Privacy Policy and Terms of Service

by José Canusí on December 1, 2011 in Corporate

Privacy Policy

Pocho.com is committed to providing privacy in our products and services. This policy outlines our personal information handling practices. If you give us personal information, we treat it according to this policy, and we use your personal information only in the ways specified when it was collected. We do not otherwise share it. Pocho.com encourages you to read this privacy policy and those of all websites you visit.

Types and uses of personal information
In order to post comments and mark favorite posts on our website, you may be asked to first create an account with a username and password; we use these to provide you with access to your profile and comments.

Our registration system also requires that you provide a valid email address; we use that to confirm your account. Accounts in our system are perpetual.

If you change the information in your account, our stored data backups may include your original information for up to six months. Separately, when you email us, we retain your address and correspondence. We use these to raise and respond to issues and inquiries of all types.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

Aggregate Information (non-personally identifiable)
We share aggregated demographic information about our reader base with our third-party advertising partner, including browser information and traffic statistics. We do not link this data to individual readers’ accounts or personally identifiable information.

Personally identifiable information:
We do not share personally identifiable information with third parties, with one limited exception: we may disclose personally identifiable information about you if we have a good faith belief that doing so is required by law, such as pursuant to a subpoena or other judicial or administrative order.

Cookies
A cookie is a small text file that is stored on a user’s computer for record-keeping purposes. We use cookies on this site. The information we store in cookies is, in some cases, linked to readers’ accounts.

We use both short-term cookies and persistent cookies. A short-term cookie expires within a limited period of time. We use session cookies so that readers with accounts can navigate and contribute to our site without logging in multiple times over a short period of time. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive for an extended period of time. We use persistent cookies to recognize account holders and present the site accordingly. You can remove cookies by following directions provided in your Internet browser’s “help” file.

If you reject cookies, you may still use our site, but your ability to use some areas of our site, such as comments, will require logging in for each action you want to take.

This privacy statement covers the use of cookies by Pocho.com only and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Changes in This Privacy Statement

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to this privacy statement, the homepage, and other places we deem appropriate so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding our privacy policy, please contact our Webmaster and use the subject line “Pocho.com Policy Question”

 Content

Pocho.com has no responsibility for the content of any messages or information posted by readers. However, Pocho.com retains the right, which we may or may not exercise, in our sole discretion, to review, edit or delete from the service any third-party material which we deem to be illegal, offensive or otherwise inappropriate. For guidelines on engagement with this community.

Pocho.com makes no guarantees or warranties as to the accuracy or completeness of or results to be obtained from accessing and using information on our Website. And we shall not be liable to any reader or anyone else for any inaccuracy, error or omission, regardless of cause, in the Website’ information or for any damages resulting therefrom. The opinions expressed by our editors and contributors are their own and not those of Pocho.com.

We reserve the right to unpublish or refuse to unpublish anything for any or no reason.

DMCA Notice & Takedown Procedure

Procedure for Making a Claim

Pocho.com respects the copyrights of others, and we ask our readers to do the same. If you believe that your copyrighted work has been copied and is accessible on Pocho.com in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please send a notice to our Copyright Agent providing the following information:

The electronic or physical signature of the owner of the copyright or the person authorized to act on the owner’s behalf;

  • A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;
  • A description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located, such as the URL where it is posted;
  • Your name, address, telephone number and email address;
  • A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use of the material is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law; and
  • A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.
  • Pocho.com’s Copyright Agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement can be reached as by email to webmaster@pocho.com.

Links to Other Sites

It should go without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: this website contains links to other sites that are not owned or controlled by Pocho.com. Please be aware that we, Pocho.com, are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. This privacy statement applies only to information collected by this Web site.

Ad Policy

Pocho.com is supported by advertising. We don’t do pay-per-post and we are always transparent when a sponsor is involved. The following are some of the most common kinds of sponsorships and advertising opportunities available on Pocho.com:

Sponsored sections, themes, or categories: A marketer sometimes sponsors a category, section, or series of posts within a particular theme. At the top of those posts, the sponsor of that section is identified. Of course, the sponsor won’t have any editorial input, guidance, or approval, of what we post about.

Widgets: A marketer sponsors a technology, widget or interface feature on the site that we think enhances the Pocho.com experience for you.

Advertisers’ websites: As part of a campaign, one or more of us might do some writing on a marketer’s website. Banner ads may promote our contributions and link to the advertiser’s site. Sometimes though, we’ll also link from the blog to what we’ve written just like we do when our stuff appears in any of the other online publications where we contribute. We never promise that to a marketer though. So if we do link to our writing on a marketer’s site, it’s just because we’re proud of our work and we hope you might dig it too.

Sponsored videos: A marketer sponsors a series of videos on a particular theme or over a given time period. That sponsorship may include interstitial or embedded ads within the video and/or branding of the video player. Sponsors have no control over the editorial content. If a sponsor asks Pocho.com Video to produce a “standalone video ad” and provides input or direction on the content, we’ll be sure to disclose that.

Contests: A marketer may sponsor a contest on the site. We hope you win!

Advertorial: Advertisements that are presented in an editorial format will be prominently marked as ads.

Errata and attributions

  • We welcome alerts about typos, incorrect names, factual errors, and the like.
  • We generally do not correct quoted text.
  • Factual errors will be corrected if verifiable documentation is available. The correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.
  • Requests for credit or attribution may be honored if verifiable documentation is submitted. This modification is at the discretion of the author/editor of the post and may not happen immediately.

Copyright Notice

At Pocho.com, we respect copyrights and copyright holders. The original material created by Pocho.com on the site is © 2011-2012 and licensed under a Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution. When we reproduce a copyrighted image, we do so only to the extent necessary to comment upon or discuss it; we always include a link to the original source of the image.

When readers contribute content, you retain ownership of the copyright, and you also grant permission to us to display and distribute it. In addition, you are responsible for the content of that material.

 (This Privacy Policy and Terms of Service document based on the policy of BoingBoing.net; thanks, Happy Mutants! Image via Wikimedia Commons.)

Creative Commons License
This work by POCHO.COM is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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