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Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy governs your use of Jobs, a service of Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive ("WPNI"). If you leave the washingtonpost.com service and go to other areas of the washingtonpost.com site, or a third party's site, the privacy policy of washingtonpost.com or the third party will govern your activities.

At the same time that washingtonpost.com is committed to bringing you information tailored to your individual needs, we recognize the importance of protecting the privacy of personally identifiable information collected about you. In adopting this customer privacy policy, our intent is to balance our legitimate business interests in collecting and using information and your reasonable expectations of privacy.

Your Profile

As part of your membership on the Jobs site, you can fill out a short profile. You can classify your profile in two ways, depending on your privacy preference.

Private

You can choose to classify your profile as private so that your contact information included in your profile will be kept confidential. If you have a resume or skills survey that is Active and a profile that is private, your resume or skills survey will be searchable by employers and recruiters who pay for access to our resume and skills database products, but your contact information within the profile will be shielded from view. Employers and recruiters who pay for access to our resume and skills database products will only be able to contact you through the email address you supply in the profile information, but will not be able to view the specific address. Any contact information you choose to include in the resume or skills survey itself will not be shielded from view.

Public

You can choose to classify your profile as public so that your contact information included in your profile will be seen as submitted by you. If you have a profile that is Public and a resume and skills survey that is Active, your resume or skills survey will be searchable by employers and recruiters who pay access to our resume or skills databases products, and your contact information within the profile will be seen.

You have the ability to change the classification of your profile at any time by logging into your My Jobs account, selecting My Profile, and making your desired changes.

Resumes

As part of our service, Jobs gives you the option of putting up to three of your resumes in our database for your use when applying for jobs online. There are two ways you can classify each of your resumes, depending upon your privacy preferences:

Inactive

You can classify any of your resumes in our database on a confidential basis so that you can use it to apply for a job online, but employers and recruiters will not have access to search it through our resume database product.

Active

You can choose to classify one of your resumes on a searchable basis so that all employers and recruiters who pay for access to our resume database product will have access to your resume. We use our best efforts to grant access to this database only to paying employers, recruiters, hiring managers, headhunters, and human resource professionals, but cannot guarantee that other parties will not, without our consent, gain access to this database, or that paying employers will not forward your resume to another party. You may remove your resume from our searchable database at any time. However, employers and recruiters who have paid for access to the database, and other parties who have otherwise gained access to the database, may have retained a copy of your resume in their own files or databases. We are not responsible for the retention, use, or privacy of resumes in these instances, or for the use or privacy of resumes by any of such parties while resumes are in the database.

Skills Surveys

As part of our service, Jobs gives you the option of completing and putting up skills surveys in our database, for use when applying for jobs online. You may delete your skills survey at any time from the database. By posting your skill survey, it will be searchable by all employers and recruiters who pay for access to our skills database product.

We use our best efforts to grant access to this database only to paying employers, recruiters, hiring managers, headhunters, and human resource professionals, but cannot guarantee that other parties will not, without our consent, gain access to this database, or that paying employers will not forward your skills survey to another party. You may remove your skills survey from our searchable database at any time. However, employers and recruiters who have paid for access to the database, and other parties who have otherwise gained access to the database, may have retained a copy of your skills survey in their own files or databases. We are not responsible for the retention, use, or privacy of skills surveys in these instances, or for the use or privacy of skills surveys by any of such parties while skills surveys are in the database.

Updating Account Information

We allow you to change or correct your personal information at any time. To do so, simply log into your My Jobs account, go to your profile, and you will find options for editing the information you have submitted.

Online Ad Order Security for Post A Job and Other Online Products

When you place an order online, your personal details and credit card information are scrambled using SSL encryption technology before being sent over the Internet. Although we cannot guarantee encryption or the privacy of your personal details and credit card information, SSL makes it very difficult for your information to be stolen or intercepted while being transferred. Our Credit Card transactions are maintained by a company called Verisign, Inc. (http://www.verisign.com). All information sent to Verisign, Inc. is encrypted, which will protect it against disclosure to third parties. When we receive your order, it is kept encrypted until Verisign, Inc. is ready to process it. For further information about Verisign, Inc.'s privacy and security practices, please click here.

