1. INFORMATION WE COLLECT
Information You Provide
Kingsport Times News collects information in different ways when you interact with us, including when you:
Make purchases from us;
Create an account on our website;
Visit our social media sites;
Send us communications through email; and
Request to receive newsletters, notifications, or other communications from us.
Information you submit may include your name, email address, address, user name and password, payment information, and any other data elements. Entering one of our contests or sweepstakes, submitting an employment application, or using one of our community functions may involve our collection of further information from you.
Automatically Collected Information
We obtain and retain certain information automatically when you interact with our Site, emails, and online advertising. We use this information to enhance our services, create a more personalized experience, evaluate the operation and use of our Site, and to support our marketing campaigns. When you access and interact with the Site, we may collect certain information about those visits. For example, in order to permit your connection to the Site, our servers receive and record information about your computer, device, and browser, including potentially your IP address, browser type, and other software or hardware information. If you access the Site from a mobile or other device, we may collect a unique device identifier assigned to that device, geolocation data, or other transactional information for that device. We may collect this information using “cookies” and other website technologies (i.e., browser pixels, beacons, and Adobe flash technology).
“Cookies” and other website technologies are comprised of small bits of data that often include a de-identified or anonymous unique identifier. Websites, apps, and other services send this data to your browser when you first request a web page and then store the data on your computer so the website can access information when you make subsequent requests for pages from that service. These technologies may also be used to collect and store information about your usage of the Site, such as pages you have visited, content you have viewed, search queries you have run and advertisements you have seen.
Most browsers offer instructions on how to manage, control, and delete cookies in the Help section of the toolbar. You can change your settings to notify you when a cookie is being set or updated, or to block cookies altogether. You can also manually delete cookies from your computers. Please note that by blocking any or all cookies you may not have access to certain features, content, or personalization available through the Site.
Third parties that support the Site by providing services, such as tracking aggregate Site usage statistics, may also use these technologies to collect similar information. Kingsport Times News does not control these third-party technologies and their use is governed by the privacy policies of third parties using such technologies.
Information from other Sources
We may supplement the information we collect with information from other sources, such as publicly available information from social media services, commercially available sources and information from our business partners.
2. USE AND DISCLOSURE
Business Use and Disclosure
We use your information to offer and provide our products and services and to perform our business operations, including order or service fulfillment, internal business processes, marketing, authentication, loss and fraud prevention, public safety and legal functions. Examples of these functions include:
To provide the services you request;
To measure and improve the Site and other features.
To improve your experience with the Site by providing content you may find relevant and interesting.
To provide you with support and to respond to inquiries.
To allow third-party service providers – such as contractors, agents, or sponsors – to assist us in providing and managing the Site and performing the services you request from us.
To contact you and send materials and notifications related to the Site and Kingsport Times News.
Sandusky Newspaper, Inc. ("SNI") is the parent company of Kingsport Times News. Accordingly, if you provide information to any of the businesses or websites owned or operated by SNI, we may merge and share that information with other current or future SNI entities, including affiliates and subsidiaries. We may also share personal information in the event of a corporate sale, merger, acquisition, dissolution or similar event. When the information collected from or about you does not identify you as a specific person, we may use that information for any purpose or share it with third parties.
Other Use and Disclosure
There may be instances when Kingsport Times News may disclose your information where Kingsport Times News has a good faith belief that such disclosure is necessary in order to:
Protect the safety, privacy, and security of users of the Site or members of the public;
Protect against fraud or for risk management purposes; and
Comply with the law or legal process.
3. USER ACCESS AND CONTROL
If you would like to access, review, correct, update, or otherwise request that we modify use of your personal information you have previously provided directly to us, you may contact using the information below. In your request, please include your email address, name, address, and telephone number and specify clearly what information you would like to access, change, update, or suppress. We will try to comply with your request as soon as reasonably practicable. For California residents, you may request that we not share your personal information on a going forward basis with unaffiliated third parties for their direct marketing purposes by emailing the contact provided above. We will try to comply with your request(s) as soon as reasonably practicable.
If you want to stop receiving materials and notification, you can contact us at the information below or by following the unsubscribe instruction that may appear in such communications. There are certain service notification communications that you may not opt-out of, such as notifications of changes to the Site or policies.
Mail: 701 Lynn Garden Dr. Kingsport, TN 37660
The Site is for a general audience and is not intended for use by children under 13 years of age without permission from their parent or legal guardian. Kingsport Times News does not knowingly collect information from children under 13 years of age. If you are a parent or guardian of a child under the age of 13 and believe your child has disclosed personally identifiable information please contact us and we will work to delete that information.
5. STEPS WE TAKE TO PROTECT PERSONAL INFORMATION
Kingsport Times News works to use reasonable security measures to protect the confidentiality and integrity of personal information. For example, personal information maintained in hard copy records may be kept in locked locations or cabinets. We restrict the number of employees who have access to certain personal information. Employees who violate our privacy and security policies are subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination. We require the service providers who have access to your information to maintain the security of your information. We also mandate that our service providers only use the information solely for providing the services we request. We also work to use reasonable safeguards to protect your information in electronic format. However, we cannot ensure or guaranty the security of your information, so any information you provide to us is done so at your own risk.
6. OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Location of Data
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