Privacy is a web site owned and operated by Sustainable City Network, Inc., (SCN), 470 W. 4th St., Dubuque, IA 52001. SCN has adopted a set of information management guidelines which serve as the basis for our customer and advertiser relationships on our web sites. These guidelines have been developed with the recognition that Internet technologies continue to change and evolve. Accordingly, guidelines are subject to change. Any such changes will be posted on this page. If the changes represent a material departure from our current practices with respect to the use of personal information, the changes will be posted on this page thirty days prior to taking effect and registered users will be notified via e-mail. SCN is not responsible for the content or the privacy policies of web sites to which we may link.

What information does SCN gather/track about you?

Registration: During a free registration process prior to using certain features, we require that you supply a unique subscriber ID, e-mail address, and certain demographic information. Subscribers must agree to our terms of service. On occasion, SCN also collects additional personal information from subscribers in connection with optional contests, surveys, or special offers.

IP Addresses: SCN also logs IP addresses, or the location of your computer on the Internet, for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes. We do not use IP address logs to track your session or your behavior on our site.

Cookies: SCN uses cookies to store your log-in information and to learn about how you use services in order to improve the quality of our services.

What does SCN do with the information it gathers/tracks?

Statistical Analysis and Banner Advertising: SCN may perform statistical analyses of user behavior in order to measure interest in the various areas of our web site (for product development purposes) and to inform advertisers as to how many readers have seen or "clicked" their advertising banners. SCN also uses demographic and preference information to allow advertising banners on our web site to be targeted, in aggregate, to the readers for whom they are most pertinent. This means that readers see advertising that is most likely to interest them, and advertisers send their messages to people who are most likely to be receptive, improving both the viewer's experience and the effectiveness of the ads. In this statistical analyses and banner advertisement targeting, we will disclose information to third parties only in aggregate form. Personal information about you as an individual subscriber will not be provided to any third party without your consent.

E-mail: Using the e-mail addresses provided at registration, SCN periodically sends promotional e-mail to its subscribers about services offered by SCN and its advertisers. Users must opt in to receive these promotional messages, and can opt out at any time. SCN may also contact you regarding account status, changes to the subscriber agreement, and to confirm registration. Registered users can not opt out of these messages, but user accounts can be deleted upon request, thereby terminating the registration. At no time does SCN share the e-mail addresses or other personal data of registered users with third parties, except under the circumstances described in Compliance with Legal Process below.

The E-mail This Story feature is an easy way for SCN readers to send articles through e-mail. The e-mail addresses that you supply to use this service will not be used for any other purpose without your consent. SCN will not sell, share or disclose your e-mail address to any third party. We use e-mail links located throughout the site to allow you to contact us directly with any questions or comments you may have. We will use your e-mail address to respond directly to these questions or comments.

Data Security: To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the appropriate use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures in a good-faith effort to protect the information we collect online. Due to fast paced changes in technology, however, SCN is unable to guarantee security. You should notify us immediately if you have reason to believe there has been a breach in security.

With whom does SCN share the information it gathers/tracks?

SCN shares the information it gathers, in aggregate form, with advertisers and other partners. We will not release personal information about you as an individual to third parties, except under the circumstances described in Compliance with Legal Process below. SCN will provide you all of your personal information provided at registration upon request. This information will only be sent to the e-mail address on file for the subscriber ID associated with it.

Compliance with Legal Process

We may disclose personal information if we are required to do so by law or we in good faith believe that such action is necessary to (1) comply with the law or with legal process; (2) protect and defend our rights and property; (3) protect against misuse or unauthorized use of SCN web sites; or (4) protect the personal safety or property of our users or the public (among other things, this means that if you provide false information or attempt to pose as someone else, information about you may be disclosed as part of any investigation into your actions).

Opting-Out, Corrections and Cancellations

Upon request, SCN will a) Remove you and your personal information, from our active registration database, thereby terminating your registration (please note that we may retain certain information associated with your account for analytical purposes as well as for recordkeeping integrity); b) Correct personal information that you state is erroneous; or c) Permit you to "opt out" of further e-mail contact (excepting notification of major changes to the service) while still allowing access to the site.

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