Privacy Notice

Privacy Notice

LAST UPDATED: October 02, 2019

NOTE: If you are an In the Kitchen user, this is an update to the Privacy Policy that was applicable to that service.  Please review this Privacy Notice carefully before using the Food Network Kitchen Service.



Welcome to Food Network Kitchen, one of the family of informational, educational and entertainment-oriented applications and websites brought to you by Discovery Digital Ventures, LLC, an affiliate of Discovery Communications, LLC and its subsidiaries and affiliates (“Discovery”).

Discovery understands and respects your concerns about privacy. This Privacy Notice describes Discovery’s privacy practices as it pertains to the websites and applications associated with the Food Network Kitchen offerings as well as all Food Network Kitchen e-mail newsletters published or distributed by or on behalf of Discovery and any other interactive features, video or platforms associated with the Food Network Kitchen offerings where this Privacy Notice is posted (the “Food Network Kitchen Services”). 

We may from time-to-time revise this Privacy Notice, and the date of last revision will be available at the top of this page, so please be sure to check back periodically. By visiting or using the Food Network Kitchen Services, you are acknowledging and accepting this Privacy Notice. Your continued use of the Food Network Kitchen Services after changes have been posted to the Privacy Notice will constitute your acceptance of such changes.

This Notice explains:

  1. TYPES OF INFORMATION WE COLLECT FROM OR ABOUT YOU
  2. HOW WE USE THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT
  3. WHEN WE SHARE INFORMATION
  4. CHOICES YOU HAVE REGARDING THE COLLECTION, USE, AND SHARING OF INFORMATION
  5. HOW WE USE COOKIES AND OTHER TRACKING TECHNOLOGIES
  6. ADDITIONAL RIGHTS OF CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS
  7. HOW WE PROTECT CHILDREN’S INFORMATION
  8. HOW WE MAINTAIN AND SECURE THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT
  9. THIRD-PARTY SITES, SERVICES AND FEATURES
  10. GOVERNING LAW AND VENUE
  11. UPDATES TO THE NOTICE
  12. HOW TO CONTACT US


1. TYPES OF INFORMATION WE COLLECT FROM OR ABOUT YOU

When you interact with the Food Network Kitchen Services, we collect information that directly identifies you (i.e., information that would allow someone to identify you or contact you, such as your full name, postal address, e-mail address or telephone number), as well as information about your use of the Food Network Kitchen Services.  Below we describe the different types of information we collect from you and the devices you use when you interact with the Food Network Kitchen Services.

Information you provide to us:  The Food Network Kitchen Services may permit you to enter contact information and other information about yourself and others.  We collect and store any information you enter through the Services.  For example, you may provide:

  • your name, username, postal address, e-mail address, password, phone number, profile picture, birthday or other information, such as when you register with our Services, create or edit your user profile, sign up to receive newsletters, or enter in a contest or sweepstakes;
  • certain demographic information about you, such as your age, gender, or income bracket, when you participate in a survey or poll
  • photos, comments, videos and other materials and information you post to the Services (such as in chat rooms, message boards, or similar public forums or comments to recipes posted on the Services), including in non-public messages you send to other users of the Services;
  • nutrition and dietary preference information when you search for recipes within the Services;
  • your payment information when you are purchasing services from us, including credit card and billing information; or
  • your email address, communications, and files when you send to us a message by e-mail, through our Customer Support portal, or through other communication services.


Information we collect automatically from your devices:  When you interact with the Food Network Kitchen Services, certain information about your use of the Food Network Kitchen Services is automatically collected.  This information includes information about the devices used to access the Services, such as Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, your device ID and other unique device identifiers, mobile network information, information about how the device is interacting with the Food Network Kitchen Services, hardware model, and the type and version of your device’s operating system or browser.  We also collect information about how you use the Food Network Kitchen Services, such as pages viewed and the order of such pages, content (including video content) or advertising you view within the Food Network Kitchen Services, the length of time you interact with the Food Network Kitchen Services, error logs, websites and other services you visit before and after visiting a Discovery site, and other similar information. 

Much of this information is collected through cookies, web beacons, and other tracking technologies.  Please see our Tracking Technologies Notice for further information, including your choices in relation to the use of these technologies.

