Privacy Notice

Information Collected About Visitors On This Blog

We* collect information about visitors in a few different ways–we collect certain information that the visitors provide to this blog, we collect some information automatically, and we collect any information that visitors provide to us.

Information a Visitor Provides

We’ll start with information that visitors provide directly to this blog, which primarily happens when visitors type into a text field, like a comment field or a sign-up form.

Here are the most common ways in which a visitor directly provides information to this blog:

• Follower and Subscriber Information: When a visitor signs up to follow or subscribe to this blog using Jetpack or WordPress.com, we collect the sign-up information requested by the Site, which typically includes an email address.

• Site Comments: When a visitor leaves a comment on this blog, we collect that comment, and other information that the visitor provides along with the comment, such as the visitor’s name and email address.

• PollDaddy Survey Responses: When a visitor completes a poll, quiz, or other type of survey prepared by the owner of this blog via Polldaddy.com, we collect the visitor’s responses to those surveys, and other information that the survey owner requires for a poll/quiz/survey response, like an e-mail address.

• Other Information Entered on the Site: We 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 We Automatically Collect from the Site

We also automatically collect some information about visitors to this blog. The information we automatically collect are e.g.

• Technical Data from a Visitor’s Computer and Etcetera: We collect 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: We collect information about a visitor’s interactions with a Site, including the “likes” and “ratings” left by visitors to a Site using WordPress.com or Jetpack.

• Location Information: We may determine the approximate location of a visitor’s device from the IP address. We collect and use this information to find out how many people visit this blog from certain geographic regions.

• Akismet Commenter Information: We collect information about visitors who comment on Sites that use our Akismet anti-spam service (which includes this blog). This typically includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address and the comment itself, of course.

• Polldaddy Response Information: We collect information about visitors who respond to a Polldaddy survey. The information that we collect typically includes IP address, browser type, operating system, user agent, and the web page last visited.

• Intense Debate Commenter Information: We collect information about visitors who comment on Sites that use our Intense Debate service. The information that we collect depends on how the User sets up Intense Debate for the Site, but typically includes the IP address and account information on the Site, along with the comment.

• 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 when ads are enabled for free WordPress.com sites or when ads are enabled on a Site through WordAds or Jetpack Ads (see the “Other Tools” section below for more details). For more information about our use of cookies and other technologies for tracking, including how visitors can control the use of cookies, please see our Cookie Policy.

Other Information Provided by Blog Owners to WordPress

We also collect any other information that this blog provides about its visitors to its Sites. For example, a directory or other information about Site visitors and customers to the “backend” administrative platform for managing the Site that has been uploaded will be visible to employees of WordPress.com

How We Use Visitor Information

WordPress uses information about Site visitors in order to provide their services to the website owners and this Site. The owners may use these services to, for example, create and manage their Site, sell products and services on their Site, flag and fight comments from spammers, and collect information through polls, quizzes and other surveys.

In addition to the above, WordPress uses some information about Site visitors who are also users of WordPress as described in their Privacy Policy.

WordPress 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, we may publish aggregate statistics about the use of our services.

How We Share Visitor Information

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

• Subsidiaries, Employees, and Independent Contractors: We may disclose Site visitor information to our subsidiaries, our employees, and individuals who are our independent contractors that need to know the information in order to help us provide our services to our Users and their Sites, or to process the information on our behalf. We require our subsidiaries, employees, and independent contractors to follow this Privacy Notice for information about visitors that we share with them.

• Third Party Vendors: We may share Site visitor information with third party vendors who need to know this information in order to provide their services to us.

• Legal Requests: We may disclose Site visitor information in response to a subpoena, court order, or other governmental request.

• To Protect Rights, Property, and Others: We may disclose Site visitor information when we believe in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of the blog owners, third parties, or the public at large. For example, if we have a good faith belief that there is an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury, we may disclose information related to the emergency without delay.

• Information Shared Publicly: Information that visitors choose to make public is–you guessed it–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 and Gravatar).

Contact Carmen Walther, the Owner Of This Blog

For any inquiries and/or to have your data removed please go to the Contact page and send your request using the form provided there. You can also unfollow this blog and the comments on it at any time by clicking on the provided icons. If you would like to have one or all comments you have made on this blog deleted please express your will to do so either by posting another comment or by sending a text through the contact form.

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