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We do not sell or disclose any personal information about our users. Information is not distributed to any third party.
Any personal information collected by the Hawkinge Gazette and Channel Coast News (Localrags) is kept securely.
Personal information, such as name and email, is used primarily to recognise individual readers.
Occasionally the Hawkinge Gazette and Channel Coast News (Localrags) will use individually identifiable information, like email addresses, in order to contact the user for technical support or other site related information .
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The Hawkinge Gazette and Channel Coast News (Localrags) does not track general information about people visiting our site.
This does not apply to any anonymous searches made on the site, which enables us to include items which are of interest to the readers.
The Hawkinge Gazette and Channel Coast News (Localrags) will not under any circumstances publish letters from anonymous authors. We must have a valid Email address or home address. If the author wishes to withhold their name, the published letter will be signed - name and address supplied. Anyone wishing to know the identity of the author must contact the Hawkinge Gazette and Channel Coast News (Localrags). We will then approach the author to see if they are willing to have their identity disclosed to everyone or to the person requesting the information. Under normal circumstances we would request that we disclose the name of the person requesting the information, to the author.
Correspondence where the Editor considers there to be a contrary view on another individual, group, party or business will only be published if the senders name is used.
Letters which are considered to be possibly libelous or threatening will not be published under any circumstances.
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