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Privacy Policy

The following guidelines apply for information collected from visitors to the Mount Carmel Register Online Website:

The Mount Carmel Register Online is committed to protecting your privacy. We believe you have a right to know what information we collect about you when you visit our Web site and how that information is used and safeguarded.

Your Personal Information

We collect personally identifiable information (name, e-mail address, etc.) and/or demographic data (zip code, gender, etc.) that you submit when you:

Register for our services

Complete a survey

Enter a contest, promotion, or sweepstakes

Order a subscription to our newspaper

Place a classified ad

Send us an e-mail

Submit reader opinions

We do not give or sell any personally identifiable information to advertisers or other outside parties. We may use this information to process and maintain your account, reply to your specific questions and requests, verify submitted editorial information (ie: wedding and birth announcements,) inform you of special offers from us and compile aggregate demographic statistics about our users.

The Mount Carmel Register Online is not responsible for the policies or actions of third parties that may collect any information you disclose in the Opinions, Guest Book, Classifieds, Community Calendar or other public forums on this site.

Our partners and other Internet sites and services that may be accessible through the Mount Carmel Register Online have separate data and privacy practices. These sites include, but are not limited to, TownNews and dotPhoto. Please contact those sites directly if you have questions about their privacy policies.

Children's Privacy

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) stipulates that Web site operators cannot knowingly collect personal information from children under age 13 without verifiable parental permission. While we offer information on our site that is appropriate for, available to and useful to children, we do not seek children's participation in services that require registration.

You must be 18 years or older to participate in the following services:

Register for our services

Complete a survey (unless otherwise noted)

Enter a contest, promotion, or sweepstakes

Order a subscription to our newspaper

Place a classified ad

Submit reader opinions, photos, audio, video or any other documents.

Cookies and IP Addresses

We use cookies (small text files transferred from our Web site to your hard drive) to recognize repeat users, track content preferences and traffic patterns. Cookies do not damage files or give anyone access to your personally identifiable information. They simply provide us with information about how visitors are using Mount Carmel Register Online to help us improve and enhance the site. We may share aggregate site usage statistics and demographic information with third parties, but this information does not contain any personally identifiable information.

We do not use IP addresses to track user traffic patterns and content preference.

How to contact us

If you have any questions or comments regarding our privacy policy, please contact us at 1-618-262-5144.

In the interest of maintaining an environment of civil information and mutual respect, Tri-State Media advises all readers and contributors of this web site of the following:

1. We do not control the comments, messages, or postings sent to the site. However, we, or a third party acting on our behalf, may monitor said messages. Inappropriate submissions will be rejected.

2. We reserve the right to refuse to post, remove, or edit any messages, comments, or postings sent to the site, based on our discretion, but we assume no obligation to do so.

3. Any action that infringes upon another user's right to use and enjoy this site is prohibited.

4. We reserve the right to suspend or terminate your access and use of this site if, in our view, your conduct fails to meet any of our guidelines.

5. We reserve the right to change these terms at any time.

6. Participation on this site is conditional and for continued use, you must not:

6a. Include any information which is false, misleading, or inaccurate.

6b. Use the site for any unlawful purpose or to transmit any material that contains a virus.

6c. Use the site to encourage illegal or destructive activities in others.

6d. Use the site to make available any content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, privacy, publicity or other proprietary rights of any party.

6e. Use the site to make available any content that is harmful to minors in any way.

6f. Use the site that is, in any way, harassing, harmful, threatening, abusive, vulgar, obscene, defamatory, libelous, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable.

6g. Use the site for posting, uploading, emailing, or otherwise transmitting junk mail, commercial advertisements, or any other form of commercial solicitation.

6h. Attempt to interfere with any other person's use of the site.

6i. Misrepresent your identity or impersonate any person.

6j. Identify yourself as sponsored by, endorsed by, or affiliated with us.

6k. Attempt to modify, translate, adapt, edit, decompile, disassemble, or reverse engineer any software programs used by us or in connection with the site.

7. You assert that the information, pictures and video you contribute are your own, are licensed to be uploaded and downloaded by other participants, are in the public domain, or are otherwise free of copyright or other restrictions. You also grant and Tri-State Media an irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free license to redistribute or republish the information in any medium or form.

8. As previously mentioned, all content submitted by users is subject to approval prior to posting. The following are some general guidelines for posting user generated content:

8a. Most comments will be posted provided they are on-topic and not abusive, however, decisions to permit postings are are subjective. They will be made as carefully and consistently as possible.

8b. Comments should make their point quickly and politely. Personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity, commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence and "SHOUTING" will not be tolerated.

8c. Comments will not be edited. They will either be approved or not. Authors of rejected comments will not be contacted with an explanation for the decision.

8d. Comments will be displayed in connection with the article to which they are related. We reserve the additional right to display comments in a variety of ways, including within future articles or within advertisements.

8e. Comments will typically be processed more quickly during business hours.

8f. We encourage those making contributions of any sort fsto identify themselves in some effective fashion such as their real name or their first initial and last name. Individuals who identify themselves typically engage in more respectful and thoughtful conversations.