Privacy Policy

Observer Media Group Privacy Policy

Last Updated: March 15, 2011

At The New York Observer, we understand that privacy is important, and we’ve created this policy to give you information about how we collect and use personal information. Our policy is divided into two sections: Section 1 describes how we collect and use data from users of Observer Media Group Web sites. Section 2 describes how we collect and use data from subscribers to the print and electronic editions of The New York Observer newspaper. We also encourage you to review our Terms of Service for information regarding rights, usage, trademarks, licenses, liability, trademark, and content ownership.

We reevaluate this policy on an ongoing basis, and we value your feedback. If you have questions or concerns regarding our privacy policy, we ask that you contact us at:

Customer Service
The New York Observer, LLC
321 W. 44th St., 6th Floor
New York, New York 10036
(212) 755-2400
Email

Please note that this privacy policy may change from time to time. We will post the new policy on this page, and, if the changes allow us to use personally identifying information in ways that are different from the ways specified at the time the information was originally collected, our Web site will contain a special notice about the changes. Each version of this privacy policy will be identified by its effective date, which you can find at the bottom of the page.

The New York Observer Online Privacy Policy

The New York Observer collects data, including personally identifying information, from people who use Observer Media Group web sites. This section of our privacy policy explains how we collect and use this data. Please note that The New York Observer subscriber data is maintained separately from data gathered from our online users. This means that users of Observer Media Group web sites who also subscribe to the New York Observer newspaper, in either print or electronic form, should read both this section and Section 2 (The New York Observer Subscriber Privacy Policy) in order to have a full understanding of our privacy practices.

Information we collect and how we use it

When you visit Observer Media Group web sites, The New York Observer collects several forms of usage data, including:

Browsers or third-party software can allow you to block the use of cookies while you surf our site. Or you can use third-party anonymizer services to mask information in your cookies or even general data such as your IP address. In such cases you would not be able to take advantage of most of the personalization services offered on Observer Media Group web sites.

The aggregated information we collect is used for a number of purposes including the following:

Many portions of Observer Media Group web sites can be used without registering or giving us any personal information such as (but not limited to) your name and e-mail address. However, The New York Observer does collect personally identifying information regarding our online users, including in the following ways:

The personal information we collect may be used in a number of ways, including the following:

Information sharing

The New York Observer may share aggregated, nonpersonal information, such as Web site traffic figures, with third parties. This aggregated information does not identify you individually. We may share personal information with your consent or in order to provide products or services you have requested. In addition, by using the site you agree that we may also share personal information in any of the following circumstances:

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User Published Content

The New York Observer makes available to its users tools which allow them to publish content on Observer Media Group web sites, such as (but not limited to) blogs, comments, forums, and interactive tools.

Use of data for promotions, and choices for personal information

Postal addresses will be used to promote The New York Observer, and may be rented and/or licensed to select outside firms for promotional purposes. Offers for which the postal address data is rented and/or licensed for use are screened and the users are required to target their offers carefully.

When you provide your e-mail address to us, you agree to receive e-mail from The New York Observer, and any affiliate operations including joint endeavors with third parties; however, you can unsubscribe from these e-mails at any time simply by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the e-mail. We allow you to opt out of receiving e-mail regarding third-party offers, both when e-mail information is collected and with each use of your address. If you do not opt out at the time your e-mail address is collected, or do not respond to the questions concerning how we may use your e-mail address, your address may be used for third-party offers. Offers for which the e-mail address is rented and/or licensed for use are screened and the users are required to target their offers carefully.

In addition, you may change your preferences regarding use of personal data bycontacting us.

If The New York Observer or any of its products is involved in a merger, acquisition, or sale of some or all of its assets, all personally identifying information and other data will be transferred to the new owner.

The New York Observer Print Subscriber Privacy Policy

The New York Observer collects personally identifying information and data from people who subscribe to The New York Observer newspaper, whether in print or via an electronic edition. This section of our privacy policy explains how we collect and use subscriber information. Please note that The New York Observersubscriber data is maintained separately from data gathered from our online users. This means that subscribers who also use The New York Observer Web site should read both this section and Section 1 (The New York Observer Online Privacy Policy) in order to have a full understanding of our privacy practices.

Information we collect and how we use it

We collect personally identifying information regarding subscribers in three main ways:

When you subscribe to The New York Observer, you must provide your postal address (for print subscribers) or e-mail address (for electronic edition subscribers), and you may choose to provide us with additional personal information, such as your telephone or fax number, and with demographic information, all of which becomes part of your subscription record. The data in your subscription record is used in a number of ways, including the following:

Information sharing

The New York Observer may share aggregated, nonpersonal information, such as total newspaper circulation or circulation in a particular state or zip code, with third parties. This aggregated information does not identify you individually. We may share personal information with your consent or in order to provide products or services you have requested. We may also share personal information in any of the following circumstances:

Use of data for promotions, and choices for personal information

Postal addresses will be used to promote The New York Observer and its products and services, and may be rented and/or licensed to select outside firms for promotional purposes. Offers for which the postal address data is rented and/or licensed for use are screened and the users are required to target their offers carefully.

When you provide your e-mail address to us, you agree to receive promotional e-mail from The New York Observer and any of it other operational entities; however, you can unsubscribe from these e-mails at any time simply by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the e-mail. We allow you to opt out of receiving e-mail regarding third-party offers, both when e-mail information is collected and with each use of your address. If you do not opt out at the time your e-mail address is collected, or do not respond to the questions concerning how we may use your e-mail address, your address may be used for third-party offers. Offers for which the e-mail address is rented and/or licensed for use are screened and the users are required to target their offers carefully.

Subscribers who do not want their personal information used for third-party promotions may write and ask to be removed from such promotion lists. Requests should be sent to:

Subscriber Services
The New York Observer, LLC
321 W. 44th St., 6th Floor
New York, New York 10036
(212) 755-2400

If The New York Observer or any of its products is involved in a merger, acquisition, or sale of some or all of its assets, all personally identifying information and other data will be transferred to the new owner.