Privacy Policy

It is important that visitors to our site understand what information we gather about them, how we use it, and how we protect it. By using our website, and/or signing up for services such as membership or our newsletter, you consent to information practices outlined in our privacy policy.

Information Collection

We track how visitors use this site so we can see what people like and don’t like. We also analyze and aggregate information about use patterns and share the aggregated data with our advertisers (for example, we keep track of how many users see and click on particular advertisements). We may also collect personal information about you via registration for newsletters, commenting, donations, membership, and other areas. Where you have an opportunity to supply information about yourself, you may choose not to provide requested information, but in such cases you may not be able to use certain functions on this website.

We will not release your name, email address, or any other personal information to anyone outside MontanaFreePress.org without your consent, unless we are under a legal order to do so, or there is an emergency involving danger to a person or property. We will not provide our advertisers or anyone else outside MontanaFreePress.org with any information specific to you unless we have your consent.

If you chose to provide your personally identifiable information for the purposes of a third-party contest, survey, or newsletter, your consent shall be deemed to be given for the release of your personally identifiable information with regard to that third party only, in addition to MontanaFreePress.org. Only authorized Montana Free Press employees or consultants are allowed access to personal information about you. Any employee or consultant who violates our privacy and security policies is subject to disciplinary action.

We occasionally have service contractors, third party agents, subsidiaries, affiliates, and joint ventures that perform functions on our behalf, including but not limited to credit card processing and website hosting. They have access to personal information needed to perform their functions, and are contractually obligated to maintain the confidentiality and security of the data. They are restricted from using or altering this data in any way other than to provide the requested services to MontanaFreePress.org. In addition, we may always share, disclose, and transfer all information, postings, and any and all other personal and non-personal information we have collected to a successor-entity in the case of the sale of the assets of Montana Free Press, corporate reorganization, merger, change in control, or other similar transaction.

Remember that any information you share in public areas, such as the MontanaFreePress.org comments area, becomes public, and that this privacy policy does not apply to any information you choose to make public. We encourage visitors to MontanaFreePress.org to be cautious about what they disclose and to not post any personal information that they expect to keep private. Personally Identifiable Information is information that can be used to contact you or determine your specific identity. If other information is linked to this information, it also becomes Personally Identifiable Information.

If you submit a subscription form on our site, you will be opting in for us to save your name, email address, and other relevant information. These subscriptions are used to notify you about related content, discounts, and other special offers. You can opt out or unsubscribe at any time by clicking a link at the bottom of any email from MontanaFreePress.org.

Social Sharing

We embed a Facebook widget to allow you to see the number of likes/shares/recommends and to like/share/recommend our web pages. This widget may collect your IP address and your web browser User Agent, store and retrieve cookies on your browser, embed additional tracking, and monitor your interaction with the widget, including correlating your Facebook account with whatever action you take within the widget (such as liking/sharing/recommending our webpage), if you are logged in to Facebook. For more information about how this data may be used, please see Facebook’s data privacy policy: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/update

We use a Twitter “tweet” widget on our website. As a result, our website makes requests to Twitter’s servers for you to be able to tweet our webpages using your Twitter account. These requests make your IP address visible to Twitter, which may use it in accordance with Twitter’s data privacy policy: https://twitter.com/en/privacy#update

We use a GooglePlus widget on our website. As a result, our website makes requests to Google’s servers for you to be able to share our webpages using your GooglePlus account. These requests make your IP address visible to Google, who may use it in accordance with their data privacy policy: https://policies.google.com/privacy

We use a LinkedIn “share” widget on our website to allow you to share our webpages on LinkedIn. These requests may track your IP address in accordance with LinkedIn’s data privacy policy: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy

We use a Pinterest “save” widget on our website to allow you to pin images to Pinterest from our webpages. These requests may track your IP address in accordance with Pinterest’s data privacy policy: https://policy.pinterest.com/en/privacy-policy

We use a Reddit “badge” widget on our website that may log information when you interact with the widget. This may include your IP address, User Agent string, browser type, operating system, referral URLs, device information (e.g., device IDs), pages visited, links clicked, user interactions (e.g., voting data), the requested URL, and hardware settings, in accordance with Reddit’s privacy policy: https://www.redditinc.com/policies/privacy-policy

We use StumbleUpon “badge” widget on our website that may log information when you interact with the widget. Log Data is a form of Non-Identifying Information, in accordance with StumbleUpon’s privacy policy: http://www.stumbleupon.com/privacy

Use and Disclosure of Anonymous Information

Anonymous Information is any information other than Personally Identifiable Information, including aggregate information derived from Personally Identifiable Information.

