Colorado Springs Independent Online User Agreement and Privacy Policy 

Online User Agreement

Effective 08/01/2018

By accessing and its associated online platforms (the site(s)), you are entering into an agreement with The Colorado Springs Independent (the Independent) and agree to the following terms.

User-generated content

The Independent requires online users to register for access to add user-generated content on the site(s), though registration is not required to access the site(s). The Independent’s registration requirement is meant to avoid anonymous posting, to cut down on unproductive comments, “spam” and “trolling.” You agree to provide accurate registration information as required, or be removed from the site(s). 

User-generated content on the Independent’s site(s) is the sole responsibility of the poster. Though the Independent does not control the content posted by the site(s) users, it reserves the right to delete, edit, or otherwise modify user-generated content in its sole discretion and without notice, and to revoke user access to the site(s).

Under this agreement, you may not:

  • Post or link to any content considered hate-speech, racist, homophobic or sexist;
  • Post or link to any content in violation of copyrights;
  • Post or link to any content that is considered illegal, libelous or defamatory;
  • Post or link to any content considered abusive, threatening, or any form of personal attack on Independent staff or other online users;
  • Post or link to any content considered to be unrelated to the the site(s) discussion;
  • Post or link to any content considered “spam,” advertorial, or promotional content for goods and services;
  • Post or link any content anonymously;
  • Impersonate any individual or organization including but not limited to the Independent, Independent staff, or other online users of the site(s)
  • Post or link to any content that contains virus or malware software, or any other harmful component meant to limit the functionality of the site(s) or the computers/devices of individual online users;
  • Compile or store online user information;
  • Restrict other online users from accessing the site(s).

Content found in violation of the terms listed above will be deleted from the site(s) at the Independent’s sole discretion and without notice, and may result in terminated access to the site(s).

By registering with and publishing user-generated content to the site(s), you agree to hold the Independent harmless in all claims, costs and expenses stemming from any user-generated content found in violation of this agreement.

The Independent does not guarantee the accuracy of user-generated content on the site(s) and has no control over users publishing content to the site(s). It is impossible for the Independent to constantly monitor user-generated content on the site(s). Some content may be found to be misleading, incorrect, or otherwise offensive, and may be flagged for moderation by other online users of the site(s). If you believe any content on the site(s) is in violation of the terms listed above, or your legal rights are being infringed upon, you may flag the content in question for moderation and/or contact the Independent immediately at 719/577-4545, or via email to

In the case that repeated reports of misuse are unfounded, the Independent reserves the right to terminate your access to the site(s) by its sole discretion.

By publishing user-generated content on the site(s) you agree that the Independent reserves the right to reproduce, distribute and/or modify user-generated content, royalty-free, for any reason, and at the Independent’s sole discretion.  The Independent also reserves the right to contact you via email in regards to user-generated content.


The Independent does not orient the site(s) toward children, nor target them as an audience. The Independent does not, however, screen users by age to allow access to the site(s). Some of the material found on the site(s) is for mature audiences only and parental discretion is advised. Parents and guardians agree to take responsibility for monitoring their children's use of the site(s) and to hold the Independent harmless in all claims, costs and expenses stemming from consuming content unintended for minors, and/or user-generated content published by children. The Independent does not collect or distribute information indicating whether a user is a minor. 

Privacy Policy

Information we collect

Portions of the Independent’s sites(s) require visitors to provide personally identifiable information that may include your name, age, address and e-mail address. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 18 (see below).

Additionally, our servers automatically collect information about which pages are visited and the IP address or domain name of visitors. We use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server, and to administer our website. Your IP address is not linked to personally identifiable information but is used to gather broad demographic information.

How we use information that is collected

By using the Independent’s site(s), you agree we may share your information

  • to improve existing features or develop new features, products and services by analyzing how site features are being used;
  • to award prizes in contests or promotions. Participation in some contests or promotions may require visitors to agree to be contacted by the Colorado Springs Independent;
  • to provide advertisers or other third parties with aggregate information about our user base and usage patterns. Personally identifiable information is kept private and not distributed to third parties;
  • and /or to send e-mail notifications about new or existing products and services, special offers, or to otherwise contact you. These contacts are on an opt-in basis only, based on the preferences you have specified .

The Independent reserves the right to disclose user account information with third party entities to comply with valid legal requirements, such as a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena or court order; when the Independent has reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who, intentionally or unintentionally, may be causing injury or harm to other users , the Independent, or Independent staff, or violating the terms of service of this website. The Independent may also share information as to establish or exercise the Independent’s legal rights, or to defend against legal claims.


The site(s) uses a number of first and third party cookies to ensure functionality and to track website performance. Cookies are pieces of information that a website transfers to your computer/device for record-keeping purposes. The cookie itself does not contain any personally identifying information, but may be used to tell when your computer/device has previously contacted our site. For example, cookies may be used to ensure that you will not see the same ads too often in a single session. We also may use cookies to save your passwords so you don't have to re-enter it each time you visit portions of our site. This information is not used for commercial purposes. If you have an adblocker installed on your computer/device, the performance of the site(s) may be hindered.


The site(s) may contain links to other websites. The Independent is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites, including any sites that may indicate a special relationship or partnership with the Independent (such as co-branded pages and "powered by" relationships), or the sites of our advertisers that you go to by clicking on a banner ad. The Independent does not disclose unique identifiers to those responsible for the linked sites; the linked sites, however, may collect personal information from you when you link to their site. This collecting of information is not subject to the Independent’s control. To ensure protection of your privacy, always review the privacy policy of the sites you visit.


The Independent may display advertisements on the site(s). These ads may contain cookies. We do not have access to this information, nor do we control its use.


The Independent site(s) have security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control.

User registration

Interaction with potions of the site(s) may require voluntary registration. These forms require you to give us personally identifiable information, which may include contact information (like your name and e-mail address) and unique identifiers. If you so signify beforehand, the Independent may use your contact information from the registration form to send you information about our company and promotional material from some of our partners. Unique identifiers are collected only for use as account numbers in our record system. The Independent does not disclose any unique identifiers to any third parties.

The information collected from online registration forms is used to improve existing features or develop new features, products and services by analyzing how site features are being used. Such information may be shared with third parties on an aggregate basis.

You are responsible for the online user profiles and passwords. The Independent does not have the ability to manipulate or change member login information or passwords on the site(s). For further assistance with your member profile, email, or call 719/577-4545.

Your acceptance of these terms

By using the Independent site(s), you signify your acceptance of the terms of the Colorado Springs Independent Online User Agreement and Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to the terms of this policy, please exit the site(s) immediately. Additionally, your continued use of the site(s) following the posting of changes to these terms will mean that you accept those changes.

E-mail updates

If the above Online User Agreement and/or Privacy Statement is altered in any way, members will be notified via email from, and changes will be clearly posted on this page prior to the effective date posted above.

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