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Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is: https://www.orlandoadvocate.com.  Our parent organization and other contact info are as follows:

The Orlando Advocate
A Cornerstone Media Group Company
30 Coburn Avenue
Orlando FL 32805
Tel: 407.648.1162
Fax: 407.649.8702
privacy@orlandoadvocate.com

For a more expanded “Who We Are,” click here.

The Orlando Advocate and our parent organization, Cornerstone Media Group, are committed to protecting your privacy. This policy describes the types of information we may collect from you or that you may provide when you visit our website, and how we collect, use, maintain, protect, and disclose that information.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

When you visit The Orlando Advocate, we collect basic non-personally identifying information about your computer, including: browser type, language preference, operating system, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. We also collect information about what you view on the site to help us optimize content.  Our purpose in collecting this information is to better understand how visitors use our website.

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TYPE OF INFORMATION COLLECTED

We collect and merge non-personally identifiable information (“Non-PII”) and personally identifiable information (“PII”) through the various sources discussed below. For your reference, PII means any information that may be used to identify an individual, including but not limited to name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address. Non-PII is data that is not used to specifically identify, contact or locate an individual, including but not limited to zip code, gender, age, or IP address.

HOW WE COLLECT YOUR INFORMATION

We collect information about you via the OlandoAdvocate.com website when you provide it in connection with a request for a product, service or information. For example, if you decide to place an order or complete a registration form, we may ask you for, but not limited to, the following information: First and last name, e-mail address, telephone number, the advertising product you are interested in and/or payment information. We also collect information through web server applications. This information includes, but is not limited to your referring URL, browser type, Internet protocol (“IP”) address, and the date and time.

ADVERTISEMENTS

Additionally, we collect information about you when you complete an advertising order on for display or legal advertisements included on our websites or web pages. The advertisements present opportunities for consumers to acquire our services or gain access to other opportunities we provide. This information may include, but is not limited to: your e-mail address, name, mailing address, telephone number, IP address, and payment information; as well as other information about your interests.

Collection of Personally-Identifying Information

IP Addresses

We also collect information that could possibly identify you personally, like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses.  We do not use IP addresses to identify our visitors, though, and we do not disclose such information, other than in the same manner and under the same circumstances that personally-identifying information is disclosed, as described herein.

Certain visitors to OrlandoAdvocate.com choose to interact with our website in ways that require us to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that OrlandoAdvocate.com gathers depends on how visitors interact.  Posting a comment requires less information than subscribing to our newsletter, for example.

User Accounts

If you register for a user account, we ask for such information as your username, real name, birthdate, address, phone number and e-mail address.  We will also request this information if you correspond with us.  In each case, though, we only collect information that is necessary or appropriate for your specific interaction. OrlandoAdvocate.com does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described herein.

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.  Our Comments Policy can be found here.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

We may also retain any messages you send to us by way of comments, and may collect information you provide in User Content you post to the website. We use this information to operate, maintain, and provide to you the features and functionality your comments and posts suggest you want to see.  Your username will be published publicly.  Your real name will not—unless you choose to disclose it. Once you disclose your real name it may be permanently disclosed.  So be sure it’s something you want to do.

Visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the understanding that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Facebook Comments

We embed Facebook Comments plugin to allow you to leave comment at our website using your Facebook account. This plugin may collect your IP address, your web browser User Agent, store and retrieve cookies on your browser, embed additional tracking, and monitor your interaction with the commenting interface, including correlating your Facebook account with whatever action you take within the interface (such as “liking” someone’s comment, replying to other comments), if you are logged into 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

GooglePlus Comments

We use GooglePlus Comments widget at our website for you to be able to comment at our webpages using your GooglePlus account. From this interaction Google automatically collects and store certain information in server logs like IP address, device event information such as crashes, system activity, hardware settings, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request, in accordance with their data privacy policy: https://policies.google.com/privacy

Disqus Comments

We use Disqus Comments widget at our website for you to be able to comment at our webpages using Disqus commenting system. Disqus may collect information about you when you register for and use the Service. Such information may include “Personally Identifiable Information” which means information that identifies you as an individual, such information may include, but is not limited to, your name, email address, telephone number, username or account ID, and “Non-Personally Identifiable Information” which means information that does not identify you as an individual. Non-Personally Identifiable Information may include, but is not limited to, information about your browser, your IP address, device ID, what pages you visit on our Partner Sites, which website you came from, what advertisements you clicked on, whether on our Partner Websites, the Service or other third party websites, and other information about your online activity that does not identify you as an individual, in accordance with their data privacy policy: https://help.disqus.com/terms-and-policies/disqus-privacy-policy

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

We use the Contact Form 7 plugin for forms creation and use on our website.  If you use a form on the website to contact us, we capture your ip address, name and email address.  This information is retained for a reasonable period of time, and solely for customer service purposes.  We do not use the information submitted through these contact forms for marketing purposes.

