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Privacy Policy

The Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation (“4E”) or (“Company”) respects your privacy, is seriously committed to protecting the privacy of its users (“Users”) and has published this Privacy Policy to explain how 4E treats information you submit to 4E.

Please read this Privacy Policy carefully prior to your access to and/or use of  www.fourthestate.co (the “Site”) or your registration for or use of the Services (as defined in 4E’s Terms and Conditions of Use Agreement (the “Terms of Use”).

If you do not agree to abide by this Privacy Policy, please do not access or use the Site or register as a Member of the Site or Services.

By submitting information to 4E, either by using the Site or registering for or using the Services, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use.

This Privacy Policy is also governed by the Terms of Use, which includes all disclaimers of warranties and limitation of liabilities. All capitalized terms not defined in this Privacy Policy will have the meaning set forth in the Terms of Use.

Government Information Request Transparency Report

As part of our ongoing mission to foster, support and incubate a sustainable and vibrant free press, the Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation publishes transparency reports discussing any government demands/requests we receive for user information, how we respond to those requests, and what we do to protect our users’ privacy rights.

As of 1 January 2016:

  • Zero (0) warrants have ever been served to the 4E, or 4E principals or employees;
  • Zero (0) searches or seizures of any kind;
  • Zero (0) National Security Letters;
  • Zero (0) Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court orders;
  • Zero (0) gag orders that prevent us from from stating that we have received legal process seeking information.

Access to and use of the site and the services

You represent and warrant that you are fully able and competent to enter into the terms, conditions, obligations, affirmations, representations, and warranties set forth in this Agreement. By using the Service you agree that you are eighteen (18) years of age or older, or if you are between the ages of thirteen (13) and eighteen (18) that you have obtained parental or legal guardian consent prior to using the Site or the Service. If your access or use of the Service is prohibited or restricted in any way by the laws, regulations or other governmental requirements of the jurisdiction in which you live, or if, for any reason and at any time, you do not agree with this Privacy Policy, please discontinue using our Service immediately. In any case, you affirm that you are over the age of 13, as the Site and Service is not intended for children under 13.

If you are under 13 years of age, then please do not use the Site or Service.

Collection of personal information

You acknowledge that 4E may collect and process “personal information” (i.e. information that could be used to contact you, such as full name, postal address, user name and password, phone number or e-mail address) or “demographic and usage information” (i.e. information that you submit, or that we collect, that is not personal information but necessary for the proper functioning of our Service, such as the date regarding the start and end and the extent of your usage of the Service and your personal interests and preferences), in connection with the Service. Such information collected by 4E may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country in which 4E or its agents maintain facilities. By using the Service, you consent to any such transfer of information outside of your country. 4E makes no representation or warranty with respect to any duty to permanently store any personal information you may provide. By using our Services and providing us with personal information, you waive any claims that may arise under your own or any other local or national laws, rules or regulations or international treaties. We may from time to time, transfer or merge your personal information collected off-line to our online databases or store off-line information in an electronic format. We may also combine personal information we collect online with information available from other sources, including information received from our advertisers and promotional partners. This Privacy Policy applies to your personal information for as long as your personal information is in our possession, even if you terminate or discontinue your use of the Service.

Change or update registration data

You may request a change to or update the Registration Data you provide 4E by changing your profile in the “Account Settings” section of the Site. It is your responsibility to maintain and promptly update the Registration Data to keep it true, accurate, current and complete.

Use of personal information

4E uses your personal information to identify you and, in some cases, to improve and customize the content you see on the Site. Your personal information may also be aggregated and used by 4E for market research, project planning, troubleshooting problems, detecting and protecting against error, fraud or other criminal activity, to enforce the Terms of Use or any applicable Rules, for other internal purposes, and as otherwise described to you at the time of collection. 4E will obtain your consent for any use of your personal information beyond those set forth in this Privacy Policy and the original uses for which you provided your consent.

You agree that 4E may use personal information about you to analyze Site usage, improve or customize 4E’s Services, customize the Site’s content, and as otherwise set forth in this Privacy Policy. You also agree that 4E may use your personal information to contact you. Unless you specifically opt out, you also agree that 4E may use your personal information to contact you and deliver information to you that, in some cases, is targeted to your interests, such as targeted banner advertisements, administrative notices, product offerings, and communications relevant to your use of the Site or the Services. By accepting the Terms of Use and this Privacy Policy, you expressly agree to receive this information, unless you specifically opt out in applicable circumstances.

