C. Lynn Williams

Privacy Policy

We’re updating our Privacy Policy on May 25, 2018 to be compliant with the GDPR privacy requirements that take effect on May 25, 2018. Our new policy is listed below. This is our updated Privacy Policy that is going into effect on May 25, 2018.
Your privacy is critically important to us.
We put together this Privacy Notice to help our readers understand the information we collect when they visit our Site. This policy explains how data is collected and how that information is used and disclosed.
Information We Collect About Visitors to Our Users’ Sites
We collect information about visitors to our Users’ Sites in a couple of different ways– we collect certain information that the visitors provide to the Site, and we collect some information automatically.
Information a Visitor Provides to a Site
We’ll start with information that visitors provide directly to a Site, which primarily happens when visitors type into a text field on our Site, like a comment field or a sign- up form. Here are the most common ways in which a visitor directly provides information to a Site:
  • Follower and Subscriber Information: When a visitor signs up to follow or subscribe to a Site 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 a Site, 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 me or my staff 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 WordPress Automatically Collects from my Blog Site
WordPress also automatically collects some information about visitors to a Site. The information we automatically collect depends on which of our services the Site uses. We’ve listed examples below:
  • 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, for example, tally for our Users how many people visit their Sites from certain geographic regions. If you’d like, you can read more about our Site Stats feature for WordPress.com sites and Jetpack sites.
  • Akismet Commenter Information: We collect information about visitors who comment on Sites that use our Akismet anti-spam service. The information we collect depends on how the User sets up Akismet for the Site, but 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…oh, 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.
How WordPress Uses Visitor Information
WordPress uses information about Site visitors in order to provide their Services to me and my Site. It allows me to, for example, create and manage my 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 as described in their Privacy Policy. 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.
We DO NOT Share Visitor Information
Your privacy is critically important to us. We do not share or sell our reader’s information.
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