The plugin stores user input data sent through the contact forms on this site, along with meta information about the submissions, including the time stamp, the origin IP address, and the user agent (browser).  This information is sent by Contact Form 7 as email messages that only a select few are allowed to access. The information is also stored in the database on our hosting server for backup and later reference purposes. We use the Flamingo plugin to safely manage this data.  Contact Form 7’s Privacy Policy can be found here.

We do not share any data collected by our contact forms, although we do use the Akismet Anti-Spam plugin, which may pass data, including personal information, to external servers to process.  Askimet’s Privacy Policy can be found here.

Also, third party services may collect information about website visitors. We currently use Google Analytics and Google AdSense on our site.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site 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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

We use Google Analytics.  GA collects information about our website activity which may include:

  • Terms we or our visitors search for
  • Videos we watch
  • Views and interactions with content and ads
  • Voice and audio information when such features are used on our site
  • Purchase activity
  • People with whom we communicate or share content
  • Activity on third-party sites and apps that use its services

The Google Analytics Privacy Policy can be found here.  To opt out of analytics tracking:  Click here to opt-out of Google Analytics

Who we share your data with

OrlandoAdvocate.com only discloses personally-identifying information when required to do so by law, or if you give permission to have your information shared, or when we believe in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of OrlandoAdvocate.com, third parties, or the public at large.

We do share site data with the following third-party providers:

  • Paypal (as noted above)
  • Squareup (as noted above)
  • AdRotate (stores the user IP to keep track of recent impressions and click.  The IP is not visible to ordinary users and can not easily be accessed. This data is removed after 24-36 hours.
  • Social Media, ie Facebook, Google +, Twitter, LinkedIn (as noted below)
  • Google Analytics (as noted above)

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.  This could include your web hosting, cloud storage, or other third party services.

Advertising

When you pay for an advertisement on our site, we send you to one of two partner payment processors.  Our partners are Paypal and Square Register.

Paypal’s Privacy Policy can be found here.  Square’s Privacy Notice can be found here.

European data protection law requires data about European residents which is transferred outside the European Union to be safeguarded to the same standards as if the data was in Europe.

Our contact information

Jeffery Atwater, Data Protection Officer
30 Coburn Avenue
Orlando FL 32805
privacy@orlandoadvocate.com

Additional information

How we protect your data

We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use aggregated information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here: www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp.

Opting out of these cookies will be effective not only on our website, but it will take effect on all websites with NAI certified advertising networks.  For networks that are not NAI certified, however, these opt-outs will be ineffective.

What data breach procedures we have in place

In the unlikely event of a data breach, we will move immediately to take any and all necessary steps to advise our visitors, users and the general public of the problem and to cut off all access to our website in order to stop the intrusion and minimize the effects of the breach.

What third parties we receive data from

MailChimp newsletter & emails

If you have subscribed to our newsletter or if you are a member of our website (you can log in) or if you have purchased on our website, there is a good chance you will receive emails from us.

We will only send you emails which you have signed up to receive, or which pertain to the services we provided to you.

To send you emails, we use the name and email address you provide us. Our site also logs the IP address you used when you signed up for the service to prevent abuse of the system.

This website can send emails through the MailPoet-MailChimp Integration sending service. This service allows us to track opens and clicks on our emails. We use this information to improve the content of our newsletters.

No identifiable information is otherwise tracked outside this website except for the email address.

  • Akismet
We collect information about visitors who comment on Sites that use our Akismet anti-spam service. The information we collect depends on how the User sets up Akismet for the Site, but typically includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself).

Email Newsletters and Sharing

  • Sharing Website Content

After signing up online, users will receive email newsletters and other occasional announcements from The Orlando Advocate. In order to distribute our email, we collect subscribers’ email addresses. We do not share addresses with other companies or partners. Users can unsubscribe from email newsletters at any time.

The Orlando Advocate offers a “Share” feature, which allows our users to share content on our website with others using third-party providers like Facebook, Twitter, Google, PinIt and LinkedIn.  Users are asked to provide email addresses for both the sender and recipient.  We do not store or save these addresses and you will not receive any communication from The Orlando Advocate or any of our partners as a result of having shared website content.

