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Privacy Policy

This Privacy and Communications Policy (“Policy”) is effective as of September 12th, 2017.

This Policy sets forth how the owners and operators (“we” or “us”) of www.rockfordbuzz.com (“Website”) collect and use the information provided to us and certain other information that we automatically collect from your general access and use of this Website as a registered guest user (“Guest User”) and/or by using our online Event Calendar and business profile advertising services (“Services”) as a registered business user (“Ad User”). Sometimes our Guest Users and our Ad Users are both referred to collectively as “you” or “your” where appropriate. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT BY USING ANY PORTION OF THIS WEBSITE AS EITHER AN AD USER OR AS A GUEST USER, OR BY OTHERWISE USING ANY SERVICES OFFERED THROUGH THIS WEBSITE, SUCH USE SHALL INDICATE THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTAND AND THAT YOU AGREE TO OUR COLLECTION AND USE OF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED BY YOU OR AUTOMATICALLY COLLECTED BY US, AS SET FORTH IN THIS POLICY.

If you have any general questions or concerns about this Policy, you may contact us by sending an email with your questions, comments or concerns to info@rockfordbuzz.com.

Personal Information from Children Under 13

Children under the age of 13 are expressly prohibited from submitting or posting any personal Information on this Website. We do not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 13 and do not intend that any materials contained on this Website are directed to or targeted towards children under the age of 13. If it does come to our attention that any child under the age of 13 has submitted any personal information to this Website, we will delete all such information that we have collected immediately. If you are a parent or guardian and you discover that your child under the age of 13 has submitted any of his or her personal Information without your permission or consent, we will remove the information immediately upon your request. All requests should be made by email and sent to info@rockfordbuzz.com. Please include your child’s name and a description of the type of information you think he or she may have submitted to this Website.

Personally Identifiable Information We Collect from You

There are a variety of ways in which you may submit certain personal information (personally identifiable information) on this Website as either a general We collect and store user of this Website or as a registered Ad User. We collect and store the first and last name and email address submitted by both Guest Users and Ad Users during the registration process to access and use the Services (collectively “Identity Information”). Ad Users and Guest Users will also be asked to create and provide a user name and password upon each log-in attempt to access the restricted portions of this Website and we collect and store this information on our database. We collect and store other Identity Information as set forth in this Policy. Finally, we collect the birthdate/age of each of our Guest Users as entered during the registration process.

Article Forum Comments

When you post any comments on our forums about any of our articles, we collect and store such comments along with your first and last name and email address you provide to leave any comments on our database. We use any such information as described in this Policy.  Comments, by their nature, are immediately and publicly visible to other users. When you share information publicly, it may be indexable by search engines. Do not post information you consider to be private in nature. You should be aware that any information provided in these areas may be read, collected, and used by our third party Ad Users. We shall have no liability whatsoever for any action or policies of any of our Ad Users or any other third parties who may collect any Identity Information or any other information you provide on this Website. We have no control over, and shall have no liability to You whatsoever for THE manner any Ad Users or any other third-party uses any information you provide on our website.

Ad User Profile Content

Any Ad User automatically allows any other General User to view the content and information contained on their profile page when they agree to our terms. Any content any Ad User uploads or submits to our Website, including photographs or any other content may be viewed, collected or used by us as set forth under the terms of our User Content Policy contained in our Terms of Service. We have no control over, and shall have no liability to You whatsoever for the manner any of our website visitors use any information or materials anY AD User provides or displays on their business profile or in any event description.

Forms

When you provide any Identity Information and/or any comments through any form contained on this Website, including in order to contact us, we collect and store the information provided by you. We may use your email or any other Identity Information you provide as expressly set forth in this Policy.

Our Mobile Application

We collect certain information from your mobile device through our mobile application (“app”) offered through this website when you download and use our app on your mobile device, which may include physical device location information (such as your phone’s zip code, your age, he unique device ID number and/or any application use data which is used by our business for internal analysis and research purposes). We also collect and store Use Information regarding your use of our mobile app, such as how frequently you use the app, how much time you spend on the app, where you spend time on the app, etc. We do this for internal analysis and research in order to enhance the application or offer additional applications. We also use this information as expressly stated in this Policy.

How We Automatically Collect Non-Personally Identifiable Information

When you access our Website, we collect and store certain non-personally identifiable information sent automatically by your browser. This includes your IP address, which may tell us your general location information, such as your country and sometimes your city, state and/or zip code, and the domain name from which you access our Website (“Location Information”). We also automatically collect and store other standard server log information, such as your browser type and language, the pages you access and the date and time you access pages on our Website and your operating system version. We also may determine what technology is available through your browser in order to provide you with the most appropriate version of any of our web pages. For example, we may determine that you have installed a version of Flash,  and we will then send you the appropriate Flash version of the web page rather than an HTML page. We may also use this information to redirect you to a different version of our Website if you are accessing our Website through a mobile or similar device. We collect and retrieve this information using standard web server logs and automatic data collection tools such as cookies and web beacons.

