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Bay Group Media Inc. (“Bay Group Media”) operates several websites including BayGroupMedia.com, BayAreaHoustonMag.com, BestPracticesMD.com and GulfCoastMariner.com. It is Bay Group Media’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.
Like most website operators, Bay Group Media collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Bay Group Media’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Bay Group Media’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Bay Group Media may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
Bay Group Media also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on WordPress.com blogs. Bay Group Media only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to Bay Group Media’s websites choose to interact with Bay Group Media in ways that require Bay Group Media to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Bay Group Media gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for an account to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with Bay Group Media – by purchasing advertising or other marketing services, for example – are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, Bay Group Media collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Bay Group Media. Bay Group Media does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
Bay Group Media may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. However, Bay Group Media does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
Bay Group Media discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Bay Group Media’s behalf or to provide services available at Bay Group Media’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Bay Group Media’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Bay Group Media will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Bay Group Media discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Bay Group Media believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Bay Group Media, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an Bay Group Media website and have supplied your email address, Bay Group Media may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Bay Group Media and our products. We primarily use our various product blogs to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Bay Group Media takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
If Bay Group Media, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Bay Group Media goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Bay Group Media may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.