Thank you for visiting this website, which is operated by GateHouse Media Georgia Holdings, Inc, d/b/a Southern Kitchen (“we,” “our,” or “us”), an Affiliate of GateHouse Media, LLC. This site is one of a network of ad-supported sites operated by Affiliates of GateHouse Media, LLC. (“Affiliate” means a company controlling, controlled by, or under common control with another company.)
YOUR CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS
TYPES OF INFORMATION WE COLLECT
The information we gather generally falls into one of two categories: (1) information (for example, your name, address, and billing/shipping information) that you voluntarily supply when you register for our Service, initiate transactions on or through the Service (such as buying products or services through the Service), or when you participate in the features we offer through the Service (such as comments posted on a blog, discussion group, or other social networking features on the Service; and (2) information gathered on usage patterns and preferences as users navigate through our Service. In some cases, one of our agents or Affiliates may collect the information on our behalf. Third party Service Providers (as defined below) that provide all or some of the services available through this Service also may be gathering the same kinds of information.
The more you tell us about yourself, the more value we can offer. Supplying such information is entirely voluntary, but if you don’t supply the requested information, we may be unable to provide you with services that are available to other users of our Service. For instance, we can’t send you email alerting you to a new product that your favorite vendor is offering if you don’t tell us what you’re interested in and give us your email address.
We may receive or obtain information about a person who is not yet a registered GateHouse Media, LLC member (a “Visitor”) in connection with certain features of the Service, such as when a Visitor subscribes to one of our newsletters, a Registered User invites a Visitor to visit our website, a Visitor engages in a transaction, or a Visitor sends a gift card code to a Registered User. Visitor information is used only for the purposes disclosed when it was submitted to us. If you are a Visitor and do not want us collecting your information, please contact us.
Registered Users also have the option of upgrading to a Premium account. As a Premium member, you may be eligible for benefits such as unique monthly rewards and prizes, as well as special offerings for local events.
Contests and Other Promotions.
From time to time, we may offer contests, sweepstakes or other promotions via our Service. If you enter one of these contests, sweepstakes or promotions, you’ll have to provide information about yourself (such as your name, address, telephone number and email address) so that we can administer and operate the contest, sweepstakes, or promotion (including contacting you if you win, fulfilling a prize, and publishing a winners’ list). If you don’t want us to collect the information requested in the registration form or to provide it to any of our Affiliates, Service Providers and co-sponsor(s) as described below, please do not enter the contest, sweepstakes or promotion.
We may also offer you the opportunity to subscribe to email newsletters that we make available through the Service. If you have opted to receive a particular newsletter, you may always unsubscribe later if you decide not to receive further mailings of the newsletter from us. See “Opting In/Opting Out” below.
To help make this site more responsive to the needs and interests of our users, we keep track of the pages visited by our users by placing a cookie, a small entry in a text file, on your hard drive. Our advertisers and Service Providers may also assign their own cookies to your browser, which is a process that we don’t control.
Our Service may contain electronic images (called “single-pixel GIFs” or “web beacons”) or other tools that allow us and our Affiliates, Service Providers, third party vendors and, where necessary, our advertisers, to count users who have visited particular pages of this Service, or other sites or applications, or to access certain cookies. Web beacons enable us to recognize a browser’s cookie when a browser visits the site on which the web beacon is located in order to learn which advertisement brings a user to a given site. We may use these tools and other technologies to recognize which of the links users click and to track how users respond to ads we place on third-party sites or applications. These features may also be included in our email newsletters so that we can learn which messages have been opened and acted upon. In combination with cookies, these web beacons allow us (and/or our Affiliates, Service Providers, vendors, or advertisers) to track the number of users who view particular pages and to fine tune the advertising messages delivered to users of this Service and other websites and applications. We may use “clickstream” data collected using web beacons and cookies to help us tailor promotional content, including such content in email messages and on landing pages, to the perceived interests of our users. Advertising networks with which we are affiliated and third-party advertising services that we use may also use web beacons on our Service to gather similar anonymous “clickstream” information, which is used to fine tune advertising messages delivered to our users and users of other websites, applications, and services.
