The Bangor Daily News is committed to respecting your privacy rights when visiting any Bangor Daily News website, such as theCounty.Me. To protect your personal information, The Bangor Daily News has adopted the guidelines outlined below.
We may also use services provided by Google, as well as other services, to collect site usage information specific to your use of our websites to display advertising on thecounty.me and other sites owned by Bangor Publishing Co. We may also employ cookies, web beacons and other trackers for similar purposes in conjunction with displaying those ads.
We use Google to collect data about traffic via cookies in addition to data collected through Google Analytics and other tools. This enables remarketing and the tracking of non-personally identifiable demographic and interest information.
Bangor Publishing Company also employs cookies to track users’ login status to our sites, and to recognize users as subscribers or non subscribers, and regulate access to content accordingly.
What benefits do I receive from cookies?
May I decline to accept a cookie?
You may decline to accept cookies sent by the site by selecting an option on your browser to reject cookies. However, you will not be able to access certain features if your computer or device does not accept cookies from us. In such cases, we ask that you register and provide us with basic information on our registration page, or sign in if previously registered or subscribed. Cookies enable our server to know that you are a registered or subscribed user and will eliminate the need for you to login each time you access one of our sites.
What happens with the information collected in a cookie?
The information stored in a cookie is used to identify you to our server, to allow us to personalize your experience on the site, and to serve content and communications that may be of interest to you.
Visitors may opt-out of Google Analytics Advertising Features and customize Google Display Network ads using the Ads Settings, Ads Settings for mobile apps, Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on, or any other available means (for example, the National Advertising Initiative’s consumer opt-out).
What are personalized ads?
Beginning in 2016, Google users could choose to associate their cross-device web and app activity with their Google account to see more useful, personalized ads. As a result, you may from time to time see ads that are personalized based on your interests, demographics, and Google account information.
May I opt out of personalized ads?
You can view your activity on web pages, video services, and mobile apps that use Google advertising services on your “My Activity” page. Google collects only activity you engaged in at times when you were signed into Google. You control what’s saved there and can delete past activity from your accounts.
Will I receive personalized ads if I’m accessing the site from the EEA?
If you are accessing the site from the European Economic Area (EEA), ads served through Google’s platform may not serve with audience targeting.
Bangor Daily News and theCounty.Me logs IP addresses (the location of your computer on the Internet) for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes and to determine site usage.
To help ensure that you receive ads that are relevant to your interests on our services, our advertisers’ services, and elsewhere on the Internet, we and third-parties (including service providers, advertisers, and advertising companies) may collect information about your online activities over time and across different websites, apps, and devices. We and third parties may use that information to help understand audience segments. Advertisers may use the segments to determine the audience groups to which they wish to deliver particular ads. Through this process, we do not use information that directly identifies you.
You can opt out of receiving interest-based advertising on your computer or laptop from some companies, including us and our service providers, by visiting the following sites: www.aboutads.info/choices/, www.networkadvertising.org/choices/, choices.ghosteryenterprise.com/global-opt-out.html, and preferences-mgr.truste.com/. If you wish to opt out of receiving interest-based advertising on your mobile device, please see the advertising preferences information on support.apple.com for iOS devices or support.google.com for Android devices.
Opting out does not mean you will no longer receive advertising. It means that the company or companies from which you opted out will no longer deliver ads tailored to your web preferences and usage patterns.
For more information on Do Not Track, please visit allaboutdnt.com.
Use of Personal Information
We may use your personal information, such as your email address or mailing address, to contact you regarding products and/or services that may be of interest to you, to respond to an inquiry from you regarding the information that we have collected or respond to your comments and suggestions.
We may share your name and/or email address and/or other contact information with partner organizations.
The Bangor Daily News and theCounty.Me may match specific and/or aggregated personal information with third party data to provide you with product and content offerings that interest you and improve our advertising and marketing efforts. Bangor Daily News also may disclose aggregated user statistics in order to describe our services to potential advertisers, partners, other third parties, our affiliate companies, and for other lawful purposes.
In the future, we may also have arrangements with third-party service providers, such as credit card processors, shipping companies and fulfillment services. When you sign up for a service we offer on the site, we may be required to share personal information with that service provider in order to provide the service.
Bangor Daily News and theCounty.Me may also offer other services as a part of our sites (e.g., car buying service, personalized information alerts, contests, sweepstakes, and other promotions with unaffiliated third parties). If you choose to use these optional services or opportunities, we may provide some of your personal information to third parties, such as service providers and other parties assisting us in providing the service. We will not do so without telling you how we will use that information, and you can avoid having us make such disclosures by choosing not to use these services or feature of our sites.
We reserve the right to disclose personal information when needed to comply with the law or a legal process, cooperate with investigations of purported unlawful activities, to identify persons violating the law, or in connection with the sale of part or all of the Bangor Daily News and theCounty.Me.
Party Collecting the Information
Our sites may operate as part of a larger group of sites, and may carry co-branded pages. In addition, other sites may use the site’s or Bangor Daily News’ or The County’s name. Since The Bangor Daily News and theCounty.Me do not control the privacy policies of third parties, you are subject to the privacy customs and policies of such third parties, and The Bangor Daily News and theCounty.Me shall not be responsible for the use or dissemination of your private information by such parties. Therefore, we encourage you to ask questions and review those parties’ privacy policies before you disclose your personal information to others.
Links to Other Materials
Third-party sites linked to and from the site are not necessarily under the control of Bangor Daily News or theCounty.Me. Bangor Daily News and theCounty.Me shall have no responsibilities or liabilities whatsoever for the content or privacy practices of any such linked site or any link or linking program at any time. Bangor Daily News and theCounty.Me do not necessarily endorse companies (or related products or services) to or from which the site is linked. If you decide to access any of the third party sites linked to the Site, you do so entirely at your own risk. Bangor Daily News and theCounty.Me hereby disclaims any rights to trademarks, service marks, trade names, logos, copyrights, patents, domain names or other intellectual property interests of third parties. Please visit the sites of these businesses to review their privacy policies.
We have in place physical, electronic and managerial procedures to protect the information we collect online. However, as effective as these measures are, no security system is impenetrable. We cannot guarantee the security of our database, nor can we guarantee that the information you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the internet.
Bangordailynews.com and theCounty.me users should also be aware that, when you voluntarily disclose personal information in comment areas, community news or event submissions, forms, quizzes or other user generated content types, that information may be collected by others and may result in unsolicited messages from others.
Bangor Daily News and theCounty.Me care about the safety of children and their use of the Internet. Therefore, in accordance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, we will never knowingly request or solicit personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 without parental consent. In the event that we receive actual knowledge that we have collected such personal information without the requisite and parental consent, we will delete that information from our database as quickly as is practical.
We respect your privacy and ability to choose whether to share information with us and any third party. You may choose to opt out from providing personal information to us by not registering on the site and thereby not providing personal information. You may also choose at a later date to have your name removed from our database. Certain portions of the site and certain services provided on the site, however, do require registration in order to access or use these areas and services. If you choose not to register or provide certain information, these areas will not be accessible to you.