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The information THE COSTA RICAN TIMES gathers falls into two categories: 1) Personal information, which includes personal information you supply when you subscribe, order, complete a survey, register for one of our sites, enter a contest or provide your e-mail address and 2) Non-personal information collected through technology, which includes tracking information collected as you use THE COSTA RICAN TIMES Services.

Personal Information That You Give Us

Registration Information

Registration for THE COSTA RICAN TIMES Services requires that you supply certain personal information, including, in most cases, a unique e-mail address and demographic information (ZIP code, age, seThe Costa Rican Times, household income (optional), job industry and job title) to register. Purchases made through THE COSTA RICAN TIMES Services require that you supply your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, credit card number or other billing information.

You may choose to log in, create an account or enhance your profile at THE COSTA RICAN TIMES website through the Facebook Connect feature on THE COSTA RICAN TIMES website. By doing this, you are asking Facebook to send us certain information from your Facebook profile, and you authorize us to collect, store, and use in accordance with this Privacy Policy any and all information available to us through the Facebook interface. After you have connected, Facebook also sends us additional information from your profile that allows us to display a Facebook module on the pages you view.

To disassociate your THE COSTA RICAN TIMES website registration from third party accounts, please contact us.

Contests, Sweepstakes and Special Offers

THE COSTA RICAN TIMES collects personal information from you in connection with optional sweepstakes, contests or special offers. If this information is also being collected by a third party other than THE COSTA RICAN TIMES, we will notify you at the same time. If you do not want any personal information shared, you may always decline to participate in the sweepstakes, contest or special offer.

Reader Surveys, Reader Panels and Market Research

THE COSTA RICAN TIMES may collect personal information from you in connection with voluntary surveys. Data may be collected through the THE COSTA RICAN TIMES Services, on the phone or through the mail. The information you provide in response to optional survey questions may be shared, but only in the aggregate, with advertisers and partners unless we notify you otherwise at the time of collection.

Members of our Reader Panels agree to participate in surveys, polls or discussions about their readership of THE COSTA RICAN TIMES, their household/personal characteristics and their purchase behavior. If you choose to be a panel member, we require that you supply us with your e-mail address and name. Home address and telephone number are optional.

Mobile Messaging Service

THE COSTA RICAN TIMES uses the information collected from your interaction with THE COSTA RICAN TIMES by TeThe Costa Rican Timest Messaging Service (SMS) (“SMS Service”) solely for the purposes of improving the SMS Service. The information will not be provided, sold, licensed, rented, assigned or disclosed to Third Parties, eThe Costa Rican Timescept as required by law, nor will we use your phone number to initiate a call or SMS teThe Costa Rican Timest message to you without your eThe Costa Rican Timespress prior consent. Your wireless carrier and other service providers also collect data about your SMS Service usage, and their practices are governed by their own privacy policies.

THE COSTA RICAN TIMES collects the mobile phone number you use to send us a teThe Costa Rican Timest message and the content of the messages sent between you and THE COSTA RICAN TIMES. When you send a teThe Costa Rican Timest message to THE COSTA RICAN TIMES or via THE COSTA RICAN TIMES, we log the incoming phone number, the wireless provider associated with the number, and the date and time of the transaction. The only information we automatically collect is that related to the use of our Mobile Services. THE COSTA RICAN TIMES uses this data to analyze the message traffic in order to operate, develop and improve our SMS Service.

Non-Personal Information Collected Using Technology

Information Collected by Us Using Technology

Device Information. We may collect non-personal information about the computer, mobile device or other device you use to access THE COSTA RICAN TIMES Services, such as IP address, geolocation information, unique device identifiers, browser type, browser language and other transactional information.

Cookies. In providing THE COSTA RICAN TIMES Services, we use “cookies,” Web beacons and other similar technologies to recognize you and provide personalization, as well as to help us understand where our visitors are going and how much time they spend there. You will not be able to access certain areas of our Web sites, including THE COSTA RICAN TIMES website, if your computer does not accept cookies from us.

THE COSTA RICAN TIMES Home Delivery Web site also transmits non-personally identifiable Web site usage information about visitors to the servers of a reputable third party for the purpose of targeting our Internet banner advertisements on other sites. To do this, we use Web Beacons in conjunction with cookies provided by our third-party ad server on this site.

Analytics Technologies. We have hired third parties to provide us information, reports and analysis about the usage, browsing patterns of users of the website.

WebTrends tracks and analyzes non-personally identifiable usage and volume statistical information from our visitors and customers on THE COSTA RICAN TIMES. All data collected by WebTrends on our behalf is owned and used by us.

Audience Science tracks and analyzes anonymous usage and browsing patterns of our Web site users. All data collected by Audience Science on our behalf is owned and used by THE COSTA RICAN TIMES alone.

IP Addresses. THE COSTA RICAN TIMES logs Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, or the location of your computer on the Internet, for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes. We use this information in an aggregate fashion to track access to our Web sites and mobile applications.

Log Files and Your Reading History. We automatically log certain usage information about your use of THE COSTA RICAN TIMES. This information includes a reading history of the pages you view.

We use this information in order to provide you with customized Recommendations on THE COSTA RICAN TIMES based on your reading history. We also use log files in the aggregate to analyze usage of our Web sites and mobile applications.

Location Information. Some of our mobile applications can deliver content based on your current location if you choose to enable that feature of the app. If you enable the location-based feature, your current location will be stored locally on your device, which will then be used by the app. If you elect to have a location-based search saved to your history, we will store that information on our servers. If you do not enable the location-based service, or if an app does not have that feature, the app will not transmit to us, and we will not collect or store, location information.

Ads may be displayed within our apps. The ads you see are not targeted to you based on your current GPS location, but they may be targeted to you based on your device’s IP address or ZIP code.

Information Collected by Third Parties Using Technology

Some of the services and advertisements included in THE COSTA RICAN TIMES, including on the website and within our mobile apps, are delivered or served by third-party companies that may place or recognize cookies, Web beacons or other technology to track certain non-personal information about our Web site users. For eThe Costa Rican Timesample, in the course of serving certain advertisements, some advertisers may place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser in order to collect certain information about your use of THE COSTA RICAN TIMES Services. In many cases, this information could be used to show you ads based on your interests on other Web sites.

We do not have access to, nor control over, advertisers’ or service providers’ use of cookies or other tracking technologies or how they may be used.

Your access to our Web sites should not be affected if you do not accept cookies served by third parties.