Policies

Policies last updated: October 10, 2018

Privacy

We may collect certain non-personally identifiable information when you visit any of our web sites such as the type of browser you are using, the type of operating system you are using, and the domain name of your Internet service provider.

For the purpose of receiving email alerts, we do collect your email address which enters into our master email database. We will never release your email address to anyone, except in the case of disclosing your email address in response to any legal process.

We use non-personally identifiable information that we collect to improve the design and content of our site and to enable us to personalize your Internet experience. We also may use this information to analyze site usage, as well as to offer you products, programs, or services.

We may disclose personally identifiable information, such as an email address, in response to any legal process. We also may disclose such information in response to a law enforcement agency’s request, or where we believe it is necessary to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, and applicable laws or as otherwise required or permitted by law or consistent with legal requirements. In addition, we may transfer personally identifiable information about you if we are acquired by, sold to, or merged with another company.

Agents and contractors who have access to personally identifiable information are required to protect this information in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Policy by, for example, not using the information for any purpose other than to carry out the services they are performing for us.

Some of our sites contain links to other sites whose information practices may be different than ours. You should consult the other sites’ privacy notices as we have no control over information presented by third-parties.

We may update this Privacy Policy at any time without notice. It is your responsibility to check back often for any revisions to this policy.

Unnamed sources

Trust and credibility with our readers and our community are foundational to the journalistic mission of the Long Beach Post. Occasionally, in the course of our reporting, it may be necessary for our reporters to rely on unnamed sources.

This is an infrequent practice, taken with great caution, to provide information that is important to the public—and essential to a story—only when such information is unavailable by other means.

Reporters should make every effort to verify the information provided and only grant anonymity in an article if there is a compelling reason to do so, such as fear of retaliation.

The identity of unnamed sources are always known to the Post. Besides the reporter, at least one high-ranking editor or department head must also know the identity of the source and must approve inclusion in the story.

We do not publish information without knowing where it came from, and we should make every effort to explain as much as possible to readers about the source without revealing his or her identity.

Reporters and editors should be satisfied that unnamed sources have a factual basis for the information they’re providing before publishing it.

Unnamed sources should not be granted anonymity simply to speculate about something, attack someone or promote a point of view.

A sponsored story is a paid advertisement from a Long Beach Post Partner. Sponsored stories are clearly marked with a “Sponsored” tag. All sponsored stories go through editorial review to ensure they are factually correct and meet the Post‘s standards for ethical journalism.

Re-publishing Stories

All content published on this website is the copyright of the Long Beach Post. However, the first 150 words, rounded up to the end of the sentence, of any story from the Long Beach Post may be republished without the need for permission, as long as the following elements are included:

  • the original headline
  • the author’s byline
  • the original publication date
  • a link to the original story, in the format “Read more on the Long Beach Post“, or similar.

Contributions

Reader contributions support the Long Beach Post’s continuing mission to provide independent, fact-based journalism focused on the city of Long Beach. Please note that the Long Beach Post is a for-profit entity, and as such your contribution is not tax-deductible. If you have any questions about contributing to the Long Beach Post, please contact us at [email protected].

Refund Policy

If you have made an error in making your contribution or change your mind about contributing to the Long Beach Post, we will honor your request for a refund made within 30 days of your contribution.

To request a refund, call (562) 437-5814 or email [email protected] and provide the full name and email address associated with your donation. Refunds are returned using the original method of payment. If you made your donation by credit card, your refund will be credited to that same credit card.