Privacy Policy

Summary

Here’s a short summary for the non-lawyers:

This website respects your privacy and will not save any information except what is strictly required for its operation. If you decide to create a user account on this website, your name and email address will be saved on the server. Any information stored will not be given to any third parties unless you force us to (eg. by making threats or attempting to lure people to some virus-infested spam site).

  • We don't ask you for personal information unless we truly need it. (We can't stand services that ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason.)
  • We don't share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.
  • We don't store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of our services.

Policy

Creative Commons License

This privacy policy is based on the one released by automattic.com under the Creative Commons Sharealike license, which means you’re more than welcome to steal it and repurpose it for your own use. They would appreciate a link to WordPress.com somewhere on a site that uses this privacy policy.

Website Visitors

Like most websites, this website collects some non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, including the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Our purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how visitors use our website. From time to time, we may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of our website.

This website also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. We do not use such information to identify our visitors, however, and do not disclose such information, other than under the conditions described below.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to this website choose to interact with this website in ways that require it to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that it gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, you can sign up for a personal user account on this website, in which case you will be asked to provide your real name, a user name and your email address. We collect such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with the website. We do not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

We may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors on our websites. For instance, we may count the number of pages the average user views or the average duration of a visitor stays on the website. However, we do not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

This website discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on our behalf or to provide services available on our websites, and (ii) follow an equally strict set of rules in disclosing such information to others.

Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using our website, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. We will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, we disclose potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only when required to do so by law, or when we believe in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect our property or rights, third parties or the public at large.

If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. We take all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. This website uses cookies to help us identify and track visitors, their usage of the website, and their website access preferences. Visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using this website, with the drawback that certain features of the website may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Ads

Ads appearing on our website may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by this website and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, we may change our Privacy Policy from time to time, and in our sole discretion. We encourage visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

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