Privacy Policy

(Last revised February 8, 2013)

General

This Site, whether web based, mobile web, or app, (the "Site") is operated by Deseret Digital Media ("Operator"). The following Privacy Statement (the "Statement") supplements the Terms of Use posted elsewhere within the Site. You should read the Statement and the Terms of Use before you use the Site. By using the Site, you agree to be bound by all of the terms, conditions and notices contained or referenced in the Statement. You should review the Statement from time to time. Operator may change the Statement at any time without notice by posting revisions to the Site. Your continued use of the Site constitutes your acceptance of the revised Statement. If you do not accept all of the terms and conditions set forth in the Statement, you must exit the Site immediately.

No Use by Children

The Site is not directed to, nor intended for use by, children (defined as anyone age thirteen (13) or younger). Children should not use the Site nor submit any information to Operator.

What Information is Collected

There are two general types of information that can be collected as a result of your use of the Site: (1) Personally Identifiable Information (such as your first and last name, home or other physical address, telephone number, email address, date of birth, other identifiers that permit physical or online contact with you, or any information about you collected online and maintained in personally identifiable form in combination with any of the preceding categories) ("PII"), and (2) aggregate information (such as your IP address - a number used to identify your computer when you are on the Internet - the type of browser you are using, or other device specific information).

How is Information Collected

Operator collects information both actively and passively. For example, Operator will collect information about you that you voluntarily provide on the Site. In addition to information provided directly by you, Operator and third parties with features at the Site may collect aggregate information through the use of "cookies" or by other electronic means. In general, a cookie is a small amount of data sent to your browser from a web server and stored on your computer's hard drive. With most browsers or other software, you can erase cookies from your computer hard drive, block all cookies, or receive a warning before a cookie is stored. You can refer to the instructions for your browser to learn more about these functions. If you choose to reject cookies, the Site likely will not operate as efficiently for you.

Personally Identifiable Information

Certain features available within the Site will require you to submit PII about yourself as a condition of participation. Some of the features may be offered by Operator, while others may be offered by third parties. (For example, you may be required to submit PII in order to enter a contest conducted by Operator, or you may be required to submit PII in order to receive news updates by email from a third party news source.) In addition, Operator may ask you to provide PII for purposes unrelated to the use of a feature within the Site. IN ALL CASES, YOU CAN ALWAYS REFUSE TO PROVIDE PII, BUT THIS MAY RESULT IN DECREASED FUNCTIONALITY OF THE SITE FOR YOU AND LIMIT YOUR ABILITY TO RECEIVE INFORMATION ABOUT PRODUCTS OR SERVICES THAT MAY BE OF PARTICULAR INTEREST TO YOU. In general, the use of Personal Information you choose to submit to a third party in connection with your use of the Site will be controlled by the privacy practices of the third party and not this Statement.

Ownership and Use of Information

ANY INFORMATION COLLECTED BY OPERATOR IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF THE SITE - REGARDLESS OF WHETHER CHARACTERIZED AS PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION OR AGGREGATE - WILL BELONG EXCLUSIVELY TO OPERATOR AND MAY BE USED, MAINTAINED, UPDATED, DISCLOSED OR SOLD BY OPERATOR AS DESIRED IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION. OPERATOR MAY CHOOSE TO DISCLOSE NONPUBLIC PERSONAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU, THE CONSUMER, TO A THIRD PARTY FOR COMPENSATION

Third-Party Advertising and Links to Other Sites.

This Site includes third-party advertising. These third parties' websites and advertisers, or the Internet advertising companies that work on their behalf, may use the technology to send (or "serve") the advertisements that appear on our Site directly to your browser. They automatically receive your IP address when this happens. They also automatically receive and record information from your computer and browser, including your cookie information. They may also use cookies, Javascript, Pixel Tags and other technologies to deliver advertisements, collect information about the effectiveness of their advertisements, and to collect anonymous information about your visits to the Site, such as the number of times you have viewed an ad or to customize the advertising content you see (but not your name, address, or other Personally Identifiable Information). Operator lets the companies that show advertisements on the Site set and access their cookies on your computer. The third parties' use of their own cookies is subject to their own privacy policies. For more information about these specialized cookies and other technologies, and to learn more about this behavioral advertising practice or to opt-out of this type of advertising for some companies, you can visit http://www.networkadvertising.org or http://networkadvertising.org/optout_nonppii.asp

