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We use information you share with us for our internal business purposes. We do not sell your information. This notice tells you what information we collect, how we use it, and steps we take to protect and secure it.
Information we automatically collect
Like most website operators, we collect non-personally-identifying information such as browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request.
We collect this to understand how our visitors use our service, and use it to make decisions about how to change and adapt the service.
From time to time, we may release non-personally-identifying information in aggregate form (for instance, by publishing trends in site usage) to explain our reasoning in making decisions. We will not release individual information, only aggregate information.
We automatically collect personally-identifying information, such as IP address, provided by your browser and your computer.
We collect this information for several purposes:
To diagnose and repair network issues with your use of the site;
To estimate the number of users accessing the service from specific geographic regions;
To help prevent fraud and abuse.
An individual journal owner may enable IP address logging for comments made to their journal or community. If this option is enabled, we will disclose your IP address to the owner of that journal or community if you make a comment to that journal. We will tell you at the time of commenting if this option is enabled.
Information you are required to provide to us on registration
In order to register for the service, you must give us your email address. We will use your email address to send confirmation of certain actions, such as when you change your password. We will contact you when it’s necessary to complete a transaction that you’ve initiated, or if there’s a critical or administrative issue affecting your use of the service.
Once you have created your account, you can choose to subscribe to certain events and have notifications of those events sent to you via email. You will be able to change your mind and opt out of receiving notifications via email at any time.
We will never sell or provide your email address or other information to any third party, with exceptions as set forth below.
Optional information you provide to us
As you use the service, you have the option to provide more personal information, through your profile, your entries, or comments you make. Providing this information is strictly optional.
We will show this information to others viewing the site, in accordance with the privacy options you’ve selected for the information. We may also use this information, in aggregate, to make decisions about how to change and adapt the service.
From time to time, we may release information in aggregate form (for instance, by publishing trends in site usage) to explain our reasoning in making decisions. We will not release individual information, only aggregate information.
We will not sell or provide this information to any third party, with exceptions as set forth below.
By choosing to make any personally-identifying information public, you recognize and accept that other people, not affiliated with us, may use this data to contact you. We can’t be responsible for the use of any information you post publicly.
Disclosure of personally-identifying information
We disclose personally-identifying information only to those of our employees and contractors who (i) need to know that information in order to operate the service and (ii) have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of these employees and contractors may be located outside your home country. By using this website, you consent to the transfer of your information to them.
If all of our assets were transferred or acquired, your information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party.
We may disclose potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information when that release is required by law or by court order, or when we believe in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the safety or rights of us, third parties, or the public at large.
Confidentiality and security
No data transmisson over the Internet can ever be guaranteed to be 100% secure. You use this service at your own risk. However, we do take steps to ensure security on our systems.
If we learn of a system security breach, we will notify you electronically so you can take appropriate steps to protect yourself.
Deleting your information
You can change or delete any optional information that you’ve provided us at any time. If you change or delete any optional information you’ve provided, the change will take place immediately.
As part of the day to day operation of this site, we will make regular copies of the data contained in the databases for backup purposes. These backups can potentially contain deleted data for several weeks or months. These backups will also be governed by the rules for disclosure of personally-identifying information.
We reserve the right to contract with third-party vendors to provide site features we are unable to provide ourselves. We will only share personal information with third-party vendors to the extent that is necessary for such affiliates to provide these site features. We require our third-party vendors to provide the same level of privacy protection that we do, and they do not have the right to share or use personal information for any purpose other than for an authorized transaction. Some of our third-party vendors may be located outside of your home country. By using this website, you consent to the transfer of such information to them.
We will clearly identify which site features are provided by third-party vendors, and provide you a way to opt out of using those site features.
Our current business vendors are:
If you have questions about this policy, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org