  • Surveys

From time to time The Orlando Advocate will conduct completely voluntary surveys of site visitors to obtain opinions, points of view and even demographic information. This information may be compiled and shared in the aggregate with third parties, but no personal details will be traceable or associated with specific individuals.

  • Facebook Comments

We embed Facebook Comments plugin to allow you to leave comment at our website using your Facebook account. This plugin may collect your IP address, your web browser User Agent, store and retrieve cookies on your browser, embed additional tracking, and monitor your interaction with the commenting interface, including correlating your Facebook account with whatever action you take within the interface (such as “liking” someone’s comment, replying to other comments), if you are logged into 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

GooglePlus Comments

We use GooglePlus Comments widget at our website for you to be able to comment at our webpages using your GooglePlus account. From this interaction Google automatically collects and store certain information in server logs like IP address, device event information such as crashes, system activity, hardware settings, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request, in accordance with their data privacy policy: https://policies.google.com/privacy

Facebook Comments Moderation

We may collect the data related to the Facebook Comment you post, only from  your consent that you grant before posting Facebook Comment at our website. This data includes your Facebook account name, unique Facebook account identifier, unique identifier associated to the posted Facebook comment, unique open graph object identifier of the webpage at which you posted the comment, unique identifier associated to the parent comment if you reply to an existing comment. This data is used to show recent Facebook Comments made all over our website. You can revoke this consent at any time by sending us an email.

Facebook Comments Notifier

We may send the Facebook Comment you post, to page/post author and/or website administrator via automated email, only from your consent that you grant before posting Facebook Comment at our website. This data includes just the  Facebook comment posted by you.

Social Analytics for Sharing 

We use Google Analytics to track social shares made at our website. Google automatically collect and store certain information in their server logs which includes device event information such as crashes, system activity, hardware settings, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request and referral URL, cookies that may uniquely identify your browser or your Google Account, in accordance with their data privacy policy: https://policies.google.com/privacy

Facebook Like, Facebook Recommend, Facebook Share official buttons

We embed a Facebook widget to allow you to see number of likes/shares/recommends and “like/share/recommend” our webpages. This widget may collect your IP address, 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

Twitter Tweet official button

We use a Twitter Tweet widget at 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, who may use it in accordance with their data privacy policy: https://twitter.com/en/privacy#update

GooglePlus, GooglePlus Share official buttons

We use a GooglePlus widget at 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

Linkedin Share official button

We use a Linkedin Share widget at our website to allow you to share our webpages on Linkedin. These requests may track your IP address in accordance with their data privacy policy: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy

MailPoet newsletter & emails

If you have subscribed to our newsletter or if you are a member of our website (you can log in) or if you have purchased on our website, there is a good chance you will receive emails from us.

We will only send you emails which you have signed up to receive, or which pertain to the services we provided to you.

To send you emails, we use the name and email address you provide us. Our site also logs the IP address you used when you signed up for the service to prevent abuse of the system.

This website can send emails through the MailPoet sending service. This service allows us to track opens and clicks on our emails. We use this information to improve the content of our newsletters.

No identifiable information is otherwise tracked outside this website except for the email address.

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WooCommerce

We collect information about you during the checkout process on our store.

What we collect and store

While you visit our site, we’ll track:

  • Products you’ve viewed: we’ll use this to, for example, show you products you’ve recently viewed
  • Location, IP address and browser type: we’ll use this for purposes like estimating taxes and shipping
  • Shipping address: we’ll ask you to enter this so we can, for instance, estimate shipping before you place an order, and send you the order!

We’ll also use cookies to keep track of cart contents while you’re browsing our site.  Our cookie policy is found here.

When you purchase from us, we’ll ask you to provide information including your name, billing address, shipping address, email address, phone number, credit card/payment details and optional account information like username and password. We’ll use this information for purposes, such as, to:

  • Send you information about your account and order
  • Respond to your requests, including refunds and complaints
  • Process payments and prevent fraud
  • Set up your account for our store
  • Comply with any legal obligations we have, such as calculating taxes
  • Improve our store offerings
  • Send you marketing messages, if you choose to receive them

If you create an account, we will store your name, address, email and phone number, which will be used to populate the checkout for future orders.

We generally store information about you for as long as we need the information for the purposes for which we collect and use it, and we are not legally required to continue to keep it. For example, we will store order information for 7 years for tax and accounting purposes. This includes your name, email address and billing and shipping addresses.

We will also store comments or reviews, if you choose to leave them.

