Privacy Policy has a firm commitment to privacy. We take your privacy concerns seriously and want to make every effort to address them as we strive to offer our site visitors a high quality, interactive and personalized experience. That is why we have adopted the following policy, which explains our position on information gathering and how we intend to use and share any information we collect. It is important to note that this policy applies only to information collected by and does not apply to information obtained by or used by the Twin Cities Media Alliance or its affiliates through other means. collects and stores “Personally Identifiable Information” such as your name, address, e-mail address, etc. What information we collect and store depends on the page you are visiting and the services you elect to participate in. We use this information to operate our services, provide you with the highest quality services, offer you opportunities we think will be of interest, and better tailor the advertising you see from us to suit you. This information is not shared with anyone outside of except as provided for in this Privacy Policy. More specifics on the information we collect are outlined within this policy. This privacy policy is subject to change from time to time. If the policy is revised, a notice will be placed on this site where registered users of our service may also update their personal information, subscribe to e-mail newsletters and revise the permissions that they previously granted They may also receive an e-mail outlining the change. Non-registered users of may view the privacy policy, including any revisions, by clicking on the “Privacy Policy” link on the home page of If the changes represent a material departure from our current policy or materially affect users’ rights and obligations, if feasible, the changes will be posted on this page 30 days in advance of their effective date.

What Information We Collect and How It Is Used

To post information or comments on, or to obtain access to certain services, you must become a registered user of the site. User registration requires you to provide certain “Personally Identifiable Information,” such as your name, e-mail address, zip code, and gender.. You will be asked to select a user name and password so that you have access to this information and can revise it in the future. To complete the registration process, we will send you a validation e-mail message. You must click the link in the e-mail to fully activate your user account. Some features and services may require additional “Personally Identifiable Information” or other demographic information. We may collect other personal information from you when you provide feedback, comments, engage in chat, message boards, interactive forums or participate in surveys, or if you contact us offline. All users may decline to share such information with us by choosing not to register on the Web site or use our services. Only registered users, however, may access certain content, services and features, and post content on the site. You agree that the information you supply during the registration process, and maintain after registration, will be accurate and complete and that you will not supply the e-mail address of, register under the name of, or attempt to access the site under the name of another person. We will delete any user account that we believe has been created using false or fraudulent information, and will delete any content posted on the site using such an account. We reserve the right to reject or terminate the use of any user name that we deem offensive or inappropriate. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and account, and are responsible for all activities that occur under your password and account. If you discover or suspect any unauthorized use of your password or account, or any other breach of security, you agree to immediately notify our Customer Service Manager. We may terminate any user account that is inactive for an extended period of time. We are concerned about the safety and privacy of children and, therefore, we do not permit children under the age of 13 to register to use the service. From time to time, we may establish general practices, limits, or restrictions concerning the use of our site and the posting of information, comments and other materials by registered users of our community. We assume no responsibility or liability for the deletion, corruption, or loss of any content submitted by a user, or for’s failure to receive or store submitted content for any reason, including, without limitation, malfunctioning of any network, hardware or software.

Passive Data Collection and Use

Like most Web sites, also collects and logs information automatically and through the use of electronic tools that may be transparent to you, such as your IP address, the name and location of your Internet Service Provider, the type and version of your browser, the length of time that you stay on, search queries, your click-stream data, the location that referred you to and the average number of pages viewed. If you visit another Web site prior to browsing, that Web site might place personally identifiable information within a URL, which may be logged by us. Your IP address is the identifier assigned to your particular computer when you access the internet. Depending on how you connect to the Internet, your IP address may always be the same, or it may change each time you access the Internet. Note that logging your IP address does not in and of itself provide us with your name, e-mail address or home or work address. We use this log information for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes and may also use it to gather general demographic information about you such as your general location and your Internet Service Provider. In order to better provide our services to you and to develop user profiles that enable us to focus our site, services and advertisements on your interests, we may correlate this log information with other information about you, such as your registration information or newspaper subscription records. Use of Cookies Most standard Web browsers contain a feature called “cookies”, which allow a Web site to place information about a user’s visit to that Web site in a small data text file that is stored on the user’s computer. Our use of cookie technology will likely be transparent to you and is used to recognize you and hold information from one visit to the next in an effort to increase your ease of use of, and to allow us to better understand how people use our site through click-stream analysis. For example, cookies are used to store your user name and password, sparing you from having to re-enter that information each time you visit. Another example is that we may use cookie technology to control the number of times you see a particular advertisement while visiting You can turn the cookies feature off by using your browser preference options but doing so will severely limit your access to and may prevent you from registering. Some of’s third party content providers may also place a cookie on the user’s computer. If a user chooses to monitor or restrict cookies that are placed on his computer, the user can determine the Web site that is attempting to place a cookie. Those cookies are controlled by the content provider, and users should refer to that provider’s privacy policy for further information regarding its use of cookies.

