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What information we collect and how it is used
When you sign up to receive our e-mail news alerts, 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, voiceofsandiego.org 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 voiceofsandiego.org, search queries, your click-stream data, the location that referred you to voiceofsandiego.org and the average number of pages viewed. If you visit another Web site prior to browsing voiceofsandiego.org, 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 voiceofsandiego.org 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 voiceofsandiego.org. You can turn the cookies feature off by using your browser preference options, but doing so will severely limit your access to voiceofsandiego.org and may prevent you from registration.
Use of personally identifiable information
Personally Identifiable Information may be accessed by the user who entered it, by voiceofsandiego.org personnel, and by certain third parties, such as those who provide technical support or content services to voiceofsandiego.org. 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 voiceofsandiego.org. Note that your first name may be displayed on voiceofsandiego.org when you visit voiceofsandiego.org 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 voiceofsandiego.org, 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 voiceofsandiego.org 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 voiceofsandiego.org 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.
voiceofsandiego.org 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 voiceofsandiego.org in order to access general voiceofsandiego.org content, features and services. voiceofsandiego.org 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
voiceofsandiego.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and change one or more of the category-specific permission related to receiving e-mail from voiceofsandiego.org advertisers.
All registered users will receive periodic Member Mail via e-mail related to their membership account or various features and services on voiceofsandiego.org 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
voiceofsandiego.org 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 voiceofsandiego.org you may link to, or view as part of a frame on a voiceofsandiego.org page, certain content that is actually created or hosted by a third party. Also through voiceofsandiego.org you may be introduced to, or be able to access information, services, Web sites, features, contest or sweepstakes offered by other parties. voiceofsandiego.org is 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 email@example.com.
Remember the risks when you use the Internet
You should know that when you voluntarily disclose personal information on the voiceofsandiego.org 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 voiceofsandiego.org 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
Effective Jan. 24, 2005
Welcome to voiceofsandiego.org, 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 voiceofsandiego.org. 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 voiceofsandiego.org, including articles, photos, graphics, bulletin board postings, audio and video clips, and other content, is copyrighted by voiceofsandiego.org, or by other information providers who have licensed their content for use on voiceofsandiego.org. Additionally, the entire content of voiceofsandiego.org is also copyrighted as a collective work under the United States copyright laws; the owner of the collective work is voiceofsandiego.org. voiceofsandiego.org and its logos are service marks or trademarks of voiceofsandiego.org, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation. You cannot reproduce, republish or redistribute material from voiceofsandiego.org 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 voiceofsandiego.org 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:
1. You will not in any way violate the intellectual property laws protecting the content accessible through voiceofsandiego.org. This means you agree not to copy, modify, publish, transmit, create derivative works from, transfer, sell or display the content, including logos, trademarks or service marks, or otherwise violate the proprietary rights of voiceofsandiego.org or others.
2. You will not reuse, republish or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it, whether over the Internet or otherwise, and whether or not for payment, without the express written permission of voiceofsandiego.org or a third-party copyright holder.
3. You will cooperate promptly and completely with any reasonable request by voiceofsandiego.org related to an investigation of infringement of copyright or other proprietary right.
To obtain permission to reuse or republish any material copyrighted by voiceofsandiego.org, please contact Chris Maxwell. For permission to reuse or republish voiceofsandiego.org copyrighted material in printed formats, contact Chris Maxwell by email or phone, (619) 325-0525. voiceofsandiego.org cannot grant permission to reuse or republish material from other information providers. Please contact them directly.
Member Content is any information you provide to us or other users in the registration process, in any public message area (including the forums area) or through any email feature. You are solely responsible for Member Content, and we act as a passive conduit for your online distribution and publication of Member Content. Member Content must conform to the guidelines set forth under Online Conduct below. voiceofsandiego.org reserves the right to remove any material that it believes may violate these Terms or Use, or any copyright or third-party rights.
1. An identification of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed.
2. An identification of the material on voiceofsandiego.org 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.
6. Your physical or electronic signature.
By submitting any Member Content to voiceofsandiego.org, you automatically grant voiceofsandiego.org a nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, sublicensable (through multiple tiers), license to use, modify, copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, publish, adapt, create derivative works of, distribute, transfer or sell any such content, for any purpose, including commercial purposes, without any payment to you, in any type of media or in any form now known or later developed. In addition, you automatically waive and give up any claim that any use of such content violates any of your rights, including privacy rights, publicity rights, moral rights or any other right, including the right to approve the way voiceofsandiego.org uses such content.
a. Members shall not provide any information that is false, misleading or inaccurate.
b. Members shall not use any portion of voiceofsandiego.org for any unlawful purpose and will comply with all applicable domestic and international laws, statutes, ordinances and regulations.
c. Members shall not use any portion of voiceofsandiego.org 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 voiceofsandiego.org.
d. Members shall not use any portion of voiceofsandiego.org for uploading, posting, emailing, transmitting or otherwise making available Member Content that is harmful to minors in any way, harassing, harmful, threatening, abusive, vulgar, obscene, defamatory, libelous, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable.
e. Members shall not use any portion of voiceofsandiego.org for uploading, posting, emailing, transmitting or otherwise making available junk mail, commercial advertisements, or any other form of commercial solicitation.
f. Members shall not attempt to interfere with any other person’s use of voiceofsandiego.org.
g. Members shall not misrepresent their identity nor impersonate any person.
h. Members shall not hold themselves out as sponsored by, endorsed by, or affiliated with voiceofsandiego.org.
i. Members shall not attempt to modify, translate, adapt, edit, decompile, disassemble, or reverse engineer any software programs used by voiceofsandiego.org in connection with voiceofsandiego.org Web site.
To register a complaint about another user’s conduct, please send an e-mail message to Christine.Maxwell@voiceofsandiego.org or write to her at voiceofsandiego.org, 111 Elm Street, Suite 209, San Diego, CA 92101.
Children’s use of voiceofsandiego.org
Other services and information providers accessible through voiceofsandiego.org have their own policies about children’s privacy, and you should contact them directly for their policies. voiceofsandiego.org 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 voiceofsandiego.org strives for accuracy, it does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information or database on our service. Nor does voiceofsandiego.org guarantee or warrant that any files available for downloading will be free of defects. 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 voiceofsandiego.org and the accuracy and completeness of any information is with the user of our service.
Likewise, voiceofsandiego.org does not warrant that our service will be uninterrupted or error-free. voiceofsandiego.org makes no warranties, express or implied, including, without limitation, those of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose any information published on the voiceofsandiego.org Web site or any products or services sold through the voiceofsandiego.org Web site.
Opinions, advice and all other information expressed on voiceofsandiego.org bulletin boards represent the individual’s own views and not necessarily those of voiceofsandiego.org. voiceofsandiego.org does not endorse and is not responsible for statements, advice and opinions made by anyone other than authorized voiceofsandiego.org spokespersons.
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Questions and comments about voiceofsandiego.org
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