Privacy Policy

Privacy PolicyEffective April 1, 2009

Our Commitment To Privacy
The privacy of our readers is important to (SMO). To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and your available options regarding the collection and use of your information. To make this notice easy to find, we make it available on our homepage and at every point where personally identifiable information may be requested.
The Information We Collect:
This notice applies to all information collected or submitted on the SMO website. Throughout the website, viewers can share comments, network with other readers or register to receive materials or attend special events, subject to the approval of the webmaster. The types of personal information collected at these pages might include, for example:
Email address
Phone number

On some pages, viewers can submit information about other people. For example, if you submit a photo for publication on our website, we may ask for identifying information about the subjects pictured in the photo. In such a circumstance, the types of personal information collected might include:
Phone Number
Names and Ages of Children

Please see the section “Our Commitment to Children’s Privacy” in this Notice for our policy regarding the handling of identifying information concerning children.
The Way We Use Information:
SMO values its website visitors, and strives to protect the privacy of the personal information shared with us. We do not distribute or sell information collected from our readers with any outside parties for any commercial purpose. Please visit the Contributor Guidelines notice for further information regarding the handling of biographical information of our contributing readers.
Site visitors may subscribe to our e-updates at any time. uses , which guarantees the permanent removal of your email address from its mailing lists. In each email you receive from SMO, there will be a link to update your email address, unsubscribe or change areas of interest.
We use return email addresses only to answer the email we receive. Such addresses are not used for any other purpose and are not shared with outside parties.
You can register with our website if you would like to receive our newsletter updates along with information about products and services from our sponsors. Information you submit on our website will not be used for this purpose unless you fill out the registration form.
We use non-identifying and aggregate information to better design our website and to share with advertisers. For example, we may tell an advertiser that X number of individuals visited a certain area on our website, or that Y number of men and Z number of women filled out our registration form, but we would not disclose anything that could be used to identify those individuals.
SMO has a presence on multiple popular social networking sites, including, but not limited to, Facebook© and Twitter©. These social groups allow site users to affiliate with SMO and/or provide personal commentary on topics of potential interest to our readers. Those choosing to participate in these social network groups agree that they will share information at their own risk and in accordance with the Terms of Use and Privacy Policies of the particular social networking site(s). In posting comments to one of SMO’s social networks, users further agree to allow SMO to reprint and/or reuse the posted information on any of its websites or printed materials.
Finally, we never use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described above without also providing you an opportunity to opt-out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses.
Our Commitment To Data Security
To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Our Commitment To Children’s Privacy:
Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important to SMO, and is central to our mission. For that reason, we do not post information on our website revealing the identity of a minor under the age of 13 without parental authorization. We do not share or publish the addresses or telephone numbers of minor children.
How You Can Access Or Correct Your Information
You can access all your personally identifiable information that we collect online and maintain by contacting the webmaster at or (217) 698-4097. We use this procedure to better safeguard your information.
You can correct factual errors in your personally identifiable information by sending us a written request (electronic mail is acceptable) that credibly shows error. To protect your privacy and security, we will also take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.
You can unsubscribe to SMO’s e-updates at any time. uses , which guarantees the permanent removal of your email address from its mailing lists. In each email you receive from SMO, there will be a link to update your email address, unsubscribe or change areas of interest.
How To Contact Us
Should you have other questions or concerns about these privacy policies, please call us at (217) 698-4097 or send us an email at

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