Please note that this Site contains links to other sites that will not follow the same Privacy Policy as our Site. For instance, clicking on an advertisement or on links or other elements on the Site may take you to an entirely different site. Links to other sites may use our Site logo or style as a result of a co-branding agreement. These sites may send their own cookies to you and may collect data and make use of that data in ways that this Site would not. Once you've left Operator's Site, this Privacy Policy will no longer apply to Personally Identifiable Information or any other data collected from or provided by you. You should check the applicable privacy policy to determine how each third party site will handle such data.

Forums

The Site may include forums (such as message boards, chat rooms, comment boards, and reviews) that enable users to post a comment or communicate with each other. Operator is under no obligation to moderate or edit the forums and will not be responsible for the content or use of any material posted on any forum within the Site. Operator retains the right to delete at any time and for any or no reason any material posted within the Site.

Contact Information

Questions concerning the Statement or the Site, including any request to review or change your Personal Information, should be directed to support@deseretnews.com

DeseretNews.com Comment Board Rules and Guidelines

DeseretNews.com comment boards are a forum for thoughtful commentary and civil dialogue intended to enlighten readers with additional insights or counterpoints.

We encourage thoughtful comments that:

  • have a positive and constructive tone
  • are on topic, clear and to the point
  • are respectful toward others and their opinions

All comments are reviewed by moderators before they are posted. Each user may post four comments per news article. Additional comments are permitted on sports stories. Some users submit comments that make a valid argument or statement but violate one or more of our guidelines, and their comments are rejected. To avoid this, please carefully read and follow the guidelines below:

  1. No personal attacks, excessive criticism or sarcasm, or comments meant to solely provoke — meaning comments that are both personal and antagonistic toward individuals and/or groups. Do not call another commenter a derogatory name, tell someone to “get a life,” mock someone, or express a desire to hurt a suspect, accuse someone of crimes they have not been convicted of or are under investigation for (drug use, illegal immigration, etc.). Personal attacks against Deseret News personnel — including comment moderators — will not be tolerated.
  2. No obscenity, vulgarity, profanity, or implied profanity, acronyms that are shorthand for profanities, name-calling, epithets or racial slurs. Occasionally a user will attempt to use symbol swearing (using #*$) in place of profanity. The best comments make an articulate point without using intended or implied crude language.
  3. No ALL CAPS shouting, overuse of punctuation or short “ditto” comments.
  4. Overly speculative comments or comments containing information not included in the story are generally rejected, especially in cases of crime or tragedy. If you have information that you feel is critical to a story, please contact the reporter who wrote the story.
  5. Be sensitive in comments about death and injury, especially in stories that involve children.
  6. Off-topic comments will be rejected. Comments must tie directly to the associated article. This is especially true on sensitive topics. Complaining about comment policies and moderation of comments is considered off topic and will result in your comment being rejected. Comments and questions regarding comment board procedures can be emailed to comments@deseretnews.com.
  7. Links to outside URLs are discouraged and will delay the posting of your comment. Comments with email addresses, links to personal blogs, websites or Facebook accounts also are discouraged and will generally be rejected. DeseretNews.com does not endorse the content of external websites and has no liability as to their content in any event. We reserve the right to remove any external link.
  8. We want to hear YOUR opinion. Your comment must be created and owned by you. If you copy and paste from another source, please give proper attribution. Posting copyrighted material is not permitted.
  9. Commercial promotion or solicitation is not allowed. Our colleagues at KSL.com have a great classified ads site for that.
  10. Please do not submit charity donation information (as in the case of individual tragedies). Those who would like to request charitable donation information be posted to a news article can do so by emailing support@deseretnews.com.

If you see an objectionable comment please click the "Report abuse" button that follows each comment posted on the site.

ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What kinds of comments are posted?

We are looking for intelligent, on-topic comments that add value and insight to a story. We hold those who submit comments to the standards you've come to expect from the Deseret News. We accept a wide variety of viewpoints that add value to a reader's experience. These comment boards are offered as a public forum for a wide audience and should not be confused with a message board or instant messenger service.

OK, I met all of the above guidelines and my comment still didn't get approved! What gives?

