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.
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 themichigantimes.com 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.
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.