Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy
Visitors to the websites of Harpswell Anchor and Harpswell News (collectively, “Harpswell News) and persons who send personal information to both organizations by other means (e.g., written letters, donations, survey responses, etc.) should be aware of what information we gather about them, how we use it, and how we work to protect it.  By using our websites or submitting your personal information to the Harpswell News, you consent to information practices outlined in this Privacy Policy. 

 

Information Collection
Harpswell News may collect personal information about you via registration for events, commenting, donations, and other means. Where you have an opportunity to supply information about yourself you may choose not to provide requested information but in such cases you may not be able to use certain functions on this website.
Except for providing a public list of donors’ names, we will not release your name, email address or any other personal information to anyone outside Harpswell News without your consent, unless we are under a legal order to do so, or there is an emergency involving danger to a person or property. We will not provide our advertisers or anyone else outside Harpswell News with any information specific to you unless we have your consent.


Personally Identifiable Information is information that can be used to contact you or to determine your specific identity.  If other information is linked to such information, it also becomes Personally Identifiable Information. If you chose to provide your Personally Identifiable Information to Harpswell News for the purposes of a third-party contest, survey or event, your consent shall be deemed to be given for the release of your personally identifiable information with regard to that third party only, in addition to Harpswell News. Only authorized Harpswell News employees or consultants are allowed access to Personally Identifiable Information about you. Any employee or consultant who violates our privacy and security policies is subject to disciplinary action.  We occasionally have service contractors, third party agents, subsidiaries, affiliates, and joint ventures that perform functions on our behalf, including but not limited to credit card processing and website hosting. They have access to Personally Identifiable Information needed to perform their functions, and are contractually obligated to maintain the confidentiality and security of the data. They are restricted from using or altering this data in anyway other than to provide the requested services to Harpswell News. In addition, we may always share, disclose, and transfer all information, postings, and any and all other personal and non-personal information we have collected to a successor-entity in the case of the sale of the assets of Harpswell News, corporate reorganization, merger, change in control, or other similar transaction.

Remember that any information you share in public areas, such as the Harpswell News comments area, becomes public and therefore this Privacy Policy does not apply to any information you choose to make public. We encourage visitors to and users of Harpswell News to be cautious about what they disclose and that they do not post comments containing any Personally Identifiable Information that they expect to keep private.

Use and Disclosure of User and Anonymous Information
User Information is any information other than Personally Identifiable Information, that is submitted to Harpswell News by an individual or business in connection with communications with Harpswell News.  Aggregated User Information that is derived from Personally Identifiable Information of multiple users but does not reveal specific information about an individual or business, is not considered Personally Identifiable Information. Harpswell News will not publicly reveal any Personally Identifiable Information or User Information that is requested to be identified as “Anonymous” except to the extent required by law. 


Harpswell News may use Personally Identifiable Information to:
-improve the Harpswell News website and service, to monitor traffic and general usage patterns, and for other general business purposes.
-inform publishers as to what content is appealing to readers, and to advise potential donors so that they may better understand Harpswell News’s user base. 

  

Cookies
A cookie is a small amount of data, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier that is sent to your browser from a web site’s servers and stored on your computer. Each website can send its own cookies to your browser if your browser’s preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) most browsers only permit a web site to access the cookies that the same web site has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other sites.
Harpswell News may use cookies to identify you as a repeat visitor or customer of the website, to maintain session information for logged in users, and to track usage trends and patterns in order to better understand and improve areas of our website.
Harpswell News has no control over whether and how our advertisers use cookies that originate from their website. You are always free to decline our cookies if your browser permits, but you may not be able to take full advantage of our site’s features.
We may use third-party advertising companies to serve ads on our behalf.  These companies may employ cookies and action tags to measure advertising effectiveness. All computers and servers on the internet use IP addresses to recognize and communicate with each other. We collect IP addresses to administer and analyze our site and report aggregate, non-personal information (such as how many visitors we have). When you call up our site on your computer, our servers enter the IP address of that computer into a log. To maintain our users’ anonymity, we do not associate IP addresses with records containing personal information. We do not and cannot use cookies or IP address tracking to retrieve personal information from your computer.

Security
Harpswell News employs a number of security methods designed to prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure correct use of information. Your personal data will be stored within a database that is located behind a firewall for added security.
No data transmission over the Internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed to be secure.  As a result, while we try to protect your personal information, we cannot ensure or guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. We are not liable for the illegal acts of any third party. We do not encrypt normal web sessions, however, any transmission to the Harpswell News website or service of credit card information uses SSL encryption to help protect the data.

Links to Other Sites
Harpswell News provides links and pointers to Web sites maintained by other organizations. Harpswell News provides these links as a convenience to users, but it does not operate or control such sites. Harpswell News also disclaims any responsibility for the information on those sites and any products or services offered there, and cannot vouch for the privacy policies of such sites. Harpswell News does not make any warranties or representations that any linked sites, or this site, will function without error or interruption, that defects will be corrected, or that the sites and their servers are free of viruses and other problems that can harm your computer.

Opt Out
If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails that are sent to groups rather than you individually, we include detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email.

 

Children
Harpswell News is not directed to children (persons under the age of 18 and we do not knowingly collect, either online or offline, Personally Identifiable Information from children. If you believe that we have received information from a person under 18, please contact us by email at info@harpswellanchor.org or in writing at 

Harpswell News

P.O. Box 448

Harpswell, ME  04079

and we will take appropriate action.

Changes to this Privacy Policy
Harpswell News may change its privacy policy from time to time.  If we make any changes regarding disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information to third parties, we will post notice of the new policy on our website].

Disclaimers and Limitations of Liability
ALTHOUGH WE TAKE REASONABLE STEPS TO PREVENT THE INTRODUCTION OF VIRUSES, WORMS, OR OTHER DESTRUCTIVE MATERIALS AND PROGRAMS TO OUR SITE, WE DO NOT GUARANTEE OR WARRANT THAT OUR SITE OR MATERIALS THAT MAY BE DOWNLOADED FROM OUR SITE ARE FREE FROM SUCH DESTRUCTIVE FEATURES. WE ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR HARM ATTRIBUTABLE TO SUCH FEATURES. WE ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, LOSS OR INJURY BASED ON ERRORS, OMISSIONS, INTERRUPTIONS OR OTHER INACCURACIES IN OUR SITE, NOR FOR ANY CLAIM, LOSS OR INJURY THAT RESULTS FROM YOUR USE OF THIS SITE OR YOUR BREACH OF ANY PROVISION OF THIS AGREEMENT.

Questions
If you have any questions regarding our Privacy Policy or our use of your information, please email info@harpswellanchor.org.