The Citizen knows that you care about how your personal information is used and shared, and we take your privacy seriously. This is how we want to be treated, too.
INFORMATION WE COLLECT
The Citizen operates several websites including TheCitizen.com. It is our policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.
Like most website operators, The Citizen collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request.
The Citizen’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how our visitors use our websites. From time to time, The Citizen may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
The Citizen also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. The Citizen does not use such information to identify its visitors, however, and does not disclose such information, other than under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information, as described below.
GATHERING OF PERSONALLY-IDENTIFYING INFORMATION
Certain visitors to The Citizen’s websites choose to interact with The Citizen in ways that require us to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that The Citizen gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask any visitor who wants to become a “registered user” to provide a username and email address.
Those who engage in transactions with The Citizen – by purchasing access to certain areas or services provided by our site, for example – are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions.
In each case, The Citizen collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with The Citizen. The Citizen does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
The Citizen may aggregate personally-identifying information about the behavior of visitors to its websites and customers of its services. For example, The Citizen may monitor which news stories are most requested by its customers and users. The Citizen may display this information publicly or provide it to others in a non-personally identifiable aggregated form (e.g. statistical form).
COLLECTION IN GENERAL
INFORMATION WE AUTOMATICALLY COLLECT
We may receive and store certain types of non-personally identifiable information whenever you interact with us, including, without limitation, the sort of information that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. The Citizen’s purpose in collecting such information is to better understand how The Citizen’s visitors use its website.
From time to time, The Citizen may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website. The Citizen also collects potentially personally-identifying information like the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of website visitors.
INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE TO US
We may receive and store any information you enter on our website or provide to us in any other way. For example, in order to use certain services or functions of our websites, you may be required to register with a username and email address on the The Citizen website. The Citizen collects such information only insofar as is it deems reasonably necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the user’s interaction with The Citizen.
You can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent you from engaging in certain activities.
DELETING AN ACCOUNT.
All statistics and logs collected on behalf of an account holder are purged upon deletion of that user’s account, although The Citizen may retain such information for longer periods of time as part of its back-up emergency system.
DISCLOSURE OF PERSONALLY-IDENTIFYING INFORMATION
We neither rent nor sell your personal information to anyone. We share your personal information only with your consent or to our business partners and affiliates as described below:
The Citizen discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, agents and contractors that (1) need to know that information in order to process it on The Citizen’s behalf or to provide services available at or through The Citizen’s websites and services, and (2) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, agents and contractors may be located outside of your home country; by using The Citizen’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them.
We are affiliated with a variety of businesses and work closely with them in order to provide our services to users. We will only share personal information with affiliates to the extent that is necessary for such affiliates to provide the services.
For example, when a website visitor searches on The Citizen, the IP address and query may be shared with The Citizen’s advertising partners. We require our affiliates to provide the same level of privacy protection that we do and they do not have the right to share or use personal information for any purpose other than for an authorized transaction. Some of our affiliates may be located outside of your home country; by using The Citizen’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them.
If The Citizen or substantially all of its assets were transferred or acquired (for example, in the case of a merger or acquisition) customer information would likely be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party.
The Citizen may disclose potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information when The Citizen believes in good faith that release is required by law, court order, or when The Citizen believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of The Citizen, third parties or the public at large.
If you are a registered member of one or more of The Citizen’s websites and have supplied your email address, The Citizen may periodically send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with The Citizen and our products.
If you are a registered member of The Citizen website and do not wish to receive such emails, please follow the instructions included in each email sent. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users.
CONDITIONS OF USE
The Citizen’s full contact information, including location, may be found on our front page in the far left column at the bottom.