Communities Digital News is a Maryland, LLC that is contributor owned. It’s primary purpose is to create content covering Politics, Global Affairs, Sports, Travel, Family, Health, Science, Business and current news.
Communities Digital News LLC (“CDN”, “we” or “us”) recognizes the importance of protecting the information it collects from users in the operation of its Web site, commdiginews.com (“CDN’s Web site”) as well as other activities. As such, CDN takes reasonable steps to maintain the security, integrity and privacy of this information.
TYPES OF INFORMATION WE COLLECT
The information we gather falls into two categories: (1) information voluntarily supplied by visitors to the site when they sign up to receive our email newsletters, post comments in any of the public posting areas on our site, respond to user surveys, participate in interactive activities such as polls, or view more information about a story, and the like; and (2) anonymous tracking information that is automatically gathered as visitors navigate through our site and review our email newsletters and other email messages. This information may be collected directly by us or it may be collected by third-party partners or service providers on our behalf. Third parties featured on or linked to by our Web site, such as advertisers and others that display promotional messages on our site or offer products and services through our site (“Advertisers”), may be gathering information as well, through processes we don’t control.
Information You Voluntarily Supply to Us
We may collect and store information that you voluntarily supply to us while on our site. This may include personally identifying information if you choose to provide it. In accessing and using CDN’s Web site, you may have the opportunity to voluntarily submit some or all of the following types of information:
- Contact information, such as your name, telephone number, postal mailing address and email address;
- Demographic information, such as gender, country (and, where applicable, your postal code);
- Communications preferences, such as which email messages you would like to receive from us;
- Information posted in public posting areas and other interactive areas of our site.
Information That Is Collected Automatically
We also may collect and store, and permit our service providers to collect and store, information that does not identify you personally that is generated automatically as you navigate through the site. For example, we and our service providers may collect limited information about the configuration of your computer or other device through which you visit our site, including the type of browser software you use, the operating system you’re running, the resolution of your computer monitor, the Web site that referred you, the type of mobile device you’re using to access our site (for example, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android device, tablet, etc.), and your IP address. (Your IP address is a numerical address that is used by computers connected to the Internet to identify your computer so that data – such as the Web pages you want to view – can be transmitted to you. We also use IP address information for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes.) We use this information to make our site as useful as we can for as many users as possible.
Cookies and Pixel Tags
Providers of email transmission services use pixel tags to record whether an email is opened and whether you click on any of the links in the email, as described below under the heading “Data Collected in Connection with Emails.”
The help function on most Web browsers contains information on how to set your browser to notify you before accepting a cookie or to disable cookies entirely. However, if you don’t accept cookies, you won’t be able to take advantage of various features on our site that are available to other visitors.
HOW WE USE COLLECTED INFORMATION
We use the information we collect from you while you are using the site in a variety of ways, including, for example, to provide you with services and communications that you have requested, to send you email updates, newsletters, and other communications which you have elected to receive, to deliver our site content to you, to measure site traffic, to measure user interests and traffic patterns, and to improve the site and the services and features offered via the site.
Your Email Address
Communities Digital News email list collects email addresses and zip codes; This information will never be used for any purpose other than the distribution of regular email newsletters. The email list is under the direct control of Communities Digital News and will never be made available to any third party, advertiser, or contributor to Communities Digital News.
Email addresses will never be sold, bartered, or provided to any third party for any reason.
We do not collect information from readers / site visitors who email writers or Communities Digital News ([email protected])
Data Collected in Connection with Emails
Email newsletters you elect to receive from us are transmitted through Mailchimp from The Rocket Science Group LLC. Mailchimp uses pixel tag technology to determine whether an email has been opened. In addition, when you click on any link in an email newsletter or marketing message you have elected to receive, Mailchimp recognizes that fact. This information is used in the aggregate to measure the rate at which emails are opened and various links are clicked, to measure user interests and traffic patterns, and to improve the content of the email newsletters and the services and features offered through the email newsletter and marketing messages.
Data Collected in Connection with Ads
These advertiser platforms are guided by their own privacy policies. Advertisement platforms may change and this policy will be updated to include additions or changes of advertiser platforms.
Of those advertisements, they are delivered from hundreds of Advertisers across a multitude of Digital Content Provider properties. When you visit one of these properties, our automated system may collect “click stream data” related to your visit to the property.
Please contact [email protected] if any advertising is seen as questionable or offensive. Please note the advertisers name, and if possible, link the ad goes to.
Click Stream Data is a virtual trail that a user leaves behind while surfing the Internet. A clickstream is a record of a user’s activity on the Internet, including every Web site and every page of every Web site that the user visits, how long the user was on a page or site, in what order the pages were visited, any newsgroups that the user participates in and even the e-mail addresses of mail that the user sends and receives. Both ISPs and individual Web sites are capable of tracking a user’s clickstream. (definition provided by http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/C/clickstream.html)
Click stream data is anonymous and can include information such as your IP address, content or pages viewed, the date and time at which that content was viewed and any interaction with content and advertisements on those properties. Technologies used to collect this click stream data include cookies and Web beacons.
In order to improve performance, we augment our click stream data with non-personally-identifiable behavioral and demographic data from Digital Content Providers and other partners. This anonymous data may include such things as postal code, age and gender. It may also include GPS location provided by Digital Content Providers with mobile properties.
Communities Digital News complies with and supports the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
Communities Digital News utilizes Disqus to manage comments. Disqus is governed by their company user and privacy policies.
Communities Digital News will endeavor to adhere and follows generally accepted industry standards for acceptable content and to protect against unauthorized access to, destruction or disclosure of data. Any data that may be stored on our servers is treated as confidential and is not made generally available to the public or any third party.
Contributors are edited and we will not publish content that violates Communities Digital News content guidelines. Some examples include content that:
Content that is abusive or harmful to any group including women and children
Violent or advocating racial intolerance.
Copyrighted material without direct and clear attribution to original source
Abuse of Drug, alcohol, and tobacco-related content
How to Hacking and cracking content
Content that promotes Violence
Content that promotes inappropriate use of violence and/or weapons
Content that would be generally considered to be illegal
Communities Digital News does report on the news and policy as it affects the conversation. However when discussing sensitive issues, including gun ownership and law, LGBT issues, Immigration, or other issues, we demand that those discussions are respectful.
Our servers are protected by firewalls and are located in secure data facilities to further increase security. Please keep in mind, however, that despite these reasonable efforts to protect data on our servers no method of transmission over the Internet is guaranteed to be secure.
Therefore, while we strive to protect your personal data at all times, we cannot guarantee its absolute security and shall not be liable for any breach of security by an outside party.
Communities Digital News, LLC
A Maryland Limited Liability Corporation
Contact: Jacquie Kubin – [email protected]
The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), which takes effect on May 25, 2018, is a new version of the existing data protection laws defined and enforced by the European Union. The GDPR imposes new rules regarding the processing of personal data of data subjects’ located in the EU. CDN is fully committed to comply with GDPR prior to its effective date.
If at any point you wish to access your personal information to (1) change your preferences, (2) review the accuracy, (3) correct, supplement or modify your information, you may either send an e-mail to [email protected], or a written request to: