Effective November 2009
- What information do we collect and how is it collected?
- What do we do with the information we collect and with whom is it shared?
- Do I have to provide information to use the Site?
- What are the guidelines for children related to the Site?
President, Cowles California Media
1550 Moffett Street
Salinas, CA 93905
What Information Do We Collect And How Is It Collected?
The following list represents the types of information we may collect during your visit on our Site. You are not required to provide information to us, and may opt out of providing information at any time, as described below. You may not be able to access or use certain services or features of the Site if you opt out or do not provide requested information.
Identifying and Related Information
In order to access certain services on our Site, we may request that you provide identifying information, such as your name, address, e-mail address, birth date, gender, and/or household income range.
Credit Card Information
We may offer areas on the Site that allow you to purchase goods or services from us or third party vendors. In connection with purchasing these goods and services, we may request that you submit credit card, payment account or other information in connection with your purchase of these goods or services.
Content, Advertising and Other Services
We may offer opportunities for you to elect to receive e-mails and other communications that contain news, information, promotional offers or other services that may be of interest to you. In connection with these services, we may ask that you provide your e-mail address and other information relevant to your receipt or use of these services.
Contests, Sweepstakes, Surveys and Special Offers
If you choose to participate in a contest, sweepstakes, survey or special offer through our Site, we may ask for information from you in connection with that offering, including information required for your entry into the contest, sweepstakes, survey or special offer. Depending on the type of offering, this information may be used to contact you or to ultimately provide a more personalized service to you and other users.
Cookies and Web Beacons
When you visit our Site, we send cookies to your computer and use web beacons in order to track your trends and preferences. A cookie is a data text file that a web site sends to your browser and which is then stored on your system. Our Site can only access the information from a cookie sent by our Site. We cannot learn your e-mail address or any other personal information about you through a cookie. Rather, cookies are used to gather information about your use of the Site and how we can adapt our services to better suit your needs and preferences. Cookies identify you to our server, meaning that our Site will recognize you when you return to visit the Site. Many browsers are initially set up to accept cookies, but you can set your browser to refuse all cookies or to inform you when a cookie is being sent. Web beacons are invisible images that are used to write cookies or access the cookies we have written previously or to access information about the page you are viewing for the purposes of recognizing returning users and analyzing patterns. A web beacon cannot access cookies sent by other web sites or the information contained in those cookies.
Third-Party Advertising Servers and Networks
We use third-party advertising servers to display ads on our Site, and we use third parties to measure and track statistical information about our Site. These third parties may place or recognize a cookie or web beacon on your browser. The information provided by these cookies and web beacons is used to deliver advertising targeted to your interests, and to better understand the usage and visitation of our Site and other sites tracked by these third parties. We do not have control over the practices of these third parties. The third parties do not receive or learn your e-mail address or other personal information through these technologies. We currently maintain relationships with other entities to provide statistical and ad placement services. These parties may provide a way to opt out of their cookies and web beacons. You can find more information about the practices of these parties by visiting the websites of the individual parties or the Network Advertising Initiative. If you would like more information regarding the third party services used on our Site, you can contact our Site at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you use any of the services on our Site, our servers automatically record information that your browser sends whenever you visit a website. These "server logs" as they are commonly referred to, may include information such as your web request, Internet Protocol address (the IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are visiting the world wide web), browser type, browser language, and date and time of your request and one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser. Log information does not include personally identifiable information.
We may have links on our site that are in a format that enables us to keep a record of whether any particular link has been clicked on. Communications you send to us or provide. When you send email or other types of communications to us, we may retain those communications in our records in order to keep and respond to such communications. If you access any interactive or user-submitted areas of our Site and provide information in that forum, the information is publicly available and may be used by any visitor to the Site who had access to such information.
What do we do with the information we collect, and with whom is it shared?
Statistical and Aggregate Information
Some of the information that we collect is processed and analyzed in the form of aggregated statistics that track the types of web sites users visit and the frequency with which they visit those sites. This statistical information does not include any information that personally identifies you or any user of the Site. The information is useful in creating a Site that reflects the preferences of our users, and we reserve the right to share such aggregated information with third parties to serve our business purposes. We also use non-personally identifiable demographic and preference information that we collect to allow targeted advertising and other content on our Site to be served according to the interests of our users.
Affiliate or Related Sites
We may have agreements with third party service providers, such as credit card processors, shipping companies and/or fulfillment services. These parties provide services that allow us to offer some of the features of the Site. If you choose to receive these services, information you provide in connection with that service may also be shared with the third party service provider. We require that these providers use the information they obtain to provide the service on the Site and not for other purposes, unless noted at the time you sign up for the service. However, you should assume that the information provided to these service providers may also be governed by their privacy policies, and you should become familiar with such providers' privacy practices prior to accepting the service and providing the information.
Required by Law
Sale of Company
In the event that we sell assets to another company or participate in a merger with another company, the information we have collected from you and other users of the Site may be transferred to the successor or purchaser in such transaction and accessible to such purchaser or successor.
If you provide us with your e-mail address, we may periodically send you informational, promotional or other email announcements about services that may be of interest to you. You may opt out of receiving such e-mails as further described below.
If you expressly consent to the release of your information with a particular third party or for a particular purpose, we may disclose your information in accordance and to the extent of your consent.
Do I have to provide information to use the Site?
Any information you provide to us is voluntary, and you are not required to share information with us. You also may opt-out of sharing information with us in several ways. First, when choosing to use certain services provided by this Site, you can choose whether to share optional information and/or use the service offered on the Site. Second, if you receive e-mail or other communications from us that you do not want to receive, you may opt out by using the opt-out procedure contained in the communication, or by notifying us at the below address. You may also choose at a later date to have your contact information removed from our records by providing notice to the below address, or e-mailing email@example.com.
Cowles California Media
1550 Moffett Street
Salinas, CA 93905
Please be advised that opting out in any of the ways described above may limit your ability to visit and take advantage of certain services on our Site. You should also bear in mind that we do not have access to the databases of third parties to whom you may have submitted information through our Site in the past, and you should contact those parties directly if you also wish to opt out of their services and databases.
What are the guidelines for children related to the Site?
We do not intend to target children under 13 but our Site may contain items that may interest children. We do not intentionally collect, or allow the submission of information from, children under the age of 13. If you are under the age of 13, we ask that you not provide us with any personal information. We will require written parental consent for children under 13 to register or submit personal information. We do not permit the use of our interactive and user-submitted areas by children under the age of 13.
Security and Storage
We respect your privacy and information you provide us, and the security with which your information is protected. We maintain information you provide to us on a secure server to protect sensitive information. While we take measures to protect and maintain this information in its secure environment, we cannot guarantee that the security of our system will not be breached.