Online Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting TAVISTALKS online or one of our many sites affiliated with Tavis Smiley, The Smiley Group (known hereafter as “we,” “us,” or “our”), or any of its subsidiaries’ websites (known hereafter as “Sites”). We are committed to protecting the privacy of all of our users. The following will detail how we intend to use your personal information collected through the Sites. This policy does not cover any unaffiliated sites we may link on our Sites nor does it cover information we may collect through other means. Please read this document often as it may change to reflect our dynamic company.

Personal Identification Information

Personal identification information includes, but is not limited to your full name, address, phone number, payment account number and email address. We only collect personal identification information that you voluntarily supply to us in order to participate in activities including, but not limited to contests, surveys, subscription registrations, event registrations, purchases, content submissions, community postings (i.e., blogs, forums or bulletin boards), downloads, comments and suggestions or voting. Your personal identification information will never willfully be disclosed to any third party without your expressed permission. These third parties are carefully screened companies whose products or services might interest individuals who have shopped on the Sites. We may also use this information internally for marketing purposes of our products and to contact you to confirm orders, registration and account status. We will always explain the extent of the use of your personal identification information at the time it is collected or used by us for these purposes. If you do not wish your personal identification information used in this manner, you can simply opt out even after the time the personal identification information has been given. In some cases, opting out may prevent participation in certain activities for which personal information is needed (i.e. downloads, purchases, contests and event registration).

Children on our Sites

None of our websites are designed for or directed to children under the age of 18 because of the special privacy policy needs children require. In some cases, we may ask for parental consent for any users who are under the age of 18. In all cases we encourage parents to monitor the internet and computer use of their children.

Cookie Technology

A cookie is information a website sent to your computer’s hard drive to improve your experience on our Sites. The cookie can remember your preferences, personalize the advertisements and content and serve as another form of identification to access your personal identification information. As you browse the pages of our Sites, a session cookie will tell us which pages you visit and the amount of time between each page visit. This cookie does not remember anything about you or your computer; it simply tells us how long visitors spend on the Site and which pages are the most popular. A session cookie only remembers information about your current visit to the Site. Most computers are automatically set up to accept cookies. If you choose, you can configure your browser to reject cookies or to alert you when cookies are being sent. By rejecting the cookie, certain areas of the Sites may not function properly.


In the case that a valid legal inquiry including, but not limited to a subpoena, search warrant or a court order is presented to us, we will comply with the law. In the case that a security threat is suspected, we will also release information to authorities. In the case of changes in fundamental ownership of the Sites or the companies hired to maintain the Sites, information may be released or exchanged. Additionally, information submitted for the purchase of a book may be shared with Hay House. If you submit personal information in a forum, blog or message board, we can not control third parties collecting and using that information.


We are not responsible for any information found in a forum. On our Sites, forum is defined as any blog, message board or chat room. You are not permitted to post disparaging information, libelous or obscene language. It is not permissible to post information that pertains to someone else’s personal information or violates any law. Our forums are not to be used for commercial or personal gain. Although we are not responsible for content posted on the forums, we do retain the right to remove any content for any reason. We also have the right to edit posted material. If a user is found to violate any of our policies, their registration will be terminated. We hold the right to terminate a user’s registration at anytime for any reason. All content submitted on public postings on our websites, becomes the property of Tavis Smiley and The Smiley Group. We hold the right to use your comments or posting in future commentaries, books or other mediums with no compensation or obligation to the forum user. By posting you signify that you are the owner of any posted content and are waiving any rights to that material.


Our Sites contain hyperlinks to other websites including some of our advertisers, companies that we do business with and other parties. These third parties have complete control over their own websites. Additionally, these websites control their own content, privacy policies and contain their own links to other websites and you should consider this before providing any personal information. We do not endorse, support or have any responsibility regarding the products or content contained in any other Site not owned or operated by Tavis Smiley. We have no liability for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused to you in connection with any of these websites.

