Imglogo_thegazette Imglogo_kcrg

Privacy Policy

At The Gazette Company, which Hoopla and KCRG are affiliated, we are committed to protecting the privacy, accuracy and reliability of any personal information you choose to provide and to safeguarding such information from loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction. This Privacy Policy applies to those websites and mobile sites.

Please read this Privacy Policy carefully. This Privacy Policy may change from time to time, so please check back often. If you have any questions or comments regarding this Privacy Policy, please contact us by sending an e-mail message to alist@hooplanow.com.

Collection of Personal Information

You do not need to provide any information that identifies you ("personal information") to use Hoopla or the 2014 KCRG A-list powered by Hoopla site or to obtain information from most of the features. In general, you can visit our websites without telling us who you are or revealing any personal information.

However, if you want to use certain online services, you may be asked to provide some personal information, such as your name, mailing address or e-mail address. We also may ask you to choose a user name and password and provide that information when accessing certain online features. If you do not want to give us any personal information, you can always decide not to use the services. The choice is yours. We are only interested in offering you convenient online services that match your interests and needs.

You can register to receive notifications from The Gazette Company on issues of personal interest, such as local deal and information for local businesses. In order to provide you with these e-mail notifications, we may ask you to provide certain personal information, such as your name and e-mail address.

Use and Disclosure of Personal Information

The Gazette Company website uses your personal information for three general purposes. First, we use the information to provide you with the services you request and to respond to questions related to such service offerings. Second, we use the information to understand your use of our websites and to notify you about updates to one of our sites or to send you marketing materials or promotional offers that may be of interest. Third, we may use this information in aggregate form to help us evaluate and modify existing services and to help us develop additional services that are likely to be of interest to our users.

We may share your personal information with unaffiliated third parties in limited instances. For example, we may share your personal information with unaffiliated third parties as is necessary to process or collect payments, or service registered-user accounts. We also may hire third-party technology providers to host the The Gazette Company websites and to store your personal information.

We may also share aggregate, non-personal information about website usage with unaffiliated third parties, including, but not limited to, government agencies, advertisers and the media. This aggregate information does not contain any personal information about our users.

We may use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit The Gazette Company website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visit to The Gazette Company websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services that may be of interest to you. In the course of serving advertisements to The Gazette Company website, our third-party advertisers may place or recognize a unique "cookie" on your browser. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by advertising companies, please send an e-mail to alist@hooplanow.com.

Finally, we may be required to disclose personal information by law or legal process, to protect and defend the rights or property of a The Gazette Company site, or to protect the personal safety of users to one of our sites. We also reserve the right to contact appropriate authorities when activities that are illegal or violate our policies are taking place on The Gazette Company website.

Except under the limited circumstances described above, we will not disclose any of your personal information to unaffiliated third parties.

How We Protect Personal Information

We take reasonable measures to protect the privacy, accuracy, and reliability of any information you choose to provide and to protect such information from loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction. Only authorized employees and partners are permitted to access personal information, and they only may do so for permitted business functions. Any employee or partner who violates our privacy access policies will be subject to disciplinary action and/or termination.

Accessing or Deleting Your Personal Information

If you have submitted personal information through a The Gazette Company website and you would like to access that information, please send an e-mail to The Gazette Company at alist@hooplanow.com. We will use reasonable efforts to supply you with this information and to correct any factual inaccuracies that you identify. Upon your request, we also will remove your personal information from our databases.

Collection, Use and Disclosure of Non-Personal Information

In some cases, a The Gazette Company site may collect information about you that is not personally identifiable, as described below. Internet Protocol Addresses An Internet Protocol (IP) address is a number automatically assigned to your computer whenever you access the Internet. This number does not identify your name, e-mail address or other personal information. If you request pages from any The Gazette Company website, that site's server will enter your IP address into a log.

To maintain user anonymity, The Gazette Company does not associate IP addresses with records containing personal information. We also do not permit IP addresses to be associated and viewed with posts to chat rooms and bulletin boards. We store IP addresses for a period of time to help us to identify anyone who refuses to comply with our in-house rules or terms of service, and to identify visitors who threaten our service, site, customers or others. We also will use this information to measure site traffic for purposes of system administration and for our sponsors. This aggregate data also helps us to understand how people are using the website and helps us improve your online experience.

Cookies

The Gazette Company sites also automatically gather certain non-personal information through the use of "cookies". "Cookies" are small text files that recognize repeat visitors, facilitate ongoing access to some sites, and allow sites to understand how and when pages are visited and by how many people. We use cookies primarily to make improvements and updates based on which areas are popular and which are not. We also use cookies to ensure the accuracy of our polling data.

Our advertisers may occasionally place cookies on your computer, which is standard in the Internet industry. Please note that The Gazette Company does not control these cookies. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by advertising companies, please send an e-mail to alist@hooplanow.com.

Safeguarding Children’s Privacy

The Gazette Company sites will not knowingly collect personal information or any other identifying data from children under 13 years of age without first obtaining verifiable consent from a parent or legal guardian. Requests for parental consent will explain how we collect, use, and disclose children's personal information, and will include an opportunity for parents to prevent use of their children's information, as well as to prevent their children from participating in features which involve the collection of personal information. Should a child whom we know to be under 13 send personal information to a The Gazette Company site without first obtaining parental consent, the site will immediately delete that information from its database.

We will not use, distribute or disclose any child's personal information to third parties without prior parental consent. If, at any time, a parent withdraws his or her consent to our use or maintenance of personal information collected from his or her child, we will promptly remove such information from our database. In addition, we will not require children under 13 years of age to disclose more personal information than is necessary in order to participate in any online feature or service.

External Links

The Gazette Company sites may provide links to various websites. When you click on one of these links, you will be transferred from a The Gazette Company website and connected to the website of the organization or company that you selected. Even if an affiliation exists between The Gazette Company and a third-party website, The Gazette Company exercises no control over linked sites. Each of these linked sites maintains its own independent privacy and data collection policies and procedures. If you visit a website that is linked to a The Gazette Company site, you should consult that site's Privacy Policy before providing those sites with any of your personal information.

Terms, Changes and Questions

By using a The Gazette Company website, you signify your agreement to the terms of our Privacy Policy. If you do not agree with these terms, please do not use or disclose any personal information through one of our sites.

If we decide to change this Privacy Policy, we will post those changes here so that you will always know what information we gather, how we might use that information, and whether we will disclose it to anyone.

If you have any questions or comments about this policy or our use of personal information, you may send an e-mail to alist@hooplanow.com or send a letter to the following address:

501 2nd Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

We will use reasonable efforts to promptly investigate any complaint you may have regarding our use of personal information.

About

More than 46,000 votes were counted and 1,347 local business nominations were accepted in 2013 for the KCRG A-List. Thank you to all who participated.

Connect with us

Help?/Questions?
Email us: alist@hooplanow.com