Any personal information or content that you voluntarily disclose online (on discussion boards, in messages and chat areas, within your public profile page, etc.) may become publicly available and may be collected and used by others. Your name (not your email address) may be displayed to other Users when you upload content or send messages through the Site. Any content that you submit to the Site may be redistributed through the Internet and other media channels, and may be viewed by the general public.

Disclosure of personal information

Except as expressly provided herein, absent your prior consent, 4E does not share your personal information with any unrelated third parties. Additionally, 4E does not permit unrelated third parties to perform “reverse searches” whereby they could identify users from email addresses. In addition, the following describes some of the ways that your personal information may be disclosed in the normal scope of business to provide you with the Services:

  • Profile. 4E may post certain information as a part of your User Profile, which will be viewable by other Users and visitors to the site, including but not limited to your name, social media profiles and location. 4E will not disclose your home address, phone number, or email address in connection with your User Profile.
  • Advertisers. 4E may aggregate personal information and disclose such information in a non-personally identifiable manner to advertisers and other third parties for their marketing and promotional purposes. However, in these situations, 4E does not disclose to these entities any information that could be used to identify you personally without your explicit consent.
  • External Service Providers. There are a number of separate services offered by third parties that 4E refers to as external service providers that may be complementary to your use of the Site or the Services. If you choose to use these separate services, disclose information to the external service providers, and/or grant them permission to collect information about you, then their use of your information is governed by their privacy policy. With your consent, and for your convenience, 4E may provide some of your personal information to an external service provider offering such services. To prevent 4E’s disclosure of your personally identifiable information to an external service provider, you can decline such consent or simply not use their services. Because 4E does not control the privacy practices of these third parties, you should evaluate their practices before deciding to use their services.
  • Internal Service Providers. 4E may use third parties that 4E refers to as internal service providers to facilitate or outsource one or more aspects of 4E’s business, products and Services that 4E provides to you and, therefore, 4E may provide some of your personal information directly to these internal service providers (e.g. customer care). In some instances, the internal service provider may collect information directly from you. In these cases, you will be notified of the involvement of the internal service provider. If you provide additional information to an internal service provider directly, then their use of your personally identifiable information is governed by their applicable privacy policy.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, 4E reserves the right, and you authorize 4E, to share or disclose your personal information, including, without limitation, any content, records or electronic communications of any kind, when 4E determines, in its sole discretion, that the disclosure of your personally identifiable information is necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action against you if:

  • you are or may be violating the Terms of Use, this Privacy Policy or any applicable Rules;
  • you are interfering with 4E’s or a third party’s rights or property;
  • you are violating any applicable law, rule or regulation;
  • necessary or required by any applicable law, rule or regulation; and/or
  • requested by and accompanied by a valid court order, governmental authorities in the event of any investigation, act of terrorism or instance of local, regional or national emergency.

In addition, 4E cannot ensure that all of your private communications and other personal information will never be disclosed in ways not otherwise described in this Privacy Policy. By way of example, without limiting the foregoing, 4E may be forced to disclose personal information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances or third parties may unlawfully intercept or access your transmissions or communications. Therefore, although 4E uses industry standard practices to protect your privacy, 4E does not promise, and you should not expect, that your personally identifiable information or private communications will always remain private. However, 4E shall use reasonable commercial and legal efforts to protect its users’ information and to maintain the privacy and anonymity of Members and users.

In the event of a merger, acquisition, sale of substantially all of its assets or change of control of 4E, personal information collected by 4E about you will be considered a business asset and will be transferred to the applicable new entity.

Newsletters, etc

4E maintains a strict “no-spam” policy. If you register for the Service, you may receive 4E’s newsletter, notices and/or special offers via email, unless you have requested otherwise at the time of registration or as set forth below.

You may unsubscribe from 4E’s electronic newsletters, notices and/or special offers at any time by following the instructions contained at the end of every such email, or if a third-party vendor provides 4E’s newsletter, in accordance with the instructions provided by such third party. While all efforts are made to insure this information is viewable in all email browsers, there may be cases where certain email browsers do not display the unsubscribe information correctly.

Cookies

“Cookies” are alphanumeric identifiers in the form of text files that are inserted and stored by your web browser on your computer’s hard drive. 4E and third party advertisers may set and access cookies on your computer to track and store preferential information about you. 4E and third party advertisers gather anonymous information about their users through cookie technology on an aggregate level only. Such aggregated information is used within 4E’s internal organization and is only shared with third party advertisers on an aggregated and non-personally identifiable basis.

