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The Independent

July 20, 2018

Privacy Policy




Privacy Policy

Effective Date -  April 1, 2015. 

The independentnews.com web site is brought to you by Inland Valley Publishing Co., d/b/a The Independent (hereinafter, “The Independent”). 

At The Independent, we take your privacy interests seriously. This statement reflects our company policy and commitment to protecting information we learn from visitors to www.independentnews.com (the “Site”).

Please read this Privacy Policy before using the Site and/or providing any personal information.  The use of the Site and your disclosure of personal information are completely voluntary.

By accessing and using the Site, you represent that you have read, understood and agree to the terms of this Privacy PolicyPlease do not use the Site if you do not agree with this Privacy Policy.  

IVPC reserves the right to modify this Privacy Policy at any time without prior notice.  Please refer to the “Effective Date” above.  You agree that you are responsible for checking back for changes before each use of the Site.  Your continued use of the Site will denote that you agree to the Privacy Policy as posted at the time of use.



Non-personal Information.  This Site may use “cookies” and other automated data collection technologies modifiers to record certain non-personal information from users to help the Site be more useful, including but not limited to, the type of software the user is using to browse the Internet, the Uniform Resource Locator (“URL” or “web address”) that the user visited before and after the Site, the user's IP address and the user's Internet service provider.

Do-Not-Track Disclosures and Visitor Control over Cookies, etc.:  This site does not respond to “do not track” requests.  Users may refuse to accept browser cookies by activating the appropriate setting on the user’s Internet browser or by using third party do not track technologies. However, if a user refuses, disables or deletes cookies from this website or related online services (including mobile applications), certain parts or features of the website or online services may be inaccessible or not functional. 

Unless a user has adjusted his or her Internet browser setting so that it will refuse cookies or the user uses a third party technology to refuse, disable or delete cookies or other automated data collection technologies, your use of this site or online services constitutes consent to the use of automated data collection technologies in connection with this site and related online services.

Personal Information.  The Site is intended to allow for the collection of personal information from adult users (18 years of age or older) or teenagers (between 13 and 18 years of age) who have the consent of a parent or legal guardian.  The Independent does not knowingly collect personal information of children under the age of 13.  Personal information may include the following: user's name, e-mail address, home or mailing address, telephone number, age or date of birth and names and relationships regarding other persons (“Personal Information”).  The submission of Personal Information is voluntary.    By providing Personal Information, the user consents to the collection and use of such information by The Independent and its affiliates for the purposes for which the information was given and as stated in this Policy.  



Use of Personal Information.  The Independent and its affiliates use Personal Information for internal business purposes, to communicate to the user and to communicate to those persons authorized by the user. For example, we may send you notifications about your classified ad or other postings (i.e., obituaries, bulletins and/or mailbox postings) and/or any questions, comments, suggestions, ideas, feedback or other information you may provide to The Independent related to the Site or the offerings of services provided by The Independent. 

Personal Information will not be traded, licensed, sold or used for external purposes, except as authorized by the user.

Notwithstanding this policy, electronic communications have inherent risks to privacy and security.  We recommend that you NOT post or transmit any information to or through a Site that you want to keep absolutely private!

If your Personal Information is to be disclosed to a third party or used for a purpose other than its original purpose or the purpose authorized subsequently by you, we will provide you an affirmative or explicit (“opt in”) choice for the disclosure.  We will require that any such third party enter into a written agreement with The Independent that requires the third party to provide at least the same level of privacy protection as is required by the relevant principles in this Privacy Policy.

We may disclose your Personal Information (in confidence) to a prospect new owner of the Site or transfer your Personal Information to a new owner of the Site without additional prior notice to you or your consent, so long as the continued use of the Personal Information is not incompatible with the purpose for which it was originally collected or subsequently authorized by you.  Under such circumstances, the current Privacy Policy will continue in effect unless you are notified otherwise before any such transfer.

We may aggregate Personal Information from our users and use that aggregated non-personal information with third parties for marketing purposes.  If we do so, we would not provide information that would allow such third parties to specifically identify you.

Notwithstanding any other provision herein, we may disclose, at our sole discretion and without notice to you, non-personal information and/or Personal Information as is necessary and appropriate to comply with appropriate laws, orders of competent legal or government authorities and law enforcement persons and agencies in order to protect our interests and property.



Review/Correction/Removal of Personal Information – Opt Out.  A user may review, correct and/or delete Personal Information through online account settings (as made available) or by e-mailing a request to Privacy@independentnews.com.

As Site settings and account settings permit, users may also control the viewing of user account profiles, Personal Information and transmission of public or private messages to persons as authorized by the user on the Site.

Users may also “opt out” of receiving communications from The Independent or other users, for example, new offers, contests or products, by advising us by using Site settings (as made available) or by e-mail request to Privacy@independentnews.com.



Security.  All Personal Information collected resides on a secure server.  We use standard industry security measures to protect the information we store on our servers from loss, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction. 

With respect to user accounts (as made available), such accounts are protected by a password of your choosing.  We rely on the username and password you supply to confirm access to your account.  You understand that you are solely responsible for any access and use of the Site using your username and password.

We believe that these measures are reasonable and adequate.  Despite these measures, it is, however, impossible for us to guarantee absolute security.  

Third Party Linked Sites.

Our Site may include links to third-party websites and may display advertisements shown by third parties, often referred to as third-party ad servers.  Ad servers may use tools such as cookies to track the response to certain advertisements.  We do not have any control over the privacy policies of these third-party websites and third-party ad servers and are not responsible for their privacy practices.  We recommend that you read their privacy policy documents to understand their particular policies and practices.


YOUR CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS (California Civil Code § 1798.83)

Under California law, California residents may ask companies with whom they have an established business relationship to provide certain information regarding the disclosure of personal information to third parties for direct marketing purposes during the past year.  To make such a request, please send an email to the email address below under “Contact Us.”



Please address any questions or comments regarding this privacy statement or the privacy practices of The Independent to Privacy@independentnews.com.

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