Private Policy

PRIVATE POLICY

We at the Modern Tokyo Times (“MTT”) are committed to respecting your online privacy and recognize your need for appropriate protection and management of any information you share with us by using our web site. Your privacy is a top priority for us, and we want you to have a secure and enjoyable experience when visiting this website. Any information you provide on this website is kept in confidence. The policies outlined below are applicable solely to information collected on this website.

MTT has established the following Online Privacy Policy so that you can understand the care with which we intend to treat your information. This policy describes the overall privacy practices of MTT regarding information we collect on our website. This policy does not apply to the practices of companies that MTT does not own or control, or to people that MTT does not employ.  This Online Private Policy Agreement is subject to change without notice and it is therefore your responsibility to check this policy when visiting or viewing the MTT web site.

NON PERSONALITY IDENTIFIABLE CONSUMER INFORMAITON

MTT collects various types of information from you to better meet your needs and to provide you with a more relevant user experience. Some of this information is collected automatically through cookies (a small text file placed on your computer) or other Internet tracking technologies. The type of information your browser or Internet session may automatically provide us with can include the browser you are using, your Internet domain, the operating system on your computer, your IP and/or e-mail address and the URL you saw just before coming to the MTT site, the pages of the site you visited and the URL of the page you visited upon leaving the site.

PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE CONSUMER INFORMATION

In addition, we collect information on our website that you may choose to provide to us when requesting additional information from us or submitting to us your Letter to the Editor, Op-Ed, Photo Submission and/or Story Idea. Examples of personally identifiable data that you may provide to us include name, address, phone number and email address. If you provide personally identifiable data to us, you may later elect to have your information deleted from our files, or kept from being used for purposes other than for the services requested by contacting us at legalsect@moderntokyotimes.com.

HOW COLLECTED INFORMATION IS USED

The non-personally identifiable information that MTT collects may be used to collect aggregate information on the number of visitors to our site and other information about the number of pages viewed on the site. In addition, that information may be used in the aggregate for website and system administration, including research and development, user analysis, marketing and business decision-making.

If you elect to provide MTT with personally identifiable information, we may utilize such information for marketing purposes, and this use may result in follow-up communications from MTT. In addition, that information may be combined with information collected from other sources to assist with targeting ads to your preferences and behaviors, and for other MTT sales and marketing efforts.

SHARING INFORMAITON WITH THIRD PARTIES

Unless otherwise disclosed during collection, MTT will NOT provide any personally identifying information, regardless of its source, to any third party for any purpose whatsoever. Aggregate statistics about our customers, sales, traffic patterns and related site information may be provided to reputable third-party vendors, but these figures will include no personally identifying information. Finally, MTT will not share your information with government, national,  local, or international law enforcement officials in order to protect the identities of our confidential sources, readers, and/or clients.

CIVIL SUBPOENA POLICY

MTT prohibits the release of confidential source identities, our readers, our clients, and/or account information without express permission from us and/or our readers and/or clients, except when required by law, to conform to the edicts of the law, or to comply with legal process properly served at White & Leejay Publishing Headquarters through our designated Delaware based registered agent.  At such time,  MTT will take immediate action to ensure that the subpoena takes reasonable steps to avoid imposing undue burden or expense on the person subject to the subpoena.

SECURITY

Wherever your personally identifiable information may be held within MTT or on its behalf, we intend to take reasonable and appropriate steps to protect the information you shared with us from unauthorized access or disclosure. Please note that while MTT will make every reasonable effort to protect your information, no transmission of data over the Internet is 100% secure.

COOKIES

MTT may make use of cookies for all website visitors to collect aggregate information on the number of visitors to our site and other information about the number of pages viewed on the site. In certain circumstances, we may assign visitors completing online forms posted on this site a unique identifier cookie. Cookie data is used in aggregate for traffic analysis, to provide relevant information to our visitors. It is also used in the aggregate for website and system administration, including research and development, user analysis and business decision-making. You should be aware that most browsers allow you to control cookies, including whether or not to accept them and how to remove them. You may set most browsers to notify you if you receive a cookie, or you may choose to block cookies with your browser.

INFORMATION POSTED TO BLOGS, DISCUSSION FORUMS AND OTHER COMMUNITY POSTING OR SOCIAL NETWORKING AREAS

Whenever you voluntarily make your personal information or other private information available for viewing by third parties online (e.g., blogs, discussion forums, community postings, chat rooms,  and social networking areas, etc.) that information can be seen, collected and used by others besides MTT. MTT cannot be responsible for any unauthorized third-party use of such information.

SPECIAL NOTIFICAITONS WITH RESPECT TO CHINDREN’S PRIVACY (USERS UNDER THE AGE OF 13)

In response to concerns about protecting children’s privacy online, Congress enacted the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (“COPPA”), which sets forth rules and procedures governing the ways in which web sites may collect, use and disclose any personal information for children under the age of 13. In accordance with MTT policy and COPPA regulations, we DO NOT:

Request or knowingly collect personally identifiable online or offline contact information from users under 13 years of age;

Knowingly use or share personal information from users under 13 years of age with third parties;

Give children the ability to publicly post or otherwise distribute personally identifiable contact information; or

Entice children with the prospect of a special game, prize or other activity to divulge more information than is needed to participate in the activity.

OUR COMMITMENT

Protecting your privacy online is an evolving area, and MTT is constantly changing to meet these demands. If you have any comments or questions regarding our Online Privacy Policy, please contact us at legalsect@moderntokyotimes.com. While we cannot guarantee privacy perfection, we will address any issue to the best of our abilities as soon as practicable after you bring it to our attention.

YOUR CONSENT

By using this web site, you consent to the terms of our Online Privacy Policy and to MTT’s processing of personally identifiable information for the purposes given above. Should the Online Privacy Policy change, we intend to take every reasonable step to ensure that these changes are brought to your attention by posting all changes prominently on our web site for a reasonable period of time and by amending this privacy policy.

CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS

California’s Civil Code Section 1798.83 (“Shine The Light Law”) permits our readers and clients who are bona fide California residents to request and obtain from us once a year, free of charge, information about the personal information (if any) we disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes in the preceding calendar year. If you are a bona fide California resident and would like to make such request, please submit your request in writing with an officially notarized government seal stating that you are a California resident to the following address:

White & Leejay Publishing
1800 JFK BLVD Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA

CONTACTING US

For more information, if you have questions or concerns regarding MTT’s Privacy Policy, or if you wish to have your personally identifiable information removed from our system, you may email us at legalsect@moderntokyotimes.com.