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✧︎︎︎ “Do Not Track” Browser Settings
The most recent information regarding this issue appears within the WordPress.com Support Forums, dated late November 2014. I quote the response of a Support staff member, responding to a query: do sites hosted at WordPress.com honor the browser’s Do-Not-Track dictate?
We looked into this and the answer is we don’t currently honor do not track preferences, and can’t guarantee that all of our advertisers do.
Honoring this browser preference is beyond my/Pam’s personal control. But I assure you, I do NOT rifle through data trying to match anything with anyone.
✧︎︎︎ Google Analytics
Google’s advertising requirements can be summed up by Google’s Advertising Principles. According to Google, such requirements are put in place to provide a positive experience for users.
At this site, WordPress.com, the Google Analytics package is a premium add-on feature, available only to those subscribing to the “Business” tier of WordPress.com offerings. I do not subscribe to that package. Therefore, the Google Analytics / Privacy issue as it relates to this site is mute. If I do become a Business Tier subscriber, my lack of interest in your particulars will remain. I can’t speak to what Google will or will not do with its tracking.
✧︎︎︎ Can Spam Law
I despise unsolicited commercial e-mail, and refuse to be a party to tossing spam in your direction.
I fully endorse and comply with the requirements of the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 (Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act), as well as related laws.
The electronic newsletters or other communications from this website care powered by WordPress.com. I believe that mechanism includes options/directions for immediate unsubscribing.
(Special thanks to http://globalnpn.reviewed-by-samdman.com/can-spam-disclosure/ for guidance in drafting some of the above sub-sections.)
✧︎︎︎ California Online Privacy Protection Act (“CalOPPA”)
In accordance with CalOPPA, we agree to the following:
- Users can visit our site anonymously.
- You can change your personal information by emailing us, using the handy Contact form page.
✧︎︎︎ COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)
This law lives to protect children under 13 years of age, while online. I do not market this site to children. Indeed, the Contact form page expressly notes that those under 13 years of age may complete/submit the form only with his/her parent’s express permission. I possess no deliberate intention to interact online with such children.
✧︎︎︎ Third Party/Embedded Content
Sites hosted on WordPress.com make use of different third party applications and services to enhance the experience of website visitors. These include social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter (through the use of sharing buttons), or embedded content from Youtube and Vimeo. As a result, cookies may be set by these third parties, and used by them to track your online activity. We have no direct control over the information that is collected by these cookies.
Excerpt from WordPress.com’s Support Page re Policies & Safety: Cookies (04.28.2017).
✧︎︎︎ Third-party Disclosure
Bottom-line: I respect you. The only time I will deliberately divulge personally identifiable information is when the law leaves me no choice. I may also release such information to protect my rights, the rights of others, property or safety. Short version: act da fool and all bets are off.
✧︎︎︎ Third-party Links
I do not personally collect any personal information when you visit this site as a visitor.
If you register on our site, make a comment, email us, or otherwise provide personally identifiable information, the information you submit will be used only to provide information and services you have requested. We do not pass on your details to anyone else unless required to do so by law.
If you do not wish the session cookie to be set, you can disable cookies in your browser. Most browsers give you the choice of:-
- Accepting all cookies
- Blocking all cookies
- Allowing or blocking cookies from specific web sites.
- Allowing or blocking cookies from third party sites
- Third party sites are sites that are not directly controlled by the site that you are on. These are often advertising cookies, but can also include social media links.
More detailed information regarding cookies automatically set by WordPress.com hosted sites can be reviewed at Automattic’s cookie-focused support page.
Special thanks to the U.K.’s Plain English Campaign for guidance in drafting this policy.