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Peninsula Publishing, LLC Privacy Statement

Effective Date: June 11, 2013

This website (“The Local Palate Online”) is owned and operated by Peninsula Publishing, LLC (“Peninsula Publishing”, “we”, “our”, or “us”). Peninsula Publishing respects the privacy of visitors to our website. This Privacy Statement describes the types of information we collect about visitors to The Local Palate Online, how we may use the information and with whom we may share it. This Privacy Statement also describes (1) the measures we take to safeguard the information we collect and (2) your rights and privileges concerning our collection, use and disclosure of information about you.

This Privacy Statement applies to The Local Palate Online, located at www.thelocalpalate.com, as well as to any versions of The Local Palate Online that Peninsula Publishing operates in the United States. For clarification, this Privacy Statement applies only to information collected through The Local Palate Online and does not describe the ways in which we may collect or use information obtained offline or the collection, use and disclosure practices of any of Peninsula Publishing’s corporate affiliates or business partners who make our services available on their websites (collectively, “Affiliates”) or other third parties. For information on the collection, use and disclosure practices of an Affiliate or other third party, please review the privacy policy on the applicable party’s website.

Services offered by Peninsula Publishing are not directed to individuals under the age of thirteen (13). Peninsula Publishing does not knowingly collect Personal Information (as defined below) from individuals under thirteen (13) years of age. No information should be submitted to or posted on The Local Palate Online by visitors younger than 13 years old.

Information We Collect

The information we collect falls into two categories: Personal Information and Site-Level Data. Personal Information is information that we directly associate with a specific person or entity, such as name, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, Social Security Number, payment information (including credit card numbers or online payment services numbers) and  financial information such as bank account numbers. The Personal Information you provide will vary based upon the context, and we will not collect your Personal Information unless you make it available. You are not required to provide Personal Information at any time while visiting The Local Palate Online; however, you may be required to provide Personal Information to use certain Peninsula Publishing  services.  You may also submit Personal Information to us in other ways, such as participating in online surveys, promotions, contests and sweepstakes, subscribing to newsletters and other recurring offerings through The Local Palate Online, and in connection with other products, services, features, or requests made available through The Local Palate Online.

Site-Level Data is anonymous information regarding use of our website or services that is collected and/or aggregated by or on behalf of Peninsula Publishing through the use of automated means, which include cookies and web beacons. “Cookies” are small identifiers sent from a web server that are stored on your computer’s hard drive for the purpose of identifying your browser during interaction on websites or storing information or settings in your browser. A “web beacon,” also known as an Internet tag, pixel tag or clear GIF, links web pages to web servers and their cookies and may be used to transmit information collected through cookies back to a web server. Site-Level Data collected through these automated means may include information that we gather and store about your visit to, and use of, The Local Palate Online, such as your IP address, type of browser and operating system used, date and time you access the websites, pages you visit, and if you linked to this website from another website, the address of that website. Site-Level Data does not include Personal Information and is not treated as Personal Information under this Privacy Statement.

In addition to the cookies and web beacons we set, we use Google Analytics, which deploys cookies to collect Site-Level Data to help analyze how users use The Local Palate Online. Google Analytics is operated by Google Inc., which may retain Site-Level Data collected from the Local Palate Online for its own purposes. For information about the privacy practices for Google Analytics, please visit http://www.google.com/analytics.

Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser’s setting to decline cookies if you prefer. You may also render some web beacons unusable by rejecting their associated cookies. If you choose to decline cookies, certain features of The Local Palate Online may not function properly or at all as a result.

How We May Use the Information We Collect

We may use the Personal Information we collect for the following purposes:

  1. for our everyday business purposes, such as establishing and managing your customer account, providing products and services you request, processing and collecting payments and  providing customer support;
  2. to offer our products or services and/or the products or services of others to you;
  3. to communicate about, and administer your participation in, special events, programs, surveys, contests, sweepstakes and other offers or promotions;
  4. to enable you to interact with Peninsula Publishing and our customers through our message boards, blogs and social media;
  5. to evaluate and improve our business, including developing new products and services and analyzing the effectiveness of products, services and website;
  6. to perform data analyses, including market and consumer search, trend analysis, demographic analysis and financial analysis; and
  7. to comply with applicable legal requirements and our policies.

In addition, we use Site-Level Data collected through automated means for purposes such as:

  1. customizing visits to our website based on observable user preferences;
  2. delivering content (including advertising) correlating to our users’ interests based on the ways in which our users interact with our website;
  3. diagnosing technical and service problems; and
  4. administering our website.

Applications and Widgets

We may include applications or widgets from third parties on some pages of this website that allows interaction or content sharing by users. “Widgets” are mini-programs that provide specific services or content from a third party. These widgets, such as a Facebook “Share” or “Like” button, are visible to you on the webpage you visit. Your interaction with a widget typically allows the third party to collect some information about you through the third party’s cookies or its registration information. In some cases, the third party may recognize you through its widgets and cookies even when you do not interact with the widget. Please visit the third-parties’ respective websites and review their privacy policies to better understand their data collection practices and controls they make available to you.  The privacy policies of those third parties applies to, and controls, all data collection practices via interaction with such widgets.

Advertising Networks

We may partner with advertising networks, which are companies that deliver targeted advertisements to consumers and generate statistics and metrics related to the delivery of such advertisements. Typically, these companies are third-party advertising servers, advertising agencies, technology vendors, providers of sponsored content and research firms, and they may utilize information collected through cookies, web server logs and web beacons  to provide customization, auditing, research and reporting for us, our Affiliates and other advertisers. This data collection takes place both on this website and on third-party websites that participate in the advertising networks. This process enhances the deployment of our marketing programs and helps us to track the effectiveness of such efforts. Our advertising networks also may use this information for determining or predicting the characteristics and preferences of their respective advertising audiences, for measuring the effectiveness of their advertising, and for other purposes.

