The Investigative (“The Investigative“) operates https://www.theinvestigative.com/ and may operate other websites. It is The Investigative’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.
Like most website operators, The Investigative collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. The Investigative’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how The Investigative’s visitors use its website. From time to time, The Investigative may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
The Investigative also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on https://www.theinvestigative.com/ blogs/sites. The Investigative only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog/site where the comment was left.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to The Investigative’s website choose to interact with The Investigative in ways that require The Investigative to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that The Investigative gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up at https://www.theinvestigative.com/ to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with The Investigative are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, The Investigative collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with The Investigative. The Investigative does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
The Investigative may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. The Investigative may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, The Investigative does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our Web site. These companies may use aggregated information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, please see: http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
The Investigative discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on The Investigative’s behalf or to provide services available at The Investigative’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using The Investigative’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. The Investigative will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, The Investigative discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when The Investigative believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of The Investigative, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an The Investigative website and have supplied your email address, The Investigative may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with The Investigative and our products. If you send us a request (for example via email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. The Investigative takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
If The Investigative, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that The Investigative goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of The Investigative may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.