The Frederick News-Post recognizes the importance of protecting your privacy. This policy is intended to outline our legitimate business interests in collecting and using information, and your reasonable expectations of privacy. It applies to all News-Post websites, mobile platforms, apps, social media activities, contests, merchandise sales and related online components and technologies, such as advertising, marketing or registration platforms and the like, which are collectively referred to below as “Online Services.”
When you enter payment and personal information on our web pages, you will see that we use SSL certificates to encrypt your data as you submit it. Our internal systems and procedures are periodically reviewed for compliance with industry standards on data security.
The Frederick News-Post’s websites and other Online Services may contain links to other sites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of those sites.
We may collect personal information about you in various ways: Information you provide directly to us, information that we collect through the use of Online Services, and information we collect from publicly available sources or third parties.
Membership and registration. When you register, join, subscribe, complete a survey, enter a contest or interact with The Frederick News-Post by mail, phone, email, through Online Services or otherwise, you may be asked to give us personal information. The information required to use our Online Services varies, but it may include your name, age, email address, mailing address and phone number. For purchases, credit card and billing information may be required.
User-generated content and activities. We also collect information that you provide when you comment on articles or submit photos, videos, Letter to the Editor, feedback forms or other content to our Online Services.
Contests, events and special offers. We may request personal information when you enter a contest, place an classified ad, purchase an event ticket, order additional products or otherwise engage with our Online Services.
In addition to the information you provide to us directly, we automatically collect technical information related to your use of our Online Services. We may combine this automatically collected information with other information you provide us or with third-party information to improve our Online Services, provide content recommendations, improve our marketing, offer advertising and track access across devices to Online Services. We use a variety of technologies to manage and track usage of Online Services, including but not limited to:
We may receive information about you from publicly and commercially available sources, as permitted by law, which we may use in conjunction with other information that we receive directly from you.
We use the information that you provide to us, that we collect from your use of our Online Services and that we acquire from third parties in a variety of ways to improve your experience:
It is not the policy of The News-Post to sell or make available personally identifiable user information to unrelated third parties. We may share your personal information with the parties set out below for the purposes set out in this policy:
We may also disclose your personal information as required by law, such as to comply with a subpoena, or a similar legal process, when we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, protect your safety or the safety of others, investigate fraud, or respond to a government request, and to any other third party with your prior consent to do so, unless notification is prohibited by the applicable law.
We require all third parties to respect the security of your personal information and to treat it in accordance with the law. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal information for their own purposes and we only permit them to process your personal information for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.
The News-Post may allow registered users, members and subscribers to establish online identities and use social networking tools, which can include befriending other users, updating profile information, posting comments on other users' profiles and identifying pieces of content as something of interest. When you take advantage of these site features, you are agreeing to share personal information with other users. Users should keep in mind when posting a user name or email address on other user-posted content areas that their information, along with any information in their postings, can be read by any third parties and may result in unsolicited messages from other posters or third parties.
The News-Post may make use of or refer to user-posted content for the purposes of promoting Ogden Newspapers of Maryland, LLC publications, in print or online. The News-Post makes no claim of ownership to such user-posted content.
Content Posted on our Online Services. Most of our Online Services include information on how to remove your information or cancel the Online Service. You may alternatively send us an email at email@example.com identifying the services and information you would like removed. Please provide explicit reasons why we should remove the content. We reserve the right to decline requests for removal of information based on maintaining the historical and archival nature of our website(s).
Managing your Fredericknewspost.com account. If you are a member, you may access or modify your account through our Member Center – manage account page. If you are a registered user, you may access or modify your account through the User Dashboard.
Email. You may opt out of receiving messaging from us through the unsubscribe links and instructions contained in those email messages.
Targeted advertising. We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit websites operated by The News-Post. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, visit http://www.networkadvertising.org.
This children’s privacy statement explains our practices with respect to the online collection and use of personal information from children under the age of 13 and provides important information on your rights under federal law with respect to such information.
We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13. If we become aware that we have inadvertently received personally identifiable information from a user under the age of 13, we will delete such information from our records. Because we do not collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13, we also do not knowingly distribute such information to third parties. We do not knowingly allow children under the age of 13 to publicly post or otherwise distribute personally identifiable contact information. We do not condition a child’s participation in online activities on providing more personally identifiable information than is needed to participate in the activity.
Revised May 25, 2018.