Information Location

If you live outside of the United States of America, please be aware that any information you transmit is being used and stored in the United States of America and by submitting information to our sites, you are consenting to the transfer of this information. If you access our Sites from outside the U.S., you do so at your own risk. We are under the jurisdiction of the United States of America in the state of California and are responsible to our own local laws.

Acceptance of Terms and Conditions

By using any of our Sites, you are agreeing to and accepting the terms and conditions of our privacy policy. If you fundamentally disagree with the terms and conditions of our Sites, please do not use them. Please regularly read our privacy policy because it can and will be updated or modified on a regular basis. If you continue to use our Sites after the changes, your use will again signify acceptance. If any item is unclear or if you have any questions regarding our privacy policy, please email us at

Restrictions and Permissions

All intellectual property and the contents of our Sites are protected by federal trademark and copyright laws. Materials contained on our Sites is intended for personal use and may not be exploited in any manner without express written consent by Tavis Smiley, The Smiley Group or one of its subsidiaries. When you download content for noncommericial single use in a permissible manner, you do not have any rights or legal ownership and may not modify or reproduce for any reason. To request permission to reuse content from our Sites or from one of the shows, please submit your inquiry in writing to:

The Smiley Group, Inc.
Attention: Permissions
4434 Crenshaw Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90043

Or fax request to: (323) 290-3940

All requests should include the following information.
  • What is your contact information?
  • What would you like to use or reproduce (i.e. audio, text, graphics, photo, logo, etc.)?
  • Describe the exact content you are requesting with as many details as possible including title, date the story aired, or URL if located within one of the Sites.
  • Provide full disclosure of how you intend to use the content.
  • Who will this content reach?
  • What is your geographic location?
We deny permission in connection with the following.
  • Advertising, marketing or activities resulting in financial gain.
  • Fundraising
  • Political activities including using the content to support or endorse a political candidate, a political party or any groups with a primarily political purpose.

Use of Licensed Material

If we grant you a license to use our content, there are strict guidelines you must follow. We can and will revoke the license if you do not comply. Any content approved and provided must be used in its entirety. Permission is for one time use or for a pre-determined amount of time.

  • For magazines, reprints, newsletters and newspapers, rates vary according to circulation and size.
  • For classroom teaching at a college or university, stories must be used in their entirety and permission is limited to classroom use during one academic year.
  • For audio used in a documentary or presentation, you may request a license for an entire story, an excerpt or a quote. Permission is limited to the one project or presentation specified in the written request. Rates vary according to the duration of the requested audio.
  • For trade books and textbooks, you may request a license for an entire story, an excerpt or a quote. Permission is limited to the edition listed in the original request. Rates vary according to print run and the size of the story.
  • For photos, logos and graphics, rates vary according to circulation, print or run. In the case of web use, the rate will be determined by the length of time that the photo or graphic will be posted. The maximum length of time is one year.
  • For a web link to one of our sites, please request written permission by emailing


Unless a Site specifically asks for submission of material and has a submission policy, we do not welcome or review any unsolicited submissions. This policy is in place for your protection to prevent confusion and misunderstandings in the event a project is created that may seem similar to an unsolicited submission. Therefore we also ask that you do not post any original ideas in a blog posting or forum. Any submission willfully submitted despite our submissions policy becomes the property of The Smiley Group and we have no obligation to the user. We will have unrestricted rights to the submission worldwide. When submitting to one of our Sites that has a specific submission policy, be sure to read the policy for your rights regarding the submitted material.


All of our Sites are “as is” and without guarantees or warranties of any kind, expressed or implied. We do not claim the Site to be uninterrupted, error-free or free of any harmful components (i.e. viruses). We do not assume responsibility for the correction of your machine. We do not warrant use of any services or products that may be contained within our Sites. We do not take responsibility for any third party products or transactions that you may make through offers on our Sites. We do not take responsibility for any personal advice or information contained within our Sites. We encourage you to seek professional advice for financial, medical and legal matters. We will not be liable for any damages resulting from personal advice posted on our Sites.


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