The Local Scoop Privacy Policy

The Local is committed to providing site visitors with a web site that protects their privacy. The Scoop respects the privacy of its Internet users and will protect that privacy as vigorously as possible. This page summarizes the privacy policy and practices on the Local Scoop web site.

Personal Info Collected

The Local Scoop web site does not automatically gather any specific personal information from you, such as your name, phone number or email address. All personal information (defined as information about an identifiable individual, excluding business information) held or collected by The Local Scoop is protected under the federal Privacy Act. The Local Scoop does not collect information that personally identifies individuals except when individuals provide such specific information on a voluntary basis.

This information is only obtained if you provide it voluntarily, through contacting us via e-mail, or through the online Subscribe To The Local Scoop form. If you have voluntarily provided this information, you have consented to the collection, use and disclosure of your personally identifiable information as described in this privacy policy.

No information sent to the Local Scoop via email is used for any other reason than to respond to and maintain a record of the inquiry. This information is not sent to third parties or retained for mailing list purposes.

The Local Scoop does not sell, trade, or rent personal information to others.

Network Traffic Monitor

The Local Scoop web site employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. This software receives and records the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the computer that has contacted our web site, for the date and time of the visit and the pages visited. The Scoop makes no attempt to link these addresses with the identity of individuals visiting our site unless an attempt to damage the site has been detected.

Cookies

The Local Scoop uses Google Analytics, which uses “cookies” to track how our visitors use the site to determine sites previously visited. The cookies do not allow us to identify individuals.

Google Analytics compiles the data into statistical information on traffic patterns and uses it to assess site efficiency. The system will notify you before any cookies are used so that you may refuse them providing that option is set in your browser security options. The refusal of cookies will not affect the site performance or restrict your ability to access information from this site. (A cookie is a file that may be placed on your hard drive without your knowledge by a web site to allow it to monitor your use of the site).

The Local Scoop E-news Emails

The Local Scoop uses an email system called Mailchimp to handle the sending of emails to our newsletter recipients. Persons may subscribe to our newsletter. This system is not directly connected to our website. Individuals may unsubscribe from our subscription service by clicking the unsubscribe link on any newsletter.

Comments

Any message that you may send to the scoop@thelocalscoop.org will go to a Local Scoop volunteer. Any questions, concerns or complaints you may have about how we are handling personal information from this site should be directed to scoop@thelocalscoop.org.

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