We may collect device-specific information about your mobile and other devices such as the type of device you are using, device model, manufacturer, screen resolution, device capabilities and preferred user language. We do this to help display the appropriate version of our Website to you depending upon your device and to help us determine which aspects of the website work best for mobile traffic.

Our Use of “Cookies” & Web Beacons

We may monitor your use of this Website through the use of any automatic data collection tools and you consent to our use of these tools when you use and access our Website. We use cookies and/or other automatic data collection tools to identify and recognize your browser as a previous visitor to our Website and save and remember any user preferences that may have been set during a previous visit. For example, our server stores specific user preferences and settings on this Website and/or store similar session identifiers to help you navigate and access certain features on this Website. We also use cookies and/or web beacons to track and record your Website use and activity data, including the business profiles and events and other pages you view, the date and time you view such portions of our Website, how long you spend on each page or portion of our Website, the links you click on within any business profile, event description or contained anywhere else on this Website, whether you are a new vs. repeat visitor or in order to monitor your interactions with any video, audio or other similar content that you access on this Website (“Use Information”).

We may also use the Facebook conversion pixel to track visitors to our Website from our Facebook fan page.

Both session cookies, which do not stay on your browser after you exit this Website, and persistent cookies, which remain on your computer until you delete them or they expire, are used by us now or may be used by us at any time in the future. You can elect to turn off all cookies and web beacons through your browser settings. However, if you do, some features on our Website will not be available to you and some of our Website pages may not display properly.

We do not currently use any third-party cookies or allow any third-parties to collect any information from your browser to track your use on our Website.

Geolocation Information

We may collect your actual location data from your device when you access this Website and enable location tracking from your browser. This may include the GPS coordinates of your mobile device or other actual location information from other sources such as through your Bluetooth MAC address, RFID, Wi-Fi connection location, or through cell phone triangulation. Any actual location information we collect is collectively referred to as “Location Information” throughout this policy. You may at any time no longer allow our application to use your location by turning this off at the device level.

How We Use & Share Your Personal Information

Sharing Information With Our Ad Users

We provide certain website Use Information about your use of our website to our Ad Users. This is done for the express and single purpose of allowing registered Users of our services to “study” such use in exchange for providing you with information about local events and goods or services. We may share which specific business profile pages you visit, the events on our event calendar you visit, which links you click on within such profiles and event descriptions and the date, time and duration of time you spend on each profile or event description. We also share the age of our General Users in connection with general Use Information we collect. No unique identifiers or any location information is linked to your specific use information and all use information we share is general in nature. We do not have any measure of control over how our Ad users use any information we share with them. Any such Ad User shall be urged to use and protect your information in a manner consistent with this Policy at all times as a condition of registration and use of the services.

Service Providers

We use third party service providers to provide services and/or products to us necessary for hosting or operating this Website, and/or necessary for providing email services and similar services to our users. In the course of providing these services and/or products to us, such third parties may sometimes have limited access to information collected on this Website, including some of your Identity information. This limited access is incidental to the services being provided by such third parties and no permission or consent is granted by us for any third party provider to use or disclose this information in any manner whatsoever other than as necessary to provide the applicable service to us.

Marketing & Business Consultants

We may share or disclose your Use Information with our marketing and business consultants and any other similar such parties. Such third parties assist us with general research and analysis regarding how we market or provide any services to our visitors, or in order to improve upon some aspect of the Services or our business practices. We may also share this information with third-party website and SEO consultants to assist us in better understanding user interaction and user activities on our Website or in order to help improve the functionality of this Website, accessibility, search engine visibility or general operation of this Website or to analyze some other aspect of our web traffic. This limited access is incidental to the services being provided by such third parties and no permission or consent is granted by us to use or disclose this information in any manner other than as necessary to provide the applicable services or responsibilities to us. Any such Use Information we share shall be aggregated, non- personally identifiable information.

Required Disclosures

We may disclose certain Identity information if: i) requested via a subpoena, court order, or local, state, federal or international law enforcement request to release any such information; or ii) in order to investigate and help prevent security threats, fraud or other malicious activity; or iii) to protect our rights or protect our property, or any or the rights of our customers or other third parties.

Communications

When you visit this Website or send e-mails to us, you are communicating with us electronically. You consent to receive communications from us electronically. You agree that all agreements, notices and other communications that we provide to you electronically satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing. If you send us an email communication, call us or send a written correspondence for any reason, we may create a file and store your email and other Identity Information specific to you. We generally will maintain a record and keep notes of all communications with you. All messages transmitted by you on this Website or to us shall not be treated as confidential and shall be deemed to be accessible to the general public. You should not transmit any communications or correspondences to us that you intend only the intended recipient(s) read. Notice is hereby given that all messages or electronic data transmitted onto this Website can and may be read by us, regardless of whether we are the intended recipient of any such message(s).

