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Privacy Policy

Last updated: Nov 12, 2010

Creative Commons LicenseThis privacy policy was adapted from the Automattic privacy policy, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Sharealike license.

This privacy policy applies to the following web sites and services:


Like most website operators, The Michigan Times collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. The Michigan Times's purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how The Michigan Times's visitors use its website.

The Michigan Times also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. The Michigan Times does not use such information to identify its visitors, however, and does not disclose such information, other than under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information, as described below.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to The Michigan Times's websites choose to interact with The Michigan Times in ways that require The Michigan Times to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that The Michigan Times gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who comment to an email address. In each case, The Michigan Times collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor's interaction with The Michigan Times. The Michigan Times does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

The Michigan Times may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, The Michigan Times may monitor the most popular articles or comments on the site. The Michigan Times may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, The Michigan Times does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

The Michigan Times discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on The Michigan Times's behalf or to provide services available at The Michigan Times's websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using The Michigan Times's websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. The Michigan Times will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, The Michigan Times discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only when required to do so by law, or when The Michigan Times believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of The Michigan Times, third parties or the public at large. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. The Michigan Times takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor's computer, and that the visitor's browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. The Michigan Times uses cookies to help The Michigan Times identify and track visitors, and their website access preferences. The Michigan Times visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using The Michigan Times's websites, with the drawback that certain features of The Michigan Times's websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.


Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by The Michigan Times and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, The Michigan Times may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in The Michigan Times's sole discretion. The Michigan Times encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Legal Actions & Disputes

By accessing this website, user agrees that jurisdiction and venue for any and all legal actions or disputes against The Michigan Times and any of its employees shall be governed by the laws of the United States of America and the State of Michigan. Any legal action must be commenced in the 67th District Court of Michigan in Flint, Michigan, the Genesee County Circuit Court in Flint, Michigan, or the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan in Flint, Michigan.