Washington Monthly Terms of Use & Privacy Policy

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TERMS OF USE – WashingtonMonthly.com
Washington Monthly operates this Web site primarily to disseminate news, information and commentary to our visitors. Use of this Web site is conditioned on the User’s acceptance of all of these Terms of Use, including the Washington Monthly Privacy Policy and disclaimers set forth below. Use of this Web site constitutes the user’s agreement to all those terms and conditions. If you do not agree with all these terms, please leave this Web site.

Editorial Policies and Disclaimer
Washington Monthly was established in 1969 as an independent voice in politics, culture, and the pursuit of good government. Our online blogs reflect the opinions of the individuals who post to them. The opinions expressed in our blogs, reader comments and user-supplied content reflect the views of their respective authors, not necessarily the official views, policies, or positions of Washington Monthly.

Copyright and Trademark Information
All Washington Monthly materials are protected by copyrights, trademarks and/or other intellectual property rights. These materials are owned by Washington Monthly or are used with permission of their owners or as otherwise authorized by law. Any use in any form or medium is expressly prohibited without written authorization of Washington MonthlyWashington Monthly does not warrant the accuracy, completeness, timeliness or reliability of the material or data on this website or any other site available through links from this site. Links to other Web sites are provided for the convenience of our visitors. Washington Monthly does not necessarily endorse the linked-to sites or the opinions expressed on such sites.

Washington Monthly welcomes comments from Users. All user or third party submissions or postings are the views of the author or poster. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Washington MonthlyWashington Monthly reserves the right to edit any material submitted to it, for any reason. Washington Monthly has the sole discretion over whether to publish, edit or delete any material submitted. By submitting comments or other material to Washington Monthly, the commenter gives Washington Monthly all rights to the material and authorizes Washington Monthly to publish the material in any media now known or hereafter developed, and to use, adapt, recast, distribute, display, perform, or transmit it in any way, as Washington Monthly may determine in its sole discretion. By submitting your name, address, photo or other identifying data with a posting or other submission, you give Washington Monthly the right to publish that data, and to use that data for promotional or any other purpose. Please do not submit any confidential, proprietary, or copyrighted material without authorization of the owner. Submission of any material that is obscene, defamatory, or that infringes any trademark, copyright, privacy right, or other legal right is prohibited. Washington Monthly does not knowingly collect or seek any data or submissions from people under the age of 13.

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Washington Monthly
 is committed to respecting your online privacy. We have established this policy so that you can understand the care with which we intend to treat your personal information. We allow you to “opt out” of providing us with certain information. However, choosing to share information with us will help make your experience at Washington Monthly more pleasant and beneficial for you, and will help us continue to provide outstanding content and service.

Most of the information we collect on our website is aggregated to track general patterns, such as browser and platform usage and overall traffic patterns. We use name, address, and e-mail information primarily to deliver items you request, such as magazines or e-mail newsletters. We may also use your e-mail address to remind you to renew your subscription, notify you about new products or upcoming events, or send you donation appeals and sponsored messages with offers from select other organizations. You may always opt out of receiving these communications.

Washington Monthly online and our e-mail communications may contain links to other sites, including those produced by other organizations. Washington Monthlyis not responsible for the privacy practices or the contents of any outside sites not under the control of Washington Monthly.

The following privacy policy governs the use of your personally identifiable data submitted to Washington Monthly
You can access and post comments on Washington Monthly without having an account and without submitting personally identifiable information. However, some features of the site may be available only if you register with Washington Monthly or subscribe to our e-mail communications.

Collection and Use of Personally Identifiable Information 
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 collects certain personally identifiable information if you register with Washington Monthly, subscribe to our magazine and/or e-mail newsletters or other communications from us. Specifically, we may collect the following personal information: your name, e-mail address, street address, organization, telephone number, and additional demographic data.

Except as noted, Washington Monthly does not rent, sell, or share your personally identifiable information with third parties without your express permission. We use the personally identifiable information to send you information or material for which you have subscribed or which we think you will enjoy or benefit. We also use the personally identifiable information to assess and improve our services. We may allow entities assisting Washington Monthly on technical and internal issues to access certain personally identifiable information data on a need-to-know basis, subject to confidentiality protections. We reserve the right to provide any successor in interest with our subscriber and user database, and to comply with court orders or other legal obligations.

Washington Monthly allows you to submit and post comments and to recommend comments posted by others (collectively “User Content”). User Content that you submit to Washington Monthly or post on the site, including any personal information included in your User Content, becomes publicly available and can be seen, collected, and used by others. Washington Monthly may also allow you to send e-mail messages to other users. While the content of such messages will not be publicly displayed on the site, Washington Monthly has no ability to control how the content of messages sent to other users is used or disseminated. You should assume that anything you put into an e-mail message to another user may become public. We collect the IP address of our visitors and use that data to gather broad demographic information about our visitors. We also may use cookies to enhance your experience with our website. “Cookies” are small files downloaded to your hard drive that enable your browser to save and recall information. We may use this data to tailor our visitors’ experiences, showing them content that we think they might be interested in, and displaying the content according to their preferences. We may share this demographic information on an aggregate basis without providing any personally identifiable information.