What personally identifiable information does washingtonpost.com collect from me?

washingtonpost.com collects information in several ways. Some personal information is gathered when you register. During registration, washingtonpost.com asks for information such as your name, e-mail address, birth date, gender, zip code, and country, and optional information regarding household income. The more information you volunteer, the better we are able to customize your experience. We may also ask you for other information at other times – such as when you enter a contest or promotion, or when you post an online ad. Whenever we collect information about you, we will make an effort to link to our privacy policy. See the paragraph below about "cookies" and what information is collected by means of the use of cookies.

How does washingtonpost.com use my information?

Our primary goal in collecting personal information is to provide you, the user, with a customized experience on our network of sites. This includes personalization services, interactive communications, online shopping and many other types of services, most of which are completely free to you. In order to provide services free of charge, we display advertisements. By knowing a little about you, Jobs® and its partners are able to deliver more relevant advertisements and content, and hence better service to you.

washingtonpost.com delivers targeted advertisements on behalf of advertisers. Advertisers give us an advertisement and tell us the type of audience they want to reach (for example, females over 25 years old). We take the advertisement and display it to users meeting that criteria. In this process, the advertiser never has access to individual account information. Only washingtonpost.com has access to individuals' accounts. This kind of advertisement targeting is done with banner ads as well as promotional e-mail. You will only receive special offers via e-mail from washingtonpost.com if you have not indicated in your account preferences that you would like not to receive them. You can change your account preferences at any time.

washingtonpost.com does research on our users' demographics, interests, and behavior based on the information provided to us upon registration, during a promotion, from our server log files or from surveys. We do this to better understand and serve our users. This research is compiled and analyzed on an aggregated basis. washingtonpost.com may share this aggregated data with advertisers or business partners.

Who is collecting information?

When you are on an area of washingtonpost.com and are asked for personal information, you are sharing that information with The Washington Post Company, its divisions, vendors providing hosting services for washingtonpost.com and/or its third party list managers unless it is specifically stated otherwise. If data is being collected and/or maintained by any other company, you will be notified prior to the time of the data collection or transfer. If you do not want your data to be shared, you can choose not to allow the transfer by not using that particular service.

Promotions that run on washingtonpost.com may be sponsored by companies other than washingtonpost.com or may be co-sponsored by washingtonpost.com and another company. Some or all data collected during a promotion may be shared with the sponsor. If data will be shared, you will be notified prior to the time of data collection or transfer. You can decide not to participate in the promotion if you don't want your data to be shared. Currently, most washingtonpost.com promotions are limited to U.S. or North American residents.

Please be aware that washingtonpost.com advertisers or Web sites that have links on our site may collect personally identifiable information about you. The information practices of those Web sites linked to washingtonpost.com are not covered by this privacy statement.

With whom does washingtonpost.com share my information?

As a general rule, washingtonpost.com will not disclose any of your personally identifiable information except when we have your permission or under special circumstances, such as when we believe in good faith that the law requires it or under the circumstances described below. The following describes the ways that your information may be disclosed.

Web servers serving washingtonpost.com automatically collect information about which pages each user visits and the domain name (e.g., earthlink.com) of visitors. This information is used for internal review, to tailor information to individual visitors and for traffic audits. We also provide this information (as well as information from third-party market researchers) about our users on an aggregated, anonymous basis to our advertisers. Any personally identifiable information provided by subscribers online as part of an advertiser promotion online (i.e. online coupons) may be provided directly to advertisers.

Business Partners & Sponsors: washingtonpost.com will only disclose your personal information to business partners or sponsors after you have been informed of this disclosure. We will inform you of the disclosures we plan to make of your personal data either before we collect the data or before we transfer it. You will have an opportunity to tell us that you do not want your data disclosed to these other entities. If you tell us this, we may need to exclude you from the particular promotion or other opportunity we are providing to you. The following sections of this policy spell out these principles in greater detail.

