Introduction

Fostering Media Connections, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation (together with its affiliates, “Fostering Media Connections”) that operates The Chronicle of Social Change (the “Chronicle”) is committed to protecting the privacy of its subscribers and other users (each, a “User”) of its online services.  This Privacy Policy describes the types of information we may collect from you or that you may provide when you visit the website www.chronicleofsocialchange.org (the “Chronicle Website”) and our practices for collecting, storing, using, maintaining, protecting and disclosing information collected from Users.  This Privacy Policy applies to information Fostering Media Connections collects from the Chronicle Website, in email, text and other electronic messages between you and Fostering Media Connections and all products and services offered by Fostering Media Connections. It does not apply to information collected by Chronicle staff offline or through any other means, including on any other website operated by Chronicle staff or any third party, including through any application or content (including advertising) that may link to or be accessible from the Chronicle Website.

Please read this Privacy Policy carefully to understand Fostering Media Connections’ policies and practices regarding your information and how we will treat it. If you do not agree with these policies and practices, your choice is not to use the Chronicle Website. By accessing or using the Chronicle Website, you agree to this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy may change from time to time. Your continued use of the Chronicle Website after changes are made is deemed to be acceptance of those changes, so please check the policy periodically for updates.

Information Fostering Media Connections Collects About You and How It is Collected

Fostering Media Connections collects several types of information from and about users of the Chronicle Website, including information (i) by which you may be personally identified (“personally identifiable information”), (ii) that is about you but individually does not identify you (“non-personally identifiable information”) and/or (iii) about your internet connection, the equipment you use to access the Chronicle Website and usage details.

Fostering Media Connections collects this information: (i) directly from you when you provide it to Fostering Media Connections, (ii) automatically as you navigate through the site (which may include usage details, IP addresses and information collected through cookies and, (iii) from third parties, for example, Fostering Media Connections’ partners.

Personally identifiable information

Fostering Media Connections may collect personally identifiable information from Users in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, when Users visit the site, subscribe to a newsletter, and in connection with other activities, services, features or resources available on the Chronicle Website. Personally identifiable information may include name, postal address, email address, telephone number or other similar information. Users may be asked for, as appropriate, name, email address, mailing address, phone number and credit card information. Users may, however, visit the Chronicle Website anonymously.  Fostering Media Connections will collect personally identifiable information from Users only if they voluntarily submit such information to us. Users can always refuse to supply personally identifiable information, except that it may prevent them from engaging in certain Chronicle Website-related activities.

Non-personally identifiable information

Fostering Media Connections may collect non-personally identifiable information about Users whenever they interact with the Chronicle Website. Non-personally identifiable information may include the browser name, the type of computer and technical information about Users’ means of connection to the Chronicle Website, such as the operating system and the Internet service providers utilized, and other similar information.

Web browser cookies

The Chronicle Website may use “cookies” to enhance User experience. User’s web browser places cookies on their hard drive for record-keeping purposes and sometimes to track information about them. User may choose to set their web browser to refuse cookies, or to alert you when cookies are being sent. Note that refusing cookies may cause some parts of the Chronicle Website to function improperly.

Information You Provide to Fostering Media Connections

You may also provide information to be published or displayed (hereinafter, “posted”) on public areas of the Chronicle Website, or transmitted to other users of the Chronicle Website or third parties (collectively, “User Contributions”).  Your User Contributions are posted and transmitted to others at your own risk.

How Fostering Media Connections Uses Your Information

Fostering Media Connections may use information that we collect or that you provide to us, including any personally identifiable information for the following purposes:

  • To present the Chronicle Website and its contents to you.
  • To provide you with information, products or services you request from us.
  • To fulfill any other purpose for which you provide it.
  • To carry out Fostering Media Connections’ obligations and enforce Fostering Media Connections’ rights arising from any contracts entered into between you and Fostering Media Connections or its affiliates, including for billing and collection.
  • To notify you about changes to the Chronicle Website or any products or services we offer or provide through it.
  • To aggregate data and perform statistical analysis.
  • In any other way we may describe when you provide the information.
  • For any other purpose with your consent.

How Fostering Media Connections Protects Your Information

Fostering Media Connections utilizes commercially reasonable data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures to protect against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction of your personal information, username, password, transaction information and data stored on the Chronicle Website.

[Sensitive and private data exchange between the Chronicle Website and its Users happens over a SSL secured communication channel and is encrypted and protected with digital signatures.]

Please note that no security system or system of transmitting data over the Internet can be guaranteed to be entirely secure, and we cannot warrant the security of any information you transmit to us.

Disclosure of Your Information

Fostering Media Connections may disclose aggregated information about its Users, and information that does not identify any individual, without restriction.  Fostering Media Connections may disclose personally identifiable information that we collect or you provide: (i) to contractors, service providers or other third parties we use to support our business, (ii) to fulfill the purposes for which you provide it, (iii) for any other purpose disclosed by the Fostering Media Connections when you provide the information or (iv) with your consent. Fostering Media Connections may also disclose personally identifiable information if required to do so by law or if the Fostering Media Connections in good faith believes that such action is necessary to (i) comply with the law or with legal process, (ii) protect and defend Fostering Media Connections’ rights and property, (iii) protect against misuse or unauthorized use of the Chronicle Website, or (iv) protect the personal safety or property of Fostering Media Connections’ users or the public.

Third Party Websites

Users may find advertising or other content on the Chronicle Website that link to the sites and services of our partners, suppliers, advertisers, sponsors, licensors and other third parties.  Fostering Media Connections does not control the content or links that appear on these sites and is not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from the Chronicle Website. In addition, these sites or services, including their content and links, may be constantly changing. These sites and services may have their own privacy policies and customer service policies. Browsing and interaction on any other website, including websites which have a link to the Chronicle Website, is subject to that website’s own terms and policies, and we recommend that you read the terms and privacy policies of each website that you visit.

Advertising

Ads appearing on the Chronicle Website may be delivered to Users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile non-personally identifiable information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This privacy policy does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Google Adsense

Some of the ads may be served by Google. Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to Users based on their visit to our Site and other sites on the Internet. DART uses non-personally identifiable information and does NOT track personally identifiable information about you. You may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy at http://www.google.com/privacy_ads.html

Personal Information From Children

We do not knowingly solicit or collect personal information from individuals under the age of thirteen (13). If you believe that we may have collected information from an individual under the age of thirteen (13) without verifiable parental consent, please contact us at info@chronicleofsocialchange.org.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

Fostering Media Connections has the discretion to update this Privacy Policy at any time. When this occurs, the Fostering Media Connections will revise the updated date at the bottom of this page. Fostering Media Connections encourages Users to frequently check this page for any changes to stay informed about how Fostering Media Connections is helping to protect the personal information we collect. You acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to review this privacy policy periodically and to apprise yourself of modifications.

Your Acceptance of These Terms

By using the Chronicle Website, you signify your acceptance of this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this Privacy Policy, please do not use the Chronicle Website. Your continued use of the Chronicle Website following the posting of changes to this policy will be deemed your acceptance of those changes.

Contacting Fostering Media Connections

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, please contact:

The Chronicle of Social Change
www.chronicleofsocialchange.org
PO Box 2343, San Francisco, CA 94126
415-416-6187
info@chronicleofsocialchange.org

This document was last updated on April 15, 2015.

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