Privacy Notice for Site Visitors
This Privacy Notice explains how information about Moultrie Creek Gazette visitors is handled in connection with the services we provide through WordPress.com.
Who’s Who and What This Privacy Notice Covers
Automattic is the company behind a variety of products and services designed to allow anyone–from bloggers, to small business owners, and enterprises–to create, publish, and manage their own websites. They provide the design, features, and support that makes Gazette possible.
Visitors to Moultrie Creek Gazette can read published content and interact with the site through features such as comments, “likes,” poll/survey responses, and follows.
Information We Collect About Visitors to Moultrie Creek Gazette
The most common ways in which a visitor directly provides information to the Gazette includes:
- Follower and Subscriber Information: When a visitor signs up to follow or subscribe to a the Gazette using WordPress.com, we collect the sign-up information which typically includes an email address.
- Site Comments: When a visitor leaves a comment at the Gazette, 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 posted at the Gazette using 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 at the Gazette – such as a contact form submission, a search query, or site registration.
Information Automatically Collected from the Gazette
WordPress.com also automatically collects some information about Gazette visitors. The information automatically collected depends on which of our services the Site uses. We’ve listed examples below:
- Technical Data from a Visitor’s Computer and Etcetera: WordPress.com collects information that web browsers, mobile devices, and servers typically make available about visitors to our 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: WordPress.com collects information about a visitor’s interactions with our site, including the “likes” and “ratings” left by visitors.
- Location Information: We may determine the approximate location of a visitor’s device from the IP address. WordPress.com collects and uses this information to tally how many people visit the Gazette from certain geographic regions.
- Akismet Commenter Information: WordPress.com collects information about visitors who comment at the Gazette using their Akismet anti-spam service. The information collected 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.
- Polldaddy Response Information: WordPress.com collects information about visitors who respond to a Polldaddy survey. The information collected typically includes IP address, browser type, operating system, user agent, and the web page last visited.
How We Use Visitor Information
WordPress.com uses information about Gazette visitors in order to provide Services to our Users and their Sites. Our users may use our 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.
We 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
WordPress.com may share information collected about Gazette site visitors in the limited circumstances spelled out below:
- Subsidiaries, Employees, and Independent Contractors: WordPress 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: WordPress may share Site visitor information with third party vendors who need to know this information in order to provide their services to us. This group includes vendors that help us provide our services to our Users and their Sites. We require vendors to agree to privacy commitments in order to share information with them.
- Legal Requests: WordPress may disclose Site visitor information in response to a subpoena, court order, or other governmental request. For more information on how we respond to requests for information, please see our Legal Guidelines.
- 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 Automattic, our Users, 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.
- Business Transfers: In connection with any merger, sale of company assets, or acquisition of all or a portion of our business by another company, or in the unlikely event that Automattic goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, Site 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 Site 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–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). We provide 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.
Other WordPress.com Tools
Our Users’ Sites may contain ads from third party ad networks and advertisers, and our Users may integrate other tools and services on their Sites (such as Google Analytics and third party plugins). Please note that this Privacy Notice only covers the collection of information by Automattic, and does not cover the collection by any third party.
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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