Web beacons

Web Beacons, also known as pixel tags and clear GIFs, (“Web Beacons”), are electronic images that allow a website to access cookies and help track marketing campaigns and general usage patterns of visitors to those websites. Web Beacons can recognize certain types of information, such as cookie numbers, time and date of a page view and a description of the page where the Web Beacons are placed. No personally identifiable information about you is shared with third parties through the use of Web Beacons on the Site. However, through Web Beacons, we may collect general information that will not personally identify you, such as: Internet browser, operating system, IP address, date of visit, time of visit and path taken through the Site.

  • Internal use of Web Beacons. 4E may use Web Beacons internally to count visitors and recognize visitors through cookies. Access to cookies helps 4E personalize your experience when you visit the Site.
  • Email. 4E may include Web Beacons in HTML-formatted email messages that 4E sends to you. Web Beacons in email messages help 4E determine your interest in and the effectiveness of such emails.
  • External use of Web Beacons. 4E may also use Web Beacons externally. For example, 4E may report aggregate information about visitors, such as demographic and usage information, to its affiliates and other third parties. 4E may also include other company’s Web Beacons within the Site.

Security

Personal information you submit to 4E is password protected for your privacy and security. In the unlikely event that an unauthorized third party compromises 4E’s security measures, 4E will not be responsible for any damages directly or indirectly caused by an unauthorized third party’s ability to view, use or disseminate such information.

Links to third parties

The Site may include links to third party websites. Such links are not an endorsement by 4E of those websites and/or the products or services offered on those websites. Third party websites may have different privacy policies, and 4E is not responsible for the privacy practices of those third party websites. If you click on a link to a third party website, 4E encourages you to check the privacy policy of that website, as it may differ substantially from that of this Privacy Policy. 4E makes no representations or warranties nor is 4E responsible for the privacy policies of any websites other than the Site. If you decide to access any third party links appearing on the Site, you do so at your own risk.

Transmissions, submissions and postings

4E welcomes the submission of comments, information and feedback regarding the Site and the Services. However, 4E does not want to receive certain kinds of information from you, including any confidential or proprietary information, without prior written consent of 4E. Although 4E does not regularly review your transmissions, submissions or postings, 4E reserves the right (but not the obligation), at its sole discretion and at any time, to edit, refuse to post or remove your transmissions, submissions or postings. You hereby acknowledge and agree that 4E may review transmissions, submissions or postings made by you to determine, in its sole discretion, your compliance with the Terms of Use, this Privacy Policy and any applicable Rules, and that 4E shall have the unrestricted right to use such information for any purpose and without compensation to you.

Other terms

To review other applicable terms and conditions that apply to this Privacy Policy, including, without limitation, intellectual property rights, disclaimer of warranties, limitation of liability and resolving disputes, please review the Terms of Use.

Changes to this privacy policy

4E reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to update, amend and/or change this Privacy Policy without prior notice and at any time. Updates to this Privacy Policy will be posted here. You are encouraged to revisit this Privacy Policy from time to time in order to review any changes that have been made. Your continued use of the Site and any Services following the posting of any such changes shall automatically be deemed your acceptance of all changes.

Childrens’ privacy

Protecting the privacy of young children is especially important. For that reason, 4E does not knowingly collect or maintain personally identifiable information or non-personally-identifiable information on the Site from persons under 13 years of age, and no part of our Site is directed to persons under 13. If you are under 13 years of age, then please do not use or access the Site at any time or in any manner. If 4E learns that personally identifiable information of persons under 13 years of age has been collected on the Site without verified parental consent, then 4E will take the appropriate steps to delete this information.

Special note to international users

If you are a User accessing the Site from the European Union, Asia, or any other region with laws or regulations governing personal data collection, use, and disclosure, that differ from United States laws, please be advised that through your continued use of the Site, which is governed by U.S. law, this Privacy Notice, and our Terms of Use, you may be transferring your personal information to the United States and you consent to such transfer.

In the event of merger, sale, or bankruptcy

In the event that 4E is acquired by or merged with a third party entity, or sells all or substantially all of its assets, we reserve the right, in any of these circumstances, to transfer or assign the information and content we have received and collected from our Users and Members as part of such merger, acquisition, sale, or other change of control. In the unlikely event of our bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, receivership, or assignment for the benefit of creditors, or the application of laws or equitable principles affecting creditors’ rights generally, we may not be able to control how your personal information is treated, transferred, or used.

Questions or concerns

If you have questions, comments, concerns or feedback regarding this Privacy Policy, please contact us via any of the methods set forth below:

Via mail:

Fourth Estate Legal Department
261 NE 1st Street, 5th Floor
Miami FL 33132

Via email:

privacy@fourthestate.co