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TiffinOhio.net is Northwest Ohio’s premier news & media website, providing 24/7 coverage of breaking news, sports, weather, entertainment, politics, and more.

TiffinOhio.net is owned by Tiffin Publishing.

Our website address is: https://go.tiffinohio.net.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

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.

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.

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.

Third-Party Advertisements

We use third-party service providers to serve advertisements (banners or links) on our behalf across the Internet.

These advertising service providers may collect non-identifiable information about your visits to our website, and your interactions with our products and services. Such non-identifiable information does not include your name, address, e-mail address or other personal information. The information is collected through the use of cookies and pixel tags.

Currently, we use third party-placed tracking pixels and cookies from the following advertising delivery partners: TruEffect, Amazon, Facebook, and Google. In the future we may partner with other companies to provide interest-based advertising, both on and off the Site.

Google Services

Many websites and apps use Google services to improve their content and keep it free. When they integrate our services, these sites and apps share information with Google.

Learn about how Google uses data when you use its partners’ sites or apps

  • You may opt-out of Google Analytics by clicking here.

Cookies

A cookie is a small text file that may be stored on the hard drive of your computer when you access the Site. A “session cookie” expires immediately when you end your session (i.e., close your browser). A “persistent cookie” stores information on the hard drive so when you end your session and return to the same website at a later date, the cookie information is still available. When you visit our website, we may use both a session and a persistent cookie. These cookies may contain information (such as a unique user ID) that is used to track your usage of our website and in some cases, your e-mail address. Your e-mail address is only saved in this cookie if you register with us.

If you have not saved your information with or ordered from us, we may monitor and maintain information about your use of our website in a manner that does not identify you. We may use cookies to collect the non-personal information described above in order to 1) provide you with customized content and advertising; 2) monitor Site usage; and 3) conduct research to improve our content and services. You are free to decline cookies, but by doing so, you may not be able to use certain features on the Site or take full advantage of all our offerings.

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.

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 tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Web Beacons

Pages in our Applications and our e-mails will contain small electronic files known as web beacons (also referred to as clear gifs, pixel tags and single-pixel gifs).  Web beacons differ from cookies in that the information is not stored on your hard drive, but invisibly embedded on web pages or in email.  Web beacons permit us to track online movements of web users, for example: to count users who have visited those pages or opened an e-mail and for other related website statistics (for example, recording the popularity of certain website content and verifying system and server integrity).  This enables TiffinOhio.net to provide a website experience more tailored to our users’ preferences and interests.

Facebook Integration

TiffinOhio.net utilizes several Facebook services such as Comments, Pixel, and more.

Learn more about how Facebook handles your data here.

The information that we collect about you while you are using our Services falls into two general categories: information you provide to us, and information that is automatically collected. All of the information we collect may be collected directly by us, or it may be collected by a vendor providing contractual services to us, such as a service provider.

We may collect and store information that you voluntarily supply to us while using our Services, including information you send to us by email or other platforms in connection with a feature provided through the Services. This may include information that can be used to contact or identify you, such as your name, email address, postal address, telephone numbers, birthdate and gender. Some examples of this type of information include:

  • information that you electronically submit when you contact us with questions or participate in contests, surveys or sweepstakes;
  • information that you post on blogs, discussion forums or other community posting and social networking areas accessed through our Services;
  • information and content you provide when you upload a photograph, video or audio file;
  • information that you electronically submit when you complete an online registration form to access and use certain features of our Services;
  • information that you provide within an advertisement on one of our Services; and
  • information contained in search requests that you submit through our Services.

We also may ask for information (including a credit card number and other financial information) from those users who make purchases or have payment transactions through our Services.

We also collect and store information that is generated automatically as you use our Services. Some examples of this type of information include:

  • whether you downloaded an App;
  • the source of the download of the App (for example, through a particular advertisement for the App);
  • your Device’s connection to the Internet;
  • your browser or operating system;
  • which pages you visit through our Services and how often;
  • which features of our Services you interact with and how often;
  • which advertisements we serve to you and your engagement with them; and
  • information generated when you upload a photograph, video or audio file.

In addition, certain Devices and browsers contain unique identifiers that can be used to identify other information about your Device. When you use such a Device or browser to access our Services, your Device and/or your browser may automatically collect and/or transmit your Device’s unique identifier, IP address, MAC address, profile information (if you connect through a social network such as Facebook), location information, the make and model of your Device, the wireless provider associated with your Device, and similar information. We may ask you whether we may access and collect your location information even when you are not using the Services, but you may decline this request.

We also may use a standard feature found in browser software called a “cookie” to enhance your experience with our Services. Cookies are small files that your web browser or an App places on your Device for record-keeping purposes. By showing how and when visitors use the Services or other websites, cookies help us deliver advertisements, identify how many unique users visit us, and track user trends and patterns. They also prevent you from having to re-enter your preferences for certain Services when you have entered preference information before. We also may use web beacons (single-pixel graphic files also known as “transparent GIFs”) to access cookies and to count users who use the Services or other websites. Additionally, we may assign an anonymous identifier to the tracking pixel or session cookie.