Many promotions offer opportunities to request additional information from sponsors. When you request more information about a particular promotion, your e-mail address may be shared with the sponsor of that promotion. If information other than (or in addition to) your e-mail address will be shared with the sponsor, you will be notified at the time such additional information is collected from you.

Third Party Data & Data in the Aggregate: Under confidentiality agreements, washingtonpost.com may match aggregated user information with third party data. Also, washingtonpost.com discloses aggregated user statistics in order to describe our services to prospective partners, advertisers, and other third parties, and for other lawful purposes.

Editorial: A user's personally identifiable information (e.g., name, e-mail address) may be used by washingtonpost.com for editorial purposes. For example, we may use information provided by you to us as part of an online survey conducted by our editors.

Other: If we run competitions or contests on washingtonpost.com, you may be required to provide information such as your telephone number and address in order to participate. The exact rules may vary in each case but the specific rules for any contest will state how that information may be used. Unless you have told us that you would prefer not to receive e-mail from us, we may send you e-mails about washingtonpost.com products, promotions, or services as well as on behalf of other companies.

Except as stated in this privacy policy or at the time of collection, a user's personally identifiable information will not be transferred to a party outside The Washington Post Company, its divisions, its vendors providing internet hosting services or advertising services or third party list managers unless stated at the time of collection. If you do not wish to receive any e-mail or to have us share such information with another party, you may "opt out" at any time by (i) clicking the box on the registration form or the updated membership profile form requesting us not to e-mail you or to share such information, (ii) e-mailing us at webnews@washingtonpost.com or (iii) contacting us by mail at 1515 North Courthouse Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201. washingtonpost.com may also disclose account information in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be violating our Terms and Conditions or may be causing injury to or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) washingtonpost.com's rights or property, other washingtonpost.com users, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities.

What are cookies and how does washingtonpost.com use them?

washingtonpost.com places a "cookie" on the browser of a washingtonpost.com user's computer to store and sometimes track information about you. A cookie can be used to tell when your computer has contacted a Web site; we use the information for editorial purposes and for other purposes such as measuring certain traffic patterns. For example, cookies are used to ensure that you don't see the same ad too many times in a single session. We may also use cookies to track your progress and number of entries in some of our promotions and contests. Advertising networks that serve ads into our site may also use their own cookies.

Opting-Out of Online Advertising Cookies

Online advertising for washingtonpost.com is delivered by the vendor DoubleClick. DoubleClick places cookies on your browser to facilitate serving particular ads – for instance, to help determine whether you have seen a particular advertisement before, to tailor ads to you if you have visited our site before, and to avoid sending you duplicate advertisements. You can opt out of DoubleClick’s use of cookies for these purposes by visiting http://www.google.com/intl/en/privacy/.

In some cases, we and advertisers on washingtonpost.com and other sites work with other third-party vendors to help deliver advertisements tailored to your interests. These vendors include ad networks and audience segment providers, and they place cookies on your browser to collect information about your online activity (e.g., the sites and pages you have visited) in order to help advertisers deliver particular ads on our site and other sites that they believe you would find most relevant. You can opt out of those vendors’ use of cookies to tailor advertising to you by visiting http://www.aboutads.info/.

Often our advertisers contract with a third-party service to host their ads. In this case, an ad serving vendor contacts the advertisers’ hosting service for a particular advertisement. In that case, an independent cookie may be used by the third-party service. We do not have a mechanism to allow visitors to opt-out of cookies from vendors with whom we do not have a contractual relationship.

We do not control the privacy policies of our business partners, advertisers, sponsors or other sites to which we provide hyperlinks. washingtonpost.com users should also be aware that, when you voluntarily disclose personal information in chat areas or bulletin boards, that information may be collected by others and may result in unsolicited messages from others.

Kids under 13: Do not send any information about yourself to us - including information like your name, address, or e-mail address. We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under 13. In the event that we learn that we have collected any personal information from a child under the age of 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information from our database as quickly as possible.

Technology on the Internet is developing at a rapid pace, and we need to maintain our flexibility in the online arena. If we need to change our policy in the future, we will post these changes as soon as they go into effect.