Privacy/Policy

Privacy for Harlem World Magazine Website

Harlem World Magazine (“Harlem World Magazine”) is committed to respecting and protecting the privacy of visitors to our Web site (the “Site”) as well as the privacy of users of the Site. As part of our commitment to protecting your privacy online, we have written this policy to help you understand how we gather information about users of the Site, how we use the information we gather and what steps we take to protect the information you share with us.

For visitors, we’ve structured the Site so that, in general, you can visit us on the Web without identifying yourself or revealing any personal information.

If and when you choose to provide us with personally identifiable information (any information by which you can be identified), you can be assured that it will only be used to support your relationship with Harlem World Magazine.

What information do we collect?
When you sign up for Harlem World Magazine’s services and/or make a donation, you provide us with both contact and/or payment information. Contact information typically includes your name, address, email address and phone number. Payment information typically includes your credit card number.

We manage information with regard to your account status, choice of services, and customer logs. In addition, we may store customers’ electronic mail and other communications as a necessary incident to the transmission and delivery of those communications.

How do we use this information?
We use the contact information you provide us to provide or enhance our service to you. We create and maintain other information such as customer account status, choice of services, and customer logs in the normal course of providing service. Harlem World Magazine may share customer information with selected partners and/or third parties, for example, to provide you with information about products or services which might be of interest to you or to enable you to take advantage of special partner programs. You may instruct us at any time not to share your personal information with third parties by sending us an email message at harlemworldinfo@yahoo.com.

We will not disclose a customer’s personal information unless we have reason to believe that disclosing such information is necessary to identify, make contact with, or bring legal action against someone who may be causing harm or interfering with the rights or property of Harlem World Magazine, our customers, or others, or where Harlem World Magazine has a good faith belief that the law requires such disclosure.

Harlem World Magazine also will not, except for reasons stated below, disclose to third parties the contents of any electronic mail or other electronic communications that Harlem World Magazine stores or transmits for its customers. The circumstances under which Harlem World Magazine will disclose such electronic customer communications are when:

  • It helps us to provide service to the customer;
  • It is necessary to protect the legitimate interests of Harlem World Magazine or its users;
  • It is required to cooperate with interception orders, warrants, or other legal process that Harlem World Magazine determines in its sole discretion to be valid and enforceable; or
  • It is necessary to provide to a law enforcement agency when the contents are inadvertently obtained by Harlem World Magazine and appear to pertain to the commission of a crime.

Harlem World Magazine retains the right to censor, edit or engage in ongoing review or surveillance of communications stored on or transmitted through its facilities by customers or others. Harlem World Magazine reserves the right, however, to review, delete or block access to communications that may harm Harlem World Magazine, its customers or third parties. The grounds on which Harlem World Magazine may take such action include, but are not limited to, actual or potential violations of the Site’s Terms and Conditions.

We provide users the opportunity to opt out of receiving any further communications from us when they receive emails from us. We also give users the option of contacting us at any time to remove their information from our database or to stop future distributions to them of email updates or other information.

You can opt out of any feature by sending an email to harlemworldinfo@yahoo.com:
Attn: Website Coordinator

We also give you the option of changing or modifying any information you have previously provided to us. To do so, you should send an email to harlemworldinfo@yahoo.com, or contact the address above.

Despite our reasonable precautions to protect your information from loss, misuse or alteration, you should recognize that there is no such thing as “perfect security” on the Internet. To help us protect your privacy, you should maintain the secrecy of any password you set up in registering for Harlem World Magazine’s service or making purchases or donations on the Site.

Accuracy and Security of Personal Information
Harlem World Magazine uses encryption technology to safeguard your credit card data used in electronic transactions. Any personal information you provide to Harlem World Magazine is kept on secure servers. Harlem World Magazine uses reasonable administrative, technical, personnel, and physical measures (a) to safeguard personal information against loss, theft, unauthorized use, disclosure, or modification; and (b) to ensure the integrity of the personal information.

Harlem World Magazine disclaims any and all liability should the reasonable measures used by Harlem World Magazine to protect your private and personal information fail. Harlem World Magazine is not liable or responsible for any conduct by third parties, including conduct that results in theft and/or dissemination of your personal and/or private information.

Use of Cookies
To enhance your experience with Harlem World Magazine, our server uses “cookies” to store user’s preferences. Cookies are messages sent between Harlem World Magazine and your browser which are saved as text files on your computer. Cookies, by themselves, do not tell us your email address or other personally identifiable information unless you choose to provide this information to us by, for example, requesting email alerts or additional information. However, once you choose to furnish the site with personally identifiable information, this information may be linked to the data stored in cookies.

