Privacy Policy | Homeland Security Newswire

This Privacy Policy discloses the privacy practices for the Homeland Security News Wire digital newspaper and HomelandSecurityNewsWire.com, published by News Wire Publications LLC, and to any other services that display this notice. Unless otherwise noted, all references to “HSNW” apply to and include the Homeland Security News Wire digital newspaper and weekly reports, and its various publications under the domain HomelandSecurityNewsWire.com.

HSNW may contain links to other Web sites for your convenience and information. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of those sites.

This Privacy Policy, covers the following:

·         What information do we gather about you?
·         What do we do with the information we gather about you?
·         With whom do we share the information that we gather?
·         What is our e-mail policy?
·         How do I change or update my personal information?
·         How do I opt-out from receiving promotional offers?
·         Is my information protected?
·         Compliance with legal process
·         Children’s Guidelines
·         Your California Privacy Rights
·         Changes to this Privacy Policy


WHAT INFORMATION DO WE GATHER ABOUT YOU?

The information HSNW gathers falls into two categories:

1) Personal information, which includes personal information you supply when you subscribe, complete a survey, enter a contest or provide your e-mail address; and

 2) Non-personal information collected through technology, which includes tracking information collected as you use HSNW.

Personal Information That You Give Us

Registration Information  A subscription to HSNW requires that you supply certain personal information, including a unique e-mail address and limited demographic information. Surveys, contests, sweepstakes and special offers through HSNW may require that you supply additional personal information.

HSNW also may enable you to subscribe, create an account or enhance your profile at HomelandSecurityNewsWire.com through Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networking web sites that are featured on HomelandSecurityNewsWire.com. If you choose to do this, you will be asking these social networking web sites to send us certain information from your profile with them, and you will be authorizing us to collect, store, and use this information in accordance with this Privacy Policy. After you have connected, these web sites will also send us additional information from your profile that will allow us to display a social networking module on the pages you view. You will also be able to disassociate your HomelandSecurityNewsWire.com subscription from third party accounts at any time.

Billing and Credit Card Information  To enable payment and donations on HSNW, we may collect and store billing and credit card information.  This information will not be shared with third parties, except for those required to complete the purchase transaction, which includes the institutions and banks that fulfill orders and process credit card payments.

User Generated Content and Public Activities   HSNW offers you opportunities to engage in public activities on HomelandSecurityNewsWire.com. “Public activities” are any actions you take on HomelandSecurityNewsWire.com that are designed to be visible to other users, including comments, recommendations, reader reviews, ratings or any other items that you submit.

Any information you disclose in your public activities, along with your screen name or ID, or any image or photo, becomes public and may be used by HSNW for online and offline promotional or commercial uses in any and all media.  If you choose to engage in public activities, you should be aware that any personal information you submit there can be read, collected, or used by other users of these areas, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these forums and HSNW has no responsibility to publish, take down, remove or edit any of your public activities or any of your submissions that are a result of your public activities.

When you share or recommend (with or without adding your own comments) any HomelandSecurityNewsWire.com articles or content on social networking web sites that are linked to HSNW, that action is governed by that social networking web site’s Privacy Policy.

If you have registered for a HomelandSecurityNewsWire.com subscription, we may track and aggregate your public activities on HomelandSecurityNewsWire.com. By choosing to participate in public activities, you are electing to share and display such public activities via HomelandSecurityNewsWire.com. Also, public activities may be included in RSS feeds, APIs and content that is made available to other web sites via other formats. As a result, your public activities may appear on other web sites, blogs, or feeds. Keep in mind that we are not responsible for any personal information you choose to make public via your public activities, and you agree that such sharing will be deemed to have been done by you, not HSNW.

Contests, Sweepstakes and Special Offers   HSNW may collect personal information from you in connection with optional sweepstakes, contests or special offers. If this information is also being collected by a third party other than HSNW, we will notify you at the same time. If you do not want any personal information shared, you may always decline to participate in the sweepstakes, contest or special offer.

Reader Surveys, Reader Panels and Market Research  HSNW may collect personal information from you in connection with voluntary surveys, reader panels, and market research, if you choose to participate therein, and HSNW may collect that data either online, through email, over the phone or through regular mail. The information you provide during your participation may be shared, but only in the aggregate, with advertisers and partners unless we notify you otherwise at the time of collection.

Mobile Devices and Mobile Messaging Services  If you choose to interact with HSNW from a mobile device, or by Text Messaging Service (SMS) (“SMS Service”), HSNW will use the information gathered from that interaction in accordance with this Privacy Policy. Your wireless carrier and other service providers may also collect data about your mobile device and SMS Service usage, and their practices are governed by their own privacy policies.

Non-Personal Information Collected Using Technology

Information Collected by Us Using Technology

Device Information.HSNW may collect non-personal information about the computer, mobile device or other device you use to access HSNW, including IP address, geolocation information, unique device identifiers, browser type, browser language and other transactional information.

