The Spokesman-Review Privacy Policy


Because your privacy is important to us, The operates by the following principles:

We explicitly ask when we need information that personally identifies you ("Personal Information"). Personal Information may be needed to provide unique services specific to you, like personal directions or personalized news and information. Other services may need more extensive Personal Information in order to provide a package tailored to a specific individual's needs. Other services that we offer may require more extensive Personal Information in order to provide a package tailored to a specific individual's needs. For example, The may ask you for your name and e-mail address if you wish to personalize your home page. Some portions of the site may ask you to provide personal financial information (in addition to Personal Information like name and address) over an encrypted connection, enabling you to purchase items online. We may request that you provide Personal Information as part of a contest or promotion.

We use your Personal Information to operate The, and we may occasionally inform you of new features, services, and products from The In all cases, we will explicitly inform you as to the requirement and/or use of requested Personal Information.

All users who wish to access paid news content on The are required to register in order to gain access to that portion of our site and must agree with the terms of our Membership Agreement. The requires all registrants to provide a valid e-mail address and a personal password. Members who want online access to our paid content will be required to provide additional Personal Information, including, but not limited to, home address, home telephone number, home zip code, newspaper subscriber account number (when applicable), as well as other billing and credit card information. Other demographic information (e.g., country, zip code, age, sex, job title, etc.) may also be requested from time to time.

We may also place a text file called a "cookie" in the browser files of your computer. The cookie itself does not contain Personal Information although it will enable The to relate your use of our Web site to information that you have specifically and knowingly provided to or requested from us.

The may perform statistical analyses of user behavior in order to measure interest in the various areas of our site (for product development purposes) and to inform advertisers as to how many users have seen or "clicked" their advertising banners. We also may use demographic and preference information to allow advertising banners on our Web site to be targeted, in aggregate, to the users for whom they are most pertinent. This means that users see advertising that is most likely to interest them, and advertisers send their messages to people who are most likely to be receptive, improving both the viewer's experience and the effectiveness of the ads. In this statistical analyses and banner advertisement targeting, we will disclose information to third parties only in aggregate form. Personal Information about you as an individual member or viewer of our site will not be provided to any third party without your consent, except under the circumstances described in Compliance with Legal Process below.

To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the appropriate use of information, we have put in place physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to protect the information we collect online.

The may disclose Personal Information if we are required to do so by law or we in good faith believe that such action is necessary to (1) comply with the law or with legal process; (2) protect and defend our rights and property; (3) protect against misuse or unauthorized use of The; or (4) protect the personal safety or property of our users or the public (among other things, this means that if you provide false information or attempt to pose as someone else, information about you may be disclosed as part of any investigation into your actions).


If at any time you believe The has not adhered to these principles or if you have questions about our Privacy Policy, you may notify us by e-mail at We will use all commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and correct the problem.

The is maintained by The Spokesman-Review and owned by Cowles Publishing Company, 999 West Riverside Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201.