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Privacy Policy

Effective Date: May 20, 2020

We are committed to protecting your privacy. This privacy policy describes how we collect, use, store, share and protect the information collected through the website.

This privacy policy is incorporated into and subject to the Terms of Service (ToS) and Terms of Use (ToU). Capitalized words used but not defined in this Privacy Policy have the meaning given to them in the ToS or ToU.

PLEASE READ THIS PRIVACY POLICY CAREFULLY because it affects your rights under the law. You confirm that you have read and agreed to be bound by this privacy policy. If you do not agree with this privacy policy, you cannot use, access, create or publish in the website. This privacy policy may change as we continuously improve the website, so please check it periodically.

Please be advised that the practices described in this privacy policy apply only to information gathered online through the website. It does not apply to information that you may submit to us offline, or to sites maintained by other companies or organizations to which we may link or who may link to us.

We reserve the right to modify or amend the privacy policy from time to time without notice. Your continued use of the website following the posting of changes to these terms will mean you accept those changes. If we intend to apply the modifications or amendments to this privacy policy retroactively or to personal data already in our possession, we will provide you with notice of the modifications or amendments.

  • 1. YOUR DATA
    • 1.1. We collect two basic types of information from you from your use of the website: personal data and non-personal data.
  • 2. PERSONAL DATA
    • 2.1. Personal data is any information that can individually identify you and includes, among other things, your name, e-mail address, and town information.
    • 2.2. As a general matter, you can browse the website without submitting your personal data to us. However, there are a number of circumstances in which you may supply us with your personal data.
    • 2.3. The following are the most common ways through which you give your personal data:
    • 2.3.1. Registration for an account on the website.
    • 2.3.2. Registration for a subscription.
    • 2.3.3. Signing up to receive e-mail newsletters or e-mail alerts from us.
    • 2.3.4. Signing up to receive e-mail offers from us or our partners.
    • 2.3.5. Requesting for service or other assistance.
    • 2.3.6. Participating in surveys, panels, or market research in the website.
    • 2.3.7. Participating in special events and promotions in the website.
    • 2.3.8. Entering in contests or sweepstakes in the website.
    • 2.3.9. Participating in communities, chat rooms and comment threads, other fora, and other interactive services in the website.
    • 2.3.10. Submission of user content on any part of the website that permit it.
    • 2.3.11. Creation, submission or publication of an article.
    • 2.3.12. Any other place in the website where you knowingly volunteer to give personal data.
  • 3. PERSONAL DATA FROM OR THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITES
    • 3.1. When you interact with the website or your account through a social media platform, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, LinkedIn, YouTube, or Pinterest, we may collect the personal data that you make available to us on that page including your account ID or “handle.” we will comply with the privacy policies of the corresponding social media platform and we will only collect and store such personal data that we are permitted to collect by these social media platforms.
    • 3.2. If you choose to link or sign in to your account with or through a social networking service, we and that service may share certain information about you and your activities. With your consent, we also may share information about you and your activities, including what your name, town, what you view on the website, with that social network’s users.
  • 4. NON-PERSONAL DATA
    • 4.1. Non-personal data includes information that does not personally identify you, but may include tracking and usage information about your location, demographics, use of the website and the internet.
    • 4.2. When you interact with the website, we may collect certain non-personal data and our servers may automatically keep an activity log of your use of the website.
    • 4.3. Generally, we collect and store the following non-personal data:
    • 4.3.1. Demographic information such as age, gender, and five digit zip code as part of collecting personal data;
    • 4.3.2. Neighborhood information.
    • 4.3.3. Device information about your computer, mobile device, or other device that you use to access the website. This information may include IP address, geolocation information, unique device identifiers, browser type, browser language, and other transactional information.
    • 4.3.4. Usage information about your use of the website. This information includes a reading history of the pages you view.
    • 4.3.5. Additional “traffic information” such as time of access, date of access, software crash reports, session identification number, access times, and referring site addresses.
    • 4.3.6. Your search terms and search results.
