CVBT Policies

Corrections Policy

When a question about editorial matter on any of our Web sites is brought to our attention, we will investigate those concerns and correct any errors of fact. We do not "unpublished" or "take down" factually correct stories, audios or videos.

If it's a minor correction, such as a typo, it will simply be fixed as quickly as possible. But if there is a larger error, the editors will, at their option, strike through the erroneous text and then insert the corrected material so it will be plain to readers.

We try to keep our opinions out of our news stories. If you think we've fallen short, please let us know.

The authors of the Premium Content features are encouraged to offer their opinions. We feel their unique opinions are the distillation of years of expertise and are what our readers are seeking. Their material should be read with that in mind.

Story Comments

CVBT encourages story comments from our readers. The purpose is to add facts and nuances to stories, not to vent. All story comments are reviewed by an editor prior to their publication. CVBT does not knowingly permit libelous comments nor comments that could be considered personal attacks.

CVBT will not edit story comments other than to fix obvious spelling errors/typos.

Political Advertising

CVBT does not accept any political advertising. Period. We encourage our readers, viewers and listeners to become thoroughly informed about the issues and candidates but we believe there is too much distortion in political advertising and thus we will not accept any of it from anyone.

Privacy Policy

Here is how our company, BizGnus, Inc., publisher of the Central Valley Business Web site and other Web sites, treats the personally identifiable information that is collected about you by a visit to one of our sites.

Keep in mind that if you go off our site through a link to another organization, your trip there is governed by that site’s privacy policies. In other words, our policies apply only when you’re using our sites.

Also note that Web sites are constantly changing as their operators try to improve them. These changes could involve changes to privacy policies, so it’s advisable to review a site’s privacy policies (including our sites) from time to time to see if there have been changes that might affect you.

If you are a resident of California or any Canadian province, you have the right to know how your information may be shared with third parties who engage in direct marketing activities. This policy explains our practices and how you can opt out of having your information shared for such purposes.

While we do not currently make our customer lists available to companies that sell goods and services that we believe would be of interest, we might in the future. Again in the future, we might use our lists of readers for our own direct e-mail marketing. We agree that these things can sometimes be aggravating. Under California and Canadian law, you have the option of having your names and other identifying information removed from those lists. To do so, send us an e-mail at

An IP address is a unique number assigned to the computer which is requesting a page from our Web site. It’s usually stored at your Internet service provider or on your company network. BizGnus uses IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our server, to administer our Web site, and to report aggregate information which can include the following:
• The IP address of the computer making the request
• The URL that is being requested
• The date and time of the request
• The referring URL
• The browser type and operating system used to make the request

A cookie is a small amount of data that is sent to your browser from a Web server and stored on your computer's hard drive.
Cookies can be used to help target the ads you see based on user behavior. Cookies also remember certain actions.
You can block cookies or restrict cookies by reviewing the settings on your Web browser. But before you do, please keep in mind that some Web sites require cookies if you're going to be allowed to see those sites.

Web sites like to have you at least register to gain access to some or all of their content.

At this point in time, the Central Valley Business Times does not require any registration, however we might go with the crowd and add that in the future. Here’s why: It would help our advertising sales to be able to report where our readers are coming from and other aggregate -- not individual -- details of the readership. That’s one of the strongest selling point of Internet advertising, frankly.

But from a user perspective, registration is a real pain. What was the name you registered under? If you had a brainstorm when you did, can you recall that you called yourself Daffy Duck? And what about that password? Aggravating. But probably coming.

As a business, BizGnus, Inc. believes in strict adherence to the laws of our state and nation. You should know this would include providing personally identifiable information upon receipt of a court order, subpoena, or at our discretion in order to cooperate with a law enforcement investigation, without prior notice to you. We reserve the right to share personal identifiable information to cooperate with law enforcement agencies in identifying those who use our services for illegal activities. We reserve the right to report to law enforcement agencies any activities that we believe to be unlawful.

If we intend to use non-aggregate information for marketing purposes or to sell to third parties, we will notify users at the time we collect the information and allow users to opt-out of having the information used for those purposes.

As with most other Web sites, BizGnus may have to share information with third parties such as processing credit cards, getting reports on site usage and other uses. In such cases, the third parties will be required to maintain the confidentiality of such information.

And now something that perhaps ought to be common sense, but just to be perfectly clear, please read carefully the following disclaimer.

Although all information and materials carried on this Web site is believed to be reliable, makes no representation, neither expressly nor impliedly, as to the accuracy, completeness, timeliness or reliability of the materials or any information on this Web site.

By using this site or by relying on any of its materials or information, you assume all the risk and responsibility arising out of that use or reliance. expressly disclaims any warranties, express or implied, including but not limited to any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or against infringement. We shall not be liable to you or anyone else for any loss or damages whatsoever, including but not limited to any direct, indirect, special, consequential, incidental, punitive, or other damages, arising out of the use of or inability to use this Web site or any materials carried on this Web site.

Questions or concerns? Please e-mail me.

Doug Caldwell, publisher

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