Use of “Personally Identifiable Information”

“Personally Identifiable Information” may be accessed by the user who entered it, by and its personnel, and by certain third parties, such as those who provide technical support or content services to We ask these third parties to keep any personal information supplied by us confidential. We also endeavor to keep your “Personally Identifiable Information” inaccessible to other users or advertisers of Note that your user name will be displayed on our homepage when you visit as a logged in registered user. We also reserve the right to disclose “Personally Identifiable Information” when deemed necessary or appropriate to comply with the law, respond to claims, protect our computer systems and customers, ensure the integrity and operation of our business and systems, or protect the rights, property or safety of, its affiliates, or others. We will not disclose your “Personally Identifiable Information” without your advance permission except as explained in this privacy policy or as explained at the time the information was collected.

Changing your Personal Information

In general, a registered user may return to his or her account information page to update the information he or she previously provided to us. To prevent minors from improperly using the site, we may require additional proof from people asking to change their birth date information. Information you provide to may be stored by us for an indefinite time. This information includes the registration data as well as information provided in conjunction with various membership services, contests or features available on You can delete your user account by contacting By doing so, all but a transactional record of your account will be removed from our databases, though some records may remain on back-up media. Note that by deleting your account, you will cancel your account and no longer be able to enjoy the privileges of a registered user.

Use of Aggregated Information

In order to describe our services to prospective partners, advertisers and others, we may use your “Personally Identifiable Information” to create a compiled, aggregate view of the’s audience and their usage patterns. We use Aggregated Information to operate our services and to better understand our audience as we develop new content and services. Aggregated Information may also be shared with third parties we contract with to provide content and services on as well as advertisers so that they can better understand our audience. For example, we might disclose that a certain percentage of our users are female or within a certain age range or live within a cluster of zip codes. No personal information will be disclosed in the process of aggregating such information.

Children’s Privacy does not knowingly collect or solicit Personally Identifiable Information from or about children under the age of 13 except as permitted by law. If we discover we have received any information from a child under the age of 13 in violation of this policy, we will delete that information immediately. If you believe has any information from or about anyone under the age of 13, please contact us at Children under the age of 13 are specifically prohibited from becoming registered users of User Mail and E-Mail Offers may in the future send e-mail news alerts and periodic news summaries to registered users of the site. will not share your e-mail address, or any other information related to our e-mail services without your consent.

Affiliated sites, linked sites and advertisements expects its partners, advertisers and third-party affiliates to respect the privacy of our users. However, third parties, including our partners, advertisers, affiliates and other content providers accessible through our site, may have their own privacy and data collection policies and practices. For example, during your visit to our site you may link to, or view as part of a frame on a page, certain content that is actually created or hosted by a third party. Also, through you may be introduced to, or be able to access, information, Web sites, advertisements, features, contests or sweepstakes offered by other parties. is not responsible for the actions or policies of such third parties. You should check the applicable privacy policies of those third parties when providing information on a feature or page operated by a third party. While on our site, our advertisers, promotional partners or other third parties may use cookies or other technology to attempt to identify some of your preferences or retrieve information about you. For example, some of our advertising may be served by third parties and may include cookies that enable the advertiser to determine whether you have seen a particular advertisement before. Through features available on our site, third parties may use cookies or other technology to gather information. does not control the use of this technology or the resulting information and is not responsible for any actions or policies of such third parties. Please be careful and responsible whenever you are online. Should you choose to voluntarily disclose “Personally Identifiable Information” in public areas on our site, 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 and this policy.

Electronic Commerce with

For certain electronic commerce services on, such as subscribing to or ordering merchandise from, we require additional information. To complete these transactions, we may collect information from you such as your name, credit card number and other financial or Personally Identifiable Information. We endeavor to protect the security of your payment informat6ion during the transmission by using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology, which encrypts information you submit. uses the credit card and shipping information for the purpose of completing the transaction and does not provide this information to third parties except for the issuers of credit cards in order to process the transaction, or as otherwise set forth in this policy.

Electronic Commerce with Other Merchants provides Internet hosting services to a number of online merchants that sell a variety of goods and services. hosts clickable advertisements that would take users to other merchants’ sites and stores. These sites and stores may collect information from you such as your name, credit card number and other contact information. does not collect, use or disclose this information, nor does it own or control the stores or have responsibility for transactions made by those merchants. If you would like to know more about the information collected when you participate in electronic commerce on or through, you should check directly with those online merchants, as their privacy policies govern the usage of those merchants’ online stores. International Users If you are an international user, by using or by registering for any of its services, you agree that may collect, use and transfer your personal information as described in this privacy policy, including transfers outside the country where you live. If you reside in a country in the European Union or other jurisdiction that provides access rights under law, you may access your personal information or have it corrected or updated by going to your account information page and personally updating the information in accordance with applicable law, or by contacting us. In some jurisdictions, you may be charged a reasonable fee for access to information. General In the event of the sale or merger of, ownership of the user registration information described in this Privacy Policy will be transferred to the acquiring or successor company. Effective Date: December 20, 2005