Privacy

Privacy Policy

Thanks for taking a moment to visit this important area of the San Diego News Web site. San Diego News wants you to know exactly how we use the information you provide.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

First and foremost we respect and protect the privacy of our users. San Diego News will never willfully disclose individually identifiable information about its customers to any third party without first receiving your written permission. San Diego News shares general statistical and demographic information about our users with advertisers, business partners, sponsors, and other third parties. However, we talk about our users in aggregate, not as individuals.

There are cases where San Diego News collects personal information such as your name or address. We do this when you register for contests/promotions or services that require registration or subscription. We use this information for internal use only. We do not sell, distribute, share, or inform any third party about any detail of this type of information. When we intend to use your personal information we tell you up front. This way you can decide whether you want to give us the information or not. For example, we may want to post the names of contest winners on our site or send you materials via e-mail or regular mail at your request. In case you change your mind or your personal information changes (such as your marital status), we will endeavor to provide a way to correct, update, or remove the personal data you give us.

USE OF COOKIES

We use “cookies” at San Diego News in a few areas of the site. These cookies are used to identify you uniquely, but not personally. For instance, when you enter an area of the site that uses cookies, we might log you in and create a temporary “cookie” id for your session such as 123. As you move through the site we keep track of 123’s preferences during the session so that you don’t have to continue logging in on every protected page you browse. When you close your browser we remove this data from our server and we do not store it. We don’t use the cookie to track you as “Sally Smith;” we use it to uniquely identify your session. Ninety percent of our content does not use the cookie concept, but when it does it is mandatory that the cookie be accepted. We realize that this might not be a popular position, but we are being up front with you about how we use the cookie; there is nothing up our sleeves and we don’t use it to collect personal information.

LINKS TO OTHER SITES

There are links to other sites from San Diego News’s pages that take you outside our site. Be aware that not everyone is upfront about privacy and the collection of information from its users. San Diego News’s privacy policy does not extend to anything that is inherent in the operation of the Internet, and therefore beyond our control, and is not to be applied in any manner contrary to applicable law or governmental regulation. San Diego News reserves the right to make changes to this policy at its discretion. Please check this page periodically for changes.

FAQ

• How do we protect the confidentiality of your Non-Public Personal Information? We have taken reasonable steps to assign passwords, encrypt sensitive data and protect our databases, servers and other information storage locations from unauthorized access. Our Partners employees are subject to written policies regarding the use and disclosure of your Non-Public Personal Information. These precautions are not an absolute guarantee of security from unauthorized access and you submit all Non-Public Personal Information at your own risk.

• How can you opt-out of receiving e-mails, mail, phone calls and/or faxes from us?

We will contact you via e-mail. Should you wish to suspend this service, you may “opt-out” on our Web site, or you may contact us at San Diego News.com and we will promptly remove your contact information from the respective distribution list.

• Will this Privacy Statement change?

We periodically review our privacy practices. This Privacy Statement may be revised at any time. Notice of a revision to the Privacy Statement will be prominently displayed on our Web site.

San Diego News DMCA Policy

San Diego News is an Online Service Provider under Title II of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. Section 512 (“DMCA”). San Diego News respects the legitimate rights of copyrights and trademark owners, and has adopted an efficient notice and takedown procedure as required by the DMCA and described herein. This policy is intended to guide copyright and trademark owners in utilizing that procedure, and also to guide webmasters in restoring access to websites that are disabled due to mistake.

Notice to Owners of Copyrighted Works
The DMCA provides a legal procedure by which you can request any Online Service Provider to disable access to a website where your copyrighted work(s) are appearing without your permission. There are two parts to the legal procedure: (1) Writing a Proper DMCA Notice, and (2) Sending the Proper DMCA Notice to San Diego News Designated Agent.

How to Write a Proper DMCA Notice
A Proper DMCA Notice will notify San Diego News of particular facts in a document signed under penalty of perjury. We refer to this as a “Proper DMCA Notice.” To Write a Proper DMCA notice, please provide the following information:
• Identify yourself as either:
o The owner of a copyrighted work(s), or
o A person “authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.”* State your contact information, including your TRUE NAME, street address, telephone number, and email address.
• Identify the copyrighted work that you believe is being infringed, or if a large number of works are appearing at a single website, a representative list of the works.
• Identify the material that you claim is infringing your copyrighted work, to which you are requesting that San Diego News disable access over the World Wide Web.
• Identify the location of the material on the World Wide Web by providing “information reasonably sufficient to permit San Diego News to locate the material.”
• State that you have “a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agents, or the law.”
State that the information in the notice is accurate, under penalty of perjury.
• Sign the notice with either a physical or electronic signature.
Sending The Proper DMCA Notice to the Designated Agent
To exercise your DMCA rights, you must send your Proper DMCA Notice to the following agent designated by San Diego News (the “Designated Agent”.) The contact information for San Diego News Designated Agent is:

Email: info @ San-Diego-News.com
Phone: 858-877-3103

What We Do When We Receive A Proper DMCA Notice

San Diego News will follow the procedures provided in the DCMA, which prescribed a notice and takedown procedure, subject to the webmaster’s right to submit a Counter-notification claiming lawful use of the disabled works.

Notice and Takedown Procedure
It is expected that all users of any part of the San Diego News system will comply with applicable copyright laws. However, if San Diego News is notified of claimed copyright infringement, or otherwise becomes aware of facts and circumstances from which infringement is apparent, it will respond expeditiously by removing, or disabling access to, the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity. San Diego News will comply with the appropriate provisions of the DMCA in the event a counter notification is received by its Designated Agent.

Notice to Users of San Diego News Systems
Pursuant to the Terms of Service Agreement you agreed to when you were permitted to become a System User, you are required to use only lawfully-acquired creative works as website content, and your website may be disabled upon receipt of notice that infringing material is appearing there.

San Diego News also respects the legitimate interests of webmasters in utilizing media content lawfully, being permitted to present a response to claims of infringement, and obtaining timely restoration of access to a website that has been disabled due to a copyright complaint. Your System Use privileges will also be suspended. You may protest a DMCA notice by submitting a Counter-notification as described below.

Writing and Submitting a Counter-notification
If access to your website is disabled due to operation of the San Diego News notice and takedown procedure described above, and you believe the takedown was improper, you must submit a Counter-notification.

Writing a Counter-notification
To Write a Proper Counter-notification, please provide the following information:
• State that access to your website was disabled due to operation of the notice and takedown procedure.
• Identify the material that has been removed and designate its URL prior to removal.
• State, under penalty of perjury:
o Your name, address, and telephone number,
o That you “have a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as result of mistake or misidentification of the material,”
o That you “consent to the jurisdiction of the Federal District Court for the judicial district in which the address is located.”
Sending the Counter-notification
To exercise your DMCA rights, you must send your Counter-notification to the “Designated Agent” for San Diego News, whose contact information is:

Email: info@San Diego News.com
Phone: 858-877-3103

Repeat Infringers
San Diego News may, in its discretion, use all appropriate means to terminate user access to its system or network who are repeat infringers.

Accommodation of Standard Technical Measures
It is San Diego News policy to accommodate and not interfere with standard technical measures it determines are reasonable under the circumstances, i.e., technical measures that are used by copyright owners to identify or protect copyrighted works.

Policy With Regard To Non-Compliant Communications
San Diego News has discretion to handle non-compliant notices in whatever manner appears to be reasonable given the circumstances presented.

Submission of Misleading Information
The submission of misleading information of any sort in a notification or counter-notification submitted to San Diego News voids any claim of right made by the submitting party.