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We welcome you to our site. We ask that you review these Terms and Conditions, which are intended to constitute a binding license agreement that conditions your use of this site ("Agreement"). We have tried to avoid unnecessary legal verbiage and hope that you understand that we are simply trying to protect our rights in order to provide you with access to the free content available at this site. If you do not wish to be bound by this Agreement after you have read it, please leave the site. If you remain at this site, or return thereafter, you agree to be bound by this Agreement.

1. Responsible conduct. You agree to act responsibly at this site and to treat other visitors with respect.

2. Limited License/ Copyright and Intellectual Property Law Restrictions. Except for public domain material, the content on this site is protected by intellectual property laws, including U.S. copyright laws. You are hereby granted a non-exclusive license to use the material at this site ("Content") while connected to this site (including, where available, to email individual stories to friends directly from this site). You are also granted a limited license to print copies of any Content posted at the site, but only for your personal use. Except as expressly provided above, all rights are reserved. Among other things, except to the extent required for the limited purpose of reviewing material on our site, electronic reproduction, adaptation, distribution, performance or display is prohibited. Changes to or deletion of author attribution or copyright notices are prohibited. Commercial use of any of the Content is strictly prohibited. Use of any of our trademarks as metatags on other web sites also is strictly prohibited. You may not display this website in frames (or any of the Content via in-line links) without our express written permission, which may be requested by contacting us through our feedback form. You may, however, establish ordinary links to our site without our written permission.

3. Links. We may provide links from our site as a convenience to our visitors. We have no control over linked sites and make no representations about any content or material available at these locations. Links are not intended to imply sponsorship, affiliation or endorsement. If you believe that we have provided a link to a site that contains infringing or illegal content or which makes available cracker tools or other circumvention devices, we ask that you notify us so that we may evaluate whether (in our sole discretion) to disable it.

4. Discussion Boards. Although we do not have any obligation to monitor this board, we reserve the right at all times to check this board and to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable to us in our sole discretion and to disclose any information necessary to satisfy the law, regulation, or government request. We also reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.


6. Modifications/ Termination. Our employees are not authorized to vary the terms of this Agreement. You agree that we may modify the terms of this Agreement (or discontinue this site) in our sole discretion, without advance notice, and that your right to access this site is conditioned on an ongoing basis with your compliance with the then-current version of these Terms and Conditions. You should therefore visit this page frequently.

7. Jurisdiction. This Web site is hosted on servers located in Virginia and is intended to be viewed by residents of the United States. In the event of any dispute arising out of or relating to this site, you agree that the exclusive venue for litigating disputes shall be in state or federal court in San Jose, California.

Real Cities Network Privacy Statement

The Real Cities Network (or "RCN") is a national network of Internet site and services serving geographic and common interest communities across the United States. The privacy policies described below are applicable to each site in the Real Cities Network. You can view the sites included in the Real Cities Network at

When does the RCN collect my personally identifiable information?

When you register at one of the RCN sites or services, we collect personally identifying information from you. The more information you provide, the better we are able to customize our services and your experience to suit your needs and preferences. For example, if you utilize the "Passport" registration feature offered at many of the RCN sites, we will ask you for a username, password, e-mail address and zip code. Other sites and specific services (e.g. free e-mail) will have different registration processes, and may require you to provide additional personally identifying information such as your address, phone number and gender. In addition to registration, we may collect personally identifiable information from you when you enter contests, and sweepstakes, participate in promotions and special programs, register for premium or customized services, make a purchase at one of our merchants or partners, subscribe to one our print papers or magazines, or download a software product or plug-in. If you are making a purchase or enrolling in a premium service for which there is a fee, we will collect your credit card, billing address, and other verifying information. In addition, we may collect personally identifiable information from you when you provide content to us for display or use on one or more of the sites in the RCN, including but limited to, when you participate in user surveys, post messages to bulletin boards or chat areas, submit personals or other classified listings, build a home page, report a problem with one of our sites or services, or submit a letter to the editor.

How is my personally identifiable information used?

Our main goal is to provide you with a customized and targeted user experience within the Real Cities Network. For instance, your personally identifiable information enables us to greet you when you return to a Real Cities site or service, and provide you with news and services we think will be of interest to you. We review our users' preferences, demographics, traffic patterns, and other information in the aggregate so that we can better understand who our audience is and what it is you want. Tracking user preferences also helps us serve you targeted advertising. Targeted advertisements are probably more interesting for you, and are definitely more productive for our advertisers. If a local grocery market wants to advertise an upcoming sale, we can target the ad to registered users who live near that grocery market. Please note that we do not share your personally identifying information with the advertiser. We or third party ad servers acting on our behalf act as the middleman between you and the advertisers that want to reach you.(Third party ad servers are not entitled to collect or use your personally identifying information). We use the information we collect in non-intrusive common sense ways, like using your credit card number to provide you with products and/or services that you request. All credit card information is transmitted in an encrypted form, using SSL (secure socket layer) encryption, the industry-standard. Although, we will use all reasonable efforts to safeguard the privacy of your personal information, transmissions made by means of the Internet cannot be made absolutely secure. The RCN assumes no liability for disclosure of data due to errors in transmission or unauthorized third parties.

Finally, if you register for one or more of our sites or services, from time to time, we will send information to you via e-mail about our products and services, or third party products and services we believe may be of interest to you. If you do not wish to receive these mailings, you can simply check off the appropriate box when you register, or update your profile at any time after registration so you no longer receive such offers and mailings. Please check the registration screens applicable to the service, promotion, or product offering for which you are signing-up for specific instructions on how to update your user profile and/or opt out of receiving offers and mailings. Also, please remember that third party vendors also sell products and services on the Real Cities network, and their policies may differ from ours.

