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We collect limited amounts and types of personal information from users of our sites. The information we gather falls into two categories: 1) personal information you voluntarily supply when you subscribe, order, complete a survey, register for an online discussion, enter a contest or provide your email address and 2) tracking information collected as you navigate through our sites.
How we collect and store user personal information depends on the page you are visiting, the activities in which you elect to participate and the services provided. You can visit many pages on our sites without providing any information. Other pages may prompt you to provide information, such as when you register for services or access to portions of our sites, sign up for membership, request certain features (e.g., newsletters, news updates and other products), sign up for a newspaper subscription, complete a survey or make a purchase. You may also provide information when you participate in a promotion, sweepstakes, contest or voting and polling activities or when you post comments to blogs, message boards and chat rooms and other interactive areas of our sites. We and/or our third-party partners may use this information to process and maintain your account and compile demographic statistics about our users. Please be careful and responsible whenever you are online. Should you choose to voluntarily disclose personal information on our sites, such as in message boards, chat areas or in advertising or notices you post, that information can be viewed publicly and can be collected and used by third parties without our knowledge and may result in unsolicited messages from other individuals or third parties. Such activities are beyond the control of roanoke.com and this policy.
If you choose to receive them, roanoke.com will periodically send you email newsletters or promotional email about services offered by roanoke.com and our advertisers.
Roanoke.com uses the information collected from your interaction with our sites by Text Messaging Service (SMS) (“SMS Service”) solely for the purposes of improving the SMS Service. The information will not be provided, sold, licensed, rented, assigned or disclosed to Third Parties, except as required by law, nor will we use your phone number to initiate a call or SMS text message to you without your express prior consent. Your wireless carrier and other service providers also collect data about your SMS Service usage, and their practices are governed by their own privacy policies.
Like most websites, we also collect and aggregate information automatically and through the use of electronic tools that may be transparent to our visitors. For example, we may log the name of your Internet Service Provider or use “cookie” technology. Among other things, the cookie may store your user name and password, sparing you from having to re-enter that information each time you visit, or may control the number of times you encounter a particular advertisement while visiting our sites. As we adopt additional technology, we may also gather information through other means. In certain cases, you can choose not to provide us with information, for example by setting your browser to refuse to accept cookies, but doing so may limit your ability to access certain portions of the sites and to take advantage of most personalized services offered. Additionally we may not be able to customize the sites’ features according to your preferences.
We use an advertising server to display ads on roanoke.com. In addition, advertisers may elect to use third-party advertising companies to serve ads onto our websites. In the course of serving these advertisements, the third-party advertisers may place or recognize a unique “cookie” on your browser. We do not have access to these cookies or any information that they may contain. We do not control the placement or the acceptance of cookies from domains other than roanoke.com.
We use Remarketing with Google Analytics to advertise online. Third-party vendors, including Google, show our ads on sites across the Internet. We and some third-party vendors, including Google, use first-party and third-party cookies together to inform, optimize, and serve ads based on someone’s past visits to your website. To learn more about advertising targeting technology or to opt out from being tracked by participating advertising companies, visit http://www.aboutads.info.
Roanoke.com is currently using Google Analytics to track and analyze aggregated usage and volume statistical information from our visitors and customers to help us administer our websites and constantly improve their quality. All data collected is owned and used by roanoke.com, and we reserve the right to publish non-personally identifiable, summary information regarding its website visitors for promotional purposes and as a representative audience for advertisers. We reserve the right to change the vendors who provide us with usage data.
Credit card information will be provided to third parties only to provide products and services that you order. We may use the contact information you provide to contact you about your account and/or to send you necessary information directly related to the product(s) or service(s) for which you have registered. Times-World LLC maintains compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS) for all payment card transactions that occur within the roanoke.com domain. With your permission, we may use your contact information to inform you of new features and special offers from us. We will not provide your contact information to unaffiliated third parties without your express permission. As part of the registration process, you have the option to inform us that you do not wish to receive information about other special offers and promotions.
The aggregated information we collect is used for a number of purposes including the following:
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The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) provides that website operators cannot knowingly collect or store personal information, even in the aggregate, from children under age 13 except as permitted by law. Roanoke.com respects the privacy of children, and does not seek children’s participation in services that require registration. We strongly recommend that parents supervise their children’s use of the Internet. We also encourage parents to instruct their children not to give out personal information in email messages or forums.
By visiting our websites or by submitting any information to our sites, you are representing to us that you are age 13 or older, or age 18 or older as stipulated for individual applications like subscriptions and contest entries.
You acknowledge that roanoke.com includes postings, messages, text, files, images, graphics, photos, audio clips, sounds, video or other materials (the “Content”) that have been submitted by third parties, including other roanoke.com users. You agree that we are a community forum and not a publisher with respect to the Content provided by third parties, and that we are not responsible for reviewing or editing any third-party Content. Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers or other information contained in third-party Content are those of their respective authors or producers, and not of Times-World LLC or any of its affiliates, and we do not endorse or guarantee the accuracy of such Content. Copyrights to the Content submitted by Online Service users are held by the individual creators of such Content.
You may submit Content provided you do so in accordance with the submission rules below. You accept entire responsibility for all Content that you submit to, transmit through, link through, or otherwise make available through roanoke.com. For all Content that you submit, you also agree to indemnify us as provided below.
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Roanoke.com websites include blogs, forums, photo galleries and other interactive areas in which users can express opinions and share ideas and information. Additionally, we do not control, and are not responsible for, Content submitted by users.
By using roanoke.com, you may be exposed to Content that you may find offensive, indecent, inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise objectionable. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with the use of roanoke.com, including, but not limited to, whether you should rely on such Content.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, you acknowledge that we shall have the right (but not the obligation) to review any Content that you have submitted to the Online Service, and to reject, delete, disable, or remove any Content that we determine, in our sole discretion, (a) does not comply with the terms and conditions of this Agreement; (b) might violate any law, infringe upon the rights of third parties, or subject us to liability for any reason; or (c) might adversely affect our public image, reputation or goodwill. Moreover, we reserve the right to reject, delete, disable, or remove any Content at any time, for the reasons set forth above, for any other reason, or for no reason.
If you believe that any Content on any of the Online Service websites infringes upon any copyrights that you own, please contact us pursuant to the procedures outlined in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Title 17 U.S.C. § 512) at the following address:Copyright Agent
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As a user of this you agree that regardless of your location any disputes arising out of your use of roanoke.com shall be prosecuted in the Circuit Court for the City of Roanoke, Virginia, or the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, Roanoke Division.
We may disclose personal information if we are required to do so by law or we in good faith believe that such action is necessary to (1) comply with the law or with legal process; (2) protect and defend our rights and property; (3) protect against misuse or unauthorized use of our websites; or (4) protect the personal safety or property of our users or the public (among other things, this means that if you provide false information or attempt to pose as someone else, information about you may be disclosed as part of any investigation into your actions).
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