or our Terms of Service, please exit our site and do not submit information to us in any way.

What Information Do We Collect About Our Users and How Do We Use It?

There are two ways information is collected by us: 1. you voluntarily submit it to us during the registration process by completing a form on our site or by communicating with us and providing that information as part of the communication; or 2. we collect it from all our site users electronically to track how the site is used, where our users come from and their preferences.

During our registration process we collect your e-mail address, your login and password only. We also may collect and store information you provide to us in inquiries, reporting forms and customer service communications with us. If you submit information to us to register for a special offer, contest or for access to select or premium services, that information is collected and stored as well. You may submit information to us offline, as well, through special offers or offline registration processes. (Only registered users may enter contests, sweepstakes or participate in any other promotion on the website). All of this information is governed by this Privacy Policy, unless it is indicated otherwise at the time the information is collected or submitted. If special terms are indicated, then those terms, not these, would apply.

This information is not shared with third parties (except those working with us to maintain or operate the Site, handle your financial transactions, provide certain customer services, maintain or improve our site integrity and security, maintain the users’, public’s or Site’s safety, address risks or comply with applicable law, as more fully described below.) We may use it to send you messages we believe to be of interest or about the Site itself, from time to time if you opt-in for such messages upon registration.

Except as set forth herein, we do not collect any personally identifiable information or contact information about our users. We do not knowingly permit users from outside of the US or Canada, or North American users under the age of 13 to register for this Site or participate in any contests nor do we knowingly collect any personally identifiable information or contact information about or communicate with any user we believe to be from outside of North America or under the age of 13 from North America.

Purchases: When you purchase goods or services from us or through one of our vendors using our site, we collect information to enable that purchase. This includes shipping, payment, delivery confirmation and any customer service issues. In some cases, you may purchases a subscription to premium accounts at other websites from a screen accessed from our Site. That information is collected by that other website, and not by us, and their privacy policies (not ours) apply to that interaction.

Registered Users: We collect, track and maintain information about your account and about all communications with us, including reports of abuse received from you or about you, as well as the resolution of those reports.

Information Provided to Us By Third Parties: We may acquire (but will not share) demographic information from third-parties online or offline to better direct services and offers to you or may acquire referral e-mail and other contact information from you other others recommending our site or other services. We will use that contact information only to forward an invitation or provide the information for which the referral was made.

In addition to information you voluntarily provide to us through forms, communications and interactions with our staff, we collect certain data automatically when you access the Site. We collect this using cookies and other web-tracking technologies and use this to learn about how our Site is used and how to improve the user experience.

We may also collect information about our users for each Site interaction and visit, including your IP address, your browser and available software and hardware information, whether you were referred to our Site by a search engine (including the search terms used to find us) or link from another Site or offline resource (such as a mobile). This is used to improve our Site and messaging efficiency, learn more about where our users come from and understand how our users use and ways to improve our Site.

We accept advertisements from third party advertisers. These advertisers are carefully selected to provide information about products and services that we think may be of interest to our users. Note that if you click on any of these advertisements, these advertisers may use cookies and other web-tracking technologies to collect this non-personal information about you. They will not have any personal information identifying you or linking you to your account unless you directly provide it to them. We recommend that you review the terms of use and privacy policy for any advertiser with which you are interacting before doing so. Their privacy policy, not ours, will apply to any of those interactions.

We link to outside websites and services, from time to time. While we try to select appropriate sites, note that we are not responsible for the practices, content or the privacy policies employed by third party sites. Please review those before interacting with those sites.

We collect additional information from you when you send us an email, submit a form or otherwise request information from us as well as when you repot abuses or problems at the Site. We use this information for the purpose for which it was provided and also may track the user abuse reports, including the accuracy or inaccuracy of any abuse reports and may use this to help us determine the users who can help us identify problems or provide help in moderating and self-policing our Site. This information may also be used in identifying users that violate our terms of service or are disruptive at the Site.

If you apply for a contest or to participate in a special promotion or event that is sponsored by a third-party or co-sponsored with us by a third-party, your information may be shared with that third-party to enable your participation in the contest, promotion or event. If so, it will only be used for that purpose, unless expressly noted otherwise at the time you apply for participation. If the contest, promotion or event involves a third-party site, you should refer to the third-party’s privacy policy for information about their practices.

Sharing Your Information:

We do not sell or license your personally identifiable customer information to third parties without your consent, except as disclosed herein and if we enter into a merger, acquisition or sale of all or a portion of our assets, or transfer the Site or services provided therewith to any third-party, your information will be shared and transferred as part of that transaction.

We share personally identifiable information about our users (to the extent we have such information) only with those involved in providing services, functions or professional advice to Funtank or as outlined below. We use vendors to provide certain services or functions necessary to operate our Site and offer and deliver products and services to you. We share information with those third-parties and vendors to the extent necessary for them to perform their function on our behalf. All of these third-parties must agree to protect the privacy and security of our users and not to use information they receive during the course of their duties for any purpose other than for which it was provided.

