Privacy Policy

Privacy Statement

(last updated: February 2016)

By using this site, you agree to the Privacy Policy of Military Newspapers of VA. If you do not agree to the Policy, please do not use this site. Military Newspapers of VA reviews its privacy policy periodically and reserves the right, at its discretion, to modify or remove portions of this policy at any time. This page should be reviewed periodically so that you are updated on any changes. If you want to communicate with us about our policy, please write to us at Military Newspapers of VA , 150 W. Brambleton Ave. Norfolk, VA 23510, or e-mail us at editor@militarynews.com.

Military Newspapers of VA, which operates the Internet site located at www.militarynews.com, recognizes the importance of protecting the privacy of personally identifiable information collected about visitors to our sites. As a general policy, no personally identifiable information, such as your name, address or email address, is automatically collected from visitors to our sites. Personally identifiable information about visitors to our sites is collected only when knowingly and voluntarily submitted. We may collect certain non-personal information to optimize our Web pages for your computer (i.e., the identity of your Internet browser, the type of operating system you use, your IP address and the domain name of your Internet service provider). We may use such non-personal information for internal purposes, including but not limited to improving the content of our sites.

In those instances when we do collect personally identifiable information, the following policies apply:

Notice

Military Newspapers of VA will notify you when we are collecting personally identifiable information about you and how we intend to use it. For example, we may need to collect such information to provide you with information or a product you requested, in connection with contest entry forms or for billing purposes.

Sometimes Military Newspapers of VA engages in activities with business partners and sponsors with whom personal information is jointly collected or shared. We will try to make it clear at the time of collection who is asking for and/or sharing your information. In situations where your information will be shared, it is recommended that you also review the privacy policy of our business partner or sponsor.

Use and Security

Personally identifiable information that visitors submit to our sites is used only for the purpose for which it is submitted unless we disclose other uses in this Privacy Policy or at the time of collection. Such other uses may include sending you information or materials we think you will find interesting, or sharing the information with Military Newspapers of VA’s advertisers and reputable business partners. However, at the time of collection, you will have the option of instructing us not to send you additional information or share your personal information with third parties. Military Newspapers of VA is not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of our business partners.

Military Newspapers of VA may use personally identifiable information in aggregate form to make our sites better and more responsive to the needs of our visitors. This statistical compilation and analysis of information may also be used by Military Newspapers of VA or provided to others, in aggregate, for marketing, advertising or research purposes.

If at any time after submitting your personal information to our sites you would no longer like to receive information from us, simply follow the “unsubscribe” directions at the end of any email communication you receive.

Military Newspapers of VA does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13.

Military Newspapers of VA maintains appropriate safeguards to ensure the security, integrity and privacy of personally identifiable information submitted to our sites, and periodically reviews and updates its security measures in light of current technologies. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be totally secure. Although Military Newspapers of VA strives to protect your personal information, we cannot ensure or warranty the security of any information you may transmit to us or from our online products and services. This is done so at your own risk. Once we do receive your transmission, however, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems.

Military Newspapers of VA is committed to protecting your privacy. This Privacy Statement describes all of the information handling practices for the web site located at www.militarynews.com, including how we handle personal information we may obtain when you use the Web Site and how we may share it. This Privacy Statement does not apply to information we may obtain through other means, including offline or online in another forum, such as elsewhere at other MNV-owned web sites. This Privacy Statement is effective upon acceptance in buying classified advertising, requesting a newspaper subscription, completing forms, posting events, etc. and is otherwise effective on February 2016  for all users.

If you have additional questions, you may send email to editor@militarynews.com . If we do not respond to your inquiry or your inquiry has not been satisfactorily addressed, please contact Military Newspapers of VA at 757-222-3964.

OVERVIEW

Collection of Your Information

We may collect personally identifiable information (name, e-mail address, etc.) and/or demographic data (zip code, military affiliation, etc.) when you submit forms on our site.

We and/or our 3rd party partners may use this information to process and maintain your account, compile demographic statistics about our users, and display to you information and advertisements that match your interests and profile. We do not share specific personal information with our advertisers.

To publish your classified advertising in our printed products and/or websites, you will need to provide certain contact information. This basic information is required if you wish to advertise with Military Newspapers of VA. The classified ad buying information requests may change from time to time due to changes in our systems.

Our website does not store your credit card information. This has to be submitted each time you purchase an ad online and will be verified by us/third party for validity.

 

Information Use and Sharing

Use of Information by Military Newspapers of VA. If you elect to receive e-mail from us, we may also send you offers tailored to your interests, as well as information about us and about our services. Sometimes, we may also send offers via e-mail to selected groups of members on behalf of our participating advertisers. If we do this, we will not give the participating advertisers your name and address. If you do not want to receive e-mails we send on behalf of our participating advertisers, you may opt out of receiving them by contacting us and requesting to no longer receive such emails.

Sharing Information with Our Business Partners and Service Providers. In order to provide you with the Web Site’s services, we may need to share some personal information with our business partners, such as authorized vendors and service providers who work with us to provide you the Web Site’s services. These companies use your personal information to provide us with the services we have hired them to perform, and are bound by legal agreements to not use or disclose the information we provide them for any purpose other than to perform the requested service.

Legal Requests/Questionable Activities. We will release or disclose your personal information, including to local, state, or federal law enforcement officials, when we believe in good faith that the law requires it, or when required to do so by order of a court or authorized administrative agency.

Sale/Merger. We will transfer information about you if we are acquired by or merged with another company. We will notify you in accordance with the procedures contained in the Privacy Statement Updates and Web Site Maintenance section of this Privacy Statement if your information will become subject to a different privacy policy.

SECURITY

The security of the information you provide to us is important to us. We use a secure, encrypted connection (called an SSL connection) on all pages where you transmit personal data to us when buying your classified ad.

Despite these security measures, we cannot guarantee that a third party might not unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications, or that users might not abuse or misuse your personal information that they may illegally collect from the Web Site. Therefore, although we believe that our practices exceed industry standard practices to protect your privacy, we do not promise, and you should not expect, that your personal information or private communications will always remain private.

LINKS TO THIRD PARTY WEB SITES

Through the Web Site, we may provide links to third-party web sites, such as those of our Clients. Each of these web sites have separate privacy and data-collection practices, which may differ from this Web Site, and we are not responsible for the actions or practices of these third parties, nor for the content on these web sites. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of these web sites before providing your personally identifiable information.

DIGITAL IDENTIFIERS

Cookies. We currently only use “cookies” (small text files transferred from our Web site to your hard drive) on our Web Site for the Survey/Poll questions. This cookie facilitates that we receive only one response per computer per question. This allows us to limit the ability for customers to skew the results. This “cookie” does not collect personal information beyond this purpose. In the future, we may decide to do more “cookies” as a way to make our site more useful for our customers.

Cookies do not damage files or allow anyone to access your personally identifiable information; they simply allow us to tailor information and advertisements to make your visits more enjoyable and meaningful (and enable us to provide you with personalized information, if you choose).

Log Files. We also review "log-file" data to monitor site performance and analyze traffic patterns and usage of our Web Site. Each time you visit the Web Site, our server automatically recognizes the following:

·               Host origin of the request (your IP address or that of your ISP if using proxy servers)

·               Referrer URL (the page you came from)

·               Survey/Poll Cookie

·               Requested document (the page you're looking at)

·               Date and time of your visit

This information, sometimes called log-file or clickstream data, is used to monitor Web Site performance and ensure that our Web site services function properly. It may also be appended to your personal profile so that we may further tailor the Web site to your interests.

Third Party Ad Servers. We may serve advertisements within our Web Site either ourselves or by allowing other companies, called third-party ad servers or ad networks, to do so. In addition, some of our advertisers may use the services of third-party ad networks. Some of these third-party ad networks may place a persistent cookie on your computer. Doing this allows the third-party ad network to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement. In this way, third-party ad networks may compile information about where you, or others who are using your computer, saw their advertisements and determine which ads are clicked on. This information allows a third-party ad network to deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. We do not have access to or control of the cookies that may be placed by the third-party ad servers or third-party ad networks. Those third-party ad networks that use persistent cookies may offer you a way to opt-out of ad targeting.

Children/Minors

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) stipulates that Web site operators cannot knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13 without verifiable parental permission. While we offer information that is useful to many children, we do not seek children’s participation in services that require registration.

You must be 18 years of age or older to participate in the following services:

Ad purchase (free or paid)

Newspaper subscription

On-going promotions/surveys

Events Calendar

Letters to The Editor

Advertising

Photo submission

LEGAL DISCLAIMER

We disclaim and you agree that we will not be liable to you for any damages caused by acts or events beyond our reasonable control including, without limitation, acts of God, fires, floods, acts of terrorism, wars, civil disturbances, sabotage, accidents, labor disputes, governmental actions, and failures or delays of transportation that result in our disclosure of your personally identifiable information.

Privacy Statement Updates and Site Maintenance

We reserve the right, at any time and without notice, to add to, update, change, modify or revise this Privacy Statement, the Site or our services simply by posting such change, update or modification on the Site. Any such addition, update, change, modification or revision will be effective immediately upon posting.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, our information-handling practices, or other aspects of privacy, please contact us by e-mail or via postal mail at Military Newspapers of Virginia Privacy, Online Division, 150 W. Brambleton Ave., Norfolk, Virginia 23510.

Last Updated: February 2016