Information from Social Media Networks and Other Third Parties:  When you use certain features of the Services, you may give us permission to access information about you from services offered by third parties, including social media networks.    For example, you may choose to register on our websites by using a social media account, or you may use a social media function on our Food Network Kitchen Services such as a “share” button.  Doing that allows us to obtain information from the social media platform.  That information could include your friends or contacts, profile picture, birthdate, gender, people/sites you follow or other profile-related information, as well as any other information you have opted to share. The information we obtain from social media networks depends on your account/privacy settings with those third parties and those third-parties’ privacy policies, so be sure to check those policies and to adjust your settings to meet your preferences.

We may also obtain information about you from other third-party sources, such as our partners and advertisers, interactive applications offered through our services (such as embedded video players), and commercially available sources such as data aggregators and public databases.  We may combine the information we receive from third parties with information we collect through the Food Network Kitchen Services.  

Location Information: We collect general information about your location through the Food Network Kitchen Services, such as the city, state, and/or zip code associated with your IP Address.  If you agree, we may collect more specific location information that is provided through the GPS functionality on your mobile device used to access the Services. That location information is used to present information and advertising that is of relevance to you in your geographic area and to allow you to take advantage of certain features of the services such as tailoring the live class schedule to your time zone or providing you with local grocery store options for recipe ingredient delivery.  If you grant permission for us to collect more specific GPS location information, you can disable such access through your mobile device settings.

Information You Provide About Others: If you send someone else a communication using the Food Network Kitchen Services, such as sending content to a friend, the information you provide (names, e-mail addresses, etc.) is used to facilitate the communication and is not used for any other marketing purpose unless we obtain consent from that person or we explicitly say otherwise in accordance with applicable legal requirements.  Please be aware that when you use any send-to-a-friend functionality on our Services, your e-mail address may be included in the communication you send.

2.    HOW WE USE THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT

We use the information we collect to provide and improve the Food Network Kitchen Services, to communicate with you, to deliver advertising, and to develop and provide additional products, features and offerings, as explained in more detail below. 

To provide, maintain, develop, and improve the Food Network Kitchen Services, including to:

  • fulfill your requests for products, services or information;
  • process your payments and ship your products;
  • enable your access to the Food Network Kitchen Services and participation in any special features of the Food Network Kitchen Services;
  • to maintain and administer accounts;
  • learn about how you use the Food Network Kitchen Services, including by linking your activities across the various devices you may use (click here for more information on Cross Device Tracking);
  • analyze patterns in the use of the Services, study site traffic, understand customer needs and trends, carry out targeted promotional activities, determine what type of content is most popular and what type of visitors are interested in particular kinds of content and advertising, and improve our Food Network Kitchen Services; and
  • customize the content and advertisements you receive from us and our trusted partners.

To communicate with you, including to:

  • provide customer service support or respond to your inquiries, requests and comments;
  • send you electronic newsletters or enter you into sweepstakes or contests;
  • offer you additional information, opportunities, marketing, promotions, and functionality for our products and services and those of our subsidiaries and affiliated companies, our business partners, or third-party advertisers;
  • provide you legal notices or other notices with respect the Food Network Kitchen Services, including service-related communications;

For our business purposes or internal operations purposes, including:

  • to prevent fraud or potentially illegal activities on our Food Network Kitchen Services, and to protect the safety of users and others on our Services;
  • for internal business purposes or for any other purposes disclosed at the time you provide the information or as otherwise set forth in this Privacy Notice;
  • for any and all internal business purposes that are consistent with “business purposes” exceptions in state and federal privacy law.

Please note that all of the information we collect about you may be combined together in order to facilitate all of the above purposes, including to help us tailor content and advertising that is of greatest relevance to you.  

3.     WHEN WE SHARE INFORMATION

We may disclose the information we collect as described below and supplemented by our Tracking Technologies Notice By accessing and using the Food Network Kitchen Services, you consent to our sharing practices, as described in this Notice and subject to any choices you have made.

Third-party service providers: We engage third-party service providers to perform a variety of services and functions on our behalf, such as customer support, administering our promotions, providing us marketing or promotional assistance, data analytics, online advertising, technology services and platforms, processing payments, and other services.  

The Discovery family of companies:   We may share information about you within the family of Discovery companies, including our subsidiary and affiliated companies and joint venture partners, to provide and improve our products and services, as well as to provide you with information about products or services that may interest you.

