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Privacy Policy


Last Updated: June 13, 2013

We are strongly committed to letting you know how we will collect and use personal information about you. The policies below are applicable to the Amnews Corporation website, amsterdamnews.com (including any versions optimized for viewing on a wireless or tablet device) (collectively, “Sites”), however accessed and/or used. Amnews Corporation (“Amsterdam News”, “we” or “us”) has established this privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”) to let you know the kinds of personal information we may gather during your visit to these Sites, why we gather information, what we use personal information for, when we might disclose personal information, and how you can manage personal information.

Please be advised that the practices described in this Privacy Policy apply only to information gathered online at our Sites. It does not apply to information that you may submit to us offline, or to Sites maintained by other companies or organizations to which we may link or who may link to us.

By visiting our Sites, you are accepting the practices described in our Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy, please do not use the Sites. We reserve the right to modify or amend the terms of our Privacy Policy from time to time without notice. Your continued use of our Sites following the posting of changes to these terms will mean you accept those changes. If we intend to apply the modifications or amendments to this Privacy Policy retroactively or to personal information already in our possession, we will provide you with notice of the modifications or amendments.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or don’t see your concerns addressed here, you should contact us by e-mail at info@amsterdamnews.com.

Controllers of Personal Information


Any personal information provided to or to be gathered by Amsterdam News is controlled primarily by New York Amsterdam News, 2340 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10027.

What Information About Me Is Collected and Stored?


We collect two basic types of information from you in conjunction with your use of the Sites, Personal Information and Non-Personal Information. “Personal Information” is information that you may supply to us, as described more fully below, i.e., when you subscribe, place an order, complete a survey, register for a Site or any part thereof, enter a contest, upload content, participate in a community, or provide your e-mail address. Personal information is any information that can individually identify you and includes, among other things, your name, e-mail address, telephone number, postal address, credit card, birthdate, billing and contact information. “Non-Personal Information” includes information that does not personally identify you, but it may include tracking and usage information about your location, demographics, use of the Sites and the Internet.

Personal Information


As a general matter, you can browse the Sites without submitting Personal Information to us. However, there are a number of circumstances in which you may supply us with Personal Information. The following lists the most common ways in which we may collect Personal Information.

  • Registration for an account on the Sites
  • Sign up to receive e-mail newsletters or e-mail alerts from us
  • Sign up to receive e-mail offers from Amsterdam News or Amsterdam News partners
  • Request for customer service or other assistance
  • Participation in surveys, panels, or market research
  • Participation in special events and promotions
  • Entry in contests or sweepstakes
  • Purchases on the Sites, including subscriptions to Amsterdam News publications and services
  • Placing an order for online or print classified advertisements
  • Creating a personal profile or submitting information to “personals” sections of the Sites
  • Participation on social media accounts involving Amsterdam News, our Sites and our brands
  • Participation in communities, comment threads, other fora, and other interactive services
  • Submission of user generated content on any part of the Sites that permit it
  • Any other place on the Sites where you knowingly volunteer Personal Information

Collection of Personal Information From or Through Social Media Sites


When you interact with any Amsterdam News property page or account on a social media platform, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, LinkedIn, YouTube, Bebo, Myspace, or Pinterest, we may collect the Personal Information that you make available to us on that page or account including your account ID or “handle.” However, we will comply with the privacy policies of the corresponding social media platform and we will only collect and store such Personal Information that we are permitted to collect by these social media platforms.

Non-Personal Information


In addition, when you interact with the Sites, we may collect certain Non-Personal Information that does not identify you individually and our servers may automatically keep an activity log of your use of our Sites. Generally, we collect and store the following categories of Non-Personal Information:

  • Demographic data such as age, gender, hometown, and five digit zip code as part of collecting personal information.
  • Neighborhood information.
  • Device information about your computer, mobile device, or other device that you use to access the Sites. This information may include IP address, geolocation information, unique device identifiers, browser type, browser language, and other transactional information.
  • Usage information about your use of the Sites. This information includes a reading history of the pages you view. We may use this information to provide you a more customized experience on the Sites.
  • Additional “traffic data” such as time of access, date of access, software crash reports, session identification number, access times, and referring website addresses.
  • Your search terms and search results.
  • Other information regarding your use of the Sites.

Collection of Your Source IP Address/Location Information


We may collect and store your device’s source IP address which may disclose the location of your device at the time you access the Sites. Advertisements and certain content may be directed to you as a result of this data. In addition, in some cases the Sites may deliver content based on your current location if you choose to enable that feature. If you enable that feature, your current location will be stored locally on your device which may be used by the Sites to serve you certain content tied to your location.

