Privacy Policy

Effective March 15, 2021

Welcome to Hometown Hall. We take your privacy very seriously. Please read this Privacy Policy carefully. This Privacy Policy discloses the privacy practices for Hometown Hall, a website (the “Site” or “Website”) operated by CityNewsAndTalk.Com, INC. For this Privacy Policy, ("Privacy Policy") we use “Hometown Hall”, “we”, “us”, and “our” to refer to Hometown Hall, CityNewsAndTalk.Com, INC, and any of our affiliated or related websites or companies. Unless otherwise indicated, this Privacy Policy applies to all our websites, domains, apps, products, services, and features (the “Services”) in all geographies in which we offer our Services.

By registering for our Services or using our Website you expressly consent to our use and disclosure of your personally identifiable information in accordance with this Privacy Policy and applicable law. As part of our normal Services, we collect and, in some cases, disclose information about you to third parties. This Privacy Policy describes the information we collect about you, how we may use such information, and what may happen to that information. We may modify this Privacy Policy and we will provide the updated Privacy Policy on our Website. You acknowledge that your continued use of our Services or by using our Website after we publish our changes to this Privacy Policy means that the collection, use and sharing of your personal data is subject to the updated Privacy Policy, as of its effective date.

Our registered users (“Members”) interact with each other and may share their identities, engage with our network, exchange knowledge and insights, post and view current content, search for relevant businesses, meet new people, and find other opportunities specific to their locale. Content and data on some of our Services is viewable to non-members (“Visitors”) as well. This Privacy Policy, together with the Terms posted on our Website, set forth the general rules and policies governing your use of our Website. Depending on your activities when visiting our Website, you may be required to agree to additional terms and conditions.

Additional state specific disclosures including disclosures required by California law may be found in our California Privacy Disclosure in Section 12 below.

1. Information We Collect.

(a) Your Registration Information. To fully use our Services, you will need to register using our online registration form, where you will be required to provide us with your contact information and certain other personal information included but not limited to your name, email, User Name, profile photo, and address.

(b) Your Usage of Our Site. We automatically track certain information about you based upon your use of our Site and collect information from your interactions with our Services. We use this information to conduct internal research on our users' demographics, interests, and behavior to better understand and serve our users. This information is compiled and analyzed on an aggregate anonymized basis. This information may include the URL that you just came from, which URL you next go to, what browser you are using, and your IP address, among other things.

(c) Cookies. In addition, we use "cookies" on certain pages of our Website. Cookies are small text files that are downloaded to the browser of a computer, tablet or smartphone used to visit a website. A cookie will identify your browser, help you log in and improve the navigation of a website. We use cookies to help us improve the performance of our Website. Cookies allow us to review the number of visitors to our website and understand a visitor’s usage patterns; track key performance indicators such as pages visited, frequency of visits, downloads, and other statistical information; know whether a visitor views the mobile or desktop version of our website; recognize visitors if they return to our website; store information about visitors’ past visits; and remember visitors’ preferences. Most, but not all, cookies are automatically deleted at the end of a session. You may be able to disallow cookies by modifying the settings in your browser. If you choose not to accept cookies, you may be unable to access certain parts or pages of our Website.

(d) You may be able to disallow cookies by modifying the settings in your browser. To learn more about cookies, and how to disallow or manage them, go to: https://www.allaboutcookies.org/. If you choose not to accept cookies, you may be unable to access certain parts or pages of our website.

(e) Your Posts. If you choose to post messages, interests, recommendations, or any other information on our Website we will collect such information about you as you may choose to disclose pursuant to your activities on the Website.

(f) Your Correspondence. If you send us e-mails, letters or any other personal correspondence, or if other users or third parties send us correspondence about your activities or postings on the Website, we may collect such information about you.

(g) Payments or Credit. If you establish a credit account with us or make payments with us, we collect some additional information, including billing address, credit card number, and credit card expiration date and tracking information from checks or money orders and information may be collected from trusted third-party vendors.