Information use by advertisers and others 
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 includes advertisements placed by advertisers or ad networks. These companies may use technology to deliver advertisements you see on the Site directly to your browser. In doing so, they automatically receive your IP address. Companies that place advertising on the Site also have the ability to use cookies or Web beacons to collect information, such as your “click stream” (your viewing and/or purchasing behavior) and information about your usage of the Site. We do not control the processes that advertisers use to collection information. However, cookies and Web beacons alone generally cannot be used to identify individuals, only computers. Therefore, advertisers generally will not know who you are unless you provide additional information to them, by responding to an advertisement, by entering into an agreement with an advertiser, or by some other means.

Some advertisers may use behavior- or interest-based advertising: Online Behavioral Advertising (OBA) is any process used whereby data are collected across multiple web domains owned or operated by different entities to categorize likely consumer interest segments for use in advertising online. In different terms, OBA uses information collected across multiple websites that you visit in order to predict your preferences and to show you ads that are most likely to be of interest to you. You may opt-out of this form of advertising by networks that are members of the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) by visiting this site:

The Site may also contain links to sponsor, advertiser, or other third-party websites that are not owned or controlled by the Washington Monthly. We have no control over, and we assume no responsibility for, the conduct, practices, or privacy policies of others. You should review the privacy policies of the companies who operate those websites.

Information regarding subscribers and donors
When you subscribe to Washington Monthly (either in print or online), subscribe to our online newsletters, or make a donation, you may provide us with your name, physical address, e-mail address, and other personal information. You may also provide credit card account information. Washington Monthly does not retain or use any credit card or other financial account information. That information is conveyed to third-party payment services, and is used only to clear the payment for your subscription or donation. When sending or receiving credit card information, we automatically direct users to a secure transaction server. You should review the privacy policies of the companies who operate those websites.

When you subscribe, we use the information you provide to deliver the magazine or newsletter, and to send you periodic reminders to renew your subscription. We may also use it to contact you about new products or upcoming events, to send you donation appeals, or to send you sponsored messages with offers from other organizations. In rare instances, we may share your information with reputable organizations who may contact you via e-mail with invitations or offers we think will be of interest to you. If you do not wish to receive such communications, our electronic messages to you will provide you with the opportunity to opt out of receiving similar messages in the future. You also can contact us at the postal address below with your request, along with your full name, address, and e-mail address.

When you donate, we use the information you provide to process your donation. Online donations made to Washington Monthly are processed by a trusted third party. We do not share your name, address, e-mail address, or any other personally identifiable information about your donation with anyone else. If you provide us with your postal address or e-mail, we will use that information for the purpose of delivering any benefit or information you have requested, such as your magazine subscription, newsletter, or other premium. We may also use that information to send you occasional messages about our projects or ways that you can support Washington Monthly. If you do not wish to receive such communications, these electronic messages to you will provide you with the opportunity to opt out of receiving similar messages in the future.

Promotions and surveys
From time to time, we may sponsor promotions, contests, surveys, or other events which require the collection, processing, and storage of individual contact information (e.g., name and mailing or e-mail address) and demographic information (e.g., your age and state of residence) to be used for the event. We may cosponsor these events with other organizations. In that case, your individual contact and demographic information may be shared with other sponsors. Demographic information may be compiled and reported or shared in the aggregate with others, but no personal details that can be linked to specific individuals will be provided. We will not release personally identifiable contact or demographic information to any third party other than named sponsors without your consent (except as provided in Collection and Use of Personally Identifiable Information).

We request that cosponsors uphold the privacy of your information by not distributing or sharing such information with any other businesses or organizations. However, we do not control the information practices of others, and cannot guarantee that they will not disclose your information. You should review the privacy policy of any cosponsor before participating in an event, promotion or survey.

Washington Monthly takes precautions to protect the security of your personal information and to ensure that your choices for its intended use are honored. These precautions help but cannot insure the protection of your data from loss, misuse, unauthorized access or disclosure, alteration, or destruction. Please see “DISCLAIMERS AND LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY” above.

Edits/Opt-Out Options 
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 gives users the option to edit the personal information you have already given us and/or to remove your name from our list(s), or unsubscribe from any e-mail lists you have previously signed up for on our site. Users also may opt-out of receiving future mailings from Washington Monthly.

Notice to Parents
Washington Monthly does not knowingly collect or seek personal information from persons under the age of 13. We encourage parents to teach their children about the Internet and the safe and responsible use of their Personal Information while using the Internet.

Washington Monthly reserves the right to change these Terms of Use and/or its Privacy Policy at any time, without notice, by posting amended terms on this web site. Use of the Web site after the effective date constitutes acceptance of the amended terms and conditions. We reserve the right to apply the amended terms to the information we have already collected, subject to any legal constraints. You should read and review this page regularly to see if there have been any changes.

Effective Date
The Effective Date of these Terms of Use and Privacy Policy is May 15, 2012.