Sweepstakes, contests & promotions:  When you register or enter a promotion, sweepstakes, or contest through our Services, we may share the information you provide for such purposes with authorized third-party service providers (as described above), participating sponsors, and advertising partners.  Further, by entering any promotion, you are agreeing to the official rules that govern that promotion, which may require you to take certain actions, including, except where prohibited by law, allowing Discovery and/or the sponsor(s) of the promotion to use and publicly release your name, voice and/or likeness in advertising or marketing associated with the promotion.  Please review the relevant promotion, sweepstakes, or contest rules for more information

Business partners:  We may share information with third parties with whom we have business, marketing, or other relationships, such as our co-promotional partners, advertisers, ad networks, and data marketing services, for multiple purposes including offering products and services that may interest you.  

Business transfer:  In the event we go through a business transition such as a merger, acquisition, bankruptcy, reorganization or sale of all or a portion of our assets, or a diligence process in connection with a potential business transaction, the information we collect and maintain may be disclosed, sold or transferred as part of that transaction.  If such transfer is subject to additional restrictions under applicable laws, we will comply with such restrictions.

Legal requirements and protection of Food Network Kitchen Services and users: We will disclose the information we collect where we have a good faith belief that such disclosure is: (a) required by law (or to respond to subpoenas, warrants, government requests, or similar process served on us); (b) pursuant to our DMCA notice and takedown policy and procedures; and/or (c) necessary to protect or defend our legal rights or property, our Services, you, or other third parties, or ensure the safety and security of our Services, systems, and of our customers or the general public.

With your consent:  We may share or disclose information about you if you ask or authorize us to do so, including by intentionally interacting with third-parties on our sites.  Additionally, when you choose to share information in a public forum, that information may be seen or collected by anyone, including third parties that do not adhere to our Privacy Notice.  We are not responsible for events arising from the distribution of any information you choose to share publicly through our Services.

Aggregate information:  We may aggregate and/or de-identify information such that it is no longer linked to you or your device. This Notice does not limit our ability to disclose aggregated or de-identified information that is not linked to you.   We may use and disclose such information to our partners, advertisers and any other third parties in our discretion.

4.     THE CHOICES YOU HAVE REGARDING THE COLLECTION, USE, AND SHARING OF INFORMATION

You have many choices regarding how we use and share your information.  These choices are described in more detail below.

Subscription and Registration Services:  The Food Network Kitchen Services may include subscription and registration management tools that allow you to make changes regarding your preferences for receiving communications. Regardless of whether these tools are available through the Services, you may contact us as at privacy_policy@discovery.com if you: (a) have questions or comments about our Privacy Notice; (b) wish to make corrections to the information have provided to us; (c) want to opt-out from receiving future commercial correspondence, including e-mails, from us (we may continue to send you transactional messages such as responding to your inquiries or notices of updates to our Notice); or (d) do not want us to  share information that identifies you with third parties for such third parties’ direct marketing purposes.

We will respond to your request and, if applicable and appropriate, make the requested change in our active databases as soon as reasonably practicable.  Please note:

  • you may be required to verify your identity to make certain changes;
  • we may not be able to fulfill certain requests while allowing you access to certain benefits and features of our Food Network Kitchen Services;
  • it is not always possible to completely change, remove, or delete all information about you from our databases for legal and other reasons; and
  • we generally do not remove public postings you may have made on the Food Network Kitchen Services, such as in forums or blogs. 

E-mail communications: In connection with certain features on the Food Network Kitchen Services, we may allow you to set your preferences for receiving e-mail communications from us (such as agreeing to some communications but not others).  In other instances, you may “opt out” of receiving future commercial e-mail communications from us by clicking the “unsubscribe” link or following the other instructions included at the bottom of most e-mails we send, provided, however, we reserve the right to send you transactional e-mails, such as customer service communications and shipping confirmations.

Targeted advertising:  To find out more about our advertising and how to opt out of receiving interest-based advertising from companies that participate in the Digital Advertising Alliance, please see our Tracking Technologies Notice. You may also choose to block cookies. Learn more about cookies, how we use them and how to block them by reviewing our Tracking Technologies Notice.

