Privacy Policy

Last Updated on Sept 15th, 2011

TheNewsFunnel.com Privacy Policy

TheNewsFunnel.com (the “Website”) is operated by MB Web Co, LLC ("The News Funnel,” "we" or "us"). We have implemented this Privacy Policy to provide our Members and other visitors to this website (collectively "Users") information regarding the collection and use of Information (as defined below) you provide to us or which is otherwise collected in the course of using this website (the “Website”), as well as any goods and/or services (the “Products and Services”) accessed or purchased through the Website, so that you can make an informed decision about your use of the Website. Definitions set forth in the Terms and Conditions of Use for this Website also apply to this Privacy Policy unless otherwise defined.

Changes

The News Funnel may modify this Privacy Policy at any time and such modification shall be effective upon posting by The News Funnel on the Website.

The Information We Collect

The News Funnel collects two types of information about you on this Website: User Information and Technical Information. Each of these is defined and explained below, and “Information” refers to anything within the definition of either term.

User Information

From time-to-time in the course of your becoming a Member or otherwise using this Website and your utilization of any Products and Services offered on this Website, we may ask you to provide your name, e-mail address, telephone number and other personal identifying information (collectively, "User Information").

You should not be using this Website if you are under 13 years of age. Do not supply to us or disclose on the Website any Information of any person under 13 years of age, as we do not intend to collect Information from anyone under 13 or invite them to use this Website. Please check our “Commitment to Children's Privacy” policy below regarding the protection of children.

Technical Information

The News Funnel uses cookies and web beacons (also known as ‘clear gifs’ - small single pixel image files that can be used to recognize a users navigation through a website) to collect information for record keeping purposes and make it easier to navigate the Website. Cookies are small text files that are stored on Users' computers – for more information about these and web beacons, please see www.allaboutcookies.org. The News Funnel uses both "session ID cookies" and "persistent cookies." Persistent cookies stay on your computer from one session to the next and enable The News Funnel to recognize you when you return to the Website. In addition, The News Funnel may allow third-party cookies to be placed on your computer. Third-party cookies are similar to our own cookies, but they come from servers controlled by third-parties, such as our advertisers and other partners, and are used to collect information about your use of this Website that is used by those third-parties. We do not ordinarily use or otherwise have access to the information contained in these third-party cookies. You may choose not to receive cookies, whether coming directly from The News Funnel or from third-parties, by following instructions in your web browser's "help" file, but this may make certain features of the Website inaccessible to you.

We also collect Users' IP addresses and basic log file information (such as browser type and language, number of clicks, domain names of websites visited, pages viewed, the amount of time spent on particular pages, and the date and time of visits and page views). This information, including information about cookies, is referred to as “Technical Information” in this policy. The News Funnel uses Technical Information (and may combine it with User Information) to help locate potential problems with our server, improve and customize your experience on the Website and other purposes described in the "How We Use Your Information" section below.

We may maintain different language versions of this Website. If so, the language settings of your computer are used to determine which language version of this Website you are directed to.

How We Use Your Information

User Information: If you provide User Information to us, then we use this Information to operate, maintain, and provide the features and functionality of the Website (including User memberships) and any Products and Services.
The News Funnel will contact you using the e-mail address you have provided in order to provide Products and Services you order or request on the Website including, among other things, notices required by law. We will also use your User Information to manage your membership if you are a Member. We may also use your e-mail address to send you other messages if you have agreed to receive them, including advertising, information about changes to The News Funnel features and special offers. You may subsequently opt out of all of these e-mails, or specified categories of e-mails, by following the [“Opt-Out”] link found at the bottom of the e-mail or by contact us; however, if you do opt out of some types of e-mails, we may not be able to properly manage your membership or timely deliver certain Products and Services you have requested.

Technical Information. We use Technical Information, such as Website use data and IP addresses, to improve the quality and design of the Website and to create new features and services by storing, tracking, and analyzing your preferences and trends. We may use such information to: (a) remember information so that you will not have to re-enter it during your current or subsequent visits to the Website; (b) provide customized content and information; (c) monitor the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns and aggregate metrics such as total number of visitors and traffic; (d) diagnose or fix technology problems; (e) use information about you after you log on to the Website for our internal purposes; (f) market our Website to advertisers and other third parties; (g) track users clicking through to this Website from promotional e-mails and other marketing materials that include links to this Website; (h) aggregate general User statistics including demographic and geographic information; and (i) other lawful purposes, so long as your personal identity is not revealed by such use.

As part of this process, we may use Google Analytics or other, similar services to provide aggregated Technical Information about how Users interact with the Website, and to set cookies and/or use web beacons for this purpose. The Technical Information gathered by this service (including any personal information about you) will be sent to the service provider, where it will be stored and used in accordance with the service provider’s own Privacy Policy, which may vary substantively from this policy. If you wish to review the privacy policy of our service provider, contact us for more information.

When We Share Information

Except as expressly described below, The News Funnel will not share your User Information with advertisers or third parties that do not have a relationship with us, as described below, without first obtaining your express permission.
We may provide Information to our subsidiaries, affiliated companies, subcontractors, vendors/owners/providers of Products and Services, and other third-parties with whom we have entered into a co-marketing, partnering or similar cooperative commercial or strategic arrangement, so such parties can, among other things: (a) help us to provide or perform Products and Services and/or process such Information on our behalf; (b) use the Information to offer greater functionality and enhanced services through the Website or to provide you with additional product and service opportunities; and (c) communicate these opportunities to you. When we do this, the recipients of your Information are bound by privacy requirements that are at least as restrictive as this Privacy Policy.

