Policy version date: August 1, 2011
Courthouse News Service (www.courthousenews.com)
Entertainment Law Digest (www.entlawdigest.com)
Securities Law Report (www.cnssecuritieslaw.com)
Environmental Law Report (www.cnsenvironmentallaw.com)
Kaiser Bad News (www.kaiserbadnews.com)
The web sites listed above are each a “Site,” and referred to collectively as the “Sites.”
Registration is not mandatory to access the public areas of the Sites. However, registration may be required to access certain areas of the Sites or the products and services provided through those areas of the Sites. The areas of the Sites requiring registration are noted on each Site. When registering, users may be provided with a user name and password. Courthouse News is not responsible for any loss or misuse of your user name and password. Always remember that in order to protect your privacy you should not share your user name or password with others.
You may change, delete
or deactivate information provided through the registration process by
e-mailing us at email@example.com or
writing to us at Courthouse News Service,
Personally identifiable information
● Internet Protocol address;
● E-mail address;
● Contact information (including address, zip code, country, and phone number);
● Company or business affiliation;
● Financial information, such as account or credit card numbers;
● User name and password information collected during the registration process;
● Other personal information provided to us as part of a comment, discussion forum, e-mail, or other similar communication or post.
YOU SHOULD NOT PROVIDE COURTHOUSE NEWS WITH ANY PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION (OR SUBMIT OR POST ANY PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION TO ANY OF THE SITES) UNLESS YOU WOULD LIKE THAT INFORMATION TO BE USED AND SHARED BY COURTHOUSE NEWS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS POLICY. LIKEWISE, YOU SHOULD NOT PROVIDE PERSONAL INFORMATION AS PART OF A COMMENT, DISCUSSION FORUM, OR OTHER SIMILAR POST TO ANY OF THE SITES UNLESS YOU WANT THAT INFORMATION TO BE ACCESSIBLE BY OTHER USERS OF THE SITE, AS INFORMATION PROVIDED AS PART OF A COMMENT, DISCUSSION FORUM, OR OTHER SIMILAR POST MAY BE AVAILABLE TO OTHER USERS OF A SITE.
Use of personally identifiable information
The personally identifiable information that Courthouse News receives from users of the Sites (both registered and unregistered users) may be used for a variety of purposes, for example to improve the content of the Sites, to customize content and/or layout of the Sites for each individual user of the Sites, to notify users of the Sites about updates to and activities on the Sites and about goods and services that we feel may be of interest to users, to analyze data and patterns regarding usage of the Sites, and to contact users of the Sites. Personally identifiable information may also be used and shared for the purpose of providing the user with any requested information, products, or services.
Courthouse News may contract with third parties to provide various services relating to the Sites on an outsourced basis. For example, we may contract with an e-mail provider to handle the distribution of e-mail messages to or from users of a Site, a web site hosting provider to host all or a portion of a Site, or some other third party to process payments for the products and services we offer. Courthouse News may provide personally identifiable information received from users of its Sites to these third party providers for the purpose of enabling these third party providers to provide these outsourced services to Courthouse News.
As our business develops, we reserve the right to display advertisements on our Sites. In the event we display advertising on our Sites, you should be aware that third party advertisers may receive certain personally identifiable information about you if you click on any advertisements that may be displayed on the Sites (and clicking on any advertisement displayed on the Sites will be considered your consent to “opt in” for this transfer). In addition, we reserve our right to combine and enhance the personally identifiable information we receive from users of our Sites with other data and information we obtain from third parties for such purposes as improving our advertising.
Disclosure and use of personally identifiable information as required by law
E-mails you may receive from us or our partners
Service Announcements. On occasion it may be necessary to send out service related announcements. For instance, if our Sites or any of the services offered through the Sites are temporarily suspended for maintenance, Courthouse News or its partners might send an e-mail to users. These communications are not promotional in nature. Generally, users may not opt-out of these communications.
Choice and opt-out
You may opt-out of receiving certain e-mail, mail or telephone calls from us. As noted above, you may not-opt out of the uses of personally identifiable information described in the section above entitled “Disclosure and use of personally identifiable information as required by law.” In addition, you may not opt-out of receiving e-mail service announcements.
All opt-out requests can be made by e-mailing
us at firstname.lastname@example.org or writing to us at Courthouse News Service,
Subscribers to Courthouse News’ reports
If you are a subscriber to Courthouse News’ reports, you may review and change certain personal information relating to your subscription by clicking on the “subscribers” link on the www.courthousenews.com home page.
Non-personally identifiable information
Like many web sites, our server, where possible, automatically recognizes each visitor’s Internet Protocol address. Our servers may also collect other information about how visitors use the Sites (for example, what pages are viewed, what products and services are purchased, or the length of time that users stay on the Sites). This information is generally collected and maintained in anonymous and in a non-personally identifiable form and it allows us to do such things as improve the content of the Sites, facilitate market research, and ensure that subscriber agreements are not abused. We may utilize the services of a third party to help us understand this information better, and the information that is disclosed to these entities will usually remain in an anonymous and non-personally identifiable form.
Cookies and web beacons
A cookie does not collect or keep your name or other personally identifiable information; however, we may link the information obtained through cookies to other personally identifiable information to give us a better understanding of your preferences, so that we can provide a more meaningful experience to you on our Sites.
We may also use web beacons (also known as web bugs, pixel tags or clear GIFs), an often transparent graphic image placed on a web site that is used to monitor the behavior of users visiting web sites.
Links to other web sites
The web sites of third parties not affiliated with Courthouse News may be accessible through the Sites. For example, a news story or column may provide a link to a third party’s web site. In addition, third party advertisers may receive certain personally identifiable information about you if you click on advertisements displayed on the Sites. These third party web sites have their own privacy and data collection policies and practices. Courthouse News is not responsible for any actions or privacy policies of such third parties. You should check the applicable privacy policies of those third parties when providing personally identifiable information through linked web sites or advertisements.
The Sites are not intended for children under the age of 13, and Courthouse News does not knowingly solicit, collect, or store personally identifiable information from or about children under the age of 13. If we discover that we have inadvertently collected any information from a child under 13, we will delete such information immediately. Please contact us at email@example.com if you believe that we have received personally identifiable information from or about a child under 13.
We will use reasonable security measures on the Sites to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. While there is no such thing as perfect security on the Internet, we will take all reasonable steps to insure the safety of your personal information. For example, only those individuals who need your personally identifiable information to perform a specific job are granted access to that personally identifiable information. Furthermore, the servers on which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.
Transfer of information
Thank you for visiting the Sites.
Effective date: August 1, 2011