Privacy Policy/ Terms of Use

Who we are

The Syncopated Times, LLC produces 12 monthly issue of The Syncopated Times each year and delivers them to US and some non-US paid subscribers by mail. Issues are also made available online at behind a “metered paywall”. Our income is derived from paid subscriptions and advertising. We do not sell, share, or profit from subscriber information.

Postal Address:

The Syncopated Times
1809 Whitesboro St.
Utica, NY 13502

Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it may collect personal data, such as name, email address, personal account preferences; transactional data, such as purchase information; and technical data, such as information about cookies.

This data is collected so we can maintain a subscriber based model allowing users to sign in and view content. Most of this data is directly provided by users upon registration. The rest is collected by cookies or other site operations collecting their account preferences, settings, and usage.

Personal data is not just created by a user’s interactions with the website. Personal data is also generated from technical processes such as contact forms, comments, cookies, analytics, and third party embeds.


Currently does not allow comments. Should that change the below information explains what happens when a comment is left.

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.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


Currently does not allow uploads from users. If you upload images to any website you should keep in mind that:

If you upload images to a website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to a website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

The two forms currently used on are to sign up to our mailing list, or to send us a message. An email message is generated by this form and sent to us which contains the time submitted, the page the visitor was on and the browser and device they were using. This automated meta data record is retained in our internal email system.


If you visit our login page, 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.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will remain active until you log out or clear the cookie from your browser. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

The website paywall relies on a cookie to count the number of pages visited in a one month space of time.

Cookies are also generated by Google Analytics so that we can track the number and behavior of visitors to the site.

The social sharing buttons, specifically Facebook, also use cookies to provide an accurate count of shares for each post.

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. YouTube videos, 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.


The controller has integrated the component Google Analytics (with anonymisation function) on this website.

Google Analytics is a web analytics service. Web analysis is the gathering, collection and analysis of data about the behavior of visitors to websites. Among other things, a web analysis service collects data on which website a data subject has come to a website from (so-called referrers), which subpages of the website were accessed or how often and for which period of time a subpage was viewed. A web analysis is mainly used to optimize a website and for the cost-benefit analysis of Internet advertising.

The operator of the Google Analytics component is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, USA.

Google Analytics uses cookies. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. Google might transfer the personal information collected via this technical procedure to third parties.

As IP anonymization is activated on our website, your IP address will be shortened by Google within Member States of the European Union or other states in agreement with the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases, the full IP address is sent to and shortened by a Google server in the USA. On behalf of the operator of the website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, compile reports on website activity and to provide further services related to website and internet use to us. The IP address transferred through your browser to Google Analytics will not be combined with other data held by Google.

In addition, this website uses the Analytics feature UserID to track interaction data. This User ID will be additionally anonymized and encrypted and will not be linked with other data.

You can prevent the storage of cookies by a corresponding setting of your browser software; however, please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use all the features of this website to the fullest extent possible.

In addition, you may prevent the collection of the data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) by Google as well as the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link:

This browser add-on informs Google Analytics via JavaScript that no data and information about website visits may be transmitted to Google Analytics.

In addition, a cookie already set by Google Analytics can be deleted at any time via the Internet browser or other software programs.

Further information and Google‘s applicable privacy regulations can be found at and The following link provides a further explanation of Google Analytics

Our website also uses Google Analytics performance reports relating to demographics and interests and reports on Google Display Network impressions. You can disable Google Analytics for display advertising and customize the ads on the Google Display Network by visiting the ad settings at this link:

Who we share your data with

Payments to The Syncopated Times, LLC are hosted by the third party companies Paypal and Stripe. The Syncopated Times, LLC has no access to credit card information entered. Data storage is subject to the policies of those companies.

We will not sell personal data such as names, email addresses, or home addresses to anyone.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

User information is retained indefinitely.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Some authorised third parties (for example payment processors) may transfer data outside the United states, United Kingdom (“UK”) or European Union (“EU”). We take appropriate steps to ensure that data remains within jurisdictions with adequate protections for personal data and ensure that recipients of personal data from us are bound to duties of confidentiality, where relevant or appropriate. Where this is not possible, we rely on data minimisation, the selection of trusted companies with privacy policies and auditable processes which we have reviewed and seek to ensure that there are adequate safeguards in place for protecting transferred data, for example Standard Contractual Clauses. For more information on the safeguards for transfer in a particular operation please contact us. We may also be required to disclose or otherwise process your personal data in the context of a regulatory audit to which we may be subject from time to time.

