So in simple words, Automattic collects some information about you when you visit this website in many different ways. Some information is collected automatically and some information is provided by you.
Information Provided by You
Whenever you type in a text field, like a comment or fill up a form; you directly provide information to Automattic. Here are some common ways:
- Follower and Subscriber Information: When you enter your email address and signup/follow/subscribe to this website, Automattic collects this information about you.
- Site Comments: When you comment/reply on this site, Automattic collects all the data (name, email address, your website address & message) entered by you.
- Crowdsignal Survey Responses: When you complete a poll, quiz or other type of survery on this site, Automattic collects this information.
- Other Information Entered on the Site: Automattic may also collect other information about you such as a contact form submission, a search query, or Site registration.
Information Collected by Automattic
Automattic also collects some information about you when you visit this site. I have listed examples below:
- Technical Data from a Your Computer and Etcetera: Automattic collects which web browser, mobile device, server you are using to visit the site. Also your IP address, language preference, referring site, date and time of access and operating system.
- Visitor Interactions: What you do on site. For example, you click a link, you post a reply or you like a post etc.
- Location Information: Automattic may determine your approximate location based on your IP address..
- Information from Cookies and Other Technologies: Automattic also collects information via cokkies. 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. A cookie can help Automattic to recognize you and your activites so it can deliver you ads based on your interests.
How Automattic Uses Your Information
Automattic uses your information to run, maintain and protect their services and this site. For example, create and manage this site, fight spams and attacks, maintain statistics, provide targeted interest based ads to you, provide you a good browsing experience etc.
How Automattic Shares Your Information
Automattic may share information collected about you in the limited circumstances spelled out below:
- Subsidiaries, Employees, and Independent Contractors: Automattic may disclose your information to their subsidiaries, their employees, and individuals who are their independent contractors that need to know the information in order to help them to provide their services to their users.
- Third Party Vendors: Automattic may share your information with third party vendors who need to know this information in order to provide their services to Automattic..
- Legