Privacy Policy

Information Collected

1. Information voluntarily provided to us by you:

– Information, personal or otherwise, that you voluntarily supply either while on the Site or via email may or may not be collected, stored, or used.
– Some site features require you to supply information in order to use that feature. If you decline to supply certain information while using the Sites, you may not be able to use some or all of the features offered through that Site. For example, in order to leave comments on articles – users must “sign in”.

2. Information that is Automatically Collected:

– We may also collect and store information that is automatically generated while you navigate through our sites. Examples of how information may be automatically collected are: cookies, web beacons, clear .gifs, and other technologies.

-Cookies are small files that your web browser places on your hard drive for record-keeping purposes. Cookies are widely used to show how and when visitors use the Site. We may use this data to make changes to enhance your site visit experience. Cookies also prevent you from having to re-enter your preferences on certain areas of our site. Other data is used to measure site traffic and determine how the site is being used; what pages being visited, etc.

– In addition, third party advertisers or third party ad servers may also collect this basic information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) via the technologies described above. The use and collection of your information by these third party advertisers and ad servers is governed by the relevant third party’s privacy policy, is not covered by our privacy policy, and may be different from our privacy policy. If you want more information about the privacy policies of these third party advertisers please visit their sites. One such site is Google. If you would like more information about Google’s practices or to know your choices about not having information used by them or their advertisers, click here.

Information Use & Disclosure:

– We will not rent or sell your personally identifiable information.
– We will not use, or authorize third parties to use, the information that we collect from you to send you promotional offers via email or direct mail unless you have specifically informed us that you would like to receive promotional offers from us and/or third parties.

There are some exceptions to this policy such as when you sign up for our “newsletter” and/or “mail list” or when we must respond to subpoenas, court orders, or other legal processes. In addition, we may provide the collected information described above to third parties, such as service providers, advertisers, and contractors so we can provide the service or product you requested or to provide products or services we feel may be of genuine interest to our readers.

We may use some of the information collected to help us enhance our sites and to target ads appropriately.

Please Note:

Whatever information you provide on message boards, comments sections, and other areas viewed by others, can be seen, collected, and therefore used by others besides us. We cannot be responsible for any unauthorized third party use of such information and we encourage you to use good judgment when providing information.

In addition, there are many links on our sites and these links may provide access to products and services offered by third parties, whose privacy policies we do not control. Please read and understand the privacy policies of those sites.

Changes To This Policy:

We may amend this policy form time to time however, we will post all changes at least 30 days before they take effect. These revisions may change the way we use your personal information. Therefore, you should visit and review this page often.

Effective: May 1, 2007
revised April 11, 2009