Privacy Policy

Retention and Use of Personal Information

Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business respects your ability to make informed choices about the collection and use of your personal information.  When you access this website, some information—such as the site that referred you to www.tricitiesbusinessnews.com, your IP address and your email address—may be automatically collected as part of the operation of this website.  Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business makes every reasonable effort to protect the information stored in our databases, but cannot guarantee complete freedom from risk and will not be liable for inadvertent disclosures of personal information that result from circumstances beyond the firm’s reasonable control, such as hacking or other malicious attacks on the security of this website.

Additional personal information such as your name, address, phone, company name, and credit card information, as may from time to time be collected from this website, such as when you order or register on the site, subscribe to a newsletter, or fill out the contact form, is stored indefinitely.

Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business, except when required by law, will not sell, distribute, or reveal your email addresses or other personal information without your consent; However, we reserve the right to otherwise transfer such information to a legitimate successor-in-interest to our company or business assets.  In addition, we may provide information to website hosting partners and other entities who assist us in operating our website and conducting our business. Any personal information we collect may be used for such purposes as customer service, marketing, product and service development, and facilitating subsequent use of this website.

If you opt in, such as for newsletter or email services, please set your preferences if you would like us to from time to time, notify you of information that may be of interest to you.

Occasionally, we may include or offer third-party products or services on our website. These third-party sites are responsible for their own privacy policies.

The Website currently uses the following third-party service providers:

Google Analytics – this service tracks Website usage and provides information such as referring websites and user actions on the Website. Google Analytics may capture your IP address, but no other personal information is captured by Google Analytics.

Facebook & Instagram - this service is used to run targeted marketing campaigns based on your interests. We store your name and email address for purposes of delivering such communications. Please refer to Facebook & Instagram privacy policy for more information.

Cougar Digital Marketing - your personal data may be shared with Cougar Digital Marketing and Design for the purpose of a newsletter and advertising campaigns based on your interests. We store your name and email address for purposes of delivering such communications. Please refer to Cougar Digital Marketing privacy policy for more information.

At this time, your personal information is not shared with any other third-party applications. This list may be amended from time to time in the Website’s sole discretion.

Third-party links

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.

Does our site allow third-party behavioral tracking?

It’s also important to note that we allow third-party behavioral tracking to improve user experiences.

We also reserve the right to (a) disclose any such personal information if required to do so by law; or in good faith believe that such action is reasonably necessary to comply with legal process, response to claims, or to protect the rights, property or safety of our firm, employees, clients or the public; and to (b) transfer or sell such personal information to any legitimate successor-in-interest to Cougar Digital Marketing & Design’s business in the event of sale, acquisition, or insolvency of the firm.

ANONYMOUS DATA

From time to time, we may use anonymous data, which does not identify you alone, or when combined with data from other parties. This type of anonymous data may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses. Examples of this anonymous data may include analytics or information collected from cookies.

PUBLICLY VISIBLE INFORMATION

If you create a user profile on the Website or leave a comment, certain information may be publicly visible.  To create a user profile, you must choose a username and password and input your email address for profile confirmation.  Your email address will never be available publicly. At your option, you may also add an avatar, a profile description, and a link to your website.

You may also choose to link your Facebook, Instagram, and Google Account.

Users may see your username, avatar, profile description and website information.

Google

Google’s advertising requirements can be summed up by Google’s Advertising Principles. They are put in place to provide a positive experience for users. https://support.google.com/adwordspolicy/answer/1316548?hl=en

We have implemented the following:

  • Google Display Network Impression Reporting
  • Demographics and Interests Reporting

We, along with third-party vendors such as Google use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookies) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) or other third-party identifiers together to compile data regarding user interactions with ad impressions and other ad service functions as they relate to our website.

Opting out:

Users can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Settings page. Alternatively, you can opt-out by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative Opt-Out page or by using the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser add-on.

COOKIES

The Website uses cookies to store visitors’ preferences, record user-specific information on what pages users access or visit, ensure that visitors are not repeatedly sent the same banner ads, customize Website content based on visitors’ browser type or other information that the visitor sends. Cookies may also be used by third-party services, such as Google Analytics, as described herein.

Users may, at any time, prevent the setting of cookies, by the Website, by using a corresponding setting of your internet browser and may thus permanently deny the setting of cookies. Furthermore, already set cookies may be deleted at any time via an Internet browser or other software programs. This is possible in all popular Internet browsers. However, if users deactivate the setting of cookies in your Internet browser, not all functions of our Website may be entirely usable.

ADVERTISING

Display Ads

We may use third-party advertising companies to serve content and advertisements when you visit the Website, which may use cookies, as noted above.

Retargeting Ads

From time to time, the Website may engage in remarketing efforts with third-party companies, such as Google, Facebook, or Instagram, in order to market the Website. These companies use cookies to serve ads based on someone’s past visits to the Website.

Newsletters

On the Website, you may subscribe to our newsletter, which may be used for advertising purposes. All newsletters sent may contain tracking pixels. The pixel is embedded in emails and allows an analysis of the success of online marketing campaigns. Because of these tracking pixels, we may see if and when you open an email and which links within the email you click. Also, this allows the Website to adapt the content of future newsletters to the interests of the user. This behavior will not be passed on to third parties. If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you can email us via our contact page or…  Follow the instructions at the bottom of each email and we will promptly remove you from ALL correspondence.

We also reserve the right to (a) disclose any such personal information if required to do so by law; or in good faith believe that such action is reasonably necessary to comply with legal process, response to claims, or to protect the rights, property or safety of our firm, employees, clients or the public; and to (b) transfer or sell such personal information to any legitimate successor-in-interest to Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business’s business in the event of sale, acquisition, or insolvency of the firm.

Communications

In addition, if you would like to receive promotional information from Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business, you may contact us at [email protected]

RIGHTS RELATED TO YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

Opt-out – You may opt-out of future email communications by following the unsubscribe links in our emails. You may also notify us at [email protected]  to be removed from our mailing list.

Access – You may access the personal information we have about you by submitting a request to [email protected]

Amend – You may contact us at [email protected] to amend or update your personal information.

Forget – In certain situations, you may request that we erase or forget your personal data. To do so, please submit a request via our contact page.

Please note that we may need to retain certain information for recordkeeping purposes or to complete transactions, or when required by law.

Children

It is not our intention to collect personal information from anyone under 18 years of age. If you are under 18, you should not enter information on this website.

Questions or Notifications

If at any time you believe that Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business has not followed the above policy, please let us know by contacting us at [email protected] and we will make reasonable efforts to identify and correct any problem.

Limitations

It is Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business’s intention that this privacy policy apply only to Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business’s online data retention and collection activities. The policy does not apply to any offline practices of Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business.

Changes

Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business reserves the right to change the information on our website, including our privacy policy at any time.  Any changes to our privacy policy will be posted on this website.  We encourage you to review our website privacy policy and other terms of use each time you visit our website to ensure that you understand our current policy on collecting and using client information.