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Privacy

Privacy

Updated: 5/2014

Martha’s Vineyard Online respects the privacy of visitors to our website.  Our privacy policy discloses how we manage information received from visitors to marthasvineyardonline.com (mvol.com).

Information Collection
Martha’s Vineyard Online is the sole owner of the information collected on marthasvineyardonline.com (mvol.com). Martha’s Vineyard Online collects information from our visitors at several different points on our site.

Links
This Web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we, Martha’s Vineyard Online, are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every Web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this Web site.

Customer Service
We communicate with users on a regular basis to provide requested services and in regards to issues relating to their account we reply via email or phone, in accordance with the users wishes.

Editorial Submissions
Editorial material (including but not limited to calendar events, feature articles) may be submitted electronically via online forms. In addition to this editorial content, information gathered from submission forms can include an e-mail address, name, and phone number.

Sign-up Services
Martha’s Vineyard Online may offer services for which users may choose to sign up, including online advertising, hosting.  The information collected for these services can include an e-mail address, name, phone number, billing address, and a credit card number.

Newsletter
If a user wishes to subscribe to our newsletter:  we ask for contact information such as name and email address, and we provide a way to opt-out of these communications.

Surveys
Occasionally we may request information from users via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose this information. Survey information will be used for purposes of improving the use and satisfaction of this site. Users’ personally identifiable information is not shared with third parties unless we give prior notice and choice. Contact information may be shared with the contest sponsors to notify the winners and award prizes. Though we may use an intermediary to conduct these surveys or contests, they are not permitted to use personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes.

Referrals
If a user elects to use our referral service for informing a friend about our site, we ask them for the friend’s name and email address. Martha’s Vineyard Online will automatically send the friend a one-time email inviting them to visit the site. Martha’s Vineyard Online stores this information for the sole purpose of sending this one-time email. The friend may contact Martha’s Vineyard Online at contact.us@mvol.com to request the removal of this information from our database.

Correcting/Updating/Deleting/Deactivating Personal Information
If a user’s personally identifiable information changes (such as email, phone or postal address), or if a user no longer desires our service, we provide a way to correct, update or delete/deactivate users’ personally identifiable information. This can usually be done by emailing: contact.us@mvol.com.  Or contact us by telephone or postal mail at the contact information listed below.

Service Providers
We partner with other third parties to provide specific services, such as hosting. When the user signs up for these particular services, we share names, or other contact information that is necessary for the third party to provide these services. These third parties are not allowed to use personally identifiable information except for the purpose of providing these services. We use an outside credit card processing company to bill for services upon request by the client. These companies do not retain, share, store or use personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes.

Third Party Suppliers of Contextual Advertising
We may use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.  Some third party suppliers of advertising, including but not limited to Google, monitor website traffic and place advertising according to the content found on marthasvineyardonline.com (mvol.com) or the apparent interest of visitors to marthasvineyardonline.com (mvol.com) as they move from page to page on the site.

Browser Information
Martha’s Vineyard Online may register browser information on our server logs, including users’ Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, mvol.com cookie information, and pages requested. This computer tracking function outlines broad demographic information and usage patterns on marthasvineyardonline.com (mvol.com) and helps us administer our site. It does not relay personally identifiable information.

Use of Cookies
Cookies are pieces of information that a web site transfers to a hard drive to store and track information. Browser settings can be changed to automatically accept or refuse cookies. Cookies are specific to the server that created them and cannot be accessed by other servers. They also cannot be used to track users’ movements on the Internet. Although cookies identify a user’s computer, they do not personally identify the user or passwords. Credit card information is not stored in cookies.

Legal Disclaimer
Though we make every effort to preserve user privacy, we may need to disclose personal information when required by law wherein we have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with a current judicial proceeding, a court order or legal process served on our Web site.  In the event Martha’s Vineyard Online goes through a business transition, such as a merger, being acquired by another company, or selling a portion of its assets, users’ personal information will, in most instances, be part of the assets transferred.

Changes to Privacy Policy
If we change our privacy policy, we will update this section on our website. Our commitment to protecting your privacy in addition to adding or changing web site functions, features, or products/services may result in periodic changes to our privacy policy. Please review this page when you visit marthasvineyardonline.com (mvol.com) to be sure you are aware of our current privacy policy.

Contact Information
For questions regarding our privacy policy, please contact us at:

Phone: 508.696.7400
Fax: 508.696.7961
Email: contact.us@mvol.com
Postal Address:
Martha’s Vineyard Online
PO Box 4248
Vineyard Haven, MA. 02568