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Who we are:

We are  an independent, non-for-profit news portal covering the horn of Africa and the world, focusing on Somalia and the Horn of Africa. We give special attention to uncovering unreported news stories, terrorism, droughts, unemployment, human rights and press freedom engulfed the region. 

In addition, especial consideration will be given promoting peace, humanitarian reporting, Human Rights, terrorism and social cohesion.

Our web address is: https://hornobserver.net
When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it
1. Comments
When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
2. Media
If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.
3. Cookies
Our website https://hornobserver.net uses cookies to: store visitors’ preferences; record user-specific information on what pages users access or visit; ensure that visitors are not repeatedly sent the same banner ads; or customize our content based on visitors’ browser type or other information that the visitor sends. Cookies may also be used by third-party services, such as Google Analytics, as described herein.
At any time, you may prevent the setting of cookies by the website, by using a corresponding setting of your internet browser and may thus permanently deny the setting of cookies. 
If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
4. Content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, social media links, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.
5. Newsletter 
To register online for our electronic newsletters, we request the following required information: (i) name, and (ii) e-mail address. The provision of an e-mail address is mandatory in order to receive our newsletter.
6. Analytics
We use Google Analytics to allow us to look at aggregated data such as page views, clicks, and allow us to run tests to determine which pages result in the best actions and identify if there are any broken links in the website. However, your personally identifiable information is not used for any other purpose.
7. Comments on our social media platforms
Horn Observer has affiliated social media accounts: 
Facebook www.facebook.com/hornobserver
Twitter : https://twitter.com/hornobserver (
Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/hornobserver (link this:    
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUsWjtWh_3kykSKLdJGU_4Q   )

Comments and discussions on these forums are public and it is the responsibility of those posting comments to decide whether their comments will be public or not.

The opinions and views expressed on these platforms do not in any way reflect the views of hornobserver.net  editorial or its journalists.

We make reasonable efforts to monitor and/or moderate content posted on its social media platforms, we do not moderate all comments and cannot always respond in a timely manner to online requests for information. 

hornobserver.net reserves the sole right to review, edit and/or delete any comments it deems are inappropriate. Comments including but not limited to the following may be deleted or edited by the moderators:
Abusive or hurtful comments about a blogger or another participant;
Off-topic and redundant comments (this includes promotion or solicitation of events, groups, pages, Websites, organizations)
Comments that use foul language or “hate speech” (for example, including but not limited to racial, ethnic or gender bashing language);
Personal attacks or defamatory statements or comments (i.e., making negative personal or untrue comments about a participant), instead of just criticizing his/her posting, opinion or comments; and Comments that violate the privacy of any individual;

8. Compliance with legal process
We 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: 
(a) comply with the law or with legal process; 
(b) protect and defend our rights and property; 
(c) protect against misuse or unauthorized use of our website; or 
(d) protect the personal safety or property of our users or the public. 

9. Sensitive Personal Information
At no time should you submit sensitive personal information to us. This includes your social security number, information regarding race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, health information, criminal background, or trade union memberships. 
If you elect to submit such information to us, it will be subject to this Privacy and Spam Policy. 


10. Contact information
If you have any further questions or comments regarding Hornobserver.net website or this Privacy and Spam Policy, you may contact  email: info@hornobserver.net
11. Spam Policy
hornobserver.net  is strongly opposed to spam. We will only send e-mail to subscribers who have explicitly requested to receive an e-mail from hornobservere.net Newsletter. 
You may opt-out of future e-mail communications by following the unsubscribe links in our e-mails.