Last modified: January 2, 2019
Please read this information carefully before you visit our Site, attend or participate in our Promotions, or otherwise interact with our products or services. We encourage you to read this privacy notice together with any other privacy notice we may provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or using personal information about you so that you are fully aware of how and why we are using your data. This privacy notice supplements the other notices and is not intended to override them.
Seattle Media News, Inc. may collect, use, store, and transfer personally identifiable information about you (“Personal Information”), which can be grouped into the following categories:
Examples of how we may aggregate information include, but are not limited to, collecting demographic information about our audience to make decisions about editorial topics or types of events, or we may aggregate technical information to track the performance of certain articles or advertisements.
We may collect your Personal Information directly or indirectly from you both online and offline. Examples of how you may provide this information are: volunteering your email address in order to sign up for newsletters; volunteering your information when you subscribe to our magazines or affiliated publications; purchasing products or services; purchasing tickets to events affiliated with Seattle Media News, Inc.; purchasing classified advertisements; sending a letter to an editor; entering a sweepstakes or contest; or completing a survey.
If you should make a purchase, including a subscription for a magazine, we will typically ask for your name, address, mailing address, phone number, credit card number and the expiration date. If the product or subscription is provided or shipped by a third party, we will securely pass on to the third party the information needed to fulfill your order.
Seattle Media News, Inc. may from time to time sponsor sweepstakes, contests or other events (“Promotions which require the collection, processing, and storage of individual contact information plus demographic information. These Promotions may also ask registrants to answer survey questions. Any personally identifiable information collected through Promotions will be treated as personal information. No purchase is ever necessary to enter Seattle Media News, Inc. Promotion.
Seattle Media News, Inc. will, from time to time, conduct anonymous surveys and polls of users to our Site to obtain aggregate demographic information about the users. Such information may be compiled and shared in the aggregate with advertisers and other third parties but no personal details will be traceable or associated with specific individuals unless otherwise disclosed in any survey or poll rules. Should Seattle Media News, Inc. request other personally identifiable information from you, you are not required to share any such information to gain access to the Site. Simply, you can refuse to provide any such information.
Additionally, you may be able to sign up for certain promotions, newsletters, or affiliated publications on behalf of or for delivery to third parties. You may order a service as a gift for a third party and send such gift directly to the third party through a submission of the third party’s name, address, email address and telephone number. This also constitutes personally identifiable information.
As is true with most websites and digital properties, when you interact with the Site, or when you interact with us by email, using your computer, mobile phone, tablet, or similar device (“Device”), we may automatically collect, or facilitate the collection of, Personal Information or other information about your interactions with us and our services and your Device equipment.
For example, we may collect Device information such as domain name, client host name, internet protocol or IP address, device operating system and browser, and information about your online activity (like content viewed and pages visited). This may be done using first and third party cookies, Flash cookies, HTML5 local storage, server logs, web beacons, clear gifs, and other similar technologies. Cookies are small files of letters and numbers stored on your browser or device that enable the cookie owner to recognize the device when it visits websites or uses online services. A website you visit may set cookies directly, known as first-party cookies, or may trigger cookies set by other domain names, known as third-party cookies.
We use these automated technologies and the information collected for different purposes. We may automatically use some cookies that are strictly necessary for the core functionality of our Site, providing the services you request, enabling communications, and providing a secure digital environment. For example, cookies may be used to authenticate your identity for payment processing. They also may help us know where you have indicated certain cookie preferences, including refusals, to ensure your preferences are honored.
Your permission for our collection and use of your Personal Information using automated tracking mechanisms may be managed in a variety of ways at the operating system level of your device or equipment, through third-party platform extensions, or you can learn how else you can exercise your option not to accept these cookies. It should be noted, however, that should you disable or not accept cookies, portions of the Site may not properly function, or it may limit or interfere with your Site experiences or ability to access Site features, functions, and customizations.
Your Personal Information may also be collected by us or by third parties with services or advertisements on our Site in order to customize your interactions and provide a more meaningful advertisement experience (for example, so you do not see the same advertisement repeatedly). This also may mean you will see advertising that is most likely to interest you. This is because advertisers display their messages to people who are most likely to be receptive, improving both the viewer’s experience and the effectiveness of the advertisements. Depending upon your settings, cookies may also allow third parties engaged in interest-based advertising on our site to recognize your browser software on other sites, as well. This may be because, in the course of serving certain advertisements, some advertisers may place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser in order to collect information about your visits to our websites and other websites. These third parties gather this information for the purpose of understanding how users are using our sites, and making improvements to our sites. Your consent for this collection and use may be managed in a variety of ways at the operating system level of your device or equipment, through third-party platform extensions, or you can exercise your option not to accept these cookies by emailing email@example.com. Your access to Seattle Media News, Inc. Sites should not be affected if you do not accept cookies served by these third party advertisers.