    • 4.3.7. Other information regarding your use of the website.
  • 5. SOURCE IP ADDRESS/LOCATION DATA
    • 5.1. We collect and store your device’s source IP address which may disclose the location of your device at the time you access the website. Advertisements and certain content may be directed to you as a result of this information.
    • 5.2. In addition, in some cases the website can deliver content based on your current location if you choose to enable that feature. If you enable that feature, your current location will be stored locally on your device which will be used by the website to serve you certain content tied to your location. If you elect to have your location-based searches saved to your history, we will store such information on our servers.
  • 6. PERSONAL AND NON-PERSONAL DATA FROM OTHER SOURCES
    • 6.1. We may also collect and store information about you that we receive from other sources to, among other things, enable us to update and correct the information contained in our database and to better customize your experience on the website.
  • 7. TECHNOLOGIES WE USE
    • 7.1. Cookies. We use “cookies,” which are small text files that are stored on your computer or equipment when you visit certain online pages that record your preferences and actions. We use cookies to track use of the website and online services. We may also use cookies to monitor traffic, improve the website and make it easier and/or relevant for your use.
    • 7.2. You may occasionally get cookies from companies advertising on our behalf. We do not control these cookies, and these cookies are not subject to this privacy policy.
    • 7.3. You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but, if you prefer, you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies. If you delete your cookies or if you set your web browser to decline cookies, some features of the website may not work or may not work as designed.
    • 7.4. If you do not wish to allow cookies to be placed on your computer or device, you can configure your web browser to opt-out or control the use of cookies. Please note that the interest-based advertising opt outs may rely on the use of cookies. If you disable or delete cookies, you may remove your opt-out preferences. Deleting and/or controlling the use of cookies AND opting-out li will help to ensure that you do not receive interest-based advertising. Again, this does not mean that you will not receive ads, it simply means that you will not receive ads that are tailored to your web preferences and usage patterns.
    • 7.5. Except as otherwise disclosed in this privacy policy, we do not respond to browser do not track signals or other mechanisms that provide a method to opt out of the collection of information across the networks of sites and online services in which we participate; if we do so in the future, we will describe how we do so here.
    • 7.6. Beacons. We may also use web beacons or flash cookies. A web beacon or flash cookie (also known as “action tags,” “tracer tags,” or “single-pixel gifs”) is an invisible graphic on a web page that is programmed to collect non-personal data about your use of a given site. We do not share or provide personal data we may collect through such web beacons, such as names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers without your express permission.
    • 7.7. Web storage. We may also use “web storage” to store information about your use of the website. Web storage is a feature in some browsers that permits sites to store information within your browser rather within a cookie. This should make this information more secure and make your browser perform better. We do not share or provide personal data we may store in web storage, such as names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers without your express permission.
    • 7.8. We work with third-party advertising companies who may utilize flash or enhanced cookies or web beacons to better provide advertisements about goods and services that may be of interest to you. These partners do not have access to or use your name, address, e-mail address, telephone number or other personal data from us. They may, however, anonymously track your Internet usage across other sites in their networks beyond these websites.
    • 7.9. Google analytics. We may use Google Analytics on the website to create user navigation reports for our website administrators. We take measures to protect the technical information collected by our use of google analytics. Your personal data will only be used on a need to know basis to resolve technical issues, to administer the website and identify visitor preferences. Any statistical reports or website traffic information are exclusively accessed by authorized personnel within our company. We do not use any of this information to identify visitors and we do not share it with third parties. Google operates independently from us and has its own privacy policy in place, which we strongly suggest you review (google privacy policy). Google may use the information collected by our use of google analytics to evaluate users' activity on our website. For more information, see google analytics privacy and data sharing.
  • 8. ACCOUNT DATA

    We store the following information that you provide in your account:

