HelpAReporter.com is owned and run by Vocus, Inc. (a Cision Company) (“HelpAReporter.com”, “HelpAReporter”, “HARO”, “us”). Hereinafter, references to Vocus, Inc. shall be referred to as “Cision”.
Cision, 12051 Indian Creek Ct., Beltsville, MD 20705
3. Information Collection
Our primary goal in collecting personal information is to provide you with a smooth, efficient, and customized experience.
HelpaReporter.com is sensitive to the protection of customer identifiable information which an individual or another customer reasonably expects to be kept private. Customer identifiable information means information which can be associated with a specific entity or individual, including, by way of example, a customer’s name, e-mail address, and information about on-line activities which can be directly linked to him or her.
If you become a HARO Source member, we will create an account for you, at HelpaReporter.com, which will contain your name, e-mail, and other identifying information. This account will be used to send out the periodic emails. If you respond to an anonymous posting, we will retain that response (and even if you are not a Source member, we will retain that email information).
We use data collection devices such as “cookies” on certain pages of our websites. “Cookies” are small files placed on your hard drive that assist us in providing customized services. We also offer certain features that are only available through the use of a cookie. Cookies can also help us provide information which is targeted to your interests. We use this information to determine our members’ demographics, interest, and behavior to better understand and serve you and our community.
Please note that your personally identifiable information will be stored and processed on our computers in the United States. The laws regarding the handling of personal data in the United States may differ from the laws of other countries but, as we explain below, Cision. will hold and transmit your information in a safe, confidential and secure environment.
Under some circumstances we may require certain additional information, including, but not limited to your credit card and/or bank account billing information. We use this financial information, including your name, address, and other information to bill you for use of our Services such as enrolling as a member of a HARO or engaging in any other kind of activity or transaction that uses financial information on the website, you consent to our providing of your financial information to our service providers and to such third parties as we determine necessary to support and process your activities and transactions, as well as to your credit card issuer and/or bank for their purposes. These third parties may include the credit card companies and banking institutions used to process and support your transaction or activity.
4. Our Use of Your Information
If you are a Source Member, we use your email address to send you our email listing of requests for information and may also let you know of information relating to HARO, Cision, or Cision’s subsidiaries or affiliates. If you are a Journalist Member and post a request anonymously, we will use your email address to forward responses to your request.
5. Sharing and Disclosure of Personal Information
HARO will not sell or rent your Personal Information to any individual, business, or government entity.
HARO will share your Personal Information with other entities if HARO is required to respond to court orders, subpoenas, or other legal process. HARO may also use customer identifiable information to investigate and help prevent potentially unlawful activity or activity that threatens HelpaReporter.com’s users or otherwise violates the Terms of Service agreement.
HelpaReporter.com’s servers automatically gather information about which pages are visited within the HelpAReporter.com site. HARO does not use that information except in the aggregate. This information helps us identify the type of website content or features our customers value most. We may use suppliers to assist us in collecting, using, or otherwise processing for our benefit the non- personal information obtained through the site.
6. Your Use of Journalist Members’ Information
Cision uses industry standard practices to safeguard the confidentiality of your personal identifiable information. Cision treats data as an asset that must be protected against loss and unauthorized access. We employ many different security techniques to protect such data from unauthorized access by others inside and outside the company. However, perfect security does not exist on the internet.
We restrict access to nonpublic information to people on the HARO team who need to access that information in order to provide HelpaReporter.com service to you.
9. Lawful Use of Site
HelpaReporter.com website services may only be used for lawful purposes. Transmission of any material in violation of any US or state or local law, rule or regulation is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted or trademarked material; material that is threatening or obscene; material protected by trade secret; or material which violates a legally protected privacy right of an individual. Persons under the age of 18 may not access HelpaReporter.com.
HelpaReporter.com will cooperate with local, state and federal courts and law enforcement agencies in the investigation and prosecution of claims of illegal activities when legally obligated to do so. HelpaReporter.com will comply with all legally enforceable subpoenas, search warrants, court orders and other forms of legal process. Under HelpaReporter.com’s Terms of Service, the customer agrees to indemnify and hold HelpaReporter.com and HelpaReporter, its employees, officers, directors and agents, harmless from any claims, liabilities and expenses, including reasonable attorney’s fees, resulting from the customer’s use or misuse of the service which damages HARO, HelpaReporter.com, its officers, directors, employees and agents, as well as any user, or another party.
HARO will keep this policy current and reserves the right to change this policy at any time by amending the content of this Statement. HARO will post a notice of changes on the HelpaReporter.com website, when and if the policy is amended. This Statement and the policies expressed herein are not intended to and do not create any contractual or other legal rights in or on behalf of any customer, user, or other third party.
HelpaReporter.com, HelpaReporter, Help a Reporter Out and HARO are the exclusive trade names and marks of Cision.