We may obtain both personal and non-personal information about you from affiliated entities, business partners, and other independent third-party sources, which we may combine with other information about you. As is the case with most organizations, Seattle Media News, Inc. uses subcontractors and vendors to assist with our technology, security, payment processing, order fulfillment, delivery, advertising/marketing, analytics, digital-development and –deployment, and other business services who, in the course of acting on our behalf, may provide us with your Personal Information. Another third-party source of your Personal Information may be through social media, which depends upon your privacy settings with that third-party platform. Additionally, we may receive your Personal Information if someone gifts you a subscription, if you have a subscription account through an organization (for example, your employer or school).
We may collect your Personal Information from you, third parties, online, offline or public resources to maintain, support, personalize, and improve our Site, deliver and provide the requested services, communicate with you about those services (including to request feedback) or participation in surveys, discuss your account or renew your subscription, and comply with and enforce contractual obligations. This includes, for example, to help manage transactions, set up or renew user accounts, reporting, invoices, subscription renewals, and other operations related to providing through our Site. This also includes helping us delivering relevant print and digital properties’ content and advertisements to you and measure or understand the effectiveness of the content and advertising we serve to you. And, it may also enable us to send you notifications about product and service changes, updates, fixes, patches, or other similar operational (non-marketing) communications.
We may use your Personal Information to supply, fulfill or otherwise communicate with you about your requested services, products, subscriptions, offerings, email newsletters, gift cards, events, or other information/inquiries; to provide you with information about relevant products and services; to inform our audience of the city/town in which the writer of a letter to the editor resides; to purchase a classified advertisement, and to select editorial topics.
We may use the information collected for administrative purposes, for technical maintenance purposes, the marketing and promotion of products and services that might be of interest to you, to communicate with you about customer service issues, to measure the number of visitors to the site, to make the site more useful to users and to use in seeking advertisers and partners. This may involve sharing such information with other Seattle Media News, Inc. offices or affiliates for said purposes.
Sign-Ups and Opt-Outs
When you sign up to receive our products, services, or communications, we may use your Personal Information necessary to provide you information about a new or improved product or service, major changes to Seattle Media News, Inc. properties, an upcoming event, or other marketing communications. We may share your Personal Information with third-party service providers to facilitate these communications on our behalf and at our direction.
We may also communicate with you about different products and services which may be provided by Seattle Media News, Inc. or by our advertisers, marketing and other partners, or other third parties. These marketing communications may come from Seattle Media News, Inc. or from the third parties.
Opting Out: You can manage which communications you would prefer to receive, or elect not to receive these direct marketing communications, by a) not initially selecting to receive such communications; b) following the unsubscribe options at the bottom of the email; or c) emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that, in such cases, it will remain necessary for us to process your Personal Information to the extent it is needed to maintain a suppression list, and we may also be required to disclose your opt-out information to third parties so they can suppress your name, from future solicitations. Also, if you are a subscriber to our print products, you will continue to receive information and communications pertaining to your subscription(s) even where you have opted out of marketing communications.
Seattle Media News, Inc. may co-sponsor Promotions with other companies, in which case any information collected is likely to be shared with other participating sponsors, who may use this information. A registrant’s personal contact and demographic information will not be released to any third party organization other than named sponsors without the registrant’s consent. We may use such information to send you a confirmation or notify you that you have won a contest.
To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.
We reserve the right to share both aggregate and personal information collected from you with third parties if we are authorized to do so, if the law requires it, to protect the rights of Seattle Media News, Inc. or as part of a sale or other disposition of our assets (including our membership and/or customer records). We may also use and disclose Personal Information to prevent or trace abuses of the Site.
We may also use and disclose Personal Information to comply with any court order or government investigation, subpoena or inquiry, or as otherwise required by law, or to protect the rights, property or personal safety of Seattle Media News, Inc. users of the Site, or the public.
We and third-party subcontractors acting on our behalf may use your Personal Information in connection with the operation of our business, as well as the products and services we provide you, including for the functionality and security of our Site and other Seattle Media News, Inc. properties, to satisfy legal obligations or enforce legal rights, to enhance and otherwise improve our Site, products, services, and content, to provide you with enhanced experiences, and to advance our mission.
Seattle Media News, Inc. occasionally hosts or sponsors events (“Events”). We use and, as necessary, may share with Event partners, your Personal Information to facilitate your purchase or reservation of tickets for such Events, ensure your admission, and act upon any dietary or special needs/access-related information that you provide. When you attend our Events, you also consent to appear in the photo, video, and audio recordings taken by Seattle Media News, Inc. and/or Event partners, which we may own and use in a variety of ways, including for editorial, marketing, and/or advertising purposes.
