Omaha.com's Privacy Policy

Welcome to Omaha.com, home of the Omaha World-Herald Online Edition

We understand that privacy is very important to our readers. We want to make sure that you understand why we collect certain information, how we use it, and how we protect it. We want our guests to feel confident that their information is handled with great care on Omaha.com.

How do I know my information is safe on Omaha.com?

In the normal course of business, Omaha.com and the Omaha World-Herald do not share reader information with anyone. We collect this information for the sole purpose of improving Omaha.com and providing more and better services to our readers.

The only times we will divulge a guest's personal information to a third party are:

In the event Omaha.com contracts with an outside research firm, we may provide your contact information to the research firm to contact you regarding participation in surveys, focus groups or other research activities that will help us improve Omaha.com's products and services. The research firm will be bound by its contract with Omaha.com to use your information strictly for Omaha.com research purposes, to keep your information confidential, and to adequately secure or destroy its records of your information when the research is complete.

What information does Omaha.com collect?

When you register with Omaha.com, we collect the following information from you:

In addition to information obtained through registration, the Omaha World-Herald obtains information from you when you purchase advertising or start a newspaper subscription. This information may include, but is not limited to, your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and what you have purchased.

From time to time, Omaha.com will conduct surveys on its site for research purposes. When you participate in a survey, the information you provide about yourself and your responses are collected by Omaha.com. We will always inform you how we will use this information.

If you contact Omaha.com, we may keep a record of your correspondence.

Omaha.com also tracks and collects computer IP addresses to help with system administration and to compile information about traffic patterns on the site. Computer IP addresses identify computers and the networks or Internet service providers to which they are connected.

Cookies and how omaha.com uses them

A cookie is a small amount of data that is transferred from a Web server through your browser and stored on the hard drive of your computer. The cookie contains your user name and password so that when you log on, the Web server recognizes you.

Some advertisers on Omaha.com may use their own cookies. When you click on an advertisement, visit an advertiser's Web site or make a purchase from an advertiser, that company may use cookies according to their own policies. Advertisers' cookies are not covered under Omaha.com's policy.

You do not have to permit the use of cookies. You can, through the options in your Web browser, choose to accept all cookies, choose to reject all cookies or choose to receive notification when a cookie is being delivered so that you can make a decision whether to accept each cookie on a case-by-case basis. If you refuse all cookies Omaha.com will no longer remember you when you return requiring you to log in each time you visit the site.

General statistical information

Visits to Omaha.com are monitored to gather statistical information, including the number of visits to the site, the pages visited, which domains visitors come from and the browsers used to visit the site. This data is accumulated at the aggregate level.

This statistical information enables us to evaluate the effectiveness of the services we provide, to monitor site performance and to make it easier for visitors to use the site.

How does Omaha.com use the information it gathers?

Information collected on Omaha.com, including traffic patterns and user behavior, is used primarily for the following purposes:

More specifically, here is how Omaha.com may use information you provide:

What information is covered by this privacy policy? What isn't?

All information you provide directly to Omaha.com is covered under this privacy policy. This information may include but is not limited to your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.

Information that you might post on a message board, forum, or chat room is not protected under this privacy policy. Information posted in any of these public areas is not considered confidential communication. Omaha.com has the right but not the obligation to monitor the content of its bulletin boards, forums and chat rooms to determine compliance with its policies and terms of use and any other operating rules established for the website. Omaha.com shall have the right in its sole discretion, and without prior notice, to edit, refuse to post, or remove any materials submitted to or posted to its bulletin boards, forums, or chat rooms.

Please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily disclose information on a public website - for example, on message boards or in chat areas - that information can be collected and used by others. In short, if you post information online that is accessible to the public, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return. Omaha.com is not responsible for the disclosure of your information under these circumstances and such disclosure is not covered under this privacy policy.

Additionally, advertisers and vendors hosted on our site, or who link to our site, may collect information about you if you visit their websites, or purchase products or services from them. Information collected by vendors or advertisers hosted on Omaha.com or who link to Omaha.com is not covered under this privacy policy.

Finally, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your passwords and/or any account information. Please be careful and responsible whenever you're online.

What if I don't want Omaha.com to contact me?

You may opt out of any or all contacts from Omaha.com at any time. All e-mails sent to you from Omaha.com will allow to opt out of any further e-mail from us. You may e-mail us at webmaster@omaha.com to opt out of our email programs. You may also write or call us at the following address and phone number to notify us regarding use of your information: 1314 Douglas Street., Omaha NE 68102; (402) 444-1000.

When you register on Omaha.com, you will be given the opportunity to opt out of further communication from us.

You may accept certain kinds of contact and decline others. For example, you may choose to accept e-mails, but not postal mail or telephone calls.

If, at anytime in the future, Omaha.com decides to use information provided by you in a way not described here, we will contact you beforehand to explain the use of the information and give you the opportunity to decline that use.

Security technologies

Omaha.com uses industry-standard encryption technologies when transferring and receiving consumer data exchanged with our site. When we transfer or receive certain types of sensitive data, such as financial information, we will redirect you to a secure server and will notify you through a pop-up screen on our site. We have implemented appropriate security measures in our physical facilities to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of information that we have collected from you.

Making corrections to your information

Upon request, you may review all information that we maintain in your record, including unique identifier , contact information (name, address, phone number, e-mail), or any other information we may keep in your record.

You may also request that inaccuracies be corrected in any information that we maintain in your record.

Submit your request by contacting Omaha.com via e-mail, postal mail, or telephone.

Contacting Omaha.com

If you have any questions about our privacy policy or the privacy practices of this site, please contact us at webmaster@omaha.com.

You may telephone us at (402) 444-1000. You may write to us at:

Omaha.com
1314 Douglas Street
Omaha NE 68102