Last revised: February 17 2015
The family of web sites operated by CullmanToday (including, but not limited to, cullmancitizenpress.com, cullman-classifieds.com and cullmancommunityshopper.com) takes our customers’, advertisers’ and viewers’ privacy VERY seriously.
The following policy statements explain our positions on information gathering and how we use/protect the data we may collect from our users.
Please note that these policies apply only to information collected by CullmanToday.com and our affiliated Web sites. It does not apply to information obtained or used by Cullman Today or its affiliates through other non-digital means.
Internet technologies change frequently, rapidly and sometimes without prior notice. As a result, please be aware that the policies outlined herein can change at any time, and they almost certainly will do so over time. If a change to these policies occurs, we will incorporate them into this written record as soon as time allows. Your usage of Cullman Today.com or its affiliates means you accept this policy understanding as well as any changes that occur whether displayed here or not.
You can visit most pages on our website without being required to provide any personal information. You may be asked to provide personal information only when you participate in contests, sign-ups for restricted content, and register for interactive portions of our website, such as subscriptions, comments, blogs, etc.
Important: Whether online, via telephone or in-person, should you choose to voluntarily provide your personal information to us, you can be assured of the following:
We protect your personal information as if it were our own.
We use the private data you provide us for four specific purposes only:
1. To process your information through Cullman Today and/or affiliates’ daily business operations
2. To respond to your inquiries
3. To provide you our newsletter and occasional promotions
4. To utilize your feedback to improve our day-to-day operations and web site
And that is it.
We will never give, sell, or rent your private, personal information or specific account activity to anyone for any reason, except as required by law and when we believe disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on our Web site, and/or company.
We only send e-mails to you if you have provided your e-mail address to us. As an example, on our contest entry forms, you can choose to be notified of future contests by e-mail. If you indicate ‘yes’, we may e-mail you when we begin a new contest. If you click ‘no’, we will not send you e-mails about future contests. If you don’t want to receive e-mail about future contests any more, you can use the instructions included in our emails to ‘unsubscribe’ from the list.
Connecting Through Social Networks
If you connect to us through your social network account (examples: Facebook or Twitter), we may automatically collect profile information. We will only use this information to better match the delivery of content to you – and – accurately measure website traffic flow.
Forwarding to Friends
You may wish to forward a link from one of our articles online to another person online. In this case, we will request you provide your friend’s name and e-mail address. Once this information is collected and processed, we do not sell, rent or otherwise market your friend’s personal information to third parties.
Statistics and Page Visits
We collect page visit statistics on viewers and readers who surf our website. Example: our analytic logs identify the browsers people use to get to our pages; (e.g. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer), the IP addresses of the computers used to access our pages and the computers’ operating systems (e.g., Windows 8.1 or Mac OS). Our systems do not gather visitors’ e-mail addresses or their identities. Please understand that we cannot identify individuals who simply look at our pages who have not previously become a digital subscriber to CullmanToday.com. However, if you are a digital subscriber, we will know whether it is you looking at our pages because of our automatic authentication system.
We may share aggregate information with advertisers or business partners. For example, an advertiser may want to know the age breakdown of the people who enter our contests or whether the people who visit our calendar are coming from local Internet service providers.
We are particularly watchful about providing a safe online environment for children. CullmanToday.com and our affiliates does not intentionally solicit or collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 18 years old.
To the extent possible with current technology, we do not allow anyone under the age of 16 to register for or participate in online contests. If we discover that we have received any information from a child under 16 in violation of this policy, we will delete that information immediately. If you believe CullmanTimes.com has received information from, or has activity on our web properties, from anyone under the age of 16, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We may also collect information from standard web data means. The Site may use browser cookies, flash cookies, pixels, and other technology to deliver and capture information such as IP addresses, MAC address, or other device identifiers, including mobile device model numbers.
We may use a standard feature found in browser software called a “cookie” to enhance your experience on the Web site. Cookies are small files that your Web browser places on your hard drive for record-keeping purposes. Cookies, by themselves, do not tell us your e-mail address or other personally identifiable information.
We may collect location information provided to us through webforms, contest entries, sweepstakes entries, and other user provided means, as well as through technology and browser unique identifiers. The latter information tells us the geographical location of the device and allows us to calculate accurate statistics regarding our site usage. This information is automatically passed from device browsers to our Site.
Information Collection by Other People
Portions of CullmanToday.com and our affiliate websites allow you to communicate with other website visitors and/or to post information to be accessed by others. When you use these services, the data you present may be collected by other visitors.
Also, in order to improve your experience with CullmanToday.com, many of our web pages do use “cookies.”
Cookies are text files we place in your computer’s browser to store your preferences.
Cookies do not tell us your e-mail address or other personally identifiable information unless you choose to provide this information to us by, for example, registering at our Web Site.
Your Awareness and Responsibility
Credit Card Information and Secure Transmission
If you use a credit card to pay for subscriptions or merchandise on CullmanToday.com or our affiliates, we DO NOT store your credit card information on any of our servers. We literally never see your credit card number, or related data. We employ sophisticated, highly secure Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology to encrypt and protect your credit card account information.
Unfortunately, unencrypted transmission of data via the Internet cannot be guaranteed to be 100 percent secure. We do our absolute best to protect your personal information inside CullmanToday.com and our affiliates. Nonetheless, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit and receive. Transmission of information outside our technology structures should be undertaken at your own risk.
For more information about Internet privacy, visit the Electronic Frontier Foundation.