Effective Date: March 9, 2012
Welcome to the Washington Guardian, an online service of Washington Guardian, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company. The Washington Guardian respects the privacy of visitors to our Web site. Please read this Privacy Statement carefully so that you understand what information we collect through our site and what we do with that information. This Privacy Statement applies only to information collected online through the Washington Guardian Web site and does not apply to any information you may provide to us, or that we may collect, offline or through other means (for example, via telephone, through the mail, or at live events). If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, we can be reached via email at email@example.com.
TYPES OF INFORMATION WE COLLECT
The information we gather falls into two categories: (1) information voluntarily supplied by visitors to the site when they register, sign up to receive our email newsletters, post comments in any of the public posting areas on our site, respond to user surveys, participate in interactive activities such as polls, or view more information about a story, and the like; and (2) anonymous tracking information that is automatically gathered as visitors navigate through our site and review our email newsletters and other email messages. This information may be collected directly by us or it may be collected by third-party partners or service providers on our behalf. Third parties featured on or linked to by our Web site, such as advertisers and others that display promotional messages on our site or offer products and services through our site (“Advertisers”), may be gathering information as well, through processes we don’t control.
Information You Voluntarily Supply to Us
We may collect and store information that you voluntarily supply to us while on our site. This may include personally identifying information if you choose to provide it. In accessing and using the Washington Guardian Web site, you may have the opportunity to voluntarily submit some or all of the following types of information:
- Contact information, such as your name and email address;
- Demographic information, such as gender, country (and, where applicable, your postal code);
- Login information, such as a username and password;
- Communications preferences, such as which email messages you would like to receive from us;
- Payment information (such as a credit card number) necessary to process a requested transaction;
- Information posted in public posting areas and other interactive areas of our site; and
- Questions or correspondence you send to us through the “Send Us Your Thoughts” function available on our site.
You are not required to provide information about yourself to visit our site. However, if you wish to receive any of our newsletters, you will be required to provide us the email address to which you want us to send the newsletters as well as your name, the country in which you reside, and, where applicable, your postal code. If you wish to participate in any of the interactive features of our site – for example, by posting comments, voting in a poll, viewing additional information about a story, or viewing premium content, you will be required to register. When you register, we’ll ask you for your email address, name and country and, where applicable, your postal code. You’ll also have to provide a username and a password. You may also use your Facebook credentials as a streamlined way to provide this information to us.
Information That Is Collected Automatically
We also may collect and store, and permit our service providers to collect and store, information that does not identify you personally that is generated automatically as you navigate through the site. For example, we and our service providers may collect limited information about the configuration of your computer or other device through which you visit our site, including the type of browser software you use, the operating system you’re running, the resolution of your computer monitor, the Web site that referred you, the type of mobile device you’re using to access our site (for example, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android device, tablet, etc.), and your IP address. (Your IP address is a numerical address that is used by computers connected to the Internet to identify your computer so that data – such as the Web pages you want to view – can be transmitted to you. We also use IP address information for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes.) We use this information to make our site as useful as we can for as many users as possible.
Cookies and Pixel Tags
Providers of email transmission services use pixel tags to record whether an email is opened and whether you click on any of the links in the email, as described below under the heading “Data Collected in Connection with Emails.”
The help function on most Web browsers contains information on how to set your browser to notify you before accepting a cookie or to disable cookies entirely. However, if you don’t accept cookies, you won’t be able to take advantage of various features on our site that are available to other visitors. For example, we won’t be able to store your log-in information, so that you don’t have to log in each time you visit, unless you accept cookies.
HOW WE USE COLLECTED INFORMATION
We use the information we collect from you while you are using the site in a variety of ways, including, for example, to process your registration, to provide you with services and communications that you have requested, to send you email updates, newsletters, and other communications which you have elected to receive, to deliver our site content to you, to measure site traffic, to measure user interests and traffic patterns, and to improve the site and the services and features offered via the site.
Your Email Address
In addition, we may use your email address to contact you for customer service purposes, to inform you of important changes or additions to our site or the services offered over our site, to send you administrative notices and other information about our site, and to tell you about other products or services offered by Washington Guardian, or other companies, that we think may be of interest to you. If you subscribe to any of our newsletters, we’ll use your email address to send the newsletters to you. Although we hope you’ll find these communications informative and useful, if you don’t, you can always unsubscribe to either type of message by following the simple instructions included in each email.