Collection of Personal and Non-Personal Information From Other Sources


We also may collect and store information about you that we receive from other sources (including by us from our offline interactions with you) to, among other things, enable us to update and correct the information contained in our database and to better customize your experience on the Sites.

Use of Cookies, Flash Cookies and Web Beacons


Like many websites, we use “cookies”, which are small text files that are stored on your computer or equipment when you visit certain online pages that record your preferences and actions. We use cookies to track use of our Sites and online services. We may also use cookies to monitor traffic, improve the Sites and make it easier and/or relevant for your use. You may occasionally get cookies from companies advertising on our behalf. We do not control these cookies, and these cookies are not subject to this cookie policy.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but, if you prefer, you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies. If you delete your cookies or if you set your web browser to decline cookies, some features of the Sites may not work or may not work as designed. For more information on cookies and how to disable them, you can consult the information provided by the Interactive Advertising Bureau at www.allaboutcookies.org.

We may also use web beacons or flash cookies. A web beacon or flash cookie (also known as “action tags”, “tracer tags”, or “single-pixel gifs”) is an invisible graphic on a web page that is programmed to collect non-personal information about your use of a given website. We do not share or provide Personal Information we may collect through such web beacons, such as names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers, without your express permission.

We may also use “Web Storage” to store data about your use of our Sites. Web Storage is a feature in some browsers that permits websites to store data within your browser rather within a cookie. This should make this data more secure and make your browser perform better. We do not share or provide Personal Information we may store in Web Storage, such as names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers, without your express permission.

We work with third-party advertising companies who may utilize flash or enhanced cookies or web beacons to better provide advertisements about goods and services that may be of interest to you. These partners do not have access to or use your name, address, e-mail address, telephone number or other Personal Information from us. They may, however, anonymously track your Internet usage across other websites in their networks beyond these Sites. To learn more about the use of this information or to choose not to have this information used by our third-party advertising partners by opting out please visit the Network Advertising Initiative by clicking http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp.

Is Personal Information Collected From Children?


The Sites are not targeted to, and Amsterdam News does not knowingly collect personal identifiable information from, children under 13 years of age. If you are under 13 years of age you should not provide personally identifiable information to Amsterdam News without providing us with consent from your parents.

How Do We Use Information We Collect?


We use the information we collect to help us personalize and continually improve your experience on the Sites. We may use Personal and Non-Personal Information in the following ways:

General Uses

  • Provide you with the content, products and services you request
  • Post your user generated content to our Sites as you request
  • Communicate with you about your account or transactions with us and send you information about features and enhancements on or to our Sites
  • Communicate with you about changes to our policies
  • Communicate with you about your comment to a story or topic or submission of your own story or content
  • Personalize content and experiences on our Sites, including providing you recommendations based on your preferences
  • Send you newsletters, offers and promotions for our products and services, third party products and services, or special events by e-mail, text, or other another medium
  • Provide you with advertising including advertising based on your activity on our Sites or activity on third party sites and applications
  • Administer contests, sweepstakes, promotions, and surveys
  • Optimize or improve our products, services and operations
  • Detect, investigate, and prevent activities that may violate our policies or be illegal
  • Perform statistical, demographic, and marketing analyses of users of the Sites

Combination of Personal Information


We may use the information from one portion of the Sites on other portions of Sites, and we may combine information gathered from multiple portions of the Sites into a single customer record. We may also use and/or combine information that we collect off-line or we collect or receive from third party sources to enhance, expand, and check the accuracy of your customer records.

Use of Location Information


We may use location information to:

  • Provide you with the products and services you request
  • Personalize content and experiences on our Sites, including providing you recommendations based on your preferences
  • Personalize your newsletters, offers and promotions for our products and services, third party products and services, or special events
  • Personalize the advertising you receive, including advertising based on your activity on our Sites or activity on third party sites and applications
  • Optimize or improve our products, services and operations
  • Detect, investigate, and prevent activities that may violate our policies or be illegal
  • Perform statistical, demographic, and marketing analyses of users of the Sites and their purchasing patterns

To Whom Do We Provide Information That We Collect?


We will disclose Personal Information collected via the Sites to third parties only as described in this Privacy Policy.

Third-Party Agents


We have third party agents, subsidiaries, affiliates and partners that perform functions on our behalf, such as hosting, billing, content syndication, content management tools, social media integration, marketing, analytics, customer service, fraud protection, etc. These entities have access to the Personal Information needed to perform their functions.

Business Partners and Third Parties


We will have the right to disclose Personal Information to our business partners or co-marketers from time to time. We may also share Personal Information with third parties that provide products and services that we think you may be interested in. Although our treatment of Personal Information is governed by this Privacy Policy, if we disclose Personal Information to a third party, that company’s treatment of Personal Information will be governed by the third party’s privacy policy.