Browser Level Information and IP Addresses.
Our web servers automatically collect limited information about your computer configuration or your mobile device when you use our Service, including the type of browser software you use, the operating system you’re running, the resolution of your computer monitor or mobile device, the website that referred you, the type of device you’re using, and your IP address. (Your IP address is a numerical address that is used by computers and mobile devices connected to the Internet to identify your computer or mobile device so that data (such as the web pages you want to view) can be transmitted to you. We also use IP address information for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes. Your IP address
alone does not tell us who you are.) We use this information to deliver our web pages to you upon request, to tailor our Service (including ads distributed through our Service) to the interests of our users, and to measure traffic within our Service.
Non-Personally Identifying Information.
The Analytics Vendors’ use “cookies” which are text files placed on your computer, to collect standard internet log information and visitor behavior information in an anonymous form. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including IP address) is transmitted to the associated Analytics Vendor. This information is then used to evaluate visitors’ use of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity. At any time, you may choose to opt-out of the Analytics Vendors’ tracking with cookies through the opt-out browser add-on.
Mobile Applications and Location-Based Information.
In using your mobile device, our Service may have the ability to use your precise geographic location to deliver content, services, and advertising tailored to your location. If you choose to enable our Service to use your location information, then that information will be stored and used to deliver content, services, and advertising tailored to your location. Also, when you use a mobile device or browser to access our Service, then your device and/or your browser may automatically collect and/or transmit your device’s unique identifier, IP address, location information, device make/model, wireless provider, and related information to us and our Service Providers. We and our Service Providers may use this information to deliver content, services, and advertising tailored to your location.
Data Collected in Connection with Ad Serving and Targeting.
We use third-party Service Providers, such as ad networks, to serve advertising to you when you use our Service or use other sites or applications. These Service Providers may use information about your activities while you navigate through and use this Service and other web sites and applications (and that the Service Providers collect through cookies) to provide you with advertisements about products and services that they think may be of interest to you. The information used by these Service Providers for these purposes generally does not identify you personally (in other words, the Service Providers are not usually using your name, address, email address, or phone number for these purposes, although they may use your IP address, your geographic location, or your device’s unique identifier). You can learn more about such data collection practices, and/or opt out of any use by our Service Providers of cookies to tailor advertising to your interests, by visiting www.aboutads.info/choices.
GateHouse Media, LLC’s Adherence to Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising.
Advertisers, Third Party Vendors and Other Websites.
DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION
Why We Collect Information From You.
We may use your personal information in connection with off-line print materials, such as cookbooks created by us or on our behalf. In such case, your personal information will be used to verify your identity and provide you with proper credit for any contributions that you have provided with respect to such materials.
Without your permission, we will not share the personally-identifying information you provide when registering on our Service or purchasing goods through our Service with advertisers. We may, however, take the information you provide and aggregate it with data from all the other people that use this Service and associated services. Then we will use that pool of information to inform our advertisers about our audience without identifying you personally.
All or portions of our Service may be provided or supported by our third-party service providers (“Service Providers”), and we may share any of the information that we collect from you through our Service (e.g., anonymous information collected through cookies on your browser, etc.) with such Service Providers. In the event we offer services through this Service such as chat, email newsletters, email services, online classifieds and/or similar services, such services may be made available through cooperative arrangements with providers that specialize in operating such services. In some instances, our Service Providers will have the same access to your information as we do. Their use of the information will be subject to the terms of their respective privacy policies.
If you enter any contest, sweepstakes or other promotion that we make available through this Service, we may share the information you submit to us with the co-sponsor(s) of the contest, sweepstakes, or promotion. We will identify any co-sponsor(s) and advise you of our intent regarding information that you have submitted with co-sponsor(s) in the official rules for the promotion.
We may share any of the information that we collect from you (including anonymous information and personally identifying information that you may provide) with our Affiliates so that we and they can provide you with products and services that may be of interest to you.