Cookies.HSNW may use “cookies,” web beacons and other similar technologies to recognize you and provide personalization, as well as to help us understand where our visitors are going and how much time they spend there.  You might not be able to access certain areas of HSNW including HomelandSecurityNewsWire.com, if your computer does not accept cookies from us.

HSNW may also transmit your non-personally identifiable HSNW usage information to the servers of a reputable third party for the purposes of targeting our Internet banner advertisements on other sites. To do this, HSNW may use web beacons in conjunction with cookies provided by third-party ad servers.

Analytics Technologies.HSNW may use third parties to provide us information, reports and analysis about the usage, browsing patterns of users, and readership of HSNW.  All data collected by these third parties on our behalf is owned and used by HSNW in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

IP Addresses.HSNW logs Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, or the location of your computer on the Internet, for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes. We use this information in an aggregate fashion to track access to our web sites and mobile applications.

Log Files and Your Reading History. HSNW may also log certain usage information about your use of HSNW including a reading history of the pages you view. We may use this information in order to provide you with customized recommendations on HomelandSecurityNewsWire.com based on your reading history. We may also use log files in the aggregate to analyze usage of HSNW web sites and mobile applications.

Location Information.Some mobile applications utilized by HSNW may deliver content based upon your current location, if you choose to enable that feature or if your mobile device uses that application. If you enable the location-based feature, your current location will be stored locally on your device, which will then be used by the application. If you elect to have a location-based search saved to your history, we will store that information on our servers. If you do not enable the location-based service, or if an application does not have that feature, the application will not transmit to us, and we will not collect or store, location information. Ads may be displayed within our applications, and they may be targeted to you based on your device’s IP address, ZIP code or current location.

Information Collected by Third Parties Using Technology   Some of the services and advertisements included in HSNW, including on HomelandSecurityNewsWire.com and within our mobile applications, are delivered or served by third-party companies that may place or recognize cookies, web beacons or other technology to track certain non-personal information about our web site users. For example, in the course of serving certain advertisements, some advertisers may place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser in order to collect certain information about your use of HSNW. In many cases, this information could be used to show you ads based on your interests on other web sites. HSNW does  not have access to, nor control over, advertisers’ or service providers’ use of cookies or other tracking technologies or how they may be used.

 

WHAT DO WE DO WITH THE INFORMATION WE GATHER ABOUT YOU?

Providing the Services You Request   We use the information we gather about you to enable your use of HSNW, fulfill your requests for certain products and services, such as sending out electronic newsletters, sectoral news reports, and enabling you to participate in and renew paid services, polls, contests, and message boards.

Statistical Analysis  We perform statistical, demographic and marketing analyses of users of HSNW, and their subscribing and purchasing patterns, for product development purposes and to generally inform advertisers about the nature of our subscriber base. We use this information for analysis purposes, including analysis to improve customer relationships.

Customizing Your Experience   We use the information that we collect to allow advertising to be targeted to the users for whom such advertising is most pertinent. We also use this information to customize certain features of HSNW to provide you with an enhanced experienced based on the type of device you are using to access HSNW, and in certain cases, provide you with requested services.

Relevant Advertising  We may use demographic and preference information to allow advertising on HSNW to be targeted to the users for whom they are most pertinent. This means users see advertising that is most likely to interest them, and advertisers send their messages to people who are most likely to be receptive, improving both the viewer’s experience and the effectiveness of the ads. We disclose information to third parties only in aggregate or de-identified form.

E-Mail Newsletters  HSNW will periodically send you e-mail newsletters or promotional e-mail about services offered by HSNW and its advertisers.

 

WITH WHOM DO WE SHARE THE INFORMATION THAT WE GATHER?

HSNW  If you subscribed to HSNW, we will not sell, rent, swap or authorize any third party to use your e-mail address or any information that personally identifies you to anyone other than our media partners and advertisers without your permission. We do share information about our audience in aggregate or de-identified form with others, as well, and nothing in this Privacy Policy is intended to restrict HSNW’s use of aggregated or de-identified information in any way. In the future, we may sell, buy, merge or partner with other companies or businesses. In such transactions, we may include your information among the transferred assets.

Third Parties   If you subscribe to HSNW, HSNW may exchange or rent your name and mailing address and certain other information, such as when you first subscribed to HSNW with other reputable companies that offer marketing information or products through either email or direct mail. 

If you prefer that we do not share this information, you may opt-out by updating your subscription using the ‘Update Profile/Email Address’ link located at the bottom of our newsletters or visiting our Subscriber Center

Service Providers

HSNW may contract with other companies to provide services on our behalf, including credit-card and billing processing, shipping, e-mail distribution, list processing and analytics or promotions management. We provide these companies only with the information they need to perform their services. These service providers are restricted from using this data in any way other than to provide services for HSNW, and they may not share, resell or use the data for their own direct marketing purposes.

