INFORMATION WE COLLECT ABOUT YOU AND HOW WE USE IT.
We collect information as part of operating our Web Site and services. We respect the privacy of Web visitors, and we do not sell personally identifiable information about the users of our services, including the e-mail addresses, names, street addresses, phone numbers or interests information. We may share, however, information with providers, vendors, or business partners involved in the operating of our Web Site and/or services.
Home phone numbers. We may ask for your home phone number for identification purposes in conjunction with providing certain services, promotions, contests, etc. via the Web Site. Absent your express consent, however, we will use your phone number solely for this purpose and will not use it to telemarket.
E-mail addresses. If you provide your e-mail address to us as part of any interaction with the Web Site, you will periodically receive promotional e-mail messages about services offered by our Web Sites and associated companies, and third-party marketers on the Web. These promotions will be tailored to the interest categories you have indicated and are controlled by us. Your identity will not be revealed to an unaffiliated third-party marketer unless you respond directly to the marketer’s offer and provide your information.
E-mail opt-out process. You may “opt out” of receiving e-mail promotional offers by clicking “unsubscribe.”
Information you share when you participate in Web-Site activities such as contests and reader or viewer feedback. If you wish to engage in these activities, we will ask you to register and/or provide your personal information. Unless you opt in during registration to receive e-mailings from us or consent to share your personal information with others, we will not use your information for any other activity.
Information you share for user-generated content and public activities. We may offer you opportunities to engage in public activities. “Public activities” are any actions you take online that are designed to be visible to other users, including comments, recommendations, reviews, ratings or any other items that you submit. Any information you disclose in your public activities, along with your screen name or ID, or any image or photo, becomes public and may be used by us for online and offline promotional or commercial uses in any and all media. If you choose to engage in public activities, you should be aware that any personal information you submit there can be read, collected, or used by other users of these areas, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these forums, and we have no responsibility to publish, take down, remove or edit any of your public activities or any of your submissions that are a result of your public activities.
If you have registered for an account with the Web Site, we will track and aggregate your public activities. By choosing to participate in public activities, you are electing to share and display such public activities via the Web Site. Also, public activities may be included in RSS feeds, APIs and made available to other Web Sites via other formats. As a result, your public activities may appear on other Web Sites, blogs, or feeds. Keep in mind that we are not responsible for any personal information you choose to make public via your public activities, and you agree that such sharing will be deemed to have been done by you, not any of the above Web Sites.
E-mail to our staff members and departments. If you choose to interact with any of our staff members or departments, our staff members have broad discretion as to the handling of mail sent to their individual accounts. The Station reserves the right to track or record such correspondence when circumstances warrant. Electronic mail sent to departments within our company is handled at the department's discretion. We do not have a policy of sharing contents of e-mail with any other entities. However, we reserve the right to disclose such correspondence as necessary to protect the company’s legal interests.
Advertising submissions. Personal information provided with online advertising submissions is used only for verification and billing purposes.
Advertising network information. We may use ad network partners that display ads on the Web Site. To improve your ad experience on the Web Site and elsewhere on the Internet, we may send non-personally identifiable information to these partners based on your browser’s activities, such as type of pages viewed and categories of interests, so that advertising you see is relevant to you. These partners may use information regarding its own users to select which ads to display. Privacy policies for these advertising partners can be viewed at:
We may use third parties to collect non-personally identifiable information about you during your use of our Web Site. We collect data regarding online and offline attributes and digital usage patterns of users of mobile devices and computers. The information is combined together with other non-personally identifiable information that is obtained from third parties in order to influence which types of marketing messages and other content are displayed. This information helps us target relevant ads to our Web Site users. Privacy policies for these third parties can be viewed at:
Information on Web traffic. In addition to using third parties to collect this information, we also use standard Web server log files to collect and aggregate information indicating, among other things, which pages were visited, the order in which they were visited, the number of clicks, the amount of time spent on a particular page, the date and time that you used the Web Site, error logs, hyperlinks that were “clicked” and other similar information. Collecting such information involves the logging of IP addresses, geolocation information, operating system and browsing software that you used to access the Web Site. We may disclose some of this aggregated, non-personally identifiable information to advertisers to inform them of the number of people who have seen and/or clicked through their advertisements. Your usage on our site is not revealed to third parties.
Cookies. For the same purposes, we use “cookies” – small text files placed on your computer’s hard drive – to help us determine the type of content and sites to which you link, the length of time you spend at any particular area of the Web Site, and your usage of our services offered via the Web Site. Cookies also tell us which advertising you have seen on the Web Sites. At certain times, we may use outside advertising companies to display advertisements on the Web Site that may contain cookies (“banner ads”). These banner ads collect information stored by the advertising company, and we do not have access to this information.
Essentially, cookies are your identification cards for our computers, or servers, that placed them there. Cookies are read only by the server that placed them, and are unable to execute any code or virus. Cookies allow us to serve you better and more efficiently, and to personalize your experience at the Web Site. Nevertheless, you are able to control how and whether cookies will be accepted by your Web browser. For more information on how to do so, please refer to the documentation accompanying your browser.
LINKS TO AND CO-BRANDING WITH OTHER SITES.
As a courtesy to our users, the Web Site may contain links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.
SPECIAL NOTE ON CHILDREN’S PRIVACY.
We further encourage children to involve their parents in any interactive activity they participate in online. The Web Site is a general-audience Web Site, and it may occasionally contain content that is directed to children under 13. Any such content is made available to all users without registration. While no personal identifying information is collected from the unregistered users of any such area of the Web Site, aggregated general information is collected from unregistered users of these areas and is used only for aggregate analysis.
Otherwise, the Web Site require users to register and give us personally identifiable information – name, address, age, and e-mail address – in order to gain access to the site. In compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, we will not knowingly allow persons under the age of 13 to register as users. If our Web Site operators later learn that any registered user is under the age of 13, we will take appropriate steps to remove the user information from our databases and we will restrict the user from future access to the Web Site.
NO RIGHTS OF THIRD PARTIES