Times-herald.com is committed to providing visitors with a powerful, useful and appropriate on-line experience, while at the same time protecting users from unexpected use of personally identifiable information. Like other web publishers, we collect information from users in order to deliver more effective content and advertising, but only within the limits specified in this policy.

Collection of Personal Information

On visits to our website, times-herald.com may collect personally identifiable information that you provide, such as your E-mail address, name, home or work address or telephone number or collect non-personally identifiable demographic information, such as your zip code, age, interests or gender. Times-herald.com may also collect a combination of this information.

For example, we may collect information from: registration for subscription services related to either the printed or electronic editions of the newspaper or from other interactive areas of our website, such as placing a classified ad. In connection with our current and planned electronic sales services, you will be asked to provide information, including credit card information, that is necessary to complete a transaction that you have initiated and requested. There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by times-herald.com. This information includes, but is not limited to, the following: IP address, browser type, operating system, screen resolution, ISP, access times and referring website addresses.

Please keep in mind that if you disclose personally identifiable information in a public online forum, such as a story discussion thread, this information may be collected and used by others accessing those sites. Times-herald.com does not monitor or collect information you disclose inside on-line public forums.

Times-herald.com encourages you to review the privacy statements and policies of other websites you choose to link to from times- herald.com, so that you can understand how those websites collect, use and store your information. Times-herald.com is not responsible for the privacy statements, policies or content of other websites, including websites you link to from our co-branded sites. Websites containing co-branding (referencing our name and a third party’s name) contain content delivered by the third party and not times-herald.com.

Use of Your Personal Information

We believe in protecting your private information. We will not share your information with companies outside our organization except as described in the Privacy Policy. We may disclose aggregated user statistics in order to describe our services to potential advertisers, partners, other third parties, our affiliate companies, and for other lawful purposes. You may receive communications from times-herald.com related to products and services that might interest you. While we believe these services may enhance your time spent at times-herald.com, you will at all times be able to opt out from receiving these communications by specifically opting out from a link which will be provided within the email.

The information we gather from you may be used in several ways, now or in the future, as follows:

  • To gain a better understanding of our users and their usage pattern as a whole.
  • Site administration and troubleshooting.
  • Process e-commerce transactions and other matters you initiate.
  • Identify preferences in content and advertising.
  • Target editorial, advertising or other content (such as promotions, special offers or other content) we think might be of interest to you.
  • To communicate changes and improvements to our website or any registration you have made.

Times-herald.com does not give away, sell, rent or lease its users’ personally identifiable information to any merchant, advertiser or web publisher. Non-personally identifiable user information (such as usage pattern, browser type and your computer) may be shared with third party businesses or advertisers with which we have a business or contractual relationship. We reserve the right to disclose personal information when needed to comply with the law or a legal process, cooperate with investigations of purported unlawful activities, or to identify persons violating the law.

Control Your Personally Identifiable Information

If you prefer that we not use your personally identifiable information to allow third parties to call your attention to products, special offers and unique content that may be of interest to you, you will be offered the ability to decline at that time.

Cookies: What are they and why are they needed?

A cookie is a data text file sent from a web site to your browser. It will be stored within your system. The cookie identifies the user and allows access to articles, thus alleviating the need to continually log in with your username and password.

Times-herald.com only can access information from a cookie sent by times-herald.com, not other web sites. Cookies do not reveal information that you have not supplied. The only way times-herald.com learns information about you is if you specifically and voluntarily submit that information to us, for example, through registration.

Times-herald.com uses cookies to personalize your visit to the site. By tracking usage, we can best determine the needs of our customers and advertisers. Also, times-herald.com uses third-party ad-networks to display advertisements in our web site. These third party ad networks will use cookies in accordance with their own privacy policies. These third party ad networks may compile information about you and your online computer use. If you want to prevent one of the third party ad networks from sending and reading cookies on your computer, you will need to visit each ad networks’ web site and request that you be removed from their system.

Opting Out

We respect your right to choose whether to share information with us or any third party. You may choose to “opt out” of sharing personal information. During registration, you can uncheck the box relating to this statement: "Please notify me of exclusive specials and discounts. Times-herald.com will offer you our exclusive specials and discounts from our trusted partners.” E-mails will also contain a link in which you can easily unsubscribe to future distribution. You may opt out altogether from providing personal information to us by not registering on times-herald.com and thereby not providing personal information. Certain portions of the site, however, do require registration in order to gain access. If you choose not to register, these areas will not be accessible to you.

Children

Times-herald.com does not knowingly collect or solicit personally identifiable information from or about children under the age of thirteen, except as may be permitted by law. If we discover or are otherwise notified that we have received any such information from a child in violation of this policy, we will delete that information.

Please review the privacy policy of other sites you or your children elect to link to through times-herald.com for the children’s privacy policy of those sites. Times-herald.com is not responsible for the privacy policy or other content of any other website, including sites that are co-branded.

IP Addresses

Times-herald.com logs IP addresses, or the location of your computer on the Internet, for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes and to determine site usage. Your IP address does not contain personal information about you.

Policy Changes

The foregoing policy is effective April 1, 2008. Times-herald.com reserves the right to change this policy at any time. Please check this page periodically for changes. Your continued use of the website following the posting of changes to this policy will mean that you accept those changes. By agreeing to submit personally identifiable information, you waive any claims related thereto that may arise from uses disclosed above or any reasonable extensions.


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