Our moderators work hard to ensure a civil atmosphere and increase the quality of dialogue. However, because we are human, moderating decisions are subjective and occasionally we make mistakes accepting or rejecting comments. Unfortunately, we are not able to restore rejected comments or respond to requests asking for explanations as to why a comment was rejected. If you believe your comment was rejected in error, feel free to submit it again.

Haven't you ever heard of freedom of speech? That's censorship!

Commenting on DeseretNews.com is a privilege, not a right. If you continually abuse that privilege, you may have your account suspended or banned. But we want your comments and added insight, so keep it civil and we can continue a long and meaningful online relationship.

What if I spot an error in a story?

Comments regarding story errors - whether grammatical, typographical or factual - should be sent to the reporter who wrote the story or to support@deseretnews.com. Reporter emails are generally found near the bottom of article pages. The moderation staff has no control over editorial content.

My comment was rejected. Can I try again on the same comment board?

Yes. At this time, you are only able to post four comments per story. If one is rejected or placed on hold for an editor to review, that comment counts as one post.

If you have a question or comment about this policy, please contact us via email at comments@deseretnews.com.

DeseretNews.com reserves the right to reject or remove comments that do not conform to these criteria or for any other reason.

By submitting a comment on the DeseretNews.com comment board, you are agreeing to the DeseretNews.com terms of use and the DeseretNews.com comment board rules and guidelines.

Terms of Use

Acceptance Through Use. This website (the "Site") is operated by Deseret News Publishing Corporation and Deseret Digital Media ("Operator"). By using the Site, you agree to be bound by all of the terms, conditions and notices contained or referenced in these Terms of Use. You should review the Terms of Use from time to time. Operator may change any of the Terms of Use at any time without notice by posting revisions to the Site. Your continued use of the Site constitutes your acceptance of the revised Terms of Use. If you do not accept all of the Terms of Use, you must exit the Site immediately.

No Use by Children. The Site is not directed to, or intended for use by, children (defined as anyone age twelve (12) or younger). Children should not use the Site or submit any information to Operator.

Privacy. You should review the Privacy Statement posted elsewhere at the Site before using the Site.

Links to Third Party Sites. The Site may contain links to websites operated by third parties. These links do not constitute or imply an endorsement of the linked site. The linked sites may appear to be integrated into the Site, but are not under Operator's control. Operator is not responsible for the operation or content of any linked site or subsequent links from that site. The policies that govern the use of a linked site will differ from these Terms of Use. You should review the policies of a linked site before making a decision to use that site.

User Submitted Content. By posting or submitting any content or other materials to the Site, including any audio or video files, classified advertisements or personal information (collectively, "Your Content"), you affirm, represent and warrant that (1) you own or otherwise control all right, title and interest in and to Your Content, including the copyright thereto, (2) none of the materials included in Your Content are defamatory, libelous, obscene or pornographic, and (3) use of Your Content as provided in these Terms of Use will not violate any legal rights (tangible or intangible) of any third party. You hereby grant Operator and its designees a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, transferable, sublicenseable license (the "License") to sell, license, rent, modify, distribute, copy, reproduce, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, publish, adapt, edit and prepare derivative works of Your Content in connection with the Site or the conduct of Operator's business in any formats and through any media channels. Operator may monitor Your Content as it appears on the Site and may edit or delete Your Content at any time and for any or no reason without your permission.

Indemnification. You will indemnify, defend, reimburse and hold harmless Operator, and each parent company, subsidiary, affiliate, division, officer, director, employee, contractor and agent of Operator, for, from and against any and all liabilities, claims and expenses of any type or nature, including costs and attorneys' fees, that arise from the exercise of the License set forth above or from your use of the Site.

