• Privacy Policy

    How The NewsTalkers Operates

    The NewsTalkers allows Third Party Application Developers to develop Third Party Applications for use on the the site. Users who join The NewsTalkers are “Members”. The NewsTalkers collects information under the direction of its users, and has no direct relationship with the individuals whose personal data it processes.

    Information Gathering

    In order to become a member of The NewsTalkers, members must register for an account. When you register for account, The NewsTalkers collects certain Personal Information, including your name, email address, and a password that you create.  The NewsTalkers and Third Party Application Developers might use the platform to collect, use, and retain all information, including Personal Information, that is disclosed and uploaded by Members in connection of The NewsTalkers.  "Data” means all data collected from a Member and includes registration information (including the Internet protocol (IP) address used by a Member at the time of registration), profile data, answers to profile questions, all Content and other information contributed by Members, and statistical information and analytics relating to usage and interactions within the Network. When a User signs up to become a member, he or she is providing Personal Information to The NewsTalkers and such The NewsTalkers has access to all Personal Information. In addition, The NewsTalkers will have the ability to reset Member passwords in the event that a Member loses or can’t remember it. The NewsTalkers and Third Party Application Developers might also collect additional types of Personal Information.

    Passive Data Collection

    Like most web-based services, The NewsTalkers automatically receives and records information on our server logs from your browser when you use the Platform. We may use a variety of methods, including clear GIFs (also known as “web beacons”), and “cookies” to collect this information. The information that we collect with these automated methods may include, for example, your IP address, cookie information, a unique device or user ID, browser type, system type, the content and pages that you access on The NewsTalkers Platform, and the “referring URL” (i.e., the page from which you navigated to The NewsTalkers). We do not link this automatically collected data to other information we collect about you. We may combine this automatically collected log information with other information we collect about you. We do this to improve our marketing and analytics. Technologies such as: cookies, beacons, tags and scripts are used by The NewsTalkers, or analytics or service providers. These technologies are used in analyzing trends, administering the site, tracking users’ movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. We may receive reports based on the use of these technologies by these companies on an individual as well as aggregated basis. We use cookies for authentication and to remembers user’s settings. Users can control the use of cookies at the individual browser level. If you reject cookies, you may still use our site, but your ability to use some features or areas of our site may be limited.

    Third parties with whom we partner to provide certain features on our site or to display advertising based upon your Web browsing activity use LSOs such as HTML5 to collect and store information. Various browsers may offer their own management tools for removing HTML5 LSOs.

    Behavioral targeting/Re-targeting

    We partner with a third party to either display advertising on our Web site or to manage our advertising on other sites. Our third party partner may use technologies such as cookies to gather information about your activities on this site and other sites in order to provide you advertising based upon your browsing activities and interests. We may also obtain information, including Personal Information, from third party sources. This includes certain Personal Information that may be provided to us through the installation and use of applications on third party web sites. If we directly combine information from other third parties with Personal Information that we collect on this platform, we will treat the combined information as “Personal Information” and handle it in accordance with this Privacy Policy. We may use Personal Information to operate, provide, improve, and maintain The NewsTalkers, and our other services and systems; to develop new services; to prevent abusive and fraudulent use of the platform and our other services and systems; to send you administrative messages, and information about content and services in which we believe you may be interested; and for other administrative and internal business purposes.

    When the NewsTalkers Discloses Personal Information

    We do not sell or rent email addresses and other Personal Information. We do not share Personal Information with third parties except in the limited circumstances described in this Privacy Policy. Please be aware, however, that any information that you voluntarily choose to display on any publicly available portion of The NewsTalkers, becomes publicly available and may be collected and used by us or others without restriction. We may provide Personal Information to third parties for their use in performing internal business functions for The NewsTalkers (e.g., payment processing, maintenance, security, data analysis, email transmission, or data hosting) on our behalf. Transfer of personal information collected from the platform to subsequent third parties are covered by the provisions in this Policy regarding notice and choice and the service agreements with our users. 

    Legal Requirements

    We may disclose Personal Information if we have a good faith belief that doing so is required by a subpoena or other judicial or administrative order or otherwise required by law. Additionally, we may disclose Personal Information where we, in good faith, deem it appropriate or necessary to prevent violation of The NewsTalkes Terms of Service, or our other agreements; take precautions against liability; protect the rights, property, or safety of The NewsTalkers, any individual, or the general public; maintain and protect the security and integrity of our services or infrastructure; protect ourselves and our services from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful uses; investigate and defend ourselves against third party claims or allegations; or assist government enforcement agencies.

    Change of Ownership 

    In the event of a change in ownership, or a merger with, acquisition by, or sale of assets to, another entity, we reserve the right to transfer all of your Personal Information, including email addresses, to that entity. We will use reasonable efforts to notify registered users of such a transfer (by a posting on our home page or elsewhere on the Ning Platform, or by email to a Member’s email address that was provided to us, as chosen by us in our discretion). 

