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Types of Information We Collect
Non-personal information is data about usage and service operation that does not identify you personally. The Tribune may collect and analyze non-personal information to evaluate how visitors use the Tribune’s websites.
The Tribune may gather aggregate information, which refers to information your computer automatically provides to us and that does not personally identify you. Examples include referral data (the websites you visited just before and just after our site), the pages viewed, time spent at our Website, and Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you access the Internet. When you access a page from this website, our servers log your IP address to create aggregate reports on user demographics and traffic patterns and for purposes of system administration.
Every time you request or download a file from this website, the Tribune may store data about these events and your IP address in a log file. The Tribune may use this information to analyze trends, administer the website, track users’ movements, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use or for other business purposes.
Most browser software can be set up to deal with cookies. You may modify your browser preference to provide you with choices relating to cookies. You have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set, or to reject all cookies. If you choose to reject cookies, certain of the functions and conveniences of our website may not work properly, and you may be unable to use those of the Tribune’s services that require registration in order to participate. Most browsers offer instructions on how to reset the browser to reject cookies in the “Help” section of the toolbar. We do not link non-personal information from cookies to personally identifiable information without your permission.
The Tribune’s website also may use web beacons to collect non-personal information about your use of our website and the websites of selected sponsors or members, your use of special promotions or newsletters, and other activities. The information collected by web beacons allows us to statistically monitor how many people are using our website and selected sponsors’ sites; how many people open our emails; and for what purposes these actions are being taken. Our web beacons are not used to track your activity outside of our website or those of our sponsors. The Tribune does not link non-personal information from web beacons to personally identifiable information without your permission.
Personal information is information that is associated with your name or personal identity. The Tribune uses personal information to better understand your needs and interests and to provide you with better service. On some of the Tribune website pages, you may be able to request information, subscribe to mailing lists, participate in online discussions, collaborate on documents, provide feedback, submit information into registries, register for events, apply for membership, or join working groups. The types of personal information you provide to us on these pages may include name, address, phone number, e-mail address, user IDs, passwords, billing information, or credit card information.
Information you provide on the Tribune’s membership applications is used to create a member profile, and some information may be shared with other of the Tribune’s individual member representatives and organizations. Member contact information may be provided to other members on a secure website to encourage and facilitate collaboration, research, and the free exchange of information among the Tribune’s members, but we expressly prohibit members from using member contact information to send unsolicited commercial correspondence. The Tribune’s members may be automatically added to the Tribune’s mailing lists. From time to time, member information may be shared with event organizers and/or other organizations that provide additional benefits to the Tribune’s members. By providing us with your personal information on the membership application, you expressly consent to our storing, processing, and distributing your information for these purposes.
How We Use Your Information
The Tribune may use non-personal data that is aggregated for reporting about the Tribune’s website usability, performance, and effectiveness. It may be used to improve the experience, functionality, and content of the site.
The Tribune may use personal information to provide services that support the activities of the Tribune’s members and their collaboration on the Tribune’s standards and projects. When accessing the Tribune’s members-only website pages, your personal user information may be tracked by the Tribune in order to support collaboration, ensure authorized access, and enable communication between members.
Credit card information may be collected to facilitate membership applications; or if you purchase a product or service from our website, such information will not be kept longer than necessary for providing the services requested. Credit card numbers are used only for processing payment and are not used for other purposes. Payment processing services may be provided by a third-party payment service, and a management company external to the Tribune may provide support for the financial activities of the Tribune. The Tribune may share your personal information with its partners to facilitate such transactions that you request.
The Tribune does not sell, rent, or lease your personal information or email address to anyone for marketing purposes, and we take commercially reasonable steps to maintain the security of this information. However, the Tribune reserves the right to supply any such information to any organization into which the Tribune may merge in the future or to which it may make any transfer in order to enable a third party to continue part or all of its mission. We also reserve the right to release personal information to protect our systems or business, when we reasonably believe you to be in violation of our terms and conditions of use or if we reasonably believe you to have initiated or participated in any illegal activity. In addition, please be aware that in certain circumstances, the Tribune may be obligated to release your personal information pursuant to judicial or other government subpoenas, warrants, or other orders.
The Tribune may maintain publicly accessible archives for the majority of our activities. For example, posting an email to any of the Tribune-hosted public mail lists or discussion forums, subscribing to one of our newsletters or registering for one of our public events may result in your email address becoming part of the publicly accessible archives.
On some websites, anonymous users are allowed to post content and/or participate in forum discussions. In such a case, since no user name can be associated with such a user, the IP address
number of a user is used as an identifier. When posting content or messages to the Tribune website anonymously, your IP address may be revealed to the public.
If you are a registered member of the Tribune's website or email list, you should be aware that some items of your personal information may be visible to other members and to the public. The Tribune’s member databases may retain information about your name, e-mail address, company affiliation (if an organizational member), and such other personal address and identifying data as you choose to supply. That data may be visible to other of the Tribune’s members and to the public. Your name, e-mail address, and other information you may supply also may be associated in the Tribune’s publicly accessible records with the Tribune’s various forus, working groups, and similar activities that you join, in various places, including: (i) the permanently-posted attendance and membership records of those activities; (ii) documents generated by the activity, which may be permanently archived; and, (iii) along with message content, in the permanent archives of the Tribune’s e-mail lists, which also may be public.
Please remember that any information (including personal information) that you disclose in public areas of our website, such as forums, message boards, and news groups, becomes public information that others may collect, circulate, and use. Because we cannot and do not control the acts of others, you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose information about yourself or others in public forums such as these.
If you do not want your personal information collected and used by the Tribune, please do not visit the Tribune’s website or apply for membership in the Tribune website or email lists.
The Tribune is committed to keeping the personal information of our members accurate. All the information you have submitted to us can be verified and changed by you. We provide members with online access to their own personal profiles, enabling them to update or delete information at any time. To protect our members’ privacy and security, we also may take reasonable steps to verify identity, such as a user ID and password, before granting access to modify personal profile data. Certain areas of the Tribune’s websites may limit access to specific individuals through the use of passwords or other personal identifiers; a password prompt is your indication that a members-only resource is being accessed.
The Tribune makes every effort to protect personal information by users of the website, including using firewalls and other security measures on its servers. No server, however, is 100% secure, and you should take this into account when submitting personal or confidential information about yourself on any website, including this one. Much of the personal information is used in conjunction with member services such as collaboration and discussion, so some types of personal information such as your name, company affiliation, and email address will be visible to other Tribune members and to the public. The Tribune assumes no liability for the interception, alteration, or misuse of the information you provide.
Links to Non-Tribune Websites
From time to time the Tribune may email you electronic newsletters, announcements, surveys or other information. If you prefer not to receive any or all of these communications, you may opt out by following the directions provided within the electronic newsletters and announcements.