Related Companies and Assignment


We have the right to disclose Personal Information collected via the Sites to our parent companies, subsidiaries and affiliates.
We may change our ownership or corporate organization while providing the Sites and services. We may also sell certain assets associated with the Sites. As a result, please be aware that in such event we may transfer information (including Personal Information) to a company acquiring all or part of our assets or to another company with which we have merged. Under such circumstances we would, to the extent possible, require the acquiring party to follow the practices described in this Privacy Policy, as it may be amended from time to time. Nevertheless, we cannot promise that an acquiring company or the merged company will have the same privacy practices or treat information about you in the same manner as described in this Privacy Policy.

Emergency Situations


We may also use or disclose Personal Information if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to (a) conform to applicable law or comply with legal process served on us or the Sites; (b) protect and defend our rights or property, the Sites or our users, and (c) act under emergency circumstances to protect the personal safety of us, our affiliates, agents, or the users of the Sites or the public.

Use of Non-Personal Information


We may disclose or share Non-Personal Information (or other information, other than Personal Information) in any other manner that we deem appropriate or necessary. Among other things, we may disclose Non-Personal Information to third parties to help us determine how people use parts of the Sites and who our users are so we can improve our Sites. We may also disclose Non-Personal Information to our partners and other third parties about how our users collectively use the Sites.

What Steps Are Taken To Keep Personal Information Secure?


We are concerned about ensuring the security of Personal Information. We take reasonable precautions to secure transmission of information from your device to our servers and to store Personal Information collected by our Sites in secure operating environments that are not available to the public. Our security procedures mean that we may occasionally request proof of identity before we disclose Personal Information to you. Please understand, however, that while we strive to safeguard Personal Information once we receive it, no transmission of data over the Internet or any other public network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure.

Your Obligations to Keep Your Access Rights Secure


You promise to: (a) provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself and your business as prompted by a Site's registration form (such information being the "Registration Data") and (b) maintain and promptly update the Registration Data to keep it true, accurate, current and complete. If you provide any information that is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, or Amsterdam News has reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, Amsterdam News has the right to suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of the Sites (or any portion thereof). You are entirely responsible for the security and confidentiality of your password and account. Furthermore, you are entirely responsible for any and all activities that occur under your account.

What Happens When I Link To or From Another Website?


The Sites may contain links to other websites operated by affiliates of Amsterdam News or third parties. Please be advised that the practices described in this Privacy Policy for Amsterdam News do not apply to information gathered through these other websites. We are not responsible for the actions and privacy policies of third parties and other websites.

What About Contests, Sweepstakes or Games?


When we run a contest or sweepstakes or game relating to our Sites, it will be accompanied by a set of rules. The rules for each contest, sweepstakes or game will specify how the information gathered from you for entry will be used and disclosed if it is different than as described in this Privacy Policy. In conjunction with your entry in such contest or sweepstakes, Personal Information will be collected only if you voluntarily submit it to.

Public Areas, Comment Threads, Reviews, and Community Areas


Please remember that any information you share in public areas, such as your personal profile, comment threads, message boards, or feedback sections, becomes public and anyone may take and use that information. Please be careful about what you disclose and do not post any Personal Information that you expect to keep private. Please consult the applicable guidelines for use of our comment threads and other community areas for more information.

Governing Law


These Sites are published in the United States of America. We attempt to protect the Personal Information of all users of our Sites and we attempt to comply with local data protection and consumer rights laws to the extent they may apply to the Amsterdam News services, but our Sites are located and targeted to United States citizens and our policies are directed at compliance with those laws. If you are uncertain whether this Privacy Policy conflicts with the applicable local privacy laws where you are located, you should not submit Personal Information to Amsterdam News.

Notice to Non-US Users


If you are located outside the United States of America, you should be aware that your personally identifiable information will be transferred to the United States of America, the laws of which may be deemed by your country to have inadequate data protection. If you are located in a country outside the United States of America and voluntarily submit Personal Information to us, you thereby consent to the general use of such information as provided in this Privacy Policy and to the transfer of that information to, and/or storage of that information in, the United States of America.

Changes to This Policy


As our Sites continue to develop, we may add new services and features to our Sites. In the event that these additions affect our Privacy Policy, this document will be updated appropriately. We will post those changes prominently in this Privacy Policy or elsewhere on the Sites so that you will know what information we gather, how we might use that information and whether we will disclose it to anyone. We do, however, recommend that you read this Privacy Policy each time you use our Sites in case you missed our notice of changes to the Privacy Policy.

How Do I Opt-Out of Communications from Amsterdam News?


You may always opt-out of receiving future e-mail messages and newsletters from Amsterdam News by using the “unsubscribe” function contained in an e-mail message or newsletter from us.