Privacy Policy

Updated 5/26/10


The Free Press is updating its privacy policy because it is switching website providers, not because there are any significant changes in policy.

Information we gather

The Free Press, owner and operator of usmfreepress.org, will not collect any personal information not voluntarily supplied by the user while subscribing, registering, taking a survey, commenting or any other action in which the user was a willing and obvious participant.

The Free Press does gather information from its users that cannot be used to personally identify visitors. Such information includes, but is not limited to, the user’s general geographic location, browser and operating system information, Internet Service Provider, and other general information used to track trends in readership, personalize your experience, improve our website and target advertising.

How we use your information

The Free Press may use demographic and preference information to allow advertising on our websites to be targeted, in aggregate, to the users for whom they are most pertinent. The Free Press will not sell, rent, swap or authorize any third party to use your e-mail address without your permission. This also applies to any information that personally identifies you, except as noted immediately below. We do, however, share information about our audience in aggregate form. For example, we may want to know how long the average reader spends on our site, or which pages or features get the most attention. Any information you disclose in a message board post, along with your message board screen name or ID, becomes public and may be used by The Free Press for online and offline uses in any and all media.

How we protect your information

The Free Press will never sell, rent, swap or in any way distribute your personally identifiable information to any third-party organization without your permission. Personally identifiable information includes name, age, e-mail, address and phone number.

Regardless of your choices with respect to your information, The Free Press will disclose personal information when it believes in good faith that such disclosures are (a) required by law, including, for example, to comply with a court order or subpoena; or (b) will help enforce our terms of use, protect your safety or security and/or protect the safety and security of The Free Press, our Web sites, our property, or our employees; or (c) to protect the safety or security of third parties.

Electronic edition

The Free Press provides an e-mail edition of our newspaper for users who choose to receive it. If you decide to opt-in, you will receive e-mails from us at the frequency you designate. We may, from time to time, send you additional e-mails promoting new features or services on our site or in our paper edition. If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, we include detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email.

Use of cookies

The Free Press uses cookies to understand and save your preferences for future visits, keep track of advertisements and compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future.

Cookies are small files that a site stores on your computer. Cookies enable the site to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. If you wish, you may disable cookies and you will not be prevented from visiting our site.

IP Addresses

The Free Press logs Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for site administration and troubleshooting purposes. We also use this information in an aggregate fashion to track access to our Web sites. In addition, your IP address is logged every time you submit a form on our Web site.

Third party links

At our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our Web site. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

This site is in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act), and we do not knowingly collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.

Your Consent

By using our site, you consent to our privacy policy.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy we will post those changes on this page at least 15
days before they take effect and we will update the Privacy Policy modification date at the top of this page.

Contacting Us

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy you may call us at 207-780-4084, or e-mail editor@usmfreepress.org.