Voice of San Diego has a firm commitment to privacy. We take your privacy concerns seriously and want to make every effort to address them as we strive to offer our site visitors a high quality, interactive and personalized experience. That is why we have adopted the following policy, which explains our position on information gathering and how we intend to use and share any information we collect.
What information we collect and how it is used. When you sign up to receive our email newsletter, we will send you a validation e-mail message. We may collect other personal information when you provide feedback, comments, engage in chat, message boards, interactive forums or participate in surveys, or if you contact us offline.
If you wish to forward an article to a friend, we will ask that you provide your friend’s name and e-mail address. While we may collect statistics on which articles are forwarded, we do not sell, rent, or market your friend’s personal information, and retain the information only as long as necessary to provide this service.
Passive data collection and use
Like most Web sites, Voice of San Diego also collects and logs information automatically and through the use of electronic tools that may be transparent to you, such as your IP address, the name and location of your Internet Service Provider, the type and version of your browser, the length of time that you stay on Voice of San Diego, search queries, your click-stream data, the location that referred you to Voice of San Diego and the average number of pages viewed. If you visit another Web site prior to browsing Voice of San Diego, that Web site might place personally identifiable information within a URL, which may be logged by us. Your IP address is the identifier assigned to your particular computer when you access the Internet. Depending on how you connect to the Internet, your IP address may always be the same, or it may change each time you access the Internet. Note that logging your IP address does not in and of itself provide us with your name, e-mail address or home or work address. We use this log information for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes and may also use it to gather general demographic information about you such as your general location and your Internet Service Provider. In order to better provide our services to you and to develop member profiles that enable us to focus our site, services and advertisements on your interests, we may correlate this log information with other information about you, such as your registration information or newspaper subscription records.
Most standard Web browsers contain a feature called “cookies,” which allow a Web site to place information about a user’s visit to that Web site in a small data text file that is stored on the user’s computer. Our use of cookie technology will likely be transparent to you and is used to recognize you and hold information from one visit to the next in an effort to increase your ease of use of Voice of San Diego and to allow us to better understand how people use our site through click-stream analysis. For example, cookies are used to store your member name and password, sparing you from having to re-enter that information each time you visit. Another example is that we may use cookie technology to control the number of times you see a particular advertisement while visiting Voice of San Diego You can turn the cookies feature off by using your browser preference options, but doing so will severely limit your access to Voice of San Diego and may prevent you from registration.
Use of personally identifiable information
Personally Identifiable Information may be accessed by the user who entered it, by Voice of San Diego personnel, and by certain third parties, such as those who provide technical support or content services to Voice of San Diego. We ask these third parties to keep any personal information supplied by us confidential. We also endeavor to keep your Personally Identifiable Information inaccessible to other users or advertisers of Voice of San Diego. Note that your first name may be displayed on Voice of San Diego when you visit Voice of San Diego as a logged in member.
We also reserve the right to disclose Personally Identifiable Information when deemed necessary or appropriate to comply with the law, respond to claims, protect our computer systems and customers, ensure the integrity and operation of our business and systems, or protect the rights, property or safety of Voice of San Diego, its affiliates, or others.
Use of aggregated information
In order to describe our services to prospective partners, advertisers and others, we may use your Personally Identifiable Information to create a compiled, aggregate view of the Voice of San Diego audience and their usage patterns. We use Aggregated Information to operate our services and to better understand our audience as we develop new content and services. Aggregated Information may also be shared with third parties we contract with to provide content and services on Voice of San Diego as well as advertisers so that they can better understand our audience. For example, we might disclose that a certain percentage of our users are female or within a certain age range or live within a cluster of zip codes.
Voice of San Diego is particularly concerned with providing a safe online environment for children. Children under the age 13 will not be allowed to register and become a member of Voice of San Diego in order to access general Voice of San Diego content, features and services.
Voice of San Diego strongly recommends parental supervision when a child uses the Internet, particularly when a child enters a forum or uses e-mail. We also encourage parents to instruct their children not to give out personal information in these areas.
Member mail and e-mail offers
Voice of San Diego does not rent, sell, barter or give away its user or member lists or its users’ or members’ names, e-mail addresses or mailing addresses for use by advertisers and other third parties for the purpose of solicitations, unless the user has previously given his or her consent at the time of general registration or registration for a specific contest or service. If a user granted permission to receive solicitations (referred to as E-mail Offers) at the time of registration but subsequently wishes to opt out from receiving such solicitations, the user may send an email to email@example.com and change one or more of the category-specific permission related to receiving e-mail from Voice of San Diego advertisers.
All registered users will receive periodic Member Mail via e-mail related to their membership account or various features and services on Voice of San Diego that their membership entitles them to access. Because Member Mail is an important part of our service to you, users cannot opt-out of receiving Member Mail.
When a user specifically authorizes e-mail solicitations we make available the user names and other Personally Identifiable Information in accordance with the applicable license.
Our HTML-encoded e-mail messages may include graphic files, which we use to gather information about e-mails sent our members. When such a message is opened in an HTML-capable e-mail program, the recipient’s computer accesses our server to retrieve the graphic file, and allows us to record and store the date and time, the recipient’s e-mail address, and other standard logging information. These HTML-encoded e-mail messages may also read cookies.