Mobile device location information:  If you access the Services through a mobile device and you do not want your device to provide us with specific, GPS location-tracking information, either do not agree to allow your device to share this information with us or disable the GPS or other location-tracking functions on your device. Your device manufacturer should provide instructions on how to disable GPS or other location-tracking functions.  If you initially consent to the collection of location information, you can subsequently stop our collection of location information at any time by changing the preferences on your mobile device or by uninstalling the application from your mobile device.

5.     HOW WE USE COOKIES AND OTHER TRACKING TECHNOLOGIES

Like many companies, we use cookies and other tracking technologies on our Services. For detailed information about the tracking technologies we use, how we use those technologies, and additional options you have regarding the use of those technologies, please visit our Tracking Technologies Notice. Additionally, as more fully explained in that Tracking Technologies Notice, your browser or device may include “Do Not Track” functionality. Our information collection and disclosure practices, and the choices that we provide, will continue to operate as described in this Notice and the related Tracking Technologies Notice, whether or not a Do Not Track signal is received.

6.     ADDITIONAL RIGHTS OF CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS

California law permits California residents to request and obtain from us once a year, free of charge, a list of the third parties to whom we have disclosed certain “personal information” (as defined in California’s “Shine the Light” law, Civil Code § 1798.83), if any, for their direct marketing purposes in the prior calendar year, as well as the type(s) of “personal information” disclosed to those parties. If you are a California resident and would like to request this information, please submit your request in an email to privacy_policy@discovery.com.  In your request, please attest to the fact that you are a California resident and provide a current California address for our response.

7.     HOW WE PROTECT CHILDREN’S INFORMATION

Food Network Kitchen Services are generally directed to adults and not intended for use by children under the age of thirteen (13), and we do not allow children to provide their personal information (as defined by the U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act or “COPPA”) on the Food Network Kitchen Services, and we will delete such information in a reasonable period of time if we become aware of it. If you have any questions about our practices with respect to children’s privacy or to request that we delete personal information provided by your child, please contact us at privacy_policy@discovery.com.

8.     HOW WE MAINTAIN AND SECURE THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT

We maintain the information we collect for as long as necessary to provide the Food Network Kitchen Services, for so as long as reasonably required to satisfy the purpose for which you submitted the information or our business purposes, or as required by law.

We take technical and organizational security measures to protect your information against accidental or unlawful destruction or accidental loss, alteration, unauthorized disclosure or access. However, no method of transmission over the internet, and no means of electronic or physical storage, is absolutely secure. As such, you acknowledge and accept that we cannot guarantee the security of your information transmitted to, through, or on our Services or via the Internet and that any such transmission is at your own risk.

If you create an account or register with any of our Food Network Kitchen Services, you are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your password at all times.

9.    THIRD-PARTY SITES, SERVICES AND FEATURES

Our Food Network Kitchen Services may contain links to third-party websites (e.g., online stores that offer products for purchase), third-party plug-ins (e.g., social-sharing buttons), and third-party features (e.g., banner advertisements). These third-party services may collect information from or about you when you interact with them, and in some cases, they may track your activity, including through the use of cookies or other tracking technologies, without you needing to interact with them. We are not responsible for the content or practices of such third-parties, and their collection, use, and disclosure of your information will be subject to their privacy policies, and not this Privacy Policy. We urge you to read the privacy and security policies of these third parties.

10.     GOVERNING LAW AND VENUE 

This Privacy Notice and all disputes arising hereunder or relating hereto shall be governed by, and will be construed under, the laws of the State of New York, without regard to choice of law principles. Those who choose to access the Food Network Kitchen Services from locations outside the United States do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws if and to the extent local laws are applicable.  By using the Food Network Kitchen Services, you agree that the exclusive jurisdiction for any dispute not subject to the arbitration provision discussed above shall be the state and federal courts located in New York.

11.     UPDATES TO THE POLICY

We may change this Notice from time to time as our services, technology and legal obligations change.  If we make changes, we will post the updated notice and revise the “Effective Date.”  Any changes will be effective immediately upon posting of the revised Privacy Notice, and your continued use of the Services after that date will indicate your consent to any changes, unless applicable law requires us to provide another form of notice and/or seek your agreement to such changes.

12.    HOW TO CONTACT US

For any questions or complaints regarding this Privacy Notice or our privacy practices, please contact us at: privacy_policy@discovery.com