Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

The Martha’s Vineyard Times, in the management of its website, MVTimes.com, adheres to the following privacy policy for the benefit and protection of its online users. This policy defines how The Martha’s Vineyard Times manages information received from users of MVTimes.com.

How We Use Information We Receive From You

MVTimes.com does not collect any personally identifiable information without consent from its users, who control what information they share on MVTimes.com. Personally identifiable information obtained from users who request online services (including but not limited to Sign-up Services and Editorial Submissions, discussed below) is used exclusively by MVTimes.com to fulfill these requests and is not disclosed by MVTimes.com or sold to third parties. When credit card transactions are necessary to process certain requests, they are encrypted to ensure safe transmission to The Martha’s Vineyard Times.

Sign-up Services

From time to time, MVTimes.com may offer services for which users may choose to sign up, including newspaper subscriptions, archive subscriptions, back issue requests, print classified and online advertising. The information collected for these services can include an e-mail address, name, credit card number, and a billing/shipping address (for print newspaper subscriptions and back issue requests).

Editorial Submissions

Editorial material (including but not limited to calendar events, birth announcements, letters to the editor, and online comments) may be submitted electronically via online forms. In addition to this editorial content, information gathered from submission forms can include an e-mail address, name, and phone number.

Surveys

Occasionally MVTimes.com conducts surveys. Users may submit their responses anonymously, although they may also choose to identify themselves. All information collected from online surveys is used solely by The Martha’s Vineyard Times for the purpose of improving our products and services.

Your Browser Information

MVTimes.com does register browser information on our server logs, including users’ Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, MVTimes.com cookie information, and pages requested. This computer tracking function outlines broad demographic information and usage patterns on MVTimes.com and helps us administer our site. It does not relay personally identifiable information.

Use of Cookies

Cookies are pieces of information that a web site transfers to a hard drive to store and track information. Browser settings can be changed to automatically accept or refuse cookies. Cookies are specific to the server that created them and cannot be accessed by other servers. They also cannot be used to track users’ movements on the Internet. Although cookies identify a user’s computer, they do not personally identify the user or passwords. Credit card information is not stored in cookies. MVTimes.com uses cookies to track preferences and to improve and update our web site.

Links

MVTimes.com contains links to other web sites and is not responsible for the privacy practices of these sites. Be aware when you leave MVTimes.com and read the privacy statements of other web sites that may collect personally identifiable information.

Third Party Suppliers of Contextual Advertising

We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.

Some third party suppliers of advertising, including but not limited to Google, monitor website traffic and place advertising according to the content found on MVTimes.com or the apparent interest of visitors to MVTimes.com as they move from page to page on the site.

Changes to Our Privacy Policy

Our commitment to protecting your privacy in addition to adding or changing web site functions, features, or products may result in periodic changes to our privacy policy. Please review this policy when you visit MVTimes.com to be sure you are aware of our current policy.

Updated 3-13-2009