    • 8.1. Your name, city, state, gender and birthday.
    • 8.2. Your username and password.
    • 8.3. Third-Party services that you allowed to contact you;
    • 8.4. Your interaction history.
    • 8.5. Your account page information, including your likes about your town.
    • 8.6. If you are a reporter, your goals, articles and history in the website.
  • 9. COMBINATION OF DATA
    • 9.1. We use the information from one portion of the website on other portions of website in our network of websites, all of which are owned and operated by us, and we may combine information gathered from multiple portions of the website into a single user record. We also use and/or combine information that we collect or receive from third party sources to enhance, expand, and check the accuracy of your user records.
  • 10. GENERAL USE OF DATA
    • 10.1. Except as disclosed in this privacy policy, we do not disclose your personal data to any companies not part of the WikiXM LLC or its subsidiaries or related entities. Although, as disclosed below, we may provide your information to our partners, in no event will we sell or rent your personal data as part of a user list or similar transaction.
    • 10.2. General uses. We use the information we learn from you to help us personalize and continually improve your experience on the website. We may use your personal and non-personal data in the following ways:
    • 10.2.1. Provide you with the content, products and services you request.
    • 10.2.2. Post your content to the website as you requested.
    • 10.2.3. Communicate with you about your account or transactions with us.
    • 10.2.4. Send you information about features and enhancements on or to the website.
    • 10.2.5. Communicate with you about changes to our policies.
    • 10.2.6. Communicate with you about your comment to a news.
    • 10.2.7. Personalize content and experiences on the website, including providing you recommendations based on your preferences.
    • 10.2.8. Send you newsletters, offers and promotions for our products and services, third party products and services, or special events by e-mail, text, or another medium.
    • 10.2.9. Provide you with advertising, including advertising based on your activity on the website or activity on third party sites and applications.
    • 10.2.10. Administer our loyalty programs.
    • 10.2.11. Optimize or improve our products, services and operations.
    • 10.2.12. Detect, investigate, and prevent activities that may violate our policies or be illegal.
  • 11. SHARING OF DATA
    • 11.1. Third-Party agents. We have third party agents, subsidiaries, affiliates and partners that perform functions on our behalf, such as hosting, billing, content syndication, content management tools, social media integration, marketing, analytics, user service, fraud protection, etc. These entities have access to the personal data needed to perform their functions and are contractually obligated to maintain the confidentiality and security of that personal data. They are restricted from using, selling, distributing or altering this information in any way other than to provide the requested services to the website.
    • 11.2. Business partners and third parties. We may share your personal data with our business partners or co-marketers from time to time. We may also share your personal data with third parties that provide products and services that we think you may be interested in. Although our treatment of your personal data is governed by this privacy policy, the business partner or third party’s treatment of your personal data will be governed by the business partner or third party’s privacy policy. You may withdraw your consent to our sharing of your personal data with business partners and third parties at any time.
    • 11.3. Emergency situations. We may also use or disclose personal data if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to (a) conform to applicable law or comply with legal process served on us or the website; (b) protect and defend our rights or property, the website or our users, and (c) act under emergency circumstances to protect the personal safety of us, our affiliates, agents, or the users of the website or the public.
    • 11.4. Requirement by law. We may disclose your information if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with state and federal laws, in response to a court order, judicial or other government subpoena or warrant, or to otherwise cooperate with law enforcement or other governmental agencies.
    • 11.5. We also reserve the right to disclose your information that we believe, in good faith, is appropriate or necessary to (a) take precautions against liability, (b) protect us or others from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful uses or activity, (c) investigate and defend us against any third-party claims or allegations, (d) protect the security or integrity of the website and any facilities or equipment used to make the website available, or (e) protect our property or other legal rights (including, but not limited to, enforcement of our agreements), or the rights, property, or safety of others.
  • 12. USE OF NON-PERSONAL DATA
    • 12.1. We may disclose or share non-personal data (or other information, other than personal data) in any other manner that we deem appropriate or necessary.
    • 12.2. Among other things, we will disclose non-personal data to third parties to help us determine how users use parts of the website and who our users are so we can improve the website.
    • 12.3. We will also disclose non-personal data to our partners and other third parties about how our users collectively use the website.
  • 13. STORING AND SECURING YOUR PERSONAL DATA
    • 13.1. We are committed to ensuring the security of your personal data. We exercise great care in providing secure transmission of your information from your device to our servers. Personal data collected by the website are stored in secure operating environments that are not available to the public.
    • 13.2. Our security procedures mean that we may occasionally request proof of identity before we disclose your personal data to you.
    • 13.3. Please understand, however, that while we try our best to safeguard your personal data once we receive it, no transmission of information over the Internet or any other public network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure.
  • 14. DATA RETENTION
    • 14.1. We only retain the information collected from you for as long as your account is active or otherwise for a limited period of time as long as we need it to fulfill the purposes for which we have initially collected it, unless otherwise required by law.
    • 14.2. Subject to section 21.2, we will permanently delete your account, including all your personal data therein, as soon as reasonably practicable within 12 months of termination of your account.
    • 14.3. If you have specifically requested for an earlier deletion of your data, we shall fulfill such request within one month of receipt of such request.
    • 14.4. We will retain and use information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements as follows.
  • 15. LINKS TO OR FROM ANOTHER WEBSITE
    • 15.1. The website may contain links to other sites operated by our affiliates or third parties. Please be advised that the practices described in this privacy policy do not apply to information gathered through these other sites. We are not responsible for the actions and privacy policies of third parties and other sites.
  • 16. PUBLIC AREAS
    • 16.1. Please remember that any information you share in public areas, such as message boards or feedback sections, becomes public and anyone may take and use that information. Please be careful about what you disclose and do not post any personal data that you expect to keep private. Please consult the applicable guidelines, if any, for use of our chat rooms and other community areas for more information.
  • 17. INTEREST-BASED ADVERTISING
    • 17.1. To help ensure that you receive ads that are relevant to your interests on the website, our advertisers’ services, and elsewhere on the Internet, we and third-parties (including service providers, advertisers, and advertising companies) may collect information about your online activities over time and across different sites, apps, and devices. We and third parties may use that information to help understand audience segments. Advertisers may use the segments to determine the audience groups to which they wish to deliver particular ads. Through this process, we do not use information that directly identifies you.
    • 17.2. You can opt out of receiving interest-based advertising on your computer or laptop from some companies, including us and our service providers.
    • 17.3. If you wish to opt out of receiving interest-based advertising on your mobile device, please see the advertising preferences information on support.apple.com for iOS devices or support.google.com for android devices.
    • 17.4. Opting out does not mean you will no longer receive advertising. It means that the company or companies from which you opted out will no longer deliver ads tailored to your web preferences and usage patterns.
  • 18. YOUR CHOICES
    • 18.1. In general, if you register on the website, you may update the information you have provided to us.
    • 18.2. When you register on the website, you may be able to indicate your preferences regarding marketing communications. You may be able to change those preferences and select the categories of communications that interest you.
    • 18.3. You will not be able to opt-out of receiving certain service-related or transactional communications relating to the website unless you cancel your registration or subscription.
    • 18.4. Even after your account is canceled, we may retain your information for the purposes set forth in this privacy policy.
  • 19. YOUR RIGHT TO ACCESS
    • 19.1. We provide you with reasonable access to the personal data that you may provide through the website.
  • 20. YOUR RIGHT TO WITHDRAW CONSENT
    • 20.1. At any time, you may legitimately object to the processing of your personal data, except if otherwise provided by applicable law. You may decline to share certain personal data with us, in which case we may not be able to provide to you some of the features and functionality of the website.
    • 20.2. You may update, correct, or delete your account data and preferences at any time by accessing your account settings page on the website. If you wish to access or amend any other personal data we hold about you, or to request that we delete any information about you that we have obtained from an Integrated service, you may contact us. Please note that while any changes you make will be reflected in active user databases instantly or within a reasonable period of time, we may retain all information you submit for backups, archiving, prevention of fraud and abuse, analytics, satisfaction of legal obligations, or where we otherwise reasonably believe that we have a legitimate reason to do so.