(h) Other types of Information. We may collect information from other third parties, service providers, partners, affiliates, and publicly available sources, social media sites, or other third parties which send us Information on You. If you use social media sites or other sites to connect to our Website then you authorize these sites to share your personal information with us, including but not limited to your name and email address.

(i) IT information. We may collect information via our IT systems, including but not limited to information received from automated monitoring of our websites and other technical systems, such as our computer networks and connections, access control systems, communications systems, email and instant messaging systems, you and your browser, URL, Internet Protocol Address, your computer, or mobile device, information from service providers and partners such as marketing and data providers, and information from third parties such as advertisers and analytics providers.

2. Our Use of Your Information. We may use the information we collect from you when you register on our Website, make a purchase, post on our Website, sign up for our newsletter, respond to a survey or marketing communication, surf the Website, to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations, for the performance of our contract with you or to take steps at your request before entering into a contract, to provide and operate our Services to you, for our legitimate interests or those of a third party, or where you have given consent. The below listed categories are some examples of how your information may be used.

(a) Promotional Use. We use personal information about you to enhance our marketing and promotional efforts, and to improve our content and services. We may also use your information to deliver to you advertisements, new services and promotions, and other information to you that is targeted to your interests. You have the ability to opt-out from receiving such advertisements, promotions, notices, and information by contacting us at helpdesk@citynewsandtalk.com and requesting to be removed from these communications.

(b) Administrative Notices, etc. We may use your e-mail address, your mailing address, and phone number to contact you regarding administrative notices, payment notices, new product offerings, and communications relevant to your use of the Website. You consent to these types of notices by using our Services.

(c) Billing and Support. If you open a credit account or make payments with our Website, we use your address and billing information to bill you and provide associated support.

(d) Dispute Resolution. We use information in the file we maintain about you, and other information we obtain from your current and past activities on the Site, to resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems, and enforce our Terms.

3. Our Disclosure and Sharing with Third Parties. We use practices that are consistent with standards in our industry to protect your privacy. We cannot, however, promise that your personally identifiable information or private communications will remain private. For example, third parties may unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications on our Website. We do not sell any personally identifiable information about you to any third party. The following describes some of the ways that your personally identifiable information may be disclosed.

(a) Law Enforcement. We may disclose any information about you to law enforcement or other government officials as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate, in connection with an investigation of fraud, intellectual property infringements, or other activity that is illegal or may expose us to legal liability.

(b) Affiliates and Vendors. We may share personal information with our affiliates, including related companies within our group of companies, service providers we use to help deliver our products Services to you such as payment service providers, warehouses and delivery companies, other third parties we use to help us run our business, such as marketing agencies or website hosts, third parties approved by you, including social media sites you choose to link your account to or third-party payment providers, credit reporting agencies, our insurers and brokers, our bank, external auditors, or other parties such as potential buyers of some or all of our business or during a re-structuring. We will typically anonymize information, but this may not always be possible.

(c) Advertisers. We may disclose information about our users to advertisers and for other marketing and promotional purposes. Our Services are supported by third party advertisers. Our advertising clients may use cookies and similar technologies to collect information about our Members while using our different websites and Services. Where permissible, we may share certain limited personal information about you in encrypted form with our advertising clients and other companies that help us serve ads. Our advertising partners may be able to associate this information with you based on your advertising identifiers or other personal information they have about you.

(d) Website. Throughout the Site, you are identified by your User Name. Unless you select a unique User Name, our system automatically sets your User Name as your e-mail address. In this situation, where you are identified on the Site by your e-mail address, you disclose your e-mail address to other users and third parties. As a result, other users and third parties might send you unsolicited e-mail and be able to personally identify all of your activities on the Site. Although our pages are coded with robot exclusion headers, others may attempt to automatically collect your e-mail address from our Site. You can change your User Name once signed into the Website. Even if your User Name is not your e-mail address, your User Name can be used to identify you and your activities throughout the Site. Other people can see your activities on the Site, including any of your comments and postings on the Site.