External Links Disclaimer

We do not control any third party websites linked to this Website or their privacy practices, which may differ substantially from our practices. Any Identity Information or any other information you choose to provide to such third party websites and/or collected by these websites is not covered by or under this Policy and we make no assurances or promises to you regarding the manner in which these third party websites will use or disclose any information you provide or otherwise collected. You agree that we shall not be liable to you under any circumstances for any damages of any kind whatsoever that you may incur due to the privacy and/or communication practices of any third party website you access through this Website. You should review the privacy policy of any third party website before registering with or submitting your Identity information or any other information on such websites.

Third-Party Advertisements Disclaimer

You may be given the opportunity through this Website to purchase or obtain more information regarding certain content, products or services that are sold by our registered users by clicking on any third party links contained on this Website. By submitting any requested information on any other website through any link you click on this Website, you affirmatively consent to have that information shared with these third parties. Any information used by any third party including any of our registered Ad Users may be subject to a different set of practices than those described under this Policy and we are not responsible for the privacy practices of any of our Ad Users or any other third-parties. You should read the privacy policy contained on the website of any third party before you provide any information to that party, including our Ad users. You agree that we shall not, under any circumstances, have any liability to you for any damages of any kind whatsoever for the manner in which any of our Ad User or any other third parties use or disclose any personal, billing or other information you provide voluntarily, or that is collected by those websites, through your access or use of this Website.

Social Media

We may now or in the future provide access to services or features on our Website that enables you to share information with certain social networks and interact with us on our Facebook fan page, Twitter page or other social media platform we may use, such as the Facebook Like button or Facebook widgets, the Share this button, etc. These features or widgets may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our Website, and may set a cookie to enable the feature to function properly. Your use of these features may result in the collection or sharing of information about you by these social media websites. You should carefully review the privacy policies and settings on those specific social media sites. We shall under no circumstances have any liability to you for the information collection practices of these third party social media websites. Social media features and widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our Website.

How We Protect Your Information

We have reasonable and customary industry standard security measures in place protecting all Information you provide through this Website. We make no guarantee, warranty or representation that any information you provide through this Website will remain secure at all times from any illegal or unauthorized access of the information by third parties. We shall not, under any circumstances, be held responsible or liable for information or transmissions that are accessed by third parties illegally or without authorization through this Website. We will report any unauthorized access of your information promptly upon discovery, and we will use our best efforts to remedy any security vulnerability that contributed to the unauthorized access.

We also use reasonable and customary security measures through the Website host provider in order to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of any Identity Information or any other information in database storage including the following specific measures: i) passwords on the Website are one-way encrypted before being stored in our database. (We do not store any unencrypted passwords in our database); ii) all form data is filtered to prevent XSS scripting and injection attacks; iii) before starting a session, we check each visitor’s IP address against a list of US-based IP ranges. The reason for this is to make sure our Website is accessible to only domestic users (though it is understood that through proxy servers a foreign IP address can be “faked” as domestic); iv) we check that each visitor’s IP address is not on a publicly available “black list” of IP addresses associated with malicious intent; v) cPHulk Brute Force Protection is enabled on our server; vi) we block any account and/or IP address after more than a certain number of log-in errors occurring in a short time span; and finally vii) database back-ups and malware scanning will be performed occasionally.

General Information

Information Storage & International Transfer

Any Identity information which we may collect on this site will be stored and processed in our servers located only in the United States. If you reside outside the United States, you consent to the collection, transfer, storage and processing of Identity Information or any other information from your country to the United States.

Changes to this Policy

If we decide at any time to change this Policy, we will revise the effective revision date posted at the top of this Policy. If we make significant changes to this Policy, We will also notify you by other means, such as sending an email to you and/or posting a notice somewhere prominently on our home page and/or notifying you the next time you access this Website. Your continued use of our Website after your receipt of any notice of any changes by us shall be deemed to be your assent to any such changes.

How to Update, Change or Remove Your Information

If you would like to request any changes or updates to any Identity Information you have provided to us, or if you would like to view any information we have collected from your use of this Website, please contact us and request the same by sending an email to: info@rockfordbuzz.com. Please include the words “Personal Information Request. If you make any information requests, we will require that you provide proof of your identity, which may include providing us with a copy of a driver’s license, social security card and/or birth certificate. We also reserve the right to require that you sign and provide us with a notarized affidavit verifying your identity before we update or release any information to you.

Successors

Upon any acquisition, merger, sale or other change of control of our business/organization, we reserve the right to transfer any Identity information you have submitted to this Website as part of the property owned by us to our successor resulting from such merger, acquisition, sale, etc. In the event of our bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, receivership, or assignment for the benefit of creditors, or the application of laws or equitable principles affecting creditors’ rights generally, We reserve the right to transfer your Identity Information to protect any of the our rights or as required by law.