Users may customize their browsers to not accept cookies. If you choose to not have your browser accept cookies from Harlem World Magazine Web site, it is possible that some parts of the Site will not function properly, and you will not be able to experience personalized visits to Harlem World Magazine Web site or subscribe to any service offerings on the Site.

Policy Governs Use; Changes to Privacy Policy
The terms of this policy will govern the use and any information collected while it is in place. Harlem World Magazine reserves the right to change this policy at any time by posting revisions on the Site. Changes to this privacy policy will be effective at the time they are posted to the Site. This privacy policy is not intended to, and does not, create any contractual or other legal rights in or on behalf of any party.

Policy for Posts

Welcome to my home on the Internet. Everyone who visits here is welcome to post, but please treat your visit like you would a visit to a private home or office. Most people wouldn’t be rude, loud, or insulting in somebody’s home or office, we ask for the same level of civility and courtesy here.

We try to give everyone a fair shake on this blog, and to be flexible as needed. We never thought we’d need to have a blog policy, but with the hit counter now exceeding 2.1  million per year, we have to set up some basic policy structure by which to manage the flow. That being said we do have a few rules that we will enforce to keep the dialog respectful and stimulating:

  • Postings are moderated, we and the volunteer moderators try to keep up, but on occasion there may be delays of a few hours. There are other volunteer moderators, but even so there may be some overnight gaps.
  • No vulgarities of any kind, nor links to sites that promote such. Particularly porn or gaming sites.
  • No links to commercial websites that are not relevant to the discussion.
  • Respect is given to those with manners, those without manners that insult others or begin starting flame wars may find their posts deleted.
  • Some off topic comments may get deleted, don’t take it personally, it happens. Commenters that routinely lead threads astray in areas that are not relevant or are of personal interest only to them may find these posts deleted.
  • A spam filter is employed; some posts may disappear into it based on words, phrases, and/or links. If you feel you have been accidentally blocked, try posting a single one or two sentence comment with the word “moderators” in it and they’ll see it and take appropriate action.
  • Trolls, flame-bait, personal attacks, thread-jacking, sock puppetry, name-calling and other detritus that add nothing to further the discussion may get deleted; also posts repeatedly linking to a particular blog, or attempting to dominate a thread by excessive postings may get deleted. Take that personally if you wish, but all deletions/snips are final. Grousing about it won’t help since deleted posts can’t be recovered. Rather than trying to deal with each comment, bulk moderation may be employed to save time.
  • We have several projects we work on plus a business to run, if moderation takes too much time and becomes redundant, we may opt to remove posts and/or shut down a thread.
  • Internet phantoms who have cryptic handles, no name, and no real email address get no respect here. If you think your opinion or idea is important, elevate your status by being open and honest. People that use their real name get more respect than phantoms with handles. We encourage open discussion by people who stand behind their words.
  • Comments coming from proxy servers (to create fake identities) will be deleted.
  • Anonymity is not guaranteed on this blog. Posters that use a government or publicly funded IP address that assume false identities for the purpose of hiding their source of opinion while on the taxpayer’s dime get preferential treatment for full disclosure, ditto for people who make threats.
  • A real working email address that you own (as a commenter) is required, so that we may contact you if needed. False or misleading email addresses may earn banishment. Changing handles and/or changing email addresses to get around this will also earn the same fate.
  • You are responsible for your own words.
  • Stories that have been posted may get edited in the first hour after they first appear.  Sometimes errors or mistakes (particularly in formatting) aren’t seen until the post is published. If something doesn’t look right and the post is brand-new, try refreshing in a few minutes. Of course, after an hour if something is still wrong, don’t hesitate to leave a comment to point it out.
  • The idea of the blog is to learn, discuss, and enjoy the interaction. Please try to keep that in mind when making comments.
  • Certain topics are not welcome here and comments concerning them will be deleted. This includes topics on religion, discussions of astrology, bigfoot, Obama’s Birth Certificate, HAARP, UFO’s, Illuminati, mysticism, and other topics not directly related to the thread. There are other blogs which will discuss this topic, take that commentary there.
  • A Tips section exists for  bringing items of interest to attention. Use that instead of leaving off-topic notices on threads. See the top menu bar.
  • Guest authors and moderators are expected to adhere to this policy
  • Like any establishment, we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone
  • We reserve the right to modify the policy as needed, including on an event basis.

Thanks for visiting, and please enjoy your stay!

Last updated June, 2016

For further info on Blog Etiquette, see this from PC Advisor:

http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/index.cfm?newsid=9550