(e) Use Limited to Site-Related Communications. Because of the nature of the services offered on our Website, you may be allowed to access other users' contact information. You may use such information only for our Website related communications. Website related communication expressly excludes unsolicited commercial messages. Therefore, you must not post, upload, link, or otherwise use the Site in any manner for any commercial purpose or endeavor, including the offering for sale of any products or services, or otherwise engage in any commercial activity on the Site for any purpose, including, but not limited to, conducting raffles or contests, displaying sponsorship banners, soliciting goods or services, soliciting funds, advertisers, or sponsors. In all cases, you must give users an opportunity to remove themselves from your database and a chance to review what information you have collected about them. In addition, under no circumstances can you disclose personally identifiable information about another user to any third party without our consent and the consent of such other user after adequate disclosure by you to such other user. Note that law enforcement personnel, VeRO program participants, and other rights holders are given different rights with respect to information they access.

(f) No Spam. We and our users do not tolerate spam. Therefore, without limiting the foregoing, you are not licensed to add any of our users to your mail list (e-mail or physical mail) without their express consent after adequate disclosure.

4. Disclosures You Make to Third Parties. We do not control the privacy policies of third parties. When you disclose information to third parties on our Website (or any other website) about yourself, you are subject to the privacy customs and policies of that third party. It is your responsibility to find out about the privacy policy of any such third parties.

5. Questions about Privacy Policy. If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Policy, please contact us at helpdesk@citynewsandtalk.com .

6. How We Protect Your Personal Information. We use all commercially practicable means to protect your personal information from being improperly accessed by third parties at any time, including without limitation, encryption processes in connection with credit card and other financial information. Additionally, to the extent that we do not foresee a continued use of any such information, we will promptly destroy such information without retaining copies for our files.

7. How Long Your Personal Information Will Be Kept. We will keep your personal information while you have an account with us or while we are providing Services to you. Thereafter, we will keep your personal information for as long as is necessary to respond to any questions, complaints or claims made by you or on your behalf, to show that we treated you fairly, or to keep records required by law. We will not retain your personal information for longer than necessary for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy. Different retention periods may apply for different types of personal information.

8. What You Can Do about Your Personal Information. At any time, you may submit a written request inquiring about what personal information we have collected about you in order to: (i) edit such information; or (ii) request its deletion. We will timely respond to any such requests and use all commercially practicable efforts to comply with your demands, unless not legally or otherwise permissible. Inquiries and requests can be provided to helpdesk@citynewsandtalk.com or (833) CITYNEWS (248-9639).

9. CAN-SPAM: The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them, and spells out tough penalties for violations. By submitting any form or information on our Website, you consent to receive e-mail advertisements, telephone calls, SMS, MMS, promotions, marketing materials, and other communications from us or our affiliates. You also agree that we or our affiliates has your consent to contact you at any phone number, email address, or mailing address you provide. You can opt-out from receiving electronic communications from us by contacting us at helpdesk@citynewsandtalk.com and requesting to be removed from the electronic communications list.

10. Minors and COPPA. If you are a minor (under the age of 18), you can use our Services only in conjunction with the consent and under the supervision of your parents or legal guardians. If you are a minor, please do not submit any personal information to this website. IF YOU ARE 13 YEARS OR YOUNGER, PLEASE DO NOT USE OUR WEBSITE OR ANY OF ITS SERVICES FOR ANY PURPOSE AT ANY TIME. We do not knowingly collect any personal information from visitors or users of our Site who are under the age of 13. We encourage parents and legal guardians to monitor their children’s Internet usage and to help enforce our Privacy Policy by instructing their children to never provide personal information through the Internet without their permission. If you have reason to believe that a child under the age of 13 has provided personal information to us, please contact us, and we will endeavor to delete that information from our databases.