Who on our team has access

Members of our team have access to the information you provide us.  For example, both Administrators and Advertising Managers can access:

  • Order information like what was purchased, when it was purchased and where it should be sent, and
  • Customer information like your name, email address, and billing and shipping information.

Our team members have access to this information to help fulfill orders, process refunds and support you.

What we share with others

We share information with third parties who help us provide our orders and store services to you; for example —

Payments

As noted above, we accept payments through PayPal and Square. When processing payments, some of your data will be passed to PayPal or Square, including information required to process or support the payment, such as the purchase total and billing information.

Please see the PayPal Privacy Policy and the Square Privacy Policy for more details.

Linking to Other Sites

The Orlando Advocate contains links to other sites.  We are not responsible for the privacy practices employed by websites or services linked to or from the site, including the information or content contained therein.

Children’s Privacy

Orlando Advocate does not knowingly collect or solicit any information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register as Users. The site and its content are not directed at children under the age of 13.  In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at webmaster@OrlandoAdvocate.com.

Unsubscribe, Data Removal and Data Modification Policies

By completing the registration form on the Orlandoadvocate.com website or web pages you consented to receiving marketing communications from us and our third-party marketing partners.  If you decide that you do not want to receive these marketing communications you may opt-out of receiving them at any time by clicking here to unsubscribe.

The Orlando Advocate allows users to opt out of receiving communications from us and to modify or remove their information from our system. The following options are available to do so:

Registered users can change or modify information previously submitted in the user profile section.

You can send an email to privacy@OrlandoAdvocate.com

Disclosure of Personal Information

The Orlando Advocate will not use or disclose your personal information, except (i) as described in this privacy policy, (ii) as required by law, court order or as requested by other government/law enforcement authority, or (iii) to a buyer or other successor-in-interest in the event of a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, or other sale or transfer of some or all of Cornerstone Media’s assets.  This could be as part of a bankruptcy, dissolution, liquidation, or similar matter, where personal information held by Cornerstone Media about our website users is among the assets being transferred.  In a case where company assets are being transferred, you may direct us to not disclose your personal information.  Simply contact us at the address below or by send an email to privacy@OrlandoAdvocate.com. This policy does not protect information you have yourself post to any public forum on our website.

Your Choices about Your Information

You control your account information and settings: You may update your account information and email-communication preferences at any time by logging in to your account and changing your profile settings. You can also stop receiving promotional email communications from us at any time at http://www.OrlandoAdvocate.com/unsubscribe.

We make every effort to promptly process all unsubscribe requests. As noted above, you may not opt out of site-related communications (e.g., account verification, purchase and billing confirmations and reminders, changes/updates to features of the site, technical and security notices). If you have any questions about reviewing or modifying your account information, you can contact us directly at webmaster@Orlando Advocate.com.

 

Rights Under the GDPR

Avid is compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Under that regulation, you have the right to (a) be informed about Avid’s use of your data, (b) to access the data Avid has collected from you, (c) to correct any mistakes in the data Avid has collected, (d) the right to have the data Avid has collected erased, (e) to restrict processing (f) to portability of the information Avid has collected, (g) to object to the collection and processing of information, and (h) to not be profiled. To exercise any of these rights, please contact Avid at privacy@avid.com or via mail at the address below.

Notice to European Users

If you access this site from anywhere in Europe, please note that the information you enter on the site or otherwise provide to Cornerstone Media Group, or its subsidiaries or divisions, may be transferred outside of the European Economic Area, for purposes of processing, by Cornerstone Media Group Inc. a company located in Orlando, FL, U.S.A., or its subsidiaries or divisions, or authorized partners, located worldwide, in order to provide this site and its services to you. You are advised that the United States uses a sectoral model of privacy protection that relies on a mix of legislation, governmental regulation, and self-regulation. You are further advised that the Council of the European Union has found that this model does not provide “adequate” privacy protections as contemplated by Article 25 of the European Union’s Data Directive. (Directive 95/46/EC, 1995 O.J. (L 281) 31)

Article 26 of the European Union’s Data Directive allows for transfer of personal data from the European Union to a third country if the individual has clearly given his consent to the transfer of personal information, regardless of the third country’s level of protection.

By agreeing to this Policy, you consent to the transfer of all such information to the United States and the processing of that information as described in this Policy.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

You understand and agree that any disputes that arise over your privacy will be bound by the terms and conditions of this privacy policy. In addition, you agree that OrlandoAdvocate liability will be limited to the value of the transactions or services provided to you by OrlandoAdvocate.

EFFECTIVE MARCH 25, 2018.