MontanaFreePress.org may use this information:

  • To improve the MontanaFreePress.org website and service, to monitor traffic and general usage patterns, and for other general business purposes.
  • To inform publishers about what content is appealing to readers, to inform advertisers of the usage habits or characteristics of the interested audience, and to advise potential donors so that they may better understand MontanaFreePress.org’s user base.
Cookies

A cookie is a small amount of data, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier that is sent to your browser from a website’s servers and stored on your computer. Each website can send its own cookies to your browser if your browser’s preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) most browsers permit a website to access only the cookies that the same website has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other sites.

MontanaFreePress.org may use cookies to identify you as a repeat visitor or customer of the website, to maintain session information for logged-in users, and to track usage trends and patterns in order to better understand and improve areas of our website. We use anonymous cookies to prevent users from seeing the same pop-up repetitively in an attempt to make our users’ experience more pleasant while still delivering time-sensitive messaging.

MontanaFreePress.org has no control over whether and how our advertisers use cookies that originate from their website. You are always free to decline our cookies if your browser permits, but you may not be able to take full advantage of our site’s features.

We may use third-party advertising companies to serve ads on our behalf. These companies may employ cookies and action tags to measure advertising effectiveness. All computers and servers on the internet use IP addresses to recognize and communicate with each other. We collect IP addresses to administer and analyze our site and report aggregate, non-personal information (such as how many visitors we have). When you call up our site on your computer, our servers enter the IP address of that computer into a log. To maintain our users’ anonymity, we do not associate IP addresses with records containing personal information.

We do not and cannot use cookies or IP address tracking to retrieve personal information from your computer.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on MontanaFreePress.org may include embedded content (e.g., videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Security

MontanaFreePress.org employs a number of security methods designed to prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information. Your personal data will be stored within a database that is located behind a firewall for added security.

No data transmission over the internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed to be secure.  As a result, while we try to protect your personal information, we cannot ensure or guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. We are not liable for the illegal acts of any third party.

We do not encrypt normal web sessions, however, any transmission to MontanaFreePress.org website or service of credit card information uses SSL encryption to help protect the data.

Links to Other Sites

MontanaFreePress.org provides links and pointers to websites maintained by other organizations. MontanaFreePress.org provides these links as a convenience to users, but it does not operate or control such sites. MontanaFreePress.org also disclaims any responsibility for the information on those sites and any products or services offered there, and cannot vouch for the privacy policies of such sites. MontanaFreePress.org does not make any warranties or representations that any linked sites, or this site, will function without error or interruption, that defects will be corrected, or that the sites and their servers are free of viruses and other problems that can harm your computer.

Opt-Out

If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, we include detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email.

Children

MontanaFreePress.org is not directed to children (persons under the age of 13), and we do not knowingly collect, either online or offline, Personally Identifiable Information from children. If you believe that we have received information from a person under 13, please contact us by email at [email protected] or in writing at P.O. Box 1415, Helena, MT 59624, and we will take appropriate action.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

MontanaFreePress.org may change its privacy policy from time to time. If we make any changes regarding disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information to third parties, we will post notice of the new policy on our home page.

Disclaimers and Limitations of Liability

ALTHOUGH WE TAKE REASONABLE STEPS TO PREVENT THE INTRODUCTION OF VIRUSES, WORMS, OR OTHER DESTRUCTIVE MATERIALS AND PROGRAMS TO OUR SITE, WE DO NOT GUARANTEE OR WARRANT THAT OUR SITE OR MATERIALS THAT MAY BE DOWNLOADED FROM OUR SITE ARE FREE FROM SUCH DESTRUCTIVE FEATURES. WE ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR HARM ATTRIBUTABLE TO SUCH FEATURES. WE ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, LOSS, OR INJURY BASED ON ERRORS, OMISSIONS, INTERRUPTIONS, OR OTHER INACCURACIES ON OUR SITE, NOR FOR ANY CLAIM, LOSS, OR INJURY THAT RESULTS FROM YOUR USE OF THIS SITE OR YOUR BREACH OF ANY PROVISION OF THIS AGREEMENT.

Questions

If you have any questions regarding our privacy policy or our use of your information, please email [email protected].