11. Governing Law. This Privacy Policy shall be governed by the laws of the State of Arizona without regard to its conflict of laws principles. You agree that the courts in Maricopa, County, Arizona shall have personal jurisdiction over them in connection with any such disputes.

12. State Specific Disclosures.

California . If you are a California resident, this section applies to you. This Section describes the rights of Californians pursuant to the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”). We fully describe our practices to all our Members and Visitors in the above sections of this Privacy Policy including ways to contact us regarding your personal information, but this separate Section ensures that we meet the CCPA’s requirements. You or your authorized agent can request a copy of your personal information. Authorized agents will be required to verify their identity. Under the CCPA, you can also request that we disclose how we have collected, used, and shared your personal information over the past 12 months, including the categories of personal information we collected and our purposes for doing so; the categories of sources for that information; the categories of third parties with whom we shared it for a business purpose and our purposes for doing so. Before we can respond to any request involving personal information, the CCPA requires that we confirm the identity of the person making the request, and if the request is made on behalf of another person, his or her authority to make the request on the other person’s behalf. We are not obligated to provide or to delete any information pursuant to your request if we are unable to adequately verify your identity or the identity of the person making the request on your behalf. Accordingly, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before responding to a request, which may include, at a minimum, depending on the sensitivity of the information you are requesting and the type of request you are making, verifying your name, email address, and other account information. If we cannot verify your identity, we will not be able to respond to or take action upon such request.

We do not sell information that personally identifies you such as your name, telephone number, mailing address or email address, but California law may classify our limited information sharing and use of these services as a sale of personal information from which California residents have the right to opt-out so we have provided the “Do Not Sell My Personal Information” link below for you or your authorized agent.

We may collect and use the following personal information that identifies, relates to, describes, is reasonable capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with a particular consumer or household:

Categories of Personal Information

Specific Types of Personal Information Collected and Sources

Identifiers (e.g., a real name, alias, postal address, unique personal identifier, online identifier, Internet Protocol address, email address, account name, social security number, driver’s license number, passport number, or other similar identifiers)

Name, postal address, telephone number, email address, profile, User Name, Internet Protocol Address, your computer, your mobile device, information from Service Providers and vendors that provide information to help us serve Members’ relevant ads, publicly available information, information from other Members, and information you provide directly or through your interactions with our Services.

Information that identifies, relates to, describes, or is capable of being associated with, a particular individual, including, but not limited to, his or her name, signature, social security number, physical characteristics or description, address, telephone number, passport number, driver’s license or state identification card number, insurance policy number, education, employment, employment history, bank account number, credit card number, debit card number, or any other financial information, medical information, or health insurance information.

Name, postal address, telephone number, email address, profile, User Name, Internet Protocol Address, your computer, your mobile device, information from service providers and vendors that provide information to help us serve Members’ relevant ads, publicly available information, information from other Members, and information you provide directly or through your interactions with our Services.

Characteristics of protected classifications under California or federal law.

Information you provide to us directly and inferences we make based on that information you provide, publicly available sources, such as census data and address directories, and service providers and partners such as marketing and data providers.

Commercial information (e.g., records of personal property, products or services purchased, obtained, or considered, or other purchasing or consuming histories or tendencies)

Information you provide to us directly, your browser, computer, or mobile device, publicly available sources, service providers and partners and third parties such as advertisers and analytics providers.

Biometric information

Information you provide to us directly.

Internet or other electronic network activity information (e.g., browsing history, search history, and information regarding a consumer’s interaction with an Internet Web site, application, or advertisement)

Information from your interactions with our Services, your browser, URL, Internet Protocol Address, your computer, or mobile device, service providers and partners such as marketing and data providers, and third parties such as advertisers and analytics providers.

Geolocation data

Information you provide to us directly or through your interactions with our Services.

Audio, electronic, visual, thermal, olfactory, or similar information

Information you provide directly to us or through your interactions with our Services.

