Last updated on December 7, 2018
Like most website operators, we may collect non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as 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.
We also may collect potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on articles published. We only disclose logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that we use and disclose personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.
Certain visitors to our website may choose to interact with us in ways that require us to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that we gather depends on the nature of the interaction.
Those who provide or request information to engage in transactions with us – for example, by requesting further information or making donations – are asked to provide information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, we collect such information only insofar as it is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with us. For payments we utilize third-party payment platforms – for example, Stripe and Paypal – which are certified to the highest industry standards. In the course of making donations, users may be required by these third-party payment platforms to provide certain contact information and financial information, such as name, address, email address, a credit card number, and an expiration date. We collect and maintain a record of the data provided through these payment platforms, but we do not receive, collect or store any credit card or financial information on our servers. 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.
Protection of Information
We disclose potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of our 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 at our websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using our websites, 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 our employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, we disclose potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, 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 are an authorized user of our website and have supplied your email address, we may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with our services. We take all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
We periodically send a newsletter that we believe will be useful to individuals that are interested in our activities, subscribe to our website or blog, download a whitepaper, or request updates. Users may remove themselves from this mailing list by following the link provided in every email. We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law.
We may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to our website. For example, we may monitor the most popular pages and articles on our website or use spam screened by a service provider to help identify spammers. We may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, we do not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described above.
Comments and other content submitted via anti-spam services are saved on our servers unless they were marked as spam positive, in which case we store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives.
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