We share Technical Information (such as Website use data) with third parties to assist them in understanding our Website, including Users' use of our Website and its Products and Services. The Technical Information provided will not identify you by name, however.

We may release your Information if required to do so by law, or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with any applicable laws or respond to a court order, subpoena, law enforcement or regulatory request, or search warrant. We reserve the right to collect and share any Information: in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding suspected or actual illegal activities; as appropriate or necessary to enforce our Terms and Conditions of Use or to investigate potential or actual violations of the Terms and Conditions of Use or this Privacy Policy; take reasonable precautions against liability; to protect the security or integrity of our Website; or to exercise or protect the rights, property, or the personal safety of The News Funnel and its affiliates’ personnel, Users or others.
We may assign or transfer the Information we collect to a third-party in the event that The News Funnel is acquired by or merged with a third party entity or in the event of our bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, receivership, or similar situation.

Our Commitment To Children's Privacy

Protecting the privacy of young children is especially important and is mandated by applicable law, including U.S. law. For these reasons, The News Funnel does not knowingly collect User Information on the Website from persons under 13 years of age, and no part of our Website is directed to persons under 13. If you are under 13 years of age, you must not use or access the Website at any time or in any manner or provide any information to the Website. If your child has submitted User Information to us, please contact us or send a regular letter to [postal address] so that we can arrange to remove your child’s User Information from our database. [While we do not collect User Information from persons under 13, User Information may include information about persons under 13, so long as that information is required in connection with the provision of any Products and Services and is provided by a parent or other person lawfully permitted to provide such information to us.]

International Users

The Website is hosted in the United States. If you are accessing the Website from outside the United States, you are transferring your Information to the United States, and you consent to that transfer.

YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES TREAT YOUR INFORMATION IN A MANNER THAT MAY BE SUBSTANTIALLY DIFFERENT FROM, AND LESS PROTECTIVE THAN, THE TREATMENT REQUIRED UNDER THE LAWS OF OTHER COUNTRIES AND JURISDICTIONS. IF YOU DO NOT WANT YOUR INFORMATION TRANSFERRED TO THE UNITED STATES, YOU SHOULD NOT SHARE YOUR INFORMATION WITH US, OR MAKE USE OF THIS WEBSITE.

TO THE EXTENT ALLOWED BY THE LAW OF THE COUNTRY IN WHICH YOU ARE LOCATED, YOU EXPRESSLY WAIVE ANY RIGHT YOU MAY HAVE TO REQUIRE US TO TREAT YOUR IDENTIFYING INFORMATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF ANY COUNTRY OR JURISIDICTION OTHER THAN THE UNITED STATES. HOWEVER, THE FOREGOING WAIVER MAY NOT BE LEGALLY BINDING IN SOME COUNTRIES, SUCH AS THE MEMBER STATES OF THE EUROPEAN UNION. TO THE EXTENT IT IS NOT LEGALLY BINDING IN THE COUNTRY IN WHICH YOU ARE LOCATED, THE FOREGOING WAIVER DOES NOT APPY TO YOU.

Your Choices

You may, of course, decline to submit User Information to the Website, in which case you may not be able to utilize all of the features and functionality of this Website and The News Funnel may not be able to provide certain Products and Services to you.

Passwords

We may assign to you, or ask you to select, a password and user name in connection with your use of certain features of the Website or the provision of certain Products and Services to you. You can change your password and user name at any time by going to My Account. If we assign a password to you, you should change that password as soon as possible to ensure that your password is something you will remember and that is unique to you. You acknowledge that you are responsible for protecting your password and ensuring that you do not disclose your password to others. If your password is disclosed to others, they will be able to access your User Information and otherwise interfere with your use of this Website and any Products and Services. If you become aware that your password has been improperly disclosed or used by others, you should immediately change your password. Contact us if you believe someone is, or has been, using your user name or password for unlawful or improper purposes.

Our Commitment To Data Security

We have implemented technical and organizational measures designed to secure your Information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration or disclosure. However, we cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will never be able to defeat those measures or access and use your Information for improper purposes. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU PROVIDE YOUR USER INFORMATION AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Compromise of Your Information

In the event that your Information is compromised as a result of a breach of security, The News Funnel will promptly notify you in accordance with the notification procedures set forth in this Privacy Policy, or as otherwise required by applicable law.

Notification Procedures

It is The News Funnel’s policy to provide notifications relating to security breaches, as well as other notifications required by law, via e-mail notice, written or hard copy notice, or through conspicuous posting of such notices on our Website, as determined by The News Funnel in its sole discretion. Similarly, to the extent you have authorized us to do so, we provide other notifications to Users using the same alternative means. The News Funnel reserves the right to determine the form and means of providing notifications required by law to our Users, provided that you may opt out of certain means of notification as described in this Privacy Policy.

Contact Information

Please contact us with any questions or comments about this Privacy Policy or the Website.