Privacy policy

We’ve updated our privacy policy, not that you care in the slightest. Like every site out there we at Spokesman.com and all our web sites collect some information online which we use to develop and enhance the services we offer to you. This involves the use of cookies. But don’t worry, any data collected is all anonymous so even if we wanted we couldn’t tell your wife, husband, civil partner, girlfriend, boyfriend or employer exactly what it is you’re ‘researching’ on the Net these days.

If you do not know what cookies are, or how to control or delete them, then we recommend you read on or visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.youronlinechoices.com. Deleting cookies may impair the functionality of this site and your enjoyment of it.

We take privacy issues seriously and are open about the way data is collected and used. Please read this policy which outlines the principles we follow.

PERSONAL INFORMATION
We explicitly ask when we need information that personally identifies you ("Personal Information"). Personal Information may be needed to provide unique services specific to you, like personal directions or personalized news and information. Other services that we offer may require more extensive Personal Information in order to provide a package tailored to a specific individual's needs. For example, we may ask you for your name and e-mail address if you wish to personalize your Spokesman.com home page. Some portions of the site may ask you to provide personal financial information (in addition to Personal Information like name and address) over an encrypted connection, enabling you to purchase items online. We may request that you provide Personal Information as part of a contest or promotion.

We use your Personal Information to operate Spokesman.com and other affiliated sites, and we may occasionally inform you of new features, services, and products from S-R.COM Web sites. In all cases, we will explicitly inform you as to the requirement and/or use of requested Personal Information.

REGISTRATION
All users who wish to access paid news content on Spokesman.com are required to register in order to gain access to that portion of our site and must agree with the terms of our Service Agreement. Spokesman.com, along with several other SR.COM affiliated sites, require all registrants to provide a valid e-mail address and a personal password. Users who want online access to paid content on Spokesman.com will be required to provide additional Personal Information, including, but not limited to, home address, home telephone number, home ZIP code, newspaper subscriber account number (when applicable), as well as other billing and credit card information. Other demographic information (e.g., country, ZIP code, age, sex, job title, etc.) may also be requested from time to time.

COOKIES
Your Internet browser has the in-built facility for storing small files- “cookies” – that hold information which allows a website to recognize your account. Our website takes advantage of this facility to enhance your experience. You have the ability to prevent your computer from accepting cookies but, if you do, certain functionality on the website may be impaired. We use a number of different cookies on our site. If you do not know what cookies are, or how to control or delete them, then we recommend you visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.youronlinechoices.com for detailed guidance. If you are not happy, then you should either not use this site, or you should delete cookies having visited the site, or you should browse the site using your browser’s anonymous usage setting (called “Incognito” in Chrome, “InPrivate” for Internet Explorer, “Private Browsing” in Firefox and Safari etc.).

Your consent
Currently we use the following cookies and we operate an ‘implied consent’ policy which means that we assume you are happy with this usage.

Google Analytics – we use this to understand how the site is being used in order to improve the user experience. User data is all anonymous. You can find out more about Google’s position on privacy as regards its analytics service at http://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html

AP NEWS REGISTRY
This Web site uses services provided by AP News Registry. AP News Registry 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 the AP News Registry. Please refer to the AP News Registry privacy policy for further information.

STATISTICAL ANALYSIS AND BANNER ADVERTISING
S-R.COM may perform statistical analyses of user behavior in order to measure interest in the various areas of our sites (for product development purposes) and to inform advertisers as to how many users have seen or "clicked" their advertising banners. We also may use demographic and preference information to allow advertising banners on our Web sites to be targeted, in aggregate, to the users for whom they are most pertinent. This means that users see advertising that is most likely to interest them, and advertisers send their messages to people who are most likely to be receptive, improving both the viewer's experience and the effectiveness of the ads. In these statistical analyses and banner advertisement targeting, we will disclose information to third parties only in aggregate form. Personal Information about you as an individual user or viewer of our site will not be provided to any third party without your consent, except under the circumstances described in Compliance with Legal Process below.

DATA SECURITY
To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy and ensure the appropriate use of information, we have put in place physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to protect the information we collect online.

COMPLIANCE WITH LEGAL PROCESS
S-R.COM may disclose Personal Information if we are required to do so by law or we in good faith believe that such action is necessary to (1) comply with the law or with legal process; (2) protect and defend our rights and property; (3) protect against misuse or unauthorized use of S-R.COM Web services; or (4) protect the personal safety or property of our users or the public. (Among other things, this means that if you provide false information or attempt to pose as someone else, information about you may be disclosed as part of any investigation into your actions.)


If at any time you believe Spokesman.com or any of its affiliated Web services has not adhered to these principles or if you have questions about our Privacy Policy, you may notify us by e-mail at information@spokesman.com. We will use all commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and correct the problem.

S-R.COM and its affiliated Web services are maintained by The Spokesman-Review and owned by Cowles Publishing Company, 999 West Riverside Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201.


For further information on policies governing S-R.COM Web services, see:
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