Effective Date: February 12, 2012.
Information We Collect.
In order to submit comments, interact with other users, post blogs, upload content, and otherwise participate in our news community, you will need to create an account. To set up an account, we collect several types of personally identifiable information (“Personal Information”). We may also collect certain types of indirect and/or aggregate information as a result of your use of, and interaction with, the Website (“Usage Information”).
When you create your account, we may ask you to provide Personal Information, which may include but is not limited to your:
- e-mail address
You may choose not to provide your Personal Information; however creating an account is a prerequisite for using certain functions of the Website.
We may also certain standard web measurement and tracking technologies such as “cookies,” web server logs, or other statistics programs to collect Usage Information and track and record how you use the Website. This data is anonymous and does not personally identify you. Usage Information helps us measure the success of the Website and its features or pages and to improve your online experience. Your browser may have an option that allows you to accept cookies, reject cookies, or receive notification when a cookie is sent, but you should note that the use of such browser settings may limit your use certain functions of the Website.
Use of Information Collected.
We use your information in order to provide the services you request and to analyze, manage and improve the Website so that we may continually strive to provide you with the best possible user experience. Information such as traffic patterns and the number of page visits help us to develop and improve the Website layout to better meet your needs. We also use information such as your name and e-mail address to contact you, respond to your inquiries, and send you relevant information. We may use your contact information to notify you of special offers and other services that we believe may be of interest to you or to notify you of important new changes to the Website. Finally, we use collected information to help us diagnose problems with our server or other technical issues relating to the performance of the Website. You should be aware that if you voluntarily disclose personally identifiable information (e.g., name, email address, personal photographs) on any publicly available portion of the Website, such information may be collected and used by others and may result in unsolicited messages from other parties. We have no control over this type use of your Personal Information and, as such, cannot be responsible.
Disclosure of Your Information.
The Website is not directed to, and we do not knowingly collect Personal Information from, children under the age of 13.
We take commercially reasonable precautions and have implemented commercially reasonable technical measures intended to protect against the risks of unauthorized access to, erroneous disclosure of, and unlawful interception of Personal Information submitted via the Website. However, email transmissions and/or other communications containing Personal Information may be unlawfully intercepted or accessed by third parties, and/or the Website may be subject to hostile network attacks or administrative errors. We cannot and do not guarantee the security of any information transmitted over the Internet. Once we receive your Personal Information, we take steps that we believe are commercially reasonable to limit access to your Personal Information to only those employees and service providers whom we determine need access to the Personal Information to provide the requested products, services, offers or opportunities that may be of interest to you. However, even after we receive your Personal Information, we cannot guarantee that your Personal Information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed as a result of a breach of our commercially reasonable efforts or as a result of any other event beyond our reasonable control. Accordingly, we cannot and do not guarantee that your Personal Information is completely secure and safe from such risks.