Privacy Policy

If you have any question or request about any information about you or from you as visitor of this blog, contact me via email.

I’m using the services of Automattic, hosting my blog under WordPress.com. The following will explain how Automattic processes information about you as a visitor of my blog.

This text is based on Automattic’s Privacy Notice for Visitors to Our Users’ Site and thus offered under the same Creative Commons Sharealike license.

Collected Information

Information a Visitor Provides to a Site

  • Follower and Subscriber Information: When a visitor signs up to follow or subscribe, Automattic collects the sign-up information, which typically includes an email address.
  • Site Comments: When a visitor leaves a comment, Automattic collects it and other information that the visitor provides along with it, such as the visitor’s name and email address.
  • Other Information Entered on the Site: Automattic may also collect other information that a visitor enters on the Site, such as a contact form submission, a search query, or Site registration.

Information Automattic Automatically Collects from the Site

  • Technical Data from a Visitor’s Computer and Etcetera: Automattic collects the information that web browsers, mobile devices, and servers typically make available about visitors to a Site, such as the IP address, browser type, unique device identifiers, language preference, referring site, the date and time of access, operating system, and mobile network information.
  • Visitor Interactions: Automattic collects information about a visitor’s interactions with a Site, including the “likes” and “ratings”.
  • Location Information: Automattic may determine the approximate location of a visitor’s device from the IP address. Automattic collects and uses this information to, for example, tally how many people visit my blog from certain geographic regions.
  • Akismet Commenter Information: Automattic collects information about visitors who comment, via their Akismet anti-spam service. This includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL.
  • Information from Cookies and Other Technologies: A cookie is a string of information that a Site stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the Site each time the visitor returns. Pixel tags (also called web beacons) are small blocks of code placed on Sites. Automattic uses cookies and other technologies like pixel tags to help identify and track visitors and Site usage, and to deliver targeted ads. More information about Automattics use of cookies and other technologies for tracking, including how visitors can control the use of cookies.
 

How Automattic Use Visitor Information

Automattic use information about Site visitors in order to provide access statistics and to assist in managing spam.

In addition to the above, Automattic use some information about Site visitors who are also their Users as described in their Privacy Policy.

Automattic may also use and share information that has been aggregated or reasonably de-identified, so that the information could not reasonably be used to identify any individual. For instance, Automattic may publish aggregate statistics about the use of their services.

How Automattic Share Visitor Information

Automattic may share information collected about visitors in the limited circumstances spelled out below:

  • Subsidiaries, Employees, and Independent Contractors: Automattic may disclose visitor information to their subsidiaries, their employees, and individuals who are their independent contractors that need to know the information in order to help Automattic in providing their services, or to process the information on their behalf. Automattic require their subsidiaries, employees, and independent contractors to follow this Privacy Notice for information about visitors that Automattic shares with them.
  • Third Party Vendors: Automattic may share Site visitor information with third party vendors who need to know this information in order to provide their services to Automattic. Automattic require vendors to agree to privacy commitments in order to share information with them.
  • Legal Requests: Automattic may disclose Site visitor information in response to a subpoena, court order, or other governmental request. For more information on how Automattic responds to requests for information, please see their Legal Guidelines.
  • To Protect Rights, Property, and Others: Automattic may disclose visitor information when Automattic believe in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Automattic, their Users, third parties, or the public at large. For example, if Automattic have a good faith belief that there is an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury, Automattic may disclose information related to the emergency without delay.
  • Business Transfers: In connection with any merger, sale of company assets, or acquisition of all or a portion of their business by another company, or in the unlikely event that Automattic goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, visitor information would likely be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. If any of these events were to happen, this Privacy Notice would continue to apply to visitor information and the party receiving this information may continue to use this information, but only consistent with this Privacy Notice.
  • Information Shared Publicly: Information that visitors choose to make public is disclosed publicly. That means, of course, that information like visitor comments and “likes” are all available to others, including information about the visitor that is displayed in connection with a comment or “like” (such as a visitor’s WordPress.com username). Automattic provides a “firehose” stream of public data (including comments) from Sites to provide that data to firehose subscribers, who may view and analyze the content, but do not have rights to re-publish it publicly. Public information may also be indexed by search engines or used by third parties.

Advertising

My blog may be delivered alongside ads from third party ad networks and advertisers, based on Auttomatic’s discretion.

Ad networks and analytics providers may set tracking technologies (like cookies) to collect information about visitors’ use of a Site and across other websites and online services, such as a visitor’s IP address, web browser, mobile network information, pages viewed, time spent on pages, links clicked, and conversion information. This information may be used by those companies to, among other things, analyze and track usage, determine the popularity of certain content, and deliver advertisements that may be more targeted to visitor interests. For more information about how to manage and delete cookies, visit aboutcookies.org, and for more information on interest-based ads, including information about how visitors may be able to opt out of having their web browsing information used for behavioral advertising purposes, please visit aboutads.info/choices (US based) and youronlinechoices.eu (EU based).

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