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OverviewTheHighRoad.Org is an online community that is funded primarily by advertising. The information we collect can be broken down into three main categories:
Below you will find more details about these categories,
along with some ways you can opt out of data collection
The information THR collectsUsers may browse our site anonymously, but in order to participate we require that users provide a valid e-mail address as part of the registration process. This is the only piece of personally identifiable information we require from users.
We also collect statistics from each visit which are used to help us understand our audience. The information collected includes the ip address used to connect to the site, the browser used, referring/exit pages, date and time of the connection, and operating system.
As a contributor you may choose to post personally
identifiable information in the content of your
posts. If you wish to remove this information after
the time allowed to edit posts, please contact a staff
member for assistance. In most cases we are happy to
help however we can, but you should be aware that Google
often indexes new posts within minutes of their
publication, and Google's search index can be really slow
to purge old data. We have no control over search
How we protect this information
We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us from unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction, during transmission and once we receive it.
Information we disclose to outside parties
We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. We may release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, in response to a subpoena, to enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others' rights, property, or safety. However, aggregated non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.
Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our website. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.
Third Party Data CollectionThere are a number of third parties we contract with who perform data collection:
Google Analytics is used to compile data about the visitors to our web site. This provides us with metrics to determine how well we are meeting the needs of our audience, and it tells us how our audience interacts with our site. This tells us, for instance, how many unique visitors we receive in a month, whether they are browsing via desktops or mobile devices, the average time they spend on the site, and so on. Solid analytics allow us to make decisions about site management that are based on data rather than guesses.
Demographic Data is gathered by Google and Quantcast. This is useful in determining who our audience is, and it is useful for advertisers who are considering advertising here. You can see an example of this data here.
Data Collection Related to Advertising
Advertising is a complex business, and the data collected
is equally complex. Here is a summary of the data
collection you will see related to advertising on THR:
Google: Google has a presence on THR as it runs
AdWords (an ad network that shows ads on some pages to
some viewers) and DFP (the ad serving software that we use
on this site.) Google's data collection methods are
opaque, but we know they gather data that is used in the
Google AdSense Disclosures
Other Ad Networks: we use a number of ad networks to fill ad slots here on THR. In general, we can say the following about their data collection:
Users who wish to opt out of the affiliate linking system can do so by visiting User Options, choosing Settings, and deselecting the last option on the page.
California Online Privacy Protection Act Notice
As part of the California Online Privacy Protection Act, all users of our site may make any changes to their information at anytime by clicking here or by choosing "user options" on the nagivation bar and then selecting "Edit your Details".
Changes to this policy
If our policy changes, we will post these changes on this page and update the policy modification date below.
Policy Modification Date: November 23rd, 2013.
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