For Humans, By Humans
History is in the making with the arrival of generative artificial intelligence, and when it comes to the work we do here at Oregon Media, we stand with our fellow members of the publishing industry in the belief that these tools must respect journalistic and creative content. We value our relationship with you, our readers, and to that end, you can trust us to maintain the highest standards of storytelling: by the community, for our community.
Oregon Media’s policy on AI’s use is most simply that our content be “by humans, for humans.” Specifically, you can trust that our content is original, from concept to completion. All writers and photographers have a clear understanding, bound by a contractual obligation, to submit work of which no part is generated by AI.
As the world evolves, we’re intrigued about the ways creative minds can be more creative. But at Oregon Media, we are most dedicated to the unique stories about community and experiences that can only come with lived experience. Bend Magazine is the soul of Central Oregon, and we plan to keep it that way.
Thank you for being part of our journey into this new world, and for reading the stories that start and end with a human touch. No technology can replace what we experience together.
Editor in Chief, Oregon Media
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Information Collection and Use
Bendmagazine.com collects certain user-submitted information (“personal information”) so that users may operate various features of our website. Any user may access our website’s home page and browse our website without disclosing personal information. For website activities that request personal information, you agree to provide accurate and current information about yourself. We may retain personal information for an indefinite amount of time to preserve our database and to comply with various federal and state laws.
To participate as a member of our website or in online activities, you may be required to provide personally identifiable information such as your e-mail address and zip code. Bendmagazine.com collects personal information for several important purposes, including providing subscriber services, operating our membership base, protecting the security of our users and the website, improving or adding features to our service and website, or distributing our newsletters. A user’s e-mail address or zip code is not shared with or displayed to other users.
The only personal information bendmagazine.com obtains is information voluntarily provided by you through our website. This website does not collect additional personal information about individual users from other sources. To manage our website and improve our website services, we may collect non-personal information about our users, such as Internet server and browser identification, Internet service provider, clickstream information, the web page from which a person enters our site, web pages visited, duration of visit, domain type, IP address, member lists, and aggregate user data. This information does not reveal a user’s personal identity. This information, which is not personally identifiable, may be shared with third parties to provide more relevant services and advertisements to members. User IP addresses are recorded for security and monitoring purposes.
Information Sharing and Disclosure
Bendmagazine.com will only share or disclose users’ personal information with companies other than Oregon Media when it is required by law; when disclosure is necessary to operate the website or certain website services; to protect the safety of our users, employees, or property; and/or when disclosure is consistent with Oregon Media’s practices for services that are similarly provided offline.
When users send e-mail correspondence to us, we will protect your e-mail address and other personal contact information. We may share your personal information with our operational providers or those persons, companies, or agents who provide support for the internal operations of the website, such as maintenance and technical services.
We may collect and provide aggregate information about our users to our advertisers, sponsors, promotional partners, and affiliates, such as how many persons visited a particular page or activity, or the likes and dislikes of our users, but this information does not include personal information about any individual user. We may obtain geographic information such as zip-code clustering from other sources, but this aggregate information will not reveal any personal information about a specific user.
Information Collection and Use by Advertisers
Bendmagazine.com uses a third-party advertising company to serve ads when you visit our website. This advertising company may collect and use information (not including personally identifiable information) about your visits to our site and other websites not owned and operated by bendmagazine.com in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. In addition, we may share non-personal website usage information about users to this website with this company for the purpose of managing and targeting advertisements and for market research analysis on our site and other sites. In the course of serving advertisements to this website, our third party advertiser may place or recognize a unique “cookie” on your computer.
Bendmagazine.com takes precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline. Wherever we collect sensitive information (such as credit card data), that information is encrypted and transmitted to us in a secure way. You can verify this by looking for a lock icon in the address bar and looking for “https” at the beginning of the address of the Web page. While we use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also protect your information offline. Bendmagazine.com member accounts are secured by member-created passwords. We take precautions to ensure that member account information is kept private. We use reasonable measures to protect member information that is stored within our database, and we restrict access to member information to those employees who need access to perform their job functions, such as our customer service personnel and technical staff. Please note that we cannot guarantee the security of member account information. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of member information at any time.
For the convenience of our users, bendmagazine.com may offer helpful website links provided by other entities and/or persons. Bendmagazine.com does not endorse or recommend, nor is it liable for, the products or services of any websites not owned or operated by Oregon Media LLC. When you visit other websites you will also be subject to the privacy policies and terms of usage or service agreements, if any, of that website operator.
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