We may also disclose your personally identifiable information as required or permitted by law, or as we believe may be necessary (as determined in our sole and absolute discretion) to protect the integrity of our Site, Funtank or its affiliates, or the safety, privacy and well-being of our users, ourselves and third-party providers or members of the public including the use of and providing information to third-parties:

To comply with valid legal process including subpoenas, court orders or search warrants.
To respond to official inquiries of governmental authorities.
In cases involving risks to any person or other emergencies, terms of service violations, and to evaluate and defend against legal claims in any forum.
To outside auditors, legal professionals, security consultants and regulators.
To prevent or manage what we, in our sole and absolute discretion, believe to be the unlawful or abusive use of our services or the Site or anticipated harm to our users, the public, or Bored.

The Security of Your Information:

We have systems in place to enforce the terms of this Privacy Policy and secure your data. But, no matter how careful we are, no system is 100% secure and we cannot guarantee that there will be no unauthorized use or access of your personal information. If we become aware of any information breach that may affect you, we will notify you promptly following our discovery thereof. Should you suspect that there is a security breach or someone is attempting to circumvent our security system, please contact us.

Preteen Users:

Keeping children safe online is important to all of us. At this time we believe that it is best to restrict access to our registered member area to users 13 and older. So, our terms of service restricts users under the age of thirteen from registering for the Site, participating in any contests at the Site or from submitting personal information to us.

If we believe an email has been sent to us from a child under the age of 13, that information is not stored and is used to reply to the child on a one-time basis only. Once the email has been replied to, their email address will be deleted from our records. If we discover a child under the age of 13 has falsified their age and registered for the site, we will cease collecting any further information on that child. Additionally, all data that has been stored in our system about the child will be removed, and the child’s registration will be revoked.

Even without registration, though, the Site contains lots of free and entertaining content which may be of interest to preteen viewers and is accessible without registration or having to provide any information.

Changes To and Questions About This Policy:

We reserve the right to change this Privacy Policy from time to time. Before using this Site, recheck this page and review the “effective date” posted on the top of the Privacy Policy in effect at that time. If it has recently changed, make sure you review it and still agree with its terms. It will apply to any interactions you have at the Site and information you provide to us or at this Site. Your continued use of the Site or our services, or communications with us will evidence your agreement to the terms thereof.

If you have questions or comments about this privacy policy, please contact us. But note that whether or not you have questions or comments, use of our site indicates your agreement to the terms hereof as written.

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  1. Lynn Goodenough says:

    Love the word scramble, I am hooked!

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  2. penny tucker says:

    thanks for the puzzle

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  3. bruce says:

    For some reason, I am still seeing Daily and LA Times Puzzles
    with date of April 13, 2011 and today is Friday April 15, 2011
    Why does the system not recognize the proper date ?
    I am using Firefox browser and it is set to clear cookies and
    history at the end of each session.


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    • Free Crosswords says:

      Hi, We have addressed this issue. Thanks.

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  4. My LA Times puzzle has been stuck on Sunday, February 19, 2012 for five days. Can you help me? Please don’t make me go back to using LA Times’ horrible new interface to enjoy the puzzle!


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  5. L. K. Shick says:

    I enjoy your puzzles, but I prefer to print them and solve them on paper. Last week I was able to print the whole week’s worth without a problem. Today I cannot print to either my printer or to PaperPort Document Management software which acts as another printer. What is going on? Do I need to sign up for something to continue the use this site?

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    • Free Crosswords says:


      There isn’t any printing problem I’m aware off. I did a test before and everything printed ok. It seems like a communication problem between the flash play (which is the plugin used for the crosswords) and the printer. Perhaps to be 100% of this is to try and print from another computer. You don’t need to signup or any other actions on our site as nothing has changed on our end. I hope this helps!

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      • L. K. Shick says:

        My printer seems to be able to print from Word or Excel so it is not a local communication problem. Must I set some Windows or Google preferences (I am using the Google Chrome browser)? As I said, it worked fine last week, but not today and I don’t think I have changed any settings.

        Thanks for the quick response.

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  6. A.Cameron says:

    Firstly, thank you for the puzzles and the website.

    I’ve looked and I’m unable to find an setting, within the crossword’s options, to change the grid blackness. A similar application provides settings for 5 shades of black, from 100% to 0% as an ‘Ink Saver’ option.

    I’d love to see something similar built into the app. used for crosswords on your site. Thank you again, have a great day.

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  7. Sonia says:


    i play crosswords on your site everyday! However for the last two days, when i type letters on the keyboard, they don’t reflect in the crossword. The crosswords are designed using flash, and the flash player in my computer is updated. What could be the problem ? i miss playing the crosswords(:

    Also, didn’t find any ‘Contact’ in this website.

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