We, along with third parties, may use other kinds of technologies, such as local storage, in connection with our Services. These technologies are similar to the cookies discussed above in that they are stored on your device and can be used to store certain information about your activities and preferences. However, these technologies may make use of different parts of your device from standard cookies, and so you might not be able to control them using standard browser tools and settings (see below). The method for disabling local storage will vary depending on your browser and device.

When we request information from you through our Services, you may always choose not to provide us with that information. But if you decline to supply or provide us with certain information while using our Services, you may not be able to use or participate in some or all of the features offered through our Services.

If you want to limit the information that is automatically collected while you use our Services or other websites, most web browsers allow you to disable certain functionality or set certain privacy settings. If you choose to disable cookies or turn off other functionality, you may not be able to use or participate in some or all of the features offered through the Services. Our Site does not collect personally identifiable information or persistent identifiers from, deliver a personalized experience to, or otherwise track or monitor, persons reasonably identified as visiting our Site from the European Union.

You can stop all future collection of information by the Apps by uninstalling the Apps according to the procedures outlined in the Apps or on your Device.

In addition, our service providers and third-party advertising service providers may use their own cookies, web beacons and other technologies to collect the information listed above from our Services. The data collected in connection with the ad serving and ad targeting through our Services does not include your name, postal address, email address, telephone number, birthdate or gender unless you affirmatively provide information within the ad. However, it may include Device identifying information such as the IP address, MAC address, cookie or other Device-specific unique ID. These service providers also may assign an anonymous identifier to the tracking pixel or session cookie.

The collection of information by our service providers and third-party advertising service providers is governed by their relevant privacy notices, for which we have no responsibility or liability, and are not covered by our Privacy Notice. If you have any questions regarding the privacy notice of one of our service providers, you should contact the service provider directly for more information.

If you would like more information about the information collection practices of a particular third-party advertising service provider, or if you would like more information on how to opt out of a third-party advertising service provider’s information collection practices, go to www.aboutads.info, or for apps, atwww.aboutads.info/appchoices.

Additionally, some of our third-party advertising service providers are members of the Network Advertising Initiative (“NAI”). You can obtain more information about these third-party advertising service providers’ information collection practices, and opt out of such practices (and at the same time opt out of the collection practices of other, or all, NAI members) by following the opt out instructions on the NAI’s website at http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp.

Please note that one of our third-party advertising service providers is DoubleClick. You can opt out of the use of cookies by DoubleClick by visitinghttp://www.google.com/settings/ads.

We may use the information we collect from you while you are using the Services for any purpose related to the Services and in a variety of other ways, including, for example:

  • for the purpose for which the information was submitted;
  • to process your registration requests;
  • to provide you with services and communications that you have requested;
  • to send you email updates and other communications, promotional messages and advertisements that we believe may be of interest to you;
  • to customize features and advertising that appear through the Services;
  • to deliver our Services’ content to you;
  • to contact you for customer service purposes;
  • to send you administrative notices or notices regarding important changes or additions to our Services;
  • to measure Services’ traffic;
  • to measure and analyze user interests, behavior, trends and traffic patterns;
  • to protect the rights of the Services and others or to comply with applicable law; and
  • to improve the features offered via the Services.

We may use location information, either information you provided by you or information automatically collected, in order to provide you with location-based content, interest-based content services and advertising. We also may combine information we collect from you while you are using our Services with information that we collect from other sources, including other websites or apps, to customize features, content and advertising that appear through our Services.

For more information on how service providers, third-party advertising service providers, affiliates, third parties and advertisers use information, please refer to the next section.

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.

E-mail services

If you are opted in to receive News Briefing e-mails from us and wish to unsubscribe, you can do so by clicking on the Unsubscribe hyperlink at the bottom of the News Briefing e-mail you receive. We will note in our database that you have elected to opt out of future e-mails from our company. Your record will still remain in our database but you will not receive any future mailings unless we manually opt you back in.

You may also choose to opt out of e-mails by sending an e-mail to us at [email protected] If you choose to opt out with this method, please be sure to include the e-mail address that you would like us to unsubscribe.

Ad Serving and Targeting Choices

We operate in compliance with the Digital Advertising Alliance’s Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising, www.aboutads.info.

Please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily make your personal information or other private information available for viewing by third parties online — for example on blogs, discussion forums, or other community posting or social networking areas offered through our Services — that information can be seen, collected and used by others besides us. We are not responsible or liable for any unauthorized third-party use of such information.

Children’s Privacy Statement

The Services are not intended for children under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect any personal information from a child under 13. If we become aware that we have inadvertently received personally identifiable information from a user under the age of 13 through the Services, we will delete such information from our records.

Links to Other Sites

Our Websites and Apps also include links to other websites and provides access to products and services offered by third parties, whose privacy policies we do not control and for which we have no responsibility or liability. When you access another website or purchase products or services from a third-party, use of any information you provide is governed by the privacy notice of the operator of the site you are visiting or the provider of such products or services.

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