Information we automatically gather when you visit MPR and APM Web sites
Like virtually all other Web servers, our Web server automatically creates log files for each visitor who accesses our sites. These “access logs” allow us to make our site more useful to our visitors. The access logs do not record a visitor’s name, address, phone number, credit card numbers, or any other personally identifying information. Rather, these log files may contain some or all of the following information:
· The date of the visit
· The time and length of the visit
· The path taken through the Web site
· The browser being used
· A list of files downloaded or viewed
· The amount of time spent listening to audio files
· The Internet Protocol Address (IP Address) of the machine accessing our Web site*
· Any errors encountered
Most Internet Service Providers use a “dynamic” form of assigning IP Addresses. This means that a visitor may have a different IP address each time he or she visits an MPR Web site. Also, many Internet Service Providers, including AOL, use “proxy servers,” which provide even more anonymity for visitors.
We use this information to aid the technical administration of the sites and to better understand how each site is functioning for its users. This information may be correlated with your profile, if you have provided this data, to provide special “personalized” services. This information may also be used in aggregate form.
We may track your visit to sections of our Web sites in order for some site features to function properly for you. In some instances, “cookies” or a similar technology may be used to update your registration records with session information. If you do not wish to accept a cookie from our servers, you can adjust the settings on your browser accordingly. Refusing to accept cookies from the server may result in some limits on the benefits that we can automatically provide as you enjoy the MPR Web sites.
Information you give us
We do not collect personally identifying information from our Web sites unless you choose to provide that information to us. Visitors under the age of 13 must obtain permission from their parents or guardians before sending any personally identifying information to MPR.
Name and contact information
MPR may ask visitors (you) to provide certain personal information when you: register for a contest; sign up for an e-mail list; request information; purchase products or services; contribute material that may be used on the Web site (e.g., recipes or program reviews); participate in a discussion board or chat; or use a form to become a member of MPR. You will also have the opportunity to request future e-mail contact from us regarding our programs and Web sites. We tell you whether a specific piece of information is required at the time it is requested.
This information may be used by MPR to verify your identity, manage a contest, gather your editorial comments and feedback, contact you for additional information or administrative purposes, provide attribution for any submitted content of yours published by MPR and fulfill your order or request. If you opt-in to request future contact from us, you may receive e-mail regarding our programs and Web sites; otherwise, we will contact you only if necessary for the purposes above.
Unless explicitly stated otherwise at the time of submission, the personally identifying information you provide will not be sold, shared, or used for purposes other than listed above.
Demographic and Personal Information
MPR may occasionally conduct online surveys, sometimes in association with a contest or other offer. These surveys may ask you for demographic information such as ZIP code, age, education, or income level. Unless otherwise explicitly indicated at the time you provide the information, this information is used in an aggregate form to help us understand our audiences and improve our services. Demographic and profile information may be shared with selected third-party organizations, only on an aggregate basis, to describe the nature of our online audiences.
You must be 18 to engage in money-related transactions on an MPR Store site. When you do so, you may be asked for a credit card number. All financial transactions take place only on secure servers, and electronic communication of credit card information is sent only in a secured or encrypted format. Your credit card information is considered completely confidential. MPR strive to be compliant with the Data Security Standard as prescribed by the Payment Card Industry.
Special note for MPR contributors
MPR does not sell, rent or trade its members’ names, mailing addresses, telephone numbers or email addresses.
If you use MPR’s secure online form to make a contribution to MPR, your name, complete contact information, and all contributions will go directly to the MPR Development Department. Your contribution information will be protected in full compliance within this policy
Your use of the MPR and Associate Web sites constitutes consent to any policy then in effect.
This policy is effective August 25, 2012.