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Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Effective Date: 5-02-2012

       We would like to thank you for visiting this site, which is owned by Huckle Media, LLC (“Huckle,” “Our,” “Us,” “We”).  This Privacy Policy describes our policies with regard to your use of this site, and the information that is available to us based on your use of the site.  We respect your privacy, and we are committed to protecting your privacy and preserving your trust.  Please carefully review this Privacy Policy to learn about how we collect, use, and protect any information you provide us and your choices for managing your information.  

       

        Please be advised, that your use of this site may also be subject to a Terms and Conditions Agreement (“Agreement”), which you will be asked to agree to if you establish an account on the site.  The Agreement may include different or additional terms that will apply to your use of the site, and supersede this policy.  Your use of the site and our ability to manage your privacy are of course subject to the inherent risks, uncertainties, and limitations of the internet that cannot be completely eliminated or prevented.  We will take all reasonable precautions to implement this policy.  

       

WHAT INFORMATION WE COLLECT

Through your use of the site, we have access to, and may collect, the following information relating to the following areas.  

• IP address, which is an identifier assigned to your computer when you access the internet.  The IP address may be the same or different each time you connect to the internet, depending on how you connect to the internet, but this information does not identify you personally, unless you have provided us with personal information through an account you have created.  We may also collect such other non-personal information, such as your internet service provider, the web browser used to visit the site (and available web browser settings), the time the site is visited, which web pages you visited on the site, and other anonymous site usage data.

• Many websites, including this site, make use of cookies and/or similar technologies to place information about a visit to the site in a small data text file that is stored on your computer.  In general, we may use cookies and other web technologies to:

o collect information about the ways you use our site, which pages you visit, which links you use, and how long you stay on each page;

o support the features and functionality of our site, for example, to save you the trouble of reentering information already in our database or to prompt the settings you established on previous visits; or

o personalize your experience when you use our site, including the serving of targeted advertisements.

•  If you use a mobile device, a tablet computer, or the like to access the site, or access the site through any such device, these devices may provide us access to certain information from or about your mobile or tablet device, including, your device's unique ID, the IP address of your device, your device's operating system, the type of mobile or tablet internet browsers you use, and information about the way you use our mobile or tablet application.

• Some devices provide GPS technology, and make available data such as real–time location information that we may use for various purposes such as delivering specific content such as advertising and promotions.

• We may also collect personal information that you voluntarily provide when you use the site.  This information may include such things as a username, password name, address, email address, and other subscriber/account information.  This information is not shared, except to the extent necessary to provide the services you request or to perform the services you have requested or agreed to.  

HOW WE USE INFORMATION WE COLLECT

The information collected through your use of the site is used in the following manner:

• to provide you with the information, products and services you request;

• to personalize your site experience;

• to provide reasonable customer service;

• to contact you with information and notices related to your use of our site, such as special offers, and other notices that may be of interest to you;

• to solicit your feedback or complete surveys relating to the site, and generally to improve the site;

• to provide marketing, promotional material, and advertising;

• to provide security and fraud prevention; or

• to improve the functionality, reliability, and usability of the site.

HOW WE SHARE INFORMATION

We are very careful with the information made available to us through your use of the site.  We do share this information under certain circumstances, and we also allow certain third parties to share information with you.  The purpose of this sharing is to enhance your experience on the site, to provide you with the services you have requested, and to provide reasonable site security and protection.  The following describes how we share information:

• We may use information gathered through use of the site in the aggregate to understand usage patterns and to get a sense of our users.  We do this by combining information from multiple users into an aggregate data set, which helps us provide services, manage usage, and evaluate the need for new products and services.  We may also share aggregated information with our third–party service providers as well as other interested parties such as advertisers and marketers.  Aggregate information is generally not personally identifiable information.

• The site uses services provided by NewsRight, LLC.  NewsRight collects content usage information and may use cookies in conjunction with this activity.  Your continued readership of the site means you accept the privacy policy of NewsRight.  Please refer to the NewsRight privacy policy at http://www.newsregistry.com/privacycenter/servicepolicy.aspx for further information.

• We may also allow certain third party service providers to deliver cookies to you for a variety of reasons, such as for web analytic purposes, for ad-serving purposes, or to deliver promotional or advertising content.  Such services may be based on demographic or behavioral techniques that may rely on the information provided or collected through your use of the site.  You may have the ability to control the use of cookies and related devices through your browser settings, or through opt-out provisions of various third party sites and services.  We encourage you to use these options to make choices about content delivery and retention that best suit your needs.

• We may also share information with third parties, other than third party service providers, for things such as contests and promotions where you may submit information for the purpose of participating in such contests and promotions.  Your decision to participate is voluntary, however, in some cases you will not be able to participate in a contest or take advantage of a promotion unless you consent to disclosure of information you submit in connection with the contest or promotion.

