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Privacy Policy

Marin Post Privacy Policy

Last updated: 04/20/2015

The Marin Post and the Marin Post web site, as a project of Community Venture Partners, Inc. (“Marin Post”), provides this Privacy Policy to inform you of our policies and procedures regarding the collection, use and disclosure of personal information we receive from users of MarinPost and any other web sites, networks or services owned or operated by Marin Post (the "Marin Post Service"). This Privacy Policy applies only to information that you provide to us through the Marin Post Service. Our Privacy Policy may be updated from time to time, pursuant to our Terms of Service, to which this Privacy Policy is incorporated by reference, and we will notify you of any material changes by making the new Privacy Policy available through the Marin Post Service. All terms used in this Privacy Policy that are not defined have the definitions provided in our Terms of Service

  • 1. Information Collection: The Personally Identifiable Information We Collect.

User-Provided Personal Information: In the course of using the Marin Post Service, you may provide us with personally identifiable information and information about organizations that you represent. This refers to information about you included in Creating an Account, or creating a Post, making choices on your Profile and/or any other Content that can be used to contact or identify you and your organizations, and information on your personal interests, preferences, use of and activities through the Marin Post Service that may be connected with you (“Personal Information”). Personal Information that we collect may include, but is not limited to, your name, organization names, phone numbers, credit card or other billing information, email addresses and home and business postal addresses. Personal Information may also include information you supply to us in the course of using the Marin Post Service including your preferences, interests expressed, and other content submissions.

Technical Information: When you use the Marin Post Service, our servers automatically record information that your computer or device sends whenever you visit a website. This information may include, but is not limited to, your device type, Internet Protocol address, UUID, or other device identifier or address information, operating system, browser type, the web page you were visiting immediately before you came to the Marin Post Service, and the search query you submitted to find the Marin Post Service on a search engine. Like many websites, we also use “cookies” to collect information. A cookie is a small text file containing a string of alphanumeric characters that we transfer to your computer’s hard disk for record-keeping purposes. We use “persistent cookies” to personalize your experience with the Marin Post Service, such as by saving your registration ID and login password for future logins, and we use “session ID cookies” to enable certain features of the Marin Post Service, to better understand how you interact with the Marin Post Service and to monitor aggregate usage and web traffic routing on the Marin Post Service, to optimize our Service, and to serve advertisements through our Service. A session cookie disappears after you close your browser. A persistent cookie remains after you close your browser and may be used by your browser on subsequent visits to the Service. You can instruct your browser, by changing its options, to stop accepting cookies or to prompt you before accepting a cookie from the websites you visit. If you do not accept cookies from the Marin Post Service, however, you may not be able to use all portions of the Marin Post Service or all functionality of our services.

“Automatically Collected” Information. When you use the Marin Post Service, we may automatically record certain information from your device by using various types of technology, including “clear gifs" or “web beacons.” This “automatically collected” information may include your IP address or other device address or ID, web browser and/or device type, the web pages or sites that you visit just before or just after you use the Marin Post Service, the pages or other content you view or otherwise interact with on the Marin Post Service, and the dates and times that you visit, access, or use the Marin Post Service. We also may use these technologies to collect information regarding your interaction with email messages, such as whether you opened, clicked on, or forwarded a message. This information is gathered from all users.

Third Party Web Beacons and Third Party Buttons. We may also implement third-party content or advertising on the Marin Post Service that may use clear gifs or other forms of web beacons, which allow the third-party content provider to read and write cookies to your browser in connection with your viewing of the third party content on the Marin Post Service. Additionally, we may implement third party buttons (such as Facebook “like” or “share” buttons) that may allow third parties to collect information about you through such third parties’ browser cookies, even when you do not interact with the button. Information collected through web beacons and buttons is collected directly by these third parties, and Marin Post does not participate in that data transmission. Information collected by a third party in this manner is subject to that third party’s own data collection, use, and disclosure policies. Your operating system or browser may include settings, options, or add-on components to control the placement and presence of cookies and access to location information. We do not track our users over time and across third party websites to provide targeted advertising and do not specifically respond to Do Not Track (“DNT”) signals. However, some third party websites do keep track of your browsing activities, including across other websites on the Internet, which enables these websites to tailor what they present to you. If you are visiting such websites, your browser may allow you to set a DNT signal on your browser so that third parties know you do not want to be tracked. Additionally, third parties operating on the Service may collect Personal Information about an individual consumer’s online activities over time and across different Web sites.