Affiliated sites, linked sites and advertisements
Voice of San Diego expects its partners, providers of content and services and advertisers to respect the privacy of our users. Be aware, however, that third parties, including our partners, providers of content and services, advertisers and others accessible through our site may have their own privacy and data collection policies and practices. For example, during your visit to Voice of San Diego you may link to, or view as part of a frame on a Voice of San Diego page, certain content that is actually created or hosted by a third party. Also through Voice of San Diego you may be introduced to, or be able to access information, services, Web sites, features, contest or sweepstakes offered by other parties. The Sacramento Bee and Voice of San Diego are not responsible for the actions or policies of such third parties. You should check the applicable privacy policies of those third parties when providing information on a feature or page operated by a third party.
Changing your personal information
In general, a registered member may update or delete the information he or she previously provided to us by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember the risks when you use the Internet
You should know that when you voluntarily disclose personal information on the Voice of San Diego Web site (for example, in the discussion forums), that information can be collected and used by others and may result in unsolicited messages from other people. While we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot be responsible for information that you choose to publicly disclose. Further, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of any passwords or other account information. Although we make good faith efforts to store the information we collect in a secure operating environment that is not available to the public and to work with responsible third parties, we cannot guarantee complete security for your information.
In addition, our advertisers, content providers, partners and other Internet sites or services that may be accessible through Voice of San Diego have separate data and privacy practices that are independent of us, and we disclaim any responsibility or liability for their policies or actions. Please contact those sites directly if you have questions about their privacy policies.
Platform for privacy preferences
Voice of San Diego endorses and abides by the privacy principles approved by the Interactive Services Association and the Direct Marketing Association. If you have any questions or comments about our policies, we may be reached at Voice of San Diego, 111 Elm Street, Suite 209, San Diego, CA 92101. email@example.com (619) 325-0525.
Effective Jan. 24, 2005
Welcome to Voice of San Diego, a news, information and communication service available on the Internet’s World Wide Web.
At this time, there is no cost for using any part of Voice of San Diego. From time to time there may be premium content available via subscription or surcharge, and those areas will be clearly marked.
Copyrights and trademarks
Material published on Voice of San Diego, including articles, photos, graphics, bulletin board postings, audio and video clips, and other content, is copyrighted by Voice of San Diego, or by other information providers who have licensed their content for use on Voice of San Diego. Additionally, the entire content of Voice of San Diego is also copyrighted as a collective work under the United States copyright laws; the owner of the collective work is Voice of San Diego. Voice of San Diego and its logos are service marks or trademarks of Voice of San Diego, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation. You cannot reproduce, republish or redistribute material from Voice of San Diego, the Associated Press, or any other news services and syndicates in any way without the written consent of the copyright owner.
You may, however, electronically store a reasonable portion of Voice of San Diego content for your personal, non-commercial use by making a single electronic copy on your computer’s hard drive, a single copy on a disk or other media or a single copy in printed form. You agree, however, that you will not store or archive a significant portion of the content or create a database using the content.
These rules also apply:
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3. You will cooperate promptly and completely with any reasonable request by Voice of San Diego related to an investigation of infringement of copyright or other proprietary right.
To obtain permission to reuse or republish any material copyrighted by Voice of San Diego, please contact Denise.Scatena@voiceofsandiego.org. For permission to reuse or republish Voice of San Diego copyrighted material in printed formats, contact Denise.Scatena@voiceofsandiego.org, (619) 325-0525. Voice of San Diego cannot grant permission to reuse or republish material from other information providers, such as the Associated Press. Please contact them directly.
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If you believe that Voice of San Diego or any user of Voice of San Diego has infringed your copyright in any material way, please notify our Copyright Agent and provide the following information:
1. An identification of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed.
2. An identification of the material on Voice of San Diego that you claim is infringing or is subject to infringing activity, with enough detail so that we can locate the material on our site.
3. Your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address.
4. A statement by you that you have a good-faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law.
5. A statement by you declaring that the above information in your Notice is accurate, made under penalty of perjury, and that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest involved.
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c. Members shall not use any portion of Voice of San Diego for uploading, posting, e-mailing, transmitting or otherwise making available Member Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party. Only the owner or a representative designated by the owner may upload copyrighted material to Voice of San Diego.
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To register a complaint about another user’s conduct, please send an e-mail message to Amy.Schodron@voiceofsandiego.org or write to her at Voice of San Diego, 111 Elm Street, Suite 209, San Diego, CA 92101.
Children’s use of Voice of San Diego
Other services and information providers accessible through Voice of San Diego have their own policies about children’s privacy, and you should contact them directly for their policies.
Voice of San Diego strongly recommends that parents supervise the use of the Internet by their children. A number of commercial products are available to help limit access to material on the Internet that you may consider harmful or inappropriate for your child.
While Voice of San Diego strives for accuracy, it does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information or database on our service. Nor does Voice of San Diego guarantee or warrant that any files available for downloading will be free of defects. Neither The Sacramento Bee nor any of its information providers shall be liable in any way to you or the other parties for delays, inaccuracies, errors or omissions in the material published in Voice of San Diego.
While we take reasonable steps to ensure that no viruses, worms, Trojan horses or other destructive properties are present, the entire risk as to the quality and performance of Voice of San Diego and the accuracy and completeness of any information is with the user of our service.
Likewise, Voice of San Diego does not warrant that our service will be uninterrupted or error-free. Voice of San Diego makes no warranties, express or implied, including, without limitation, those of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose any information published on the Voice of San Diego Web site or any products or services sold through the Voice of San Diego Web site.
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