The servers of are in the United States and all communications with the site, by default, are being sent to or from The United States.

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Our contact information

Postal Address:

The Syncopated Times
1809 Whitesboro St.
Utica, NY 13502

Our website address is:

Data Protection Officer: Joe Bebco [email protected]

How we protect your data

Credit Card information is handled by the established third parties Paypal and Stripe and is never stored on the servers or databases of The Syncopated Times. Between our server and visitors to the website we have a secure firewall provided by Cloudflare.

What data breach procedures we have in place

The only important data subject to a data breach would be the list of our users names and email addresses. Should a breach occur we would contact those affected. We strongly encouraged you to use unique passwords on every website you visit that requires one.

What third parties we receive data from

We receive a variety of information about the behavior of our visitors on the site from Google Analytics. This information includes aggregated demographic data.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data


Notice Concerning Image Scanning Robots


Legal Notice to PicScout, ,Getty Images, trading as: GYI , all other customers of PicScout, and Cyveillance Intelligence Center, Associated Press,, PicRights International,, and to any and all clients of Cyveillance Intelligence Center or PicRights International, their subsidiaries, agents, or assigns are prohibited from accessing any portion of, its servers, or subdomains.

1: Permission for the copyright scanning robot program known as PicScout, or for any similar program used to scan websites for images, and any robots owned or operated by Cyveillance Intelligence Center, Getty Images, Associated Press, PicRights International, their subsidiaries, agents, and assigns to access this site is explicitly denied. All other robots which scan content for the purpose of any law enforcement, criminal or civil, are also denied permission to access this site at any time without a duly served warrant in accordance with the 4th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America and duly codified laws of the State of New York.

2. All photo, video, and audio content on is licensed for all noncommercial reproduction with attribution to or its original author EXCEPT by any law enforcement agency, Getty Images, PicScout, Associated Press, PicRights International, and Cyveillance Intelligence Center or any of their subsidiaries, agents, or assigns; or by any other corporation that has at least once filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against one or more online users of their content. Use of any original story, photo, audio, or video recording for any purpose, by any entity which is a plaintiff in a copyright infringement case is hereby prohibited.

2: Most of the photos on were taken by or provided by our contributors. Others are either in the public domain, authorized publicity photos, or otherwise licensed for editorial use. On rare occasions an otherwise copyrighted and reserved rights photo may be commented upon within the doctrine of Fair Use.

3: In some cases may accidentally use images mislabeled as public domain or provided to us by content authors with the implication that the use of the image is authorized. We immediately, fully, and faithfully comply with all requests to remove images subject to the DMCA “take down notice” process as sanctioned by US Law and international agreement. Any request for damages received outside of this lawful process will be treated as criminal extortion and authorities in the jurisdiction from which the request was sent will be notified.

3: Getty Images, PicScout, and Cyveillance Intelligence Center, Associated Press, PicRights International, their subsidiaries, agents, and assigns are explicitly prohibited from using any image or video that originated on for any purpose.  Their use for any monetary gain by any party claiming copyright against a third party downloader from a third party web site shall be treated as a copyright violation under this Notice.

Notice concerning demands for damages originating from Getty Images, PicScout, Associated Press, PicRights International, Cyveillance Intelligence Center, or any of their subsidiaries, agents, or assigns or any other scanning robot users sending “demand notices” prior to DMCA takedown notices:

We regard Getty Images, PicScout, Associated Press, PicRights International, Cyveillance Intelligence Center, or any of their subsidiaries, agents, or assigns as entities engaged in extortion. As such, all payment demands SHALL BE REFUSED if threats of legal action are received from Getty Images, PicScout, Associated Press, PicRights International, Intelligence Center, their subsidiaries, agents, or assigns or any other copyright holder demanding “damages” prior to sending DMCA takedown notifications. Not only will we refuse to pay the funds you demand, we shall instead and in addition to refusing payment seek liquidated damages in the amount of $25,000 US per violation of our Terms of Service concerning image scanning robots. 

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