• We may contemplate, for strategic or other reasons, selling, buying, merging, or otherwise reorganizing one or more of our businesses.  In negotiating with a third party about entering into such an arrangement, we may need to disclose your information, subject to reasonable protection, and we may in connection with completion of such dealings transfer the information you submit on or through our site to any organization participating in such dealings.

• Any content that you submit on or through our site, such as editorial commentary, is available to others who visit our site.  Any information contained in such content (including personal information) that you submit can be read, collected, or used by others, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages.  Also, we reserve the right to use such content in connection with our newsgathering and reporting activities or for advertising campaigns and other promotions.  We may or may not use your name in connection with such use, and we may or may not seek your consent before using the content for such purposes.  Therefore, you should have no expectation of privacy with respect to such content.  You should not submit any content you do not wish to make available to the general public, and you must take special care to make sure your submissions comply with the Agreement.

SECURITY

We use encryption and authentication tools to protect the security of personal information that you share with us.  However, no data transmission over the internet (or, with respect to our mobile services) can be guaranteed to be 100% secure.  As a result, while we strive to protect information, we cannot and do not guarantee or warrant the security of any information you transmit to or from the site, and you do so at your own risk.

CONTENT CONTROL OPTIONS

• You have the ability to control the collection of information available to us or that can be collected automatically through technological means.  As described above, you have options and settings that affect the delivery of cookies and other devices to your computer or mobile device through our site, however, certain settings may affect the functionality of the site and your ability to use the site as intended.

• If you are a registered user, you may have account options to allow you to set preferences or other settings that control how information is collected and used.  We encourage you to become familiar with such options so that you can use them in a manner that best suits your needs.

• If you have specific concerns or questions about this policy, the use of information, your ability to remove or delete information, or the operation of this site you may submit such questions to us at the following address: Webmaster@HuckleMedia.com.  Once we have received your request we will attempt to evaluate or respond to your request in a reasonable period of time, if possible.

HOW WE PROTECT YOUR INFORMATION

• We maintain administrative, physical, and technological measures, which are reasonable under the circumstances and given the nature of our industry, to protect the confidentiality and security of any information that is a sensitive in nature.  Unfortunately, you should understand that no website, mobile or tablet application, server, or database is completely secure or “hacker proof.”  Therefore, you assume the risk of use and we therefore cannot guarantee that your information will not be disclosed, misused, or lost by accident or by the unauthorized acts of others.  Also, we cannot control dissemination of information contained in content submitted by you for publication on or through our site, and you should have no expectation of privacy in such information.

• We may disclose your information when we, in good faith, believe disclosure is appropriate to comply with the law, a court order, or a subpoena.  We may also disclose your information to prevent or investigate a possible crime, such as fraud or identity theft; to protect the security of our site; to enforce or apply the Agreement; or to protect our own rights or property or the rights, property or safety of our users or others.

CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF THIRTEEN

Our site is not intended for children under the age of thirteen years without the permission of a parent or guardian.  If you believe that a child has submitted information on or through our site without the consent and supervision of a parent or guardian, please contact us at Webmaster@HuckleMedia.com so that we can take appropriate action.

LINKS

Our site may provide links to other websites operated by third parties.  You should be aware that we have no control over third–party websites.  This Policy does not apply to information collected on any third-party website.  You should consult the privacy policies of such sites before use of such sites as the policies of such sites can and will vary from this policy.

STORAGE OF INFORMATION

We are a US based legal entity and conduct our operations in the United States.  Our site, however, may or may not be located in the United States, and we reserve the right to locate or relocate our site to other servers elsewhere in the world.  Your information may be stored on servers located within the United States or in another country.  In addition, we may transfer your information to our service providers and others located in the United States or another country for the purposes described in this policy.  Different countries have different privacy laws and requirements, and some provide less legal protection for your personal information than others.

NOTICES AND UPDATEs

This policy may be supplemented or amended from time to time by “privacy notices” posted on our site.  You should not assume that this policy will always be the same and therefore are responsible for periodically reviewing the policy for any such supplements of amendments.  For example, we are frequently improving or adding to the site new features and services, and as a result of these changes (or changes in the law), we may need to update or revise this policy.  Accordingly, we reserve the right to update or modify this policy at any time, without prior notice, by posting the revised version of this policy behind the link marked “Privacy Policy” in the universal footer of the websites governed by this policy and by making it available through the mobile devices governed by this policy.  Your continued use of our site after we have posted the revised policy constitutes your agreement to be bound by the revised policy and your agreement that any information we previously collected from you may be used as described in the revised policy.

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