What other information does RCN collect and how is it used?

Cookies. The RCN uses cookies to store and track your preferences to provide you with a more personalized user experience. A cookie is a message that is sent to your browser from a Web server and stored on your computer's hard drive. Most Internet sites use cookies. You can set your browser preferences to reject all cookies (see below) but then you will not be able to participate in most customized services, and you may be required to repeatedly type in your personally identifying information in order to participate in various services, promotions, or product offerings. Cookies make your experience easier by saving your preferences, purchases, and passwords. For example if you choose "Automatic Login" during registration, the RCN will store a scrambled version of your username in a permanent "cookie" file on your hard drive so that we can track your personalized services and preferences from one visit to the next. We also use cookies that contain no personal information at all. These cookies, help us estimate our audience size, determine which areas of the RCN are the most popular, and serve targeted advertising.

IP Address. The RCN may also collect IP addresses for the purposes of systems administration or to report information in aggregate form to our advertisers (e.g. how many visitors logged in to a RCN site). An IP address is a number that is assigned to your computer automatically when you use the Internet. When you visit a particular web page in the Real Cities Network, our servers log your IP address. Your IP address is not linked to anything personally identifiable.

Who does RCN share information with?

User information is shared by the RCN sites in order to provide you with a more integrated and customized user experience within the Real Cities Network. In general, we will not disclose your personally identifiable information to third parties except to the extent necessary to provide you with a requested product or service, or under circumstances required by law. However, many of the services available through the Real Cities Network are offered in conjunction with third parties (e.g. personalized stock quotes or online e-mail). We may disclose some or your personal information (such as an email address) to these third parties, but we will notify you of such disclosure prior to transferring the data. If you make a purchase from a Real Cities Network merchant, the information you provide in connection with that purchase is provided to that merchant in order to facilitate that transaction. Any personally identifiable information you provide online as part of an advertiser promotion (e.g. online coupons) may be provided directly to advertisers.

In general we will only disclose your personally identifiable information to the extent necessary to complete the transaction, administer the promotion, or fulfill the request. However, specific uses of personal information that vary from this Privacy Statement may be found the in the Terms of Service or privacy policies applicable to that particular service or offering. In addition, third party sponsors may administer sweepstakes, contests, promotions, and other programs. To the extent you are notified of uses of your personal information which are different from those described in this Policy Statement during your enrollment in any particular service, sweepstakes, contest or promotion, the uses of which you are specifically notified will govern that service, sweepstakes, contest or promotion. Please be on the look-out for terms of service and privacy statements applicable to the services for which you sign-up or participate in. In general, third parties that receive information about you from the Real Cities Network will be obligated to notify you and provide you with an opt-out method before sending you direct communications. Please note, however, that we do not control the privacy policies of our advertisers and other third party sites to which we provide banner ads and links. We assume no responsibility or liability for these third party policies or the actions of non-affiliated third parties.

We will disclose your personal information when we believe in good faith that any applicable law, regulation, or legal process requires it, or where we believe disclosure is necessary to protect or enforce our rights or the rights of another user.

We disclose aggregated user statistics (for example, the percentage of our users who access our Service from work) in order to describe our services and reach to prospective partners, advertisers, and other third parties. However aggregate data is not traceable to you specifically.

What are my options to control the use of my personal information?

Most browsers can be configured to reject cookies or alert you when cookies or being sent. Keep in mind that if you refuse cookies, it is possible that some portions of the Real Cities Network, such as contests, shopping, or personalized stock quotes may not work properly.

You may cancel your registration to any Real Cities Network service (e.g. Passport") and/or request the removal of your personal information from our user records by contacting us through our feedback form. We will send an email to confirm your request. After you respond, we will remove your information from our database. Residual information may remain in our archives and records, but this information will not be used for a commercial purpose (however we may notify you of major changes to our service from time to time). We reserve the right to maintain information on registered users who have violated our Terms of Service or who have had their access to the Real Cities Network blocked in order to detect repeat offenders.

What else should I know about my privacy?

You should be aware that if you voluntarily disclose personal information online in a public area, that information may be collected and used by others. We do not control the actions of our visitors and registered users. If you disclose personal information in a chat room, forum, on your home page, or any other publicly accessible place in the RCN, you do so at your own risk and you understand that your submitted information may be collected and used by others to send you unsolicited messages, advertisements, or for other purposes.

Please remember that protection of your privacy begins with you. You are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of any password you use to register, and you should always be careful and responsible whenever disclosing information online.

What about kids' personally identifiable information?

We feel strongly about protecting the privacy of children. We encourage kids to involve their parents in any interactive activity they participate in online. Except where otherwise disclosed, we will not collect or use any personal information from children we know to be under the age of thirteen without obtaining express parental consent. All general information collected from users under the age of thirteen is used only for aggregate statistical analysis. Where users under the age of 13 are permitted to participate in contests, they may be required to provide the e-mail address of their parent or guardian so that we can send notification and prices to the parent or guardian.

Acceptance of Privacy Policy. By using the Real Cities Network sites and services, you signify your acceptance of this Privacy Statement. If you do not agree or are not comfortable with any policy described in this Privacy statement, your only remedy is to discontinue use of the Real Cities Network. We reserve the right, to modify this Privacy Statement at any time. Your continued use of any portion of the Real Cities Network following notification or posting of such changes, will constitute your accept of those changes. If you have questions or concerns about our specific policies, please contact us through our feedback form.

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