Integrated Services. You may be given the option to enable features that integrate features or functions of various different services. These options may allow you to access or register for the Marin Post Service through the use of your user name and passwords for certain services provided by third parties (each, an “Integrated Service”), such as through the use of your Facebook credentials through Facebook Connect, or to authorize an Integrated Service to provide personal information or other information to us. By authorizing us to connect with an Integrated Service, you authorize us to access and store your name, telephone number, email address(es), date of birth, gender, current city, profile picture URL, and other information that the Integrated Service makes available to us, and to use and disclose it in accordance with this Policy. You should check your privacy settings on each Integrated Service to understand and change the information sent to us through each Integrated Service. Please review each Integrated Service’s terms of use and privacy policies carefully before using their services and connecting to our Marin Post Service.

Information from Other Sources. We may obtain information, including personal information, from third parties and sources other than the Marin Post Service, such as our partners, advertisers, Integrated Services, and service providers you transact or interact with in connection with your use of the Marin Post Service. If we combine or associate information from other sources with personal information that we collect through the Marin Post Service, we will treat the combined information as personal information in accordance with this Policy.

  • 2. How We Use Personal Information.

Marin Post uses Personal Information for a variety of purposes in the operation of our business, including the following purposes: (i) to provide and improve the Marin Post Service and its features and content, including providing you with personalized services and developing new products, services, features, and functionality; (ii) to administer your account and your use of the Marin Post Service, (iii) to enable users to enjoy and easily navigate the Marin Post Service; (iv) to better understand your needs and interests; (v) to fulfill requests you may make; (vi) to personalize your experience; (vii) to provide or offer software updates and product announcements; and (viii) to provide you with further information and offers from us or third parties that we believe you may find useful or interesting, including newsletters, marketing or promotional materials and other information on services and products offered by us or third parties; (ix) to facilitate follow up and subsequent dealings with third party service providers listed on the Marin Post Service; (x) for the purpose of serving advertisements through the Service, and to enhance their ability to serve you efficiently and effectively. If you decide at any time that you no longer wish to receive communications initiated under part (viii) of this paragraph, please update your account information.

We use information, including Personal Information, we obtain by technical means (such as the automatic recording performed by our servers or through the use of cookies) for the above purposes and in order to monitor and analyze use of the Marin Post Service and our services and for the Marin Post Service’s technical administration, to enhance the functionality and user-friendliness of the Marin Post Service, to better tailor it to your needs, to generate and derive useful data and information concerning the interests, characteristics and website use behavior of our users, to provide customized advertisements, and to verify that visitors to the Marin Post Service meet the criteria required to process their requests.

We use Personal Information collected through CONTACT US and in the course of responding to inquiries, questions and support services, in order to, among other things, accurately categorize and accurately respond and deliver appropriate services.

We may also use your email address or other information we collect on the Marin Post Service to contact you for administrative purposes such as customer service, to address intellectual property infringement, right of privacy violations or defamation issues related to the content you post on the Marin Post Service. You may, of course, decline to provide Marin Post with certain Personal Information, and you may revise or remove any information you have provided at any time during the time your account is registered with us but then you may not be able to utilize the Marin Post Service to its fullest potential.

  • 3. Information Sharing and Disclosure.

The security of your Personal Information is important to us, and we are not in the business of selling Personal Information to others. We do, however, share Personal Information in a variety of ways in the operation of our business, as described below, and we may provide privacy settings.

Users: We may display your Personal Information in your Posts and your Private Account Information page and elsewhere on the Marin Post Service in connection with the activity you engage in on the Marin Post Service. We will display your name and city of residence on your Posts. Any other information and Submissions you choose to provide should reflect how much you want all other Users to know about you. We recommend that you guard sensitive information and we encourage Users to think carefully about what information about themselves and their families they disclose in their Posts, Account Information and Content pages. During the term of your use, you can review and revise your Personal Information at any time.