    Security

    We use industry standard security measures to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of Personal Information under our control. Although we make good faith efforts to maintain the security of such Personal Information, we cannot guarantee that it will remain free from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, or alteration. Further, while we work hard to ensure the integrity and security of our network and systems, we cannot guarantee that our security measures will prevent “hackers” or other unauthorized persons from illegally accessing or obtaining this information. We do not assume any liability to third parties whose information you include in your address book, contact list or any similar items, or which you post or transmit in any Content on The NewsTalkers. To help maintain the security of your account credentials, please keep your password secure. If we learn of a security breach, we may attempt to notify you electronically so that you can take appropriate protective steps. By using The NewsTalkers or providing Personal Information to us, you agree that we can communicate with you electronically regarding security, privacy, and administrative issues relating to your use of The NewsTalkers. If a security systems breach occurs, we may post a notice on our site, or elsewhere on the platform and may send email to you at the email address you have provided to us.

    Children

    The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) protects the online privacy of children under 13 years of age. We do not knowingly collect or maintain personal information from anyone under the age of 13, unless or except as permitted by law. Any person who provides Personal Information through The NewsTalkers represents to us that he or she is 13 years of age or older. If we learn that Personal Information has been collected from a user under 13 years of age on platform, then we will take the appropriate steps to cause this information to be deleted. If you are the parent or legal guardian of a child under 13 who has become a Member, please contact The NewsTalkers at thenewstalkers [dot] com to have that child’s account terminated and information deleted. The following are some resources that may help parents and legal guardians in monitoring and limiting your children’s access to certain types of material on the Internet. While we do not endorse these products, we provide information about them as a public service to our community.

    Your Choices

    You may, at any time, update, correct, or delete certain categories of Personal Information that you have provided to us by signing in to your account and updating the Personal Information. Additionally, you may update, correct, or delete certain categories of Personal Information within your profiles here. Members may also, at any time, elect to leave The NewsTalkers and delete their content on  by following the directions here. A Member may also request the deletion of any additional account information held by The NewsTalkers relating to such Member by contacting us at thenewstalkers [dot] com, or at the address set forth below in the “Contacting Us” Section. Please note that certain categories of content that you may have posted, such as groups that you have created or discussions that you have started, will not be automatically deleted as part of this process. This is because other Members may still be using those groups and/or discussions and any changes may make them non-functional. If you wish to request deletion of these remaining content categories (such as groups & discussions), please specially contact the Group Creator.  Additionally, any User may end its use of The NewsTalkers at any time and for no reason. Additionally, even if you update or remove Personal Information that you have provided to us, your Personal Information may be retained in our backup files and archives for a reasonable period of time for legal purposes. We will retain your Personal Information and the personal information we process on behalf of a Network Creator for as long as your account status is active or as needed to provide you services. We will retain and use your Personal Information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.

    Email Communications and Unsollcited Communication  

    We may send you administrative messages, and updates regarding your account, The NewsTalkers Platform, and our services, by email. You may indicate your preferences regarding certain administrative email messages by following the adjusting your personal settings. Additionally, you can choose to opt-out of receiving messages from The NewsTalkers by adjusting your personal preferences. The NewsTalkers Terms of Service prohibit Users from engaging in any activity involving the sending of email in violation of applicable law, including CAN-SPAM and other laws regulating unsolicited commercial email. Violations of these policies may result in immediate termination of service and legal action against any senders or initiators of such messages.

    Third Pary Services

    The NewsTalkers may contain links to websites and services provided by third parties. Any Personal Information you provide on third party sites or services is provided directly to that third party and is subject to that third party’s policies governing privacy and security. We are not responsible for the content or privacy and security practices and policies of third party sites or services. We encourage you to learn about third parties’ privacy and security policies before providing them with Personal Information. The NewsTalkers can enable “Social Sign In,” which allows Members to use their account credentials from certain third party services (such as Facebook, Google or Yahoo!) to sign in or sign up for a Network. As part of the sign-up process, the third party service will transmit certain information used to complete the new Member’s profile page, including name, email address and, where available, profile photo, birthdate, gender and location. Any of the transmitted profile information, except for email address, can be updated or changed during sign up. The email address can be changed after sign up. The NewsTalkers includes Social Media Features, such as the Facebook Link button and Widgets, such as the Share button or interactive mini-programs that can be enabled on The NewsTalkers. These features may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our site, and may set a cookie to enable the Feature to function properly. Social Media Features and Widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our Site. Your interactions with these Features are governed by the privacy policy of the company providing it. We use publicly accessible certain informational Networks (such as the Jamroom Forum). 

    International Users

    The NewsTalkers is hosted in the United States. If you use the Platform from the European Union, or any other region with laws governing data collection and use that may differ from U.S. law, please note that you are transferring your personal data to the United States. The United States does not have the same data protection laws as the European Union and other regions. By providing Personal Information under this Privacy Policy, you consent to the use of Personal Information in accordance with this Privacy Policy and the transfer of your Personal Information to the United States.

    Changes and Updates to This Privacy Policy

    We may occasionally update this Privacy Policy. If we do, we will update the “last updated” date at the top of the Privacy Policy. If we make an update to this Privacy Policy that is materially less restrictive in our use or disclosure of Personal Information that we collected prior to the update, we will provide you with prior notice of the pending update and seek your consent by posting notice on thenewstalkers.com or by contacting you using the email address in your NewsTalkers Profile. We encourage you to periodically review this Privacy Policy to stay informed about our collection, use, and disclosure of Personal Information on the platform. Your continued use of the site constitutes your agreement to this Privacy Policy and any updates.

    Contacting Us

    If you have any questions or concerns about the NewsTalkers Privacy Policy, please contact us