Information You Provide When Making a Purchase
When you purchase any product or service on our site, we collect the information necessary to process the requested transaction, such as your name, email address, mailing address, billing address, and credit card information. Washington Guardian does not store your credit card information; it is sent directly to our third-party credit card processor and is secured during transmission over the Internet using industry-standard secure sockets layer (SSL) encryption. Our credit card processor is authorized to use your credit card information only to process your requested transaction, and for no other purpose.
Information You Provide When Participating in a TellDC Poll
Data Collected in Connection with Ads
Similarly, quadrantONE, another provider of advertising services, may set cookies in connection with Ads displayed on our Web site, and may use behavioral targeting methods to select which ads to display. To see an explanation of their data collection and usage and to opt out of such behavioral targeting, see this site.
If you supply us with your postal address on-line you may receive periodic mailings from us with information on new products and services or upcoming events. If you do not wish to receive such mailings, please let us know by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Data Collected in Connection with Emails
Email newsletter you elect to receive from us are transmitted through PulseConnect. PulseConnect uses pixel tag technology to determine whether an email has been opened. In addition, when you click on any link in an email newsletter or marketing message you have elected to receive, PulseConnect recognizes that fact. This information is used in the aggregate to measure the the rate at which emails are opened and various links are clicked, to measure user interests and traffic patterns, and to improve the content of the email newsletters and the services and features offered through the email newsletter and marketing messages.
Our email newsletters contain advertisements, some of which are supplied by a company named LiveIntent, and company that complies with the Digital Advertising Alliance Principles and the Newspaper Association of America, as well as the Network Advertising Initiative and the Online Behavioral Advertising self-regulatory program. LiveIntent is the first email ecosystem company to implement AdChoices. AdChoices is a self-regulatory system that gives the user the ability to:
- See who served the ad
- Opt-out of cookie based portion of LiveIntents advertising program
Disclosure to Third Parties
To help Advertisers (and their ad agencies) understand our audience and confirm the value of advertising on Washington Guardian, we may present them with aggregate information on our audience and how our audience uses our site (for example, information on traffic to various pages within our site). This information does not identify you personally.
We also may occasionally release information about our visitors and registered users if required to do so by law or if, in our judgment, such disclosure is reasonably necessary to comply with legal process, or to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of visitors to our site, our employees, our donors, sponsors or Advertisers, or others. In the unlikely event that we sell some or all of our assets, information about visitors to our site may be among the transferred assets.
Information You Post to Public Areas of Our Site
If you post a comment on our site or otherwise submit content for display in a public posting area of our site, we will identify you as the author of your posts by your username only.
Please keep in mind that whenever you make your personal information or other information available for viewing by other users online – whether in comments posted to our site, or in other public posting areas of our site – that information can be seen, collected and used by anyone with access to the Internet; we are not able to control how they may use this information. We cannot be responsible for any use of such information by third parties. We also reserve the right to eliminate any offensive or inappropriate comments you may post.
Storage of Information
The information that we collect through the Washington Guardian Web site is stored within databases that we control (or databases hosted on our behalf) on servers maintained in protected environments within the United States. Any credit card information you provide on our site is secured for transmission over the Internet using industry-standard secure sockets layer (SSL) encryption. However, no physical or electronic security system is impenetrable. We cannot guarantee the security of our servers or databases, nor can we guarantee that information you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to us or our third-party service providers over the Internet.
PROTECTING THE PRIVACY OF CHILDREN
Children should always get permission from their parents before sending any information about themselves (such as their names, email addresses, and phone numbers) over the Internet, to us or to anyone else. Our Web site is not directed at children under the age of 13 and we won’t knowingly allow anyone under the age of 13 to provide us any personal information. If you’re under 13, please don’t provide any information about yourself on this Web site.
CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY STATEMENT
The Web is an evolving medium. If we need to change this Privacy Statement in the future, we will post the revised Privacy Statement on our site and update the “Effective Date,” above, to reflect the date of the changes. By continuing to use this Web site after we post such changes, you agree to the terms of this Privacy Statement, as modified.