Affiliated Business We Do Not Control: We work with a variety of third-parties to provide you information about their offerings through the Marin Post Service and Services. We may share Personal Information with those providers in order to enhance their ability to provide you the highest level of service, but not for the purposes of solicitation or advertising.

Service Providers, Business Partners and Others: We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate our service, to provide the service on our behalf, to perform Marin Post Service-related services (including but not limited to maintenance services, database management, web analytics, improvement of the Marin Post Service’s features, and postal and e-mail services, and personal assistance) or to assist us in analyzing how the Marin Post Service is used. These third parties have access to your Personal Information only for purposes of performing these tasks on our behalf. We may also provide Personal Information to our business partners or other entities with which we have cooperative relationships so that they can send you promotional and other information and engage in any of the activities described in Section 2 above.

Compliance with Laws and Law Enforcement: Marin Post cooperates with government and law enforcement officials and private parties to enforce and comply with the law. We will disclose any information about you to government or law enforcement officials or private parties as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate to respond to claims and legal process (including but not limited to subpoenas), to protect the property and rights of Marin Post or a third party, to protect the safety of the public or any person, or to prevent or stop any activity we may consider to be, or to pose a risk of being, illegal, unethical, inappropriate or legally actionable.

Precautions and Protection of the Marin Post Service: Marin Post also reserves the right to disclose your information that we believe, in good faith, is appropriate or necessary to (i) take precautions against liability, (ii) protect ourselves or others from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful uses or activity, (iii) investigate and defend ourselves against any third-party claims or allegations, (iv) protect the security or integrity of the Marin Post Service and any facilities or equipment used to make the Marin Post Service available, or (v) protect our property or other legal rights (including, but not limited to, enforcement of our agreements), or the rights, property, or safety of others.

Business Transfers: Marin Post may sell, transfer or otherwise share some or all of its assets, including your Personal Information, in connection with a merger, acquisition, reorganization or sale of assets or in the event of bankruptcy.

  • 4. Changing, Suspending or Deleting Your Information.

All registered users may review, update, correct, suspend use of or delete the Personal Information provided in their registration or account profile by accessing their online My Account pages. Doing so may interfere with your ability to utilize the Marin Post Service fully. If you completely delete all such information, your account may become deactivated. If you wish to access or amend any other personal information we hold about you, or to request that we delete any information about you that we have obtained from an Integrated Service, contact us. Please note that while any changes you make will be reflected in active user databases instantly or within a reasonable period of time, we may retain all information you submit for backups, archiving, prevention of fraud and abuse, analytics, satisfaction of legal obligations, or where we otherwise reasonably believe that we have a legitimate reason to do so.

If you receive commercial email from us, you may unsubscribe at any time by following the instructions contained within the email. You may also opt-out from receiving commercial email from us, and any other promotional communications that we may send to you from time to time, by sending your request to us by clicking the “Unsubscribe” link or by changing your Subscription settings, or by writing to us at the address given at the end of this policy. We may allow you to view and modify settings relating to the nature and frequency of promotional communications that you receive from us in user account functionality on the Marin Post Service.

Please be aware that if you opt-out of receiving commercial email from us or otherwise modify the nature or frequency of promotional communications you receive from us, it may take up to ten business days for us to process your request, and you may receive promotional communications from us that you have opted-out from during that period. Additionally, even after you opt-out from receiving commercial messages from us, you will continue to receive administrative messages from us regarding the Marin Post Service.

To protect your privacy and security, we take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting you account access or making corrections to your information.


  • 5. Third-Party Services.

The Marin Post Service may contain features or links to Web sites and services provided by third parties. Any information you provide on third-party sites or services is provided directly to the operators of such services and is subject to those operators’ policies, if any, governing privacy and security, even if accessed through the Marin Post Service. We are not responsible for the content or privacy and security practices and policies of third-party sites or services to which links or access are provided through the Marin Post Service. We encourage you to learn about third parties’ privacy and security policies before providing them with information.

  • 6. Our Commitment to Data Security.

