Like most website operators, WhyPad 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. Automattic’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Automattic’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Automattic may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
WhyPad may also collect potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. WhyPad does not use such information to identify its visitors, however, and does not disclose such information, other than under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information, as described below.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to WhyPad’s websites choose to interact with WhyPad in ways that require WhyPad to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that WhyPad gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for a blog at wordpress.com to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with WhyPad – by purchasing access to the Akismet comment spam prevention service, for example – are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, WhyPad collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with WhyPad. WhyPad does 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.
WhyPad may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, WhyPad may monitor the most popular blogs on the WordPress.com site or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. WhyPad may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, WhyPad does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
WhyPad 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 WhyPad’s behalf or to provide services available at WhyPad’s 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 WhyPad’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. WhyPad 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, WhyPad discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only when required to do so by law, or when WhyPad believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of WhyPad, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an WhyPad website and have supplied your email address, WhyPad 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 WhyPad and our products. We primarily use our various product blogs to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. 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. WhyPad takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
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- Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to your users based on their visit to your sites and other sites on the Internet.
We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here to learn more about “interest based advertising” and Google’s use of it.