Who Collects Information
KinstonChamber.com, owned by the Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce and operated by Journal Communications, Inc. (“KinstonChamber.com” or “we” or “us” or “our”), is intended for general audiences in the United States. We appreciate your use of our Websites (defined to include all properties – mobile, web or otherwise – owned or operated by us) and features (known as the “services”).
Information We Collect
Membership and Contact Form: To complete our online membership form, you must provide your name, organization, email address, mailing address and information about your business. If you choose, you may provide other information to complete your membership profile. To contact us via our Websites’ contact form, you must provide your name and email address.
Photo or Editorial Content: You may also choose to provide additional personal information if you contact us directly with a question or concern or if you choose to contribute content for KinstonChamber.com. Photo and editorial content contributions are addressed on our Terms page.
Cookies: Your express consent and continued use of the Websites allows cookies to collect and store information about you and your use of the Websites. This information is compiled in aggregate and also helps improve functionality and the quality of the Websites and compliance with legal obligations. This information may include your browser type, search keywords, and the date and time of your use.
E-commerce: We use information you provide to process payment for items you purchase online from us, to dispatch items you have purchased or to process returns or requests about your purchase. We may also use your data to protect against or identify possible fraudulent transactions. We will engage in these activities to manage our contractual relationship with you and/or to comply with a legal obligation. We never store your credit card information.
How We Use and Share Information
Transparency about our users’ information is important to KinstonChamber.com. We only share your personal information with third parties to the extent necessary to perform essential services for our Websites’ functionality.
Aggregate Information: We may share anonymous user information in the aggregate with third parties, such as advertisers and content distributors. For example, we may disclose the number of users that have been exposed to, or clicked on, advertisements.</p
Service Providers: Some of the services that are offered through the Websites are provided by third-party providers. We also outsource some of our own services to third-party providers, such as technical and customer support, online commenting functions, tracking and reporting functions, quality assurance testing, payment processing functions, and other services. We may share information from or about you with these third-party providers so that they can perform their services or complete your requests.
Advertisers: Our Websites and services are generally funded through advertising dollars. This advertising revenue helps keep our Websites free of charge and allows us to build new features.
Investigations: We may investigate and disclose information from or about you if we have a good faith belief that such investigation or disclosure is (a) reasonably necessary to comply with legal process and law enforcement instructions and orders, such as a search warrant, subpoena, statute, judicial proceeding, or other legal process served on us; (b) helpful to prevent, investigate, or identify possible wrongdoing in connection with the Websites; or (c) protect our rights, reputation, property, or that of our users affiliates, or the public.
Links: The Websites may contain links to unaffiliated third-party websites. Except as set forth herein, we do not share your personal information with them, and are not responsible for their privacy practices. We suggest you read the privacy policies on all such third-party websites.
Security: We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet or via mobile device, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
Why Information is Retained
Aggregate Information: Anonymous aggregate traffic information is retained interminably to measure improvements in traffic to our site.
How to Remove Information
Email Updates: You can opt out of receiving our email updates by unsubscribing. In such cases, we will delete your user profile personal information unless we have compelling and legitimate grounds to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons.
Cookies: You can disable our cookies at any time in your device or browser settings. Many browsers allow you to block third-party cookies.
Cookies are also used in aggregate to analyze and track user behavior through Google Analytics. Google offers instructions to opt out of tracking by Google Analytics across all websites (not only those owned and managed by KinstonChamber.com). Learn how to opt out here.
Our Websites are not directed to children under 13. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. If you become aware that a child has provided us with personal information without parental consent, please contact us. If we become aware that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information without parental consent, we will take steps to remove such information and terminate the child’s personal information.
Other Questions or Concerns
If you live in the European Union and want your data acquired before May 25, 2018, removed from our Websites, you may contact us at email@example.com or by mail.
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