Intellectual Property. You acknowledge that all content and materials available at the Site other than Your Content (collectively, the "Content") are owned or controlled by Operator and protected by national and international copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents, patent registration rights, trade secrets, know-how or other proprietary rights and laws. You may only use the Site and the Content as expressly permitted in these Terms of Use and for no other purpose. You may download, print or view individual pages at the Site for private, noncommercial use, provided you do not delete, change or otherwise modify any of the Content, including any copyright or trademark notices. You may not use the site for any commercial purpose, including but not limited to, sending unsolicited commercial email or making unsolicited commercial phone calls. Except as authorized by Operator in writing on a case by case basis, you will not sell, license, rent, modify, distribute, copy, reproduce, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, publish, adapt, edit or create derivative works from any of the Content. The systematic retrieval of any of the Content to create or compile, directly or indirectly, a collection, compilation, database or directory without the written permission of Operator is prohibited. Unless otherwise indicated, all logos, names, package designs and marks on the Site are trademarks or service marks and may not be used without Operator's permission. Operator's policy is to terminate the online privileges of individuals who repeatedly violate the copyrights of others.

Notice and Procedure for Making Claims of Copyright Infringement. Pursuant to federal copyright law, if you believe copyrighted work is available at the Site in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please see the Notice and Take Down materials posted elsewhere at the Site.

Disclaimer of Warranties. YOU AGREE THAT THE SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS AND SERVICES INCLUDED IN OR AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SITE, INCLUDING THE CONTENT (COLLECTIVELY, THE "SITE MATERIALS"), ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS/WHERE IS/AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. OTHER THAN THOSE WARRANTIES THAT ARE INCAPABLE OF EXCLUSION, RESTRICTION OR MODIFICATION UNDER APPLICABLE LAW, THE SITE MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED FOR YOUR USE WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT AND THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. OPERATOR DOES NOT MAKE ANY WARRANTY THAT ANY OF THE SITE MATERIALS ARE ACCURATE, RELIABLE OR CORRECT, THAT THE SITE WILL BE AVAILABLE AT ANY PARTICULAR TIME OR LOCATION, THAT ANY DEFECTS OR ERRORS WILL BE CORRECTED, THAT THE SITE MATERIALS ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS OR THAT YOU WILL ACHIEVE SUCCESSFUL RESULTS FROM FOLLOWING ANY INSTRUCTIONS, DIRECTIONS OR RECOMMENDATIONS AVAILABLE AT THE SITE.

Limitation of Liability. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL OPERATOR, OR ANY PARENT COMPANY, SUBSIDIARY, AFFILIATE, DIVISION, OFFICER, DIRECTOR, EMPLOYEE, CONTRACTOR OR AGENT OF OPERATOR, BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND OR NATURE WHATSOEVER, WHETHER DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR OTHERWISE, THAT RESULT FROM THE USE OF, OR THE INABILITY TO USE, THE SITE OR FROM ANY INFORMATION PROVIDED AT THE SITE, INCLUDING THE CONTENT AND YOUR CONTENT. THIS LIMITATION APPLIES WHETHER THE ALLEGED LIABILITY IS BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR ANY OTHER BASIS, AND EVEN IF OPERATOR HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

International Use. The Site is intended for use by legal U.S. residents residing within the geographic borders of the United States. If you choose to access the Site from any location other than the United States, you accept full responsibility for compliance with the laws of the jurisdiction where the access occurs. Operator makes no representation that the Site or the Site Materials are appropriate or available for use in locations outside the United States. Accessing the Site or using any of the Site Materials from any jurisdiction where access or use is illegal is prohibited.

Choice of Law. This Agreement will, for all domestic and international purposes, be governed, interpreted, construed and enforced solely and exclusively in accordance with the laws of the State of Utah, without regard to its conflicts of law provisions. You expressly agree that the exclusive jurisdiction for any claim or action arising out of or relating to these Terms of Use or your use of the Site will be filed only in the state or federal courts located in Salt Lake County, State of Utah, and you further agree and submit to the exercise of personal jurisdiction of these courts for the purpose of litigating any such claim or action.

Integration and Severability. These Terms of Use, along with the Privacy Statement and the Notice and Take Down, if any, posted elsewhere at the Site, constitute the entire agreement between Operator and you with respect to the Site and supersede all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals with respect to the Site. If any provision of these Terms of Use, the Privacy Statement, the Notice and Take Down or the, if any, are determined to be invalid or unenforceable, all other provisions thereof will remain in full force and effect.

Unauthorized Use and Termination. You agree to use the Site only for authorized and legal activities. Operator reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate your access to all or part of the Site at any time and for any or no reason.

Contact Information. Questions concerning these Terms of Use or the Site should be directed to support@deseretnews.com