Professional or employment-related information

Information you provide directly to us or through your interactions with our Services, information from other Members.

Education information, defined as information that is not publicly available personally identifiable information as defined in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Information you provide directly to us or through your interactions with our Services, information from other Members.

Inferences drawn from any of the information identified above to create a profile about a consumer reflecting the consumer’s preferences, characteristics, psychological trends, predispositions, behavior, attitudes, intelligence, abilities, and aptitudes

Information you provide directly to us or through your interactions with our Services, information from other Members.

You or your authorized agent have the right under the CCPA and certain other privacy and data protection laws, as applicable, to exercise free of charge the following:

Disclosure of Personal Information We Collect About You

You have the right to know:

· The categories of personal information we have collected about you;

· The categories of sources from which the personal information is collected;

· Our business or commercial purpose for collecting or selling personal information;

· The categories of third parties with whom we share personal information, if any; and

· The specific pieces of personal information we have collected about you.

  • Please note that we are not required to:

· Retain any personal information about you that was collected for a single one-time transaction if, in the ordinary course of business, that information about you is not retained;

· Reidentify or otherwise link any data that, in the ordinary course of business, is not maintained in a manner that would be considered personal information; or

· Provide the personal information to you more than twice in a 12-month period.

Verifiable requests for information can be provided to us at: helpdesk@citynewsandtalk.com or (833) CITYNEWS (248-9639).

Personal Information Sold or Used for a Business Purpose

In connection with any personal information we may sell or disclose to a third party for a business purpose, you have the right to know:

The categories of personal information about you that we sold and the categories of third parties to whom the personal information was sold; and

The categories of personal information that we disclosed about you for a business purpose.

You have the right under the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) and certain other privacy and data protection laws, as applicable, to opt-out of the sale or disclosure of your personal information. If you exercise your right to opt-out of the sale or disclosure of your personal information, we will refrain from selling your personal information, unless you subsequently provide express authorization for the sale of your personal information. To opt-out of the sale or disclosure of your personal information, visit this webpage: Do Not Sell My Personal Information. (https://hometownhall.com/ccpa)

Right to Deletion

Subject to certain exceptions set out below, on receipt of a verifiable request from you, we will:

· Delete your personal information from our records; and

· Direct any service providers to delete your personal information from their records.

· Please note that we may not delete your personal information if it is necessary to:

· Complete the transaction for which the personal information was collected, fulfill the terms of a written warranty or product recall conducted in accordance with federal law, provide a good or service requested by you, or reasonably anticipated within the context of our ongoing business relationship with you, or otherwise perform a contract between you and us;

· Detect security incidents, protect against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity; or prosecute those responsible for that activity;

· Debug to identify and repair errors that impair existing intended functionality;

· Exercise free speech, ensure the right of another consumer to exercise his or her right of free speech, or exercise another right provided for by law;

· Comply with the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act;

· Engage in public or peer-reviewed scientific, historical, or statistical research in the public interest that adheres to all other applicable ethics and privacy laws, when our deletion of the information is likely to render impossible or seriously impair the achievement of such research, provided we have obtained your informed consent;

· Enable solely internal uses that are reasonably aligned with your expectations based on your relationship with us;

  • Comply with an existing legal obligation; or

· Otherwise use your personal information, internally, in a lawful manner that is compatible with the context in which you provided the information.

Protection Against Discrimination

You have the right to not be discriminated against by us because you exercised any of your rights under the CCPA. This means we cannot, among other things:

  • Deny goods or services to you;

· Charge different prices or rates for goods or services, including through the use of discounts or other benefits or imposing penalties;

· Provide a different level or quality of goods or services to you; or

· Suggest that you will receive a different price or rate for goods or services or a different level or quality of goods or services.

Please note that we may charge a different price or rate or provide a different level or quality of goods and/or services to you, if that difference is reasonably related to the value provided to our business by your personal information.