Last Revised: Sept. 25, 2007
As used herein, the term "personal information" means information that specifically identifies an individual (such as a user's name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, credit card or other account number) or that is associated with an identifiable person (such as demographic information or information about a person's activities when such information is linked to personally identifying information). Personal information does not include "aggregate" information, which is data we collect about the use of the Sites or categories of Site users, from which any personal information has been removed. For example, information that forty-seven percent of the Site's registered users identify themselves as male, but without identifying any specific individuals as male, is aggregate information. We collect aggregate data for a number of purposes, including to help us understand trends and user needs so that we can better consider new publications, products and services, and tailor existing publications, products and services to user desires. This policy in no way limits or restricts our collection of aggregate information.
Personal information may be collected in a number of ways when you visit our Sites or use the various services and activities available on our Sites. At several places on our Sites, we collect certain information you voluntarily provide to us which may contain personal information. For example, if you subscribe to or renew a publication, submit a classified ad or letter to the editor, sign up for an online service, apply for a job, fill out a form or register for an event, or submit a comment or complaint, we may collect your name, address, phone and email and other personal information. You may also provide us with credit card information in connection with payment for subscriptions, ads, events and other purchases through the Sites, which is only used to process the transaction. In addition, from time to time we may collect demographic information about you and information about or contained in postings you make in forums or any other interactive areas of the Sites, your answers to surveys or polls, your participation in sweepstakes, contests, games and promotional offers; and in any email request you send us for any reason.
When you visit our Sites, some information is also automatically collected through the use of log files, such as your computer's Internet Protocol (IP) address, your computer's operating system, the browser type, the address of a referring web site and your activity on the Sites. We use this information for purposes such as analyzing trends, administering the Sites, improving customer service, tracking user movement, and gathering broad demographic information for aggregate use. We may also automatically collect certain information through the use of "cookies." Cookies are small data files that are stored on a user's hard drive at the request of a Web site to enable the site to recognize users who have previously visited them and retain certain information such as customer preferences and history. If we combine cookies with or link them to any of the personally identifying information, we would treat this information as personal information. Note that if your browser is set not to accept cookies, you may be unable to access certain Site features or services. If you wish to block, erase, or be warned of cookies, please refer to your browser instructions or help screen to learn about these functions. If a user rejects a cookie, they may still use our Sites, however they may be limited in some of its areas.
We may use third parties to serve ads on the Sites or to collect, track and analyze non-personally identifiable usage and volume statistical information from users, such as the user's browser type, operating system, browsing behavior and demographic information. None of this information will include personal information about you. These third parties may place cookies, web beacons or other devices on your computer to collect nonpersonal information, and information provided by these devices may be used, among other things, to deliver advertising targeted to your interests and to better understand the usage and visitation of our Sites and the other sites tracked by these third parties.
We are not responsible for and do not control any actions or policies of any third party advertising technology service providers or of any third party members of any related advertising networks. You are always free to decline cookies, but by doing so you may not be able to use certain features on the Sites or take full advantage of all the website offerings and targeted advertising. Alternatively, you may click here to opt out of targeted advertising from members of the Network Advertising Initiative ("NAI"). You should note that opting out of targeted advertising does not mean you will no longer see online advertising on the Sites. It does mean that the network from which you opted out will no longer deliver ads tailored to your Web preferences and usage patterns. Be advised that if you change computers or browsers, or use multiple computers or browsers, you will need to repeat this process for each computer and each browser. We reserve the right to add or change the advertising technology vendors we use at any time without notice.
In general, we use personal information we collect to process your requests or transactions, to provide you with information, publications, products and services you request, to inform you about other publications, information, products or services we think will be of interest, to assist us with the operation of the Sites and of our business, and for the purpose for which the information was provided. For example, we may use the information we collect:
to send you a welcoming email and to contact you about your use of the Site, such as for administrative purposes or to provide you with customer service
to contact you in connection with any items or materials you may have submitted to us, such as letters to the editor, articles, photographs or advertisements;
to provide you with the publications, products, services or information you requested and to complete any transactions in connection therewith;
to respond to your comments, requests or complaints;
to request feedback and to enable us to develop, customize and improve the Site and our publications, products and services;
to contact you about our publications, programs, services, products, activities or special events or offers and for other internal marketing, informational and promotional purposes; and
to notify contest winners.
We may also receive information from third parties with whom we have business relationships, and may combine this information with the other personal information we have about you. In such cases, this Policy governs our use and disclosure of such information.
We do not sell, share, or rent any personal information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this Policy without first obtaining your consent. We may provide aggregate information to third parties without your authorization.
We may share personal information with third party vendors, consultants and other service providers who are engaged by or working with us in connection with the operation of the Sites and our business and who need access to such information to carry out their work for us. For example, we may use credit card processing companies to process payments and outside companies to deliver publications and other products and services offered by us. We are not responsible for any information you provide directly to these parties directly, and we encourage you to become familiar with their practices before disclosing information directly to such third parties with which you come into contact. In addition, we may partner with other sites or organizations to provide specific information, site features, programs or services and will share information with them as needed in order to facilitate their provision of such items or services. In some cases, we may contract with third party vendors to operate certain features or functions we provide on our site, such as classified ad placement, and such third parties may directly collect personal information from you in connection therewith, such as name, contact info and payment information, and they may share that information with us. Personal information that you provided for the purpose of being shared, such as personal information included in ads, letters to the editor, postings in forums or any other interactive areas of the Sites or other information that is intended to be made public, will also be shared with third parties.
We use reasonable security measures to protect your personal information from unauthorized access and improper use. For example, when we collect credit card information, we use a secure server with Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption software that makes unauthorized access more difficult. Please be aware, however, that despite our efforts, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. Additionally, your account information is accessible online only through the use of a password. To protect the confidentiality of your personal information, you must keep your password confidential and not disclose it to any other person. You are responsible for all uses of the Site by any person using your password. Please advise us immediately by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you believe your password has been misused.
You may "opt out" of receiving marketing or promotional communications from us, by emailing us at email@example.com.
If you have any questions or comments about this Policy or the practices relating to this Site, or you wish to verify, correct or delete any personal information we have collected, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will endeavor to respond to your inquiry or to correct, update or remove the personal information you have provided us as you indicate to the extent such information is not necessary to complete any services or transactions with us.