Our Commitment To Privacy

Your privacy is important to us (Shawnee Communications). This Privacy Policy explains the following:

  • the information we collect, and the reason why we collect it
  • how we protect your private information
  • what we do with the information we collect
  • how you can change or delete your account information

This notice applies to all information we collect at the Shawnee Communications websites (“our Website”).  We can update this policy at any time, and we will update the Last Revised date when we do so. If you decide to register on our Website you must agree with our Terms of Use, which include this Privacy Policy.

Information That You Provide Us

You provide information through the website only if you use our “Fast Links” to automatically populate your email address or if you provide us an email address through which to communicate with you. In either case, we may use your email address in case we ever need to get in touch with you about your account or if you ask to receive your monthly statements from us by email.

Information That Your Computer Provides Us

Every computer connected to the Internet is assigned a unique number known as an Internet Protocol (IP) address. We store the IP address for your computer when you take certain actions on our site, such as submitting a comment or logging into email. This allows us to better answer questions that you might have about this information. We may also store the IP address with other information that you post in order to help prevent fraudulent information from being posted on our Website. In addition to your IP address, your computer provides information about what type of computer and operating system you have, which web browser you are using, etc. We don’t use or save that information, but the analytical tools described below may collect this information to provide us with statistics on this information which helps us ensure that our Website works with the systems and browsers that are most popular with our users.

Information Held in Cookies

We use “cookies” to store information on your computer. A cookie is a small file that is placed on your computer when you access our Website. These cookies allow us to keep track of your information after you log in, and also help us know if another website (perhaps an online advertisement or someone’s blog) is what initially linked you to our Website.

We use different third-party analytical tools (“Tools”) to help us understand how our users are interacting with our Website. These Tools use cookies to help track these interactions. Cookies that the Tools create allow them to record, for example, that anonymous user A has visited certain pages of our Website in a certain order, and anonymous user B returns to the site about once a week and usually just visits one page. The statistics about how our users travel through our Website and which links and features are the most popular help us to continually improve the services we provide to you. We do not share any personal information about our users with these Tools, and they do not collect such information on our behalf.

Cookies do not install any software on your computer, cannot be used to deliver viruses to your computer, and don’t contain any personally identifiable information when used by our Website. You have the ability to accept or reject cookies with your web browser. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser settings to reject cookies.

Our Commitment To Data Security

To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

The Way We Use Information

We use the information you provide about yourself at registration to show you content that is relevant to where you live. We do not share this personal information with outside parties.

We may use and make available to third parties anonymous or aggregate personal information and disclose such data only in a non-personally identifiable manner for these purposes:

  • to analyze our Website’s usage in order to improve our Website
  • for market research
  • to help troubleshoot problems and detect and protect against fraud
  • to enforce our Terms of Use
  • for the marketing and promotional purposes of our advertisers and sponsors
  • to provide third parties with data for research purposes
  • for other purposes as set forth in this Privacy Policy

Such information does not identify you individually. For example, we may tell advertisers or sponsors that X number of individuals visited a certain page on our Website, or that Y number of men and Z number of women within different ranges of birth years have registered at our site, but we would not disclose anything that could be used to identify those individuals. We may also use non-identifying category information to display advertisements or sponsored information to you while you visit our site based on the User Profile information that you have provided. Advertisers, sponsors, or other entities may also purchase research from us, which will also provide only non-identifying and aggregate information. Since advertising and sponsorship revenues support the benefits that you have in using the site, we strive to provide advertising and sponsorship opportunities that will be of value to both you and the advertiser or sponsor. When you click on an advertisement or a sponsored link that is displayed on our site, we may provide this non-identifying category information to the advertiser’s website, but we will never provide personally identifiable information (such as your name, nickname, address, or email address). Once you leave our Website to visit an advertiser’s or sponsor’s site, you should read the privacy policy of that site before providing it with any information.

Access to your account information and any other personal information you provide is strictly restricted to our employees, as needed in order to answer any questions that you have, and to operate, develop, or improve our Website.

We always assume that you would opt-out or otherwise prohibit any use not described above, and your specific authorization is required before any such unrelated uses. In summary, we never use or share the personal information collected by us in ways unrelated to the ones described above without a specific authorization from you, except in cases where we are compelled to do so by order or requirement of a court, administrative agency, or other governmental body.

Our Commitment To Children’s Privacy

Protecting the privacy of children is especially important. For that reason, our Website’s Terms of Use require anyone that registers on our Website to be of a legal age (18) required to form a binding contract with us. Since no child under that age is permitted to register on our Website, we never collect or maintain information on our Website from those we actually know are under that age. No part of our Website is designed to attract anyone under this age. We will terminate your access in the event that we become aware you are under the required age.

Third Party Sites

Our Website includes links to other websites that are owned and operated by merchants, online service providers, and other third parties. We do not have control over the policies or practices of these third parties and are not responsible for the privacy practices of those sites, but we only maintain partnerships with vendors that do not sell, rent or utilize customer information (names, email address/content, credit/debit card information, etc.) for any reasons outside the scope of Shawnee Communications business. The payment portal on our website is facilitated by a third party vendor who adheres to strict industry standards for payment processing. We recommend and encourage that you always review the privacy policies of any website before you provide any personal information or complete any transaction on such website.

How To Contact Us

Should you have other questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy, please send an email to custserv@shawneelink.net.