Like all commercial websites, The Lead needs to know who its audience is for advertising and administrative purposes. At the same time, we understand that our users value their privacy. This policy is designed to balance your right to be left alone with our desire for certain basic data about your computer system.
If you don’t register, the information we collect will be limited to your general Internet settings or “log file.” Log files typically include your operating system, your ISP and IP address, the type of browser you’re using, the resolution of your monitor, and the pages on our site that you clicked through while visiting.
Comments and E-mails
The Lead will not record your e-mail address unless (a) you register to post comments on our site, or (b) you send us e-mail.
If you send us e-mail, your e-mail address will usually be displayed at the top of your message. The Lead retains most of the messages it receives, so your address likely will remain on record in our e-mail archives. These archives are stored on servers owned and operated by third parties such as Google Inc.
Cookies & 3rd Party Advertisements
We allow third-party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain anonymous information when you visit our website or open our emails. These companies may use non-personally identifiable information (e.g., click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information.
To learn more about this behavioral advertising practice or to opt-out of this type of advertising, you can visit the websites of the Digital Advertising Alliance atwww.aboutads.info and Networking Advertising Initiative at www.networkadvertising.org/choices/
The Lead generally will not disclose information we have collected from your log file except to our contractors and in the aggregate, as part of demographic analyses to help advertisers or other third parties better understand our audience (e.g., “30% of our users use Mozilla Firefox”). In addition, we may disclose information about your individual log file or, if you’ve registered to comment, your e-mail address in the following two extraordinary circumstances: (a) if we believe in good faith that we are required to do so by law, or to comply with a court order or judicial proceeding; or (b) if we believe in good faith that such disclosure is necessary to defend the legal rights and interests of The Lead, or its individual contributors; or (c) if we believe in good faith that such disclosure is necessary to protect the site’s infrastructure (for example, to investigate denial of service attacks.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, if you send us an e-mail message, The Lead will assume that you consent to your message – including your e-mail address – being reprinted in full on our website should we deem it worthy of publication. If you do not consent to your e-mail being made public, please say so in your message.
Notwithstanding any of the foregoing provisions, The Lead reserves the right to collect, disclose, and publicize user data, IP addresses, e-mail addresses, and any and all other personal information about anyone who, in any format or by any medium, including comments left on thelead.com, threatens himself or others. The Lead will not honor requests for privacy attached to such threatening communications. The Lead further reserves the right to share any such data and information related to threatening communications with any local, state, and federal law enforcement agency, either voluntarily or in response to an agency’s simple request.
The Lead reserves the right to transfer or assign the data collected from our users in the event of a merger, acquisition, sale, or other change of control. In the event of bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, receivership, or assignment for the benefit of creditors, The Lead may not be able to control how our user data is disposed of.
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