• Privacy Policy
    September 16,2014
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    Here's the basics on our privacy policy: Your personal information is your own, and we don't use any information we collect about you except to help you (for example, we look you up in our system using your name if you need help adjusting a setting or logging in), or in an aggregated form (for example, if 200 people use our site in Orwell, we may share that information with an advertiser. We will NEVER say to that advertiser, hey, one of those people in Orwell is Joe Smith, who visits our site 5 times a day, has a dog, three kids, makes $35,000 a year and is thinking about buying a snowmobile this year. That's just creepy, but that's what many internet companies are doing these days.)

    If you have any questions, you know where to find us - the contact info of our owners and managers is right here on the web site, and you can stop by and see us in person, too.

    - March 2012 The Herald Association, Inc. d/b/a Rutland Herald (the “Rutland Herald”) has adopted a set of information management guidelines which serve as the basis for our customer and advertiser relationships. These guidelines have been developed with the recognition that Internet technologies are rapidly evolving, and that underlying business models are still not established. Accordingly, guidelines are subject to change. Any such changes will be posted on this page. If the changes represent a material departure from our current practices with respect to the use of personal information, the changes will be posted on this page thirty days prior to taking effect and we will attempt to notify all registered users via email. This policy applies to our Web site and to the e-Editions of our publications.

    The Rutland Herald is not responsible for the content or the privacy policies of Web sites to which it may link.

    What information does The Rutland Herald gather/track about me?
    Information You Give Us: We receive and may store any information you enter on our Web site or give us in any other way. You provide most such information when you search, buy, subscribe, post, participate in a contest or questionnaire, or communicate with customer service. For example, you provide information when you search for a story; subscribe to RutlandHerald.com or one of our other online or print publications; provide information in your Account (and you might have more than one if you have used more than one e-mail address when registering with us) or your Profile; communicate with us by phone, e-mail, or otherwise; complete a questionnaire or a contest entry form; provide employer information when opening a corporate account; participate in Forums or other community features; provide and rate Reviews; or connect using social media services. As a result of those actions, you might supply us with such information as your name, address, and phone numbers; credit card information; e-mail addresses of other people; computer IP Address; content of reviews and e-mails to us; personal description and photograph in your Profile.

    Automatic Information: We receive and store certain types of information whenever you interact with us. For example, like many Web sites, we use "cookies," and we obtain certain types of information when your Web browser accesses RutlandHerald.com or advertisements and other content served by or on behalf of RutlandHerald.com on other Web sites.

    IP Addresses: The Rutland Herald logs IP addresses, or the location of your computer on the Internet, for systems administration, authentication and troubleshooting purposes.

    What About Cookies?
    Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we transfer to your computer's hard drive through your Web browser to enable our systems to recognize your browser.

    The Help portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether. Additionally, you can disable or delete similar data used by browser add-ons, such as Flash cookies, by changing the add-on's settings or visiting the Web site of its manufacturer. However, because cookies allow you to visit our e-Editions and web sites without logging in each time, we recommend that you leave them turned on. For instance, if you block or otherwise reject our cookies, you will have to enter your username and password every time you want to access our web sites.

    Does The Rutland Herald share the information it receives?
    Information about our customers is an important part of our business, and we are not in the business of selling it to others. We share customer information only as described below and with subsidiaries The Rutland Herald controls that either are subject to this Privacy Notice or follow practices at least as protective as those described in this Privacy Notice. We will not release personal information about you as an individual to third parties, except under the circumstances described in Compliance with Legal Process below.

    What does The Rutland Herald do with the information it gathers/tracks?

    Statistical Analysis and Banner Advertising:

    The Rutland Herald uses demographic and preference information to allow advertising on our site to be targeted in aggregate to groups of users. Personal information about you as an individual subscriber will not be provided to any third party without your consent, except under the circumstances described in Compliance with Legal Process below.

    The Rutland Herald also may perform statistical analyses of user behavior to measure interest in the various areas of our web site.

    In this statistical analyses and banner advertisement targeting, we will disclose information to third parties only in aggregate form.

    E-Mail: If you so elect at registration, The Rutland Herald will periodically send you promotional email about services offered by The Rutland Herald and its advertisers. The Rutland Herald may contact you regarding account status, changes to the subscriber agreement, and to confirm registration. We will also send you other e-mails only if you have opted to subscribe to them.

    The E-Mail This Article feature is an easy way for Rutland Herald to send articles through email. The e-mail addresses that you supply to use this service will not be used for any other purpose without your consent. The Rutland Herald does not send unsolicited e-mail.

    How Secure Is Information About Me?
    We work to protect the security of your information during transmission by using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software, which encrypts information you input.

    We reveal only the last four digits of your credit card numbers when confirming an order. Our employees do not have access to your entire credit card number, or to your account password. Of course, we transmit the entire credit card number to the appropriate credit card company during order processing. And, you have the ability to re-set your password at any time.

    It is important for you to protect against unauthorized access to your password and to your computer.

    We use e-mail links located in the Site Help area to allow you to contact us directly with any questions or comments you may have. We will use your email address to respond directly to these questions or comments. Any information you submit using email may NOT be encrypted, so you should avoid putting passwords credit card numbers or other private information in emails.

    Are Children allowed to use RutlandHerald.com?
    Times Argus.com has COPPA (Child's Online Privacy Protection Act) compliancy turned on. This means that you must, on the current time and date, be 13 years of age or older in order to participate in any functions of this Web site (registering, posting, etc.).

    Compliance with Legal Process
    We may disclose personal information if we are required to do so by law or we in good faith believe that such action is necessary to (1) comply with the law or with legal process; (2) protect and defend our rights and property; (3) protect against misuse or unauthorized use of RutlandHerald.com; or (4) protect the personal safety or property of our users or the public (among other things, this means that if you provide false information or attempt to pose as someone else, information about you may be disclosed as part of any investigation into your actions).

    Opting-Out, Corrections and Cancellations
    Upon request, The Rutland Herald will a) Remove you and your personal information, from our database, thereby canceling your registration; b) Correct personal information that you state is erroneous; or c) Permit you to "opt out" of further e-mail contact (excepting notification of major changes to the service) while still allowing access to the site.

    Governing Law
    This policy and the use of this Web site are governed by the laws of the State of Vermont. Any claim related to the Web site or this policy shall be brought in a federal or state court in Rutland County, Vermont, within one (1) year after the claim arises. You agree that no such claim may be brought as a class action. Users of RutlandHerald.com consent to the jurisdiction and venue of such court.
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