We do not provide any Personal Information to an advertising network when you interact with or view a customized advertisement. However, when you view or interact with an advertisement, the possibility exists that the advertiser will make the assumption that you are interested in the subject matter of the advertisements. Please visit the Network Advertising Initiative website at http://www.networkadvertising.org to learn more about ad serving companies and/or opt-out from each of those listed.

Please note that this does not opt you out of being served advertising but only excludes you from interest-based advertising. If you use The Local Palate Online or Affiliate websites, you will continue to receive generic advertisements.

Information We Share

We may share Site-Level Data with third parties, including our Affiliates, dealers, marketing businesses and lead generation businesses, for any reason and without notice to you. Your use of The Local Palate Online serves as your consent for us to share your Personal Information as described below:

1. Third Parties.

  • Affiliates. We may share your Personal Information with our Affiliates so long as the disclosure and use of your Personal Information by such entities is consistent with this Privacy Policy.
  • Service Providers.  We  may engage third parties to provide the services offered through this website on our behalf, or other services with us. In such cases, we require such providers to maintain your Personal Information as confidential and to use the information only to perform the services specified by us in a manner consistent with this Privacy Policy.
  • Marketing Partners. In the event that you participate in a survey, sweepstakes, contest or other promotion on The Local Palate Online that is sponsored by Peninsula Publishing and a third party, such participation serves as your consent for Peninsula Publishing to share your Personal Information collected in conjunction with the survey, sweepstakes, contest or promotion with the third party. After the information is provided to such third parties, the subsequent use or disclosure of such information is subject to those third parties’ privacy policies and practices.
  • Other. Peninsula Publishing reserves the right to share your Personal Information with other third parties at any time upon their request, and for their own purposes, including dealers, marketing businesses and lead generation businesses, without notice to you.

2. Legal Actions.
We may access or disclose information, including Personal Information, to: (i) protect or defend our interests and the legal rights or property of Peninsula Publishing and our Affiliates; (ii) protect the rights, interest and safety and security of users of our website or members of the public; (iii) protect against fraud or for risk management purposes; or (iv) comply with prudent legal practice as we may determine, applicable law or legal process.

3.  Terminal Actions.
If we sell all or substantially all of our business or sell or transfer all or a material part of our assets, or are otherwise involved in a merger or transfer of all or a material part of our business, we may transfer all information we have collected and stored, including your Personal Information, to the party or parties involved in the transaction as part of that transaction.

Your Choices

You are entitled to make certain choices about how we communicate with you and the information we collect from you and share with third parties. You may choose not to receive marketing email communications from us by clicking on the unsubscribe link in our marketing emails, adjusting your email preferences or contacting us as specified in the “How To Contact Us” section below. Subject to certain limitations relating to Legal actions and Terminal Actions (described above), you also may withdraw your consent for Peninsula Publishing to share your Personal Information with third parties as described in this Privacy Statement by contacting us using the means specified in the “How To Contact Us” section below, and we will honor your request.

Your California Privacy Rights

Subject to certain limitations under California Civil Code § 1798.83, if you are a California resident, you may request information concerning whether we have disclosed Personal Information to any third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes. California customers who wish to request further information about our compliance with this law or have questions or concerns about our privacy practices and policies may contact us as specified in the “How to Contact Us” section below.

Access and Correction

Subject to applicable law, (i) you may obtain a copy of certain personal information we maintain about you or update or correct inaccuracies in that information through your account on The Local Palate Online or (ii) you may have the right to obtain access to personal information we maintain about you by contacting us as indicated in the “How To Contact Us” section below. To protect your privacy, we will take steps to verify your identity before granting you access to the information. If you believe that Personal Information we maintain about you is inaccurate, subject to applicable law, you may request that we correct or amend the information by contacting us as indicated below.

Links

The Local Palate Online may contain links to websites or web pages not operated by Peninsula Publishing. Once you leave the Peninsula Publishing, we suggest that you review  the applicable privacy policy of the third-party website, among other things, how they will handle any Personal Information they collect from you. We are not responsible for the content of any websites that are not affiliated with Peninsula Publishing, any use of those websites, or the privacy practices of those websites.

Data Transfers

We may transfer the Personal Information we collect about you to countries other than the country in which the information originally was collected. Those countries may not have the same data protection laws as the country in which you initially provided the information. When we transfer your information to other countries, we will protect that information as described in this Privacy Statement and in accordance with applicable law.

Data Security

Peninsula Publishing uses commercially reasonable administrative, technical, personnel, and physical security measures designed to safeguard Personal Information in our possession against loss, theft and unauthorized use, disclosure, or modification. Of course, despite these measures, we cannot guarantee perfect security of networks, servers and databases we operate or that are operated on our behalf.
Updates to this Privacy Statement

We may update this Privacy Statement to provide clarification or notice of changes to our practices. If we make changes, we will revise the date at the top of this Privacy Statement.  If we propose to use Personal Information in a materially different way, we will provide you with additional notice by posting notice of the changes on The Local Palate Online for at least 30 days before we implement those changes, and we will obtain your consent as noted above for any material change regarding disclosure of Personal Information.

How to Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Statement, or if you would like us to update information we have about you or your preferences, please contact us by email at info@thelocalpalate.com or call us at 843-793-4876.

You also may write to us at:

The Local Palate
Attention: Digital Director
496 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403