We collect two types of information through our Site. “PII” means “personally identifiable information,” which is information that identifies you personally, either alone or in combination with other information available to us (including without limitation your name, email address, mailing address, or other personal information). “Non-PII” means “non-personally identifiable information” or information which alone does not identify you (however, in some circumstances Non-PII may be combined with PII in order to identify a specific individual).
In order to access or use certain features of our Site, you may be required to voluntarily register and submit certain PII through our Site. The use of these features is purely optional, so you are not required to submit any PII to us if you do not wish to do so. For example, you may wish to provide PII to comment on articles, subscribe to our online newsletters, or submit feedback to us. This information may include your name, email address, and other information you voluntarily provide. We also collect Non-PII through our Site. The Non-PII collected does not by itself identify you personally. Non-PII collected through our Site includes: information sent to us automatically by your web browser such as the web page you were visiting when you accessed our Site, the operating system and browser you are using, the date and time of your visit, user traffic patterns and content accessed throughout our Site, and other data. This information allows us to better tailor our Content to our readers' needs, to improve our Site, and to help our advertisers and sponsors better understand our audience. We may also allow certain advertising networks or third party service providers (for example, companies providing data services on our Site) to track Non-PII of users who visit our Site.
The Network Advertising Initiative (“NAI”), a cooperative group of ad serving providers that has developed a set of privacy principles to which its members adhere, provides a website offering more information about behavioral advertising practices and your choices about not having certain Non-PII used by certain companies in order to target advertisements to you, as well as information about NAI and third party ad servers in general. You may visit the NAI site at www.networkadvertising.org/optout_nonppii.asp.
Washington Examiner or our third party service providers may use PII or Non-PII collected on our Site:
We may create aggregate reports on user demographics and traffic patterns for advertisers, sponsors and partners. This allows our advertisers to advertise more effectively, and allows our users to receive advertisements that are pertinent to their interests. We will not intentionally collect (nor intentionally provide to an advertiser or sponsor) information that a personally-identified user clicked on any particular ad. However, by clicking on, otherwise interacting with or viewing an ad, you are consenting to the possibility that the advertiser will make the assumption that you meet the targeting criteria used to display the ad, and this may lead to similar ads being targeted to you on our Site and potentially on other Sites.
We may share your PII with: (i) our current or future affiliates, subsidiaries, parent company, or other related entities ("Related Entities"); (ii) companies and organizations that perform services on our behalf (such as data storage, web hosting, or other services); and (iii) carefully selected third parties for purposes relating to Washington Examiner or third party services or promotions we believe would be of interest to you, marketing activities, ad targeting as described herein, or other purposes relevant to the business of Washington Examiner or our Related Entities.
We may share analyses of our server logs, including details regarding Site usage and general information about our audience, with current or potential advertisers or business partners. Such disclosures will refer only to general, aggregate usage data from these analyses - never specific identifying information.
If you choose to register and post comments on our Site, please be aware that any PII (including photos) you post on our Site or make available via logging in with your other social media accounts (within your profile, comments, or otherwise), will automatically be visible to the general public, and will potentially remain on the Site indefinitely. To the extent you have posted PII in your public user profile, in articles or comments on the Site, or otherwise in a publicly displayed manner on our Site, that information is available to the general public and can be used in connection with distribution and promotion of such content to third parties, for news reporting related to the article or comment in which the PII is located on our Site, or for other similar purposes, due to the fact that the information became public when you posted it on our Site. If you register on our Site using a third party social media account, the comments you post on our Site (and any responses to those comments) may automatically be posted to the applicable third party social media sites in addition to our Site, and any such comments will be subject to those social media websites’ policies.
Third party websites, including our partners, advertisers, affiliates and other content providers featured on our Site or accessible through links on our Site, may have their own privacy and data collection policies and practices. You may encounter these third party sites through links in our articles, third party content widgets or excerpts on our Site, advertisements, features, or promotions featured on or accessible via links from our Site. We do not have any control over these third parties’ use of the information you may provide to them. Washington Examiner is not responsible for the actions or policies of such third parties and is not liable to you for any claims that may arise from your interaction with those third parties or their sites. You should exercise caution and check the applicable privacy policies of those third parties when providing PII or another party’s information on a feature or page operated by a third party.
Consistent with the Federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), we will never knowingly request or collect PII from anyone under the age of 13 without requesting parental consent. The Site is not directed at nor targeted to children under the age of 13 and we do not use the Site to knowingly solicit PII from or market to children under the age of 13. If you are under the age of 13, do not provide us with any PII. If we learn that someone under 13 has provided PII to the Site, we will use reasonable efforts to remove such information from our databases.
Washington Examiner protects data provided by users to the extent we believe necessary based on the information provided. Only authorized individuals have access to the PII provided by our Site’s users.
We respect your right to make choices about the ways we collect, use and disclose your PII. If you have registered on our Site in any manner, you may update or modify your information or change your preferences at any time by contacting us through the Contact Us form on our Site. If you have not registered on our Site or you are having trouble updating your information and you wish to review or modify PII we may have collected about you, please email us through the Contact Us form on our Site.