CIVITAS MEDIA, LLC
Last Updated: 03/15/2016
Information We Collect
User-Provided Information: In order to access certain interactive features of our website we may collect personal information, such as your name, email address, street address, age and gender identification or photographs, when, for example, you register for or subscribe to certain forums, products or services or contact customer service.
Cookies Information: When you visit the Site, we may send one or more cookies – a small text file containing a string of alphanumeric characters – to your computer that uniquely identifies your browser and lets us help you log in faster and enhance your navigation through the Site. A cookie does not collect personal information about you. We use both session cookies and persistent cookies. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive after you close your browser. Persistent cookies may be used by your browser on subsequent visits to the Site. Persistent cookies can be removed by following your web browser’s directions. A session cookie is temporary and disappears after you close your browser. You can reset your web browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, some features of the Site or services may not function properly if the ability to accept cookies is disabled.
Log File Information: Log file information is automatically reported by your browser each time you access a web page. When you register with or view our Site, our servers automatically record certain information that your web browser sends whenever you visit any website. These server logs may include information such as your web request, Internet Protocol (“IP”) addresses or other device identifiers, browser information, Internet Service Provider (“ISP”), operating system, location, date/time stamp, clickstream data, referring/exit pages and URLs, domain names, landing pages, pages viewed, and other such information.
How We Use Your Information
Certain features of our Site require that you provide personal information in order to access circulation tools, e-mail blasts, e-ditions, and provide user comments. Therefore, we may use personal information to provide you access to such content or features. For example, if you choose to post a comment on the Site, subscribe to an e-mail blast, or register for a contest, we may use your personal information to create a user profile. These are just a few examples and do not represent all of the ways in which Civitas may use your personal information.
Any personal information or content you voluntarily disclose for posting to the Site (for instance, any user content you post) becomes available to the public via the Site and our business partners. User content includes, but is not limited to, reviews, testimonials, comments, photos, videos, biographical information, blog posts, social media posts, etc. If you remove user content, copies may remain viewable in cached and archived pages or if other users have copied or stored your user content.
By providing Civitas your email address, you consent to our using the email address provided to send you Site and service-related notices, including any notices required by law, in lieu of communication by postal mail. We may also use your email address to send you other messages including, but not limited to account status, legal updates, changes to features of the Site or services, special offers or promotions, or other account information.
Third-Party Disclosure & Analytics
Civitas utilizes certain third-parties for purposes of data collection, and these third parties may have access to user information provided to Civitas. By continuing to utilize interactive services on our Site you consent to your information possibly becoming available to such third parties. These third parties may include Google Analytics and Quantcast, which may provide incidental information to social media cites, such as but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Google+.
Civitas may use certain information about you and/or your user content without identifying you as an individual to third parties. We do this for purposes such as analyzing how the Site is used, diagnosing service or technical problems, maintaining security, and personalizing advertisements and promotions.
Civitas reserves the right, but has no obligation, to monitor the user content you post on the Site. Civitas has the right to remove any such information or material for any reason or no reason including, without limitation, if in its sole opinion, such information or material violates, or may violate, any applicable law or our Terms of Service, or to protect or defend Civitas’s rights or property or those of any third party. Civitas also reserves the right to remove information upon the request of any third party.
How We Share Your Information
Personally Identifiable Information: Civitas will not rent or sell your personal information to others. We disclose potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to those of our employees, contractors (including website operators), affiliated organizations, service providers and other third parties that provide support services to us or help us market our products and services, administer our programs and operations, fulfill your requests, administer surveys, or process any other information on our behalf to provide services available at our Site.
Non-Personally Identifiable Information: We may share non-personally identifiable information (such as anonymous usage data, referring/exit pages and URLs, platform types, number of clicks, etc.) with interested third parties to help them understand the usage patterns for certain services.
How We Protect Your Information
Civitas utilizes commercially reasonable physical, managerial, and technical safeguards in line with industry standards to preserve the integrity and security of your personal information. We cannot, however, ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to Civitas or the Site and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission of information, Civitas makes commercially reasonable efforts to ensure the security of our systems. However, please note that this is not a guarantee that such information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards. While we strive to protect your personal information and privacy, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you disclose online.
User Choices About Your Information
When using our Site you have the choice to update certain aspects of your personal information that you provide. For example, you may be able to update personal information such as your e-mail address when you post comments to our Site. However, if you have posted or submitted a news story to our Site under a former e-mail address prior to any updates, the previous e-mail address may remain.
Do Not Track Disclosure: Some browsers or other tools include “Do Not Track” (DNT) features which, when turned on, send a signal to websites you visit indicating that you do not wish to be tracked across websites over time. The Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) has been working with industry groups and regulators to develop a DNT browser technology standard to provide a common understanding as to how to interpret the DNT signals, but to date no standard has been adopted. Since there is no standard at this time, Civitas does not currently respond to DNT signals. Civitas will follow the progress of the W3C in developing the standard.
Children’s Privacy (COPPA)
Civitas does not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 13. If you are under 13, please do not send any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, or email address. No one under age 13 should provide any personal information to or on this Site. In the event we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information promptly. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us. We encourage parents and guardians of children under 18 to regularly check and monitor their children’s use of email and other activities online.
Links to Other Websites
California Online Privacy Protection Act of 2003 (CalOPPA)
See more at https://oag.ca.gov/privacy/privacy-laws
In accordance with CalOPPA, we agree to the following:
Civitas Media, LLC
130 Harbour Place Drive Suite 300
Davidson, NC 28036
We ask that you not disclose any sensitive personal information (e.g., social security numbers, information related to racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religion or other beliefs, health, criminal background or trade union membership) when contacting us.