Much of the information we collect is in the form of aggregated statistics, such as the traffic that visits various pages within our Service, and the habits and preferences of our audience. Such aggregated information does not include any information that would identify you personally. We may use such aggregated information and disclose it to any third parties as we deem appropriate.
Information You Post.
Please remember that anything you post to any message boards, discussion or comment areas, or social networking services on our Service can be seen, collected, and used by anyone who has access to that board, area, or social networking service. We cannot control how your postings may be used by third parties with such access. Keep in mind that other people may see the date you joined; ratings, reviews and related photos for items you purchased; your public profile information (which does not include private information such as your shipping and billing information or personal contact information); your favorites, followers and those you follow; and comments you post in our community spaces.
Sites to Which We Link.
When you purchase products and/or services through our Service, we will ask you to provide us with certain information, including your contact/shipping information (such as your name, address, telephone and email), and your billing information (such as your credit card number and the date that your card expires). We may also ask you to provide additional information such as unique identifiers (such as your date of birth), and registration information (login name and password). All such information is protected as described in the Data Security section below. You authorize our third-party payment vendors to collect, process, and store your billing information. GateHouse Media, LLC does not store or process your billing information.
When you wish to make a purchase through our Service, you must provide us with certain information about the transaction that you are seeking to execute. You also authorize us to share your transaction information with the suppliers of such products so that they can process and ship your order.
OPTING IN/OPTING OUT
In certain places on this Service (for example, when registering as a user of this Service, managing your account, shopping, or participating in activities like promotional contests), we may ask you to consent to the sharing of your information with third parties with which we have business relationships. If you provide such consent (for example, by checking a box or by some other means), we will make your information available to such third parties as described in the consent form so that they, we, or both may
contact you directly regarding special offers, promotions, products or services that may be of interest to you.
If you register with this Service, you will have the opportunity to review or update the information you have provided us at any time. You also have the option of deleting all information except for your email address. If you would like to completely deactivate your account, please contact us. Please note, however, that if you deactivate your account, you will not receive any newsletters from us and you will not be able to participate in any of our sweepstakes or contests. Also, even if you deactivate your account, you still need to go through a separate process to unsubscribe from any SMS alerts you previously signed up to receive. You can unsubscribe from these alerts by using the “STOP” function within those messages. You agree that, subject to applicable law, we may use your information to contact you for customer service, to inform you of important changes or additions to our Service or the services offered over our Service and to send you administrative notices or any communications relevant to your use of our Service. Please note, you cannot opt out of receiving transactional e-mails related to your account. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to process such requests in a timely manner. You should be aware, however, that it is not always possible to completely remove or modify information in our subscription databases.
If you have subscribed to one of our email newsletters, you will always have the opportunity to unsubscribe from future mailings (for example, by clicking on an unsubscribe link in an email newsletter or by modifying your account settings on our Service).
If you have submitted your information on a page provided in conjunction with one of our Service Providers, the information you submit may be jointly maintained by us and the Service Provider. If you decide to opt out of our Service, you may also need to contact the Service Provider separately to request the Service Provider to remove your information from its database.
All information gathered through our Service is stored within database(s) operated by us or by a Service Provider on our behalf. We and/or our Service Providers secure the personally identifying information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. For e-commerce transactions where you provide sensitive financial data (e.g., credit card information) to us via this Service, we transmit your billing information using encryption. Encryption scrambles your credit card number and personal information. However, no security system is impenetrable. We cannot guarantee the security of our database, nor can we guarantee that information you supply won’t be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the Internet.
A NOTE ABOUT CHILDREN’S PRIVACY
This Service is not directed at anyone under the age of 13, and we won’t knowingly allow anyone under age 13 to register with our Service or to provide any other personally identifying information. If you’re under 13, please do not provide us with any personally identifying information about yourself (such as your name, address, email address or your phone number). If we become aware that we have collected any personally identifying information from a user under the age of 13, we will remove such information from our records as soon as possible.