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Legal Notice/Privacy Policy for The Gay & Lesbian Review (The GLR)

This statement discloses the privacy practices for The Gay & Lesbian Review, Inc., formerly, The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review. 

The GLR is a 501(c)3 non-for-profit educational corporation located in Boston, Massachusetts that acknowledges a users’ trust and confidence in the Internet. As such, The GLR promotes the use of fair information practices. Because The GLR wants to demonstrate its commitment to your privacy, it has agreed to disclose its information practices, and per one’s request, to notify him/her of:

  1. What personally identifiable information of yours is collected from you through the web site,
  2. Whatever third party organization(s) may be collecting the information,
  3. How the information is used,
  4. With whom the information may be shared,
  5. What choices are available to you regarding collection, use, and distribution of the information, and
  6. The security procedures that are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information under The GLR’s control.

If you feel that we are not abiding by our posted privacy policy, you should contact online, or by US mail at GLR, PO Box 180300, Boston, MA 02118.

 

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Gay & Lesbian Review prohibits discrimination against and harassment of any employee or any applicant for employment because of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal and state laws. All personnel, volunteers, and board members who are involved with The G&LR’s activities are expected to uphold this policy, and to respond promptly and appropriately to any concerns that are brought to their attention.

Information Collection and Use

The GLR Inc. is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. It will not sell, share, or rent this information to others if such a request is made. The GLR collects information from our users at several different points on our web site, including emails for use in sending its monthly newsletter (see Newsletter) and renewal notices.

Registration

Registration is not required for any user to use this web site; however, registration is required in order to subscribe (see Orders), and/or to comment on an article or blog post. Any information submitted by a user is at the user’s sole and exclusive discretion.

Orders

The GLR requests information from the user on its order form. Here, a user must provide personal information, including his/her name and billing address, and financial information, i.e., credit card number and expiration date. This information is used for billing purposes, and to fill customers’ orders and requests for information. Credit card information is not retained by The GLR. If there is trouble processing an order, this information is used to contact the user.

Cookies

A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user’s hard drive containing information about the user. For instance, by setting a cookie on our site, the user would not have to log in a password more than once, thereby saving time while on our site. If a user rejects the cookie, they may still use our site. The only drawback to this is that the user may be limited in some areas of our site. Cookies can also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our site. Usage of a cookie, if any, is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on our site. We do not currently employ the use of cookies on our site.

Some of our business partners use cookies on our site (for example, advertisers). However, we have no access to or control over these cookies. For these cookies, please refer to the owner of such cookies (that is, the advertiser placing the cookie on your computer).

Log Files

We use IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the site, track users’ movements, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information. The purpose of gathering this information is to improve the quality of the information presented to you on our site. The information in the aggregate currently being collected on our site includes peak usage periods, top documents, top paths, referring URL, domains, operating system, browser, screen resolution (including color depth), errors, and search keywords.

Sharing

We may, at our sole discretion, share aggregated demographic information with our partners and advertisers; however, this doesn’t include any personal information that can identify any individual person.

We may use an outside shipping company to ship orders, and we may use an outside credit card processing company to bill users for goods and services. These companies do not retain, share, store or use personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes.

Links

This web site contains links to other sites. The GLR is not responsible for the privacy practices of said sites. Users should be aware of when they leave our site, and read the privacy statements of each and every web site they visit, especially those that collect personal information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this web site.

Newsletter

If a user wishes to subscribe to our newsletter, s/he must provide at least a name and email address so that we may deliver the newsletter.

Users who no longer wish to receive our newsletter or promotional materials via e-mail may opt-out of receiving these communications by replying with the word “UNSUBSCRIBE” in the subject line of the email or they can e-mail us at via our contact page. If a user no longer wishes to receive a newsletter or promotional material from our partners, they should contact such partner directly.

Security

This web site takes every precaution to protect our users’ information. When users submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both on-line and off-line.

When our order form asks users to enter sensitive information (such as credit card number and/or social security number), that information is encrypted and is protected with the best encryption software in the industry — SSL. While on a secure page, such as our order form, the lock icon on the bottom of Web browsers such as Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer becomes locked, as opposed to un-locked, or open, when you are just “surfing.” To learn more about SSL, please visit Trustwave, Inc.‘s web site.

Note: You may get a message informing you that the name on the security certificate does not match the name on this site. If you click on the details to view the certificate, it should say that the security certificate issued to safesecureweb.com of Trustwave, Inc. If this is the case, then it is ok to proceed. If it says anything other than this, do not proceed and contact us immediately.

While we use SSL encryption to protect sensitive information online, we also do everything in our power to protect user-information off-line. All of our users’ information, not just the sensitive information mentioned above, is restricted to our offices. Only employees, affiliates, agents, or subcontractors who need the information to perform a specific job are granted access to personally identifiable information. Our employees, affiliates, agents, and subcontractors must use password-protected systems while working on a project for you. Furthermore, ALL such employees, affiliates, agents, and subcontractors are kept up-to-date on our security and privacy practices. Any time new policies are added, they are notified and/or reminded about the importance we place on privacy, and what they can do to ensure our customers’ information is protected.

If you have any questions about the security at our website, you can contact us via our contact page.

Updating Personal Information:

Users can correct or updates their personal information e.g., address directly by signing into their account. Or notify us via the Contact page of the website. Or by US mail at: GLR, PO Box 180300, Boston, MA 02118.

Notification of Changes

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on our web site so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under circumstances, if any, we disclose it. Unlike other sites, any changes to our Privacy Policy will become effective with respect to any information collected from the point this policy has been changed. We will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected.

Links/Browsing/Hacking

The GLR recognizes that some links may take you away from its domain. The GLR maintains no responsibility of any kind for the content of other domains, and disclaims any and all liability resulting from the content of any articles, opinions, or other such content published on its web site.

You may not link to any page within GLR’s domain without the express, written permission of The GLR, with the exception of the web page located at http://glreview.com/ (the “Splash Page”). Furthermore, you may not enter this site via any page other than the Splash Page, and you may not bookmark any page within this site other than the Splash Page. Moreover, you may not ping our site repeteadly or otherwise engage in attempts to hack into our site, nor may you engage in activity deemed to induce a denial-of-service attack (“DoS”). The GLR Inc. will be the sole arbiter of what is considered to be hacking activity or activity designated to induce a DoS.

Linking to or entering the site by browsing to any page other than the Splash Page, bookmarking any page other than the Splash Page, hacking, or attempting to induce a DoS may result in legal action taken against you as a cyber trespasser or as is otherwise provided for by Massachusetts or United States law. Notwithstanding the provisions of the foregoing, nothing contained herein is to prevent you from navigating through our site once you have legally entered it via the Splash Page.

Subject to its sole discretion, GLR may assess a fee if it chooses to grant you permission to link to pages within GLR’s domain, other than the Splash page. Notwithstanding the foregoing, GLR expressly grants permission to the major Internet Search Engines (i.e., Yahoo, Excite!, Google, AskJeeves, AltaVista, Go.com, etc.) to link to all of the web pages contained under GLR’s domain.

For any questions about this or any other policies of The GLR, please use our contact page.