We may collect your Personal Information when you choose to engage with us in a consumer panel, survey or otherwise give us feedback. Also, we may use reader testimonials or exemplars in or on our Site, publications, or other Seattle Media News, Inc. marketing materials, which may require the inclusion of Personal Information.
With your consent, which may be provided when you enable certain features on your mobile or electronic device, we may collect your location data, and use such data to provide you with content, services, offers, advertising or other features through our Site, on your app or device that are relevant to your precise location. We may also use such information to improve our Site, content, and services. Please note some features and functions will be improved if location services are not disabled.
We and/or our third party marketing partners (“Marketing Partners”) may use your Personal Information as necessary to help us and our Marketing Partners research and develop new products, services, updates, generate business or the like on our behalf. For example, we may analyze statistical, demographic, and marketing information for product development purposes and to understand usage and traffic trends to grow our readership and to improve our relationship with you. Or we may collect and use your Personal Information to gauge the effectiveness of our communications and marketing campaigns. We may also obtain certain data about you from third party sources including our Marketing Partners or other vendors, consultants and Service Providers to help us provide and improve our content, products, services, websites and digital properties, as well as for marketing and advertising. We may combine that data with information we obtain from our products, services and digital properties, other users, or third parties to enhance your experience and improve our content, products and services.
We may use your Personal Information and share that information with third party advertisers or sponsors in order to support and grow our business and journalism as well as bring you relevant content, information, and advertisements. For example, your Personal Information may be used to inform advertisers about the nature of our subscriber base and the number of unique visitors that have viewed a particular ad or visited a particular webpage. We may also use your Personal Information to publish summary information regarding, for example, our publications’ readers or online visitors for promotional purposes and as a representative audience for advertisers, sponsors, and affiliates.
For example, we may use Personal Information to authenticate and permit online access to subscriber and/or user account information. We may also obtain information about you from other companies that have your permission to share information about you, as well as from other online and offline sources. We may combine that information with information that we collect directly and indirectly from you
We may use or share Personal Information in order to satisfy governmental reporting, tax, and other requirements (e.g., import/export), as required by law. This may include having to meet U.S. national security or law enforcement, regulatory, or self-regulatory requirements.
We may also obtain information about your from other companies that have your permission to share information about you, as well as from other online and offline sources. We may combine that information with information that we collect directly and indirectly from you.
For example, subpoena or similar legal process compliance, if we have a good faith belief the disclosure is legally necessary for the protection of rights, safety, or fraud investigations, to protect Seattle Media News, Inc. you, our readers and subscribers, or the public from harm or illegal activities.
To respond to an emergency which we believe in good faith requires us to assist in preventing the death or serious bodily injury of any person.
If we otherwise notify you and you consent to the sharing.
Privacy rights of California residents
If you are a California resident, you have the right, under California Civil Code Section 1798.83, to request and obtain from us, once a year and free of charge, a list of the third parties to whom we have disclosed Personal Information for their direct marketing purposes in the prior calendar year. Please email requests for such information to email@example.com.
While Seattle Media News, Inc. has taken reasonable steps to limit the uses of information provided by you, we cannot guarantee that the information will remain permanently secure. There is always a possibility that your information could be lost due to technical problems or stolen from our databases. Seattle Media News, Inc. is not responsible for any such loss or theft or any other unanticipated security breach.
Consistent with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”), our Site is not intended for use by anyone under the age of 13. Philadelphia does not knowingly collect personal information from children through our Site. Minors between the ages of 13 and 17 must obtain the permission of their parents or legal guardians before making purchases of any type.
If you are a parent with concerns about children’s privacy issues in conjunction with the use of this Site, or any other privacy issue, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have implemented measures designed to secure your Personal Information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration, and disclosure.
Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we do our best to protect your Personal Information, we cannot guarantee the security of your Personal Information transmitted to our Site. Any transmission of personal Information is at your own risk. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Site.
If you are a California resident, you have the right, under California Civil Code Section 1798.83, to request and obtain from us, once a year and free of charge, a list of the third parties to whom we have disclosed Personal Information for their direct marketing purposes in the prior calendar year. Please email requests for such information to email@example.com
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Updates to Personal Information: If you would like to update the Personal Information that we have about you, or if you no longer desire our products, services, or information, please contact us at the above contact information.
Unsubscribe Requests: If you would like to unsubscribe from our email lists, you can do so by using the unsubscribe link in a direct marketing email you have received.
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