We reserve the right to disclose your opt-out information to third parties so they can suppress your name from future solicitations, in accordance with applicable laws. In addition, HSNW may occasionally release personal information as required by law, for example, to comply with a court order or subpoena.

 

WHAT IS OUR E-MAIL POLICY?

HSNW complies fully with the federal CAN-SPAM Act of 2003.We will not share, sell, rent, swap or authorize any third party to use your e-mail address for commercial purposes without your permission. If you feel you have received an e-mail from us in error, please contact info@newswirepubs.com.

Account and Service-Related E-Mail.HSNW reserves the right to send you e-mail relating to your account status. This includes order confirmations, renewal/expiration notices, notices of credit-card problems, other transactional e-mails and notifications about major changes to HSNW and/or to our Privacy Policy. If you have registered for online discussions or other services, you may receive e-mail specific to your participation in those activities.

E-Mail Newsletters.HSNW offers several subscription options. If wish to change your subscription options, follow the “unsubscribe” instructions that are located near the bottom of each email newsletter you receive from HSNW. If you need further assistance, please email us at info@newswirepubs.com or call our toll free number, 1-877-853-9600.

Promotional E-Mail.HSNW may periodically e-mail you messages about products and services that we think may be of interest to you. You can choose not to receive messages in the future by following the “unsubscribe” instructions located near the bottom of each e-mail. From time to time, HSNW may obtain e-mail addresses from third party sources to be used for promotional e-mails. You can choose not to receive messages in the future by  following the “unsubscribe” instructions located near the bottom of each e-mail. If you need further assistance, please email us at info@newswirepubs.com or call our toll free number, 1-877-853-9600.

Survey E-Mail.We may send you an e-mail inviting you to participate in user surveys, asking for feedback on HomelandSecurityNewsWire.com and existing or prospective products and services, as well as information to better understand our users. User surveys greatly help us to improve HSNW, and any information we obtain in such surveys will not be shared with third parties, except in aggregate form.

HTML E-Mail.When you sign up to receive e-mail from us, you can select either plain text or HTML (with images) format. If you select the HTML format, we may place a one-pixel gif to determine whether or not readers viewed the e-mail. This process does not leave any information on your computer, nor does it collect information from your computer. HSNW may share this data with others in aggregate only.

E-Mails From You.If you send us e-mails, you should be aware that information disclosed in e-mails may not be secure or encrypted, and thus may be available to others. We suggest that you exercise caution when deciding to disclose any personal or confidential information in e-mails. We will use your e-mail address to respond directly to your questions or comments.

E-Mail This Article Feature.HSNW readers may use this feature to e-mail links to articles or other content. The e-mail addresses that you supply to this service may be saved for your convenience for future articles you may wish to e-mail; these addresses are not used for any other purpose, and will not be shared with any third parties.

 

HOW DO I CHANGE OR UPDATE MY PERSONAL INFORMATION?

HSNW Subscriber Accounts: You may update and/or edit your subscription account information online at HomelandSecurityNewsWire.com by clicking on the “Subscribe” link and entering your information. To ensure your personal information is accurate and up to date, you can update the information you provided during the subscription process, including what you receive from HSNW and your delivery options. If you need further assistance, please email us at info@newswirepubs.com or call our toll free number, 1-877-853-9600.

 

HOW DO I OPT-OUT FROM RECEIVING PROMOTIONAL OFFERS?

Promotions: If, at any time, you prefer not to receive email, mail or telephone solicitations originated by HSNW, or if you prefer that we do not share this information with third parties for marketing purposes, you can update your subscriber profile by following the “unsubscribe” instructions located near the bottom of each e-mail. If you need further assistance, please email us at info@newswirepubs.com or call our toll free number, 1-877-853-9600.

 

IS MY INFORMATION PROTECTED?

Data Security: To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy and ensure the appropriate use of information, HSNW has put in place commercially reasonable physical, technical and administrative controls to protect the information. Please note that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure.

 

OTHER INFORMATION:

Compliance With Legal Process  HSNW may disclose personal information if we are required to do so by law or we have a good faith belief 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 HSNW; 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).

Children’s Guidelines/COPPA Compliance:HSNW does not knowingly collect or store any personal information about children under the age of 13.

Your California Privacy Rights  Under the California “Shine The Light” law, California residents may opt-out of HSNW’s disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. As detailed above, you may choose to opt-out of the sharing of your personal information with third parties for marketing purposes at any time by updating your subscriber profile. To do this, simply follow the “unsubscribe” instructions located near the bottom of each e-mail, un-check the “Direct Mail Publications” and “Courtesy List” boxes and remove your personal information from our database. It is important to note that this opt-out does not prohibit disclosures made for non-marketing purposes.

Changes to This Policy  This Privacy Policy may be amended from time to time, by HSNW, at its sole discretion.  Any such changes will be posted on this page. If HSNW makes a significant or material change in the way we use your personal information, the change will be posted on this page thirty (30) days prior to taking effect and registered users will be notified via e-mail.