Marin Post is very concerned with safeguarding your information. We employ certain physical, managerial, and technical safeguards designed to improve the integrity and security of your Personal Information. However, we are not an IT security company and cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to Marin Post, and you do so at your own risk. Please note that Marin Post cannot a guarantee that information you submit may not be accessed, disclosed, hacked, stolen, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards.

If Marin Post learns of a security systems breach, then we may attempt to notify you electronically so that you can take appropriate protective steps. Depending on where you live, you may have a legal right to receive notice of a security breach in writing. To receive a free written notice of a security breach you should notify us at CONTACT.

  • 7. Our Commitment to Children’s Privacy.

Marin Post is particularly concerned with safeguarding the privacy of children. The Marin Post Service is not directed to children under 18, and children under 18 are prohibited from using the Marin Post Service under the Terms of Service. We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under 18. If a parent or guardian becomes aware that his or her child has provided us with Personal Information without their consent, he or she should CONTACT US. If we become aware that a child under 18 has provided us with Personal Information, we will delete such information from our files.


  • 8. Surveys and Polls.

From time to time you may be contacted and asked to participate in market research surveys and public opinion polling, by Marin Post or third party vendors, or we may make such surveys or polls available through the Marin Post Service. Participation in the Marin Post Service, including any such associated surveys or polls, is voluntary on your part. Be advised that any responses, comments or other information provided by you through surveys and polls may be visible to others on the Internet. Generally, Personal Information you provide in connection with your participation in any such poll or survey will not be made available to others. However, Marin Post reserves the right to sell or otherwise monetize the aggregate results of such surveys and polls for its own business purposes.

  • 9. Communications with Marin Post and Other Users.

Emails you initiate to Marin Post will list your user name and email address in the header of the email. You may edit this information as you wish, but a valid email address must be included in order to use the Marin Post Service.

  • 10. Your Choices, Terms of Service.

Please be advised that by becoming a Marin Post User, opening a Marin Post Account and otherwise using the Marin Post Service, you are expressly and voluntarily agreeing to Marin Post’s Terms of Service, which incorporate the terms of this Privacy Policy. Providing information to Marin Post, including all Personal Information or other information deemed “sensitive” by applicable law, is entirely voluntary on your part. You have the right to delete or modify some of the information you provide to us, in accordance with the Terms of Service and this Privacy Policy, but be advised that such changes will not be retroactive and Marin Post may retain copies of all such information.

  • 11. Changes and Updates to this Policy.

Please revisit this page periodically to stay aware of any changes to this Policy, which we may update from time to time. If we modify this Policy, we will do so in accordance with the Terms of Service and make it available through the Marin Post Service, and indicate the date of the latest revision. In the event that the modifications materially alter your rights or obligations hereunder, we will make reasonable efforts to notify you of the change. For example, we may send a message to your email address, if we have one on file, or generate a pop-up or similar notification when you access the Marin Post Service for the first time after such material changes are made. Your continued use of the Marin Post Service after the revised Policy has become effective indicates that you have read, understood and agreed to the current version of this Policy.

  • 12. Privacy Settings.

Although we may allow you to adjust your privacy settings to limit access to certain personal information, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures on the Marin Post Service. Additionally, we cannot control the actions of other users with whom you may choose to share your information. Further, even after information posted on the Marin Post Service is removed, caching and archiving services may have saved that information, and other users or third parties may have copied or stored the information available on the Marin Post Service. We cannot and do not guarantee that information you post on or transmit to the Marin Post Service will not be viewed by unauthorized persons.

  • 13. International Visitors.

The Marin Post Service is hosted in the United States and is intended for visitors located within the United States. If you choose to use the Marin Post Service from the European Union or other regions of the world with laws governing data collection and use that may differ from U.S. law, then please note that you are transferring your personal information outside of those regions to the United States for storage and processing. Also, we may transfer your data from the U.S. to other countries or regions in connection with storage and processing of data, fulfilling your requests, and operating the Marin Post Service. By providing any information, including personal information, on or to the Marin Post Service, you consent to such transfer, storage, and processing.

  • 14. Contacting Us.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us.