    • 20.3. We will however retain your information needed for administrative and transactional communications.
  • 21. EMAIL PRIVACY POLICY
    • 1. If you wish to subscribe to our updates, we ask only for your email address.
    • 2. We may allow you to view and modify settings relating to the nature and frequency of promotional communications that you receive from us in the account functionality on the website.
    • 3. You may opt-out from receiving commercial email from us, and any other promotional communications that we may send to you from time to time by modifying your account settings, by following the instructions contained within the email, by sending your request to us by email, or by writing to us at the address given at the end of this policy.
    • 4. Please be aware that if you opt-out of receiving commercial email from us or otherwise modify the nature or frequency of promotional communications you receive from us, it may take up to ten business days for us to process your request, and you may receive promotional communications from us that you have opted-out from during that period.
    • 5. Additionally, even after you opt-out from receiving commercial messages from us, you will continue to receive administrative messages from us regarding the website.
  • 23. NOTICE TO NON-US USERS
    • 23.1. The website is published in the United States. We attempt to protect the personal data of all users of the website and we attempt to comply with local information protection and consumer rights laws to the extent they may apply to the website, but the website is located and targeted to United States citizens and our policies are directed at compliance with those laws.
    • 23.2. If you are uncertain whether this privacy policy conflicts with the applicable local privacy laws where you are located, you should not submit your personal data to us.
    • 23.3. If you are located outside the United States of America, you should be aware that your personal data will be transferred to the United States of America, the laws of which may be deemed by the your country to have inadequate information protection.
    • 23.4. If you are located in a country outside the United States of America and voluntarily submit personal data to us, you hereby consent to the general use of such information as provided in this privacy policy and to the transfer of that information to, and/or storage of that information in, the United States of America.
  • 24. NO PERSONAL DATA FROM CHILDREN
    • 24.1. We do not knowingly collect personal data from children under 13 years of age. The website is not directed to children under the age of 13. We will not knowingly allow children under 13 to register for or become users of the website.
    • 24.2. If you are under 13 years of age, you should not provide personal data to us.
    • 24.3. If we discover that a child under the age of 13 has provided us with personal data and we do not have parental consent, we will immediately delete that child’s information.
  • 25. California PRIVACY RIGHTS
    • 25.1. California civil code section 1798.83 permits users of the website who are California residents to request certain information regarding its disclosure of their personal data to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please send us an e-mail.
  • 26. ASSIGNMENT
    • 26.1. We may change our ownership or corporate organization while providing the website and services. We may also sell certain assets associated with the website. As a result, please be aware that in such event, we may transfer some or all of your information to a company acquiring all or part of our assets or to another company with which we have merged. Under such circumstances we would, to the extent possible, require the acquiring party to follow the practices described in this privacy policy, as it may be amended from time to time. Nevertheless, we cannot promise that an acquiring company or the merged company will have the same privacy practices or treat your information the same as described in this privacy policy.
  • 27. CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY
    • 27.1. As the website continue to develop, we may add new services and features to the website. In the event that these additions affect our privacy policy, this document will be updated appropriately. We will post those changes prominently so that you will always know what information we gather, how we might use that information and whether we will disclose it to anyone. We do, however, recommend that you read this privacy policy each time you use the website in case you missed our notice of changes to the privacy policy. We will not, however, materially change our policies and practices to make them less protective of personal data we have previously collected from you without your express consent.
  • 28. CONTACT US
    • 28.1. If you do not understand any of the foregoing terms and conditions or if you have any questions or comments, please contact us through WikiXM LLC, 14205 SE 36th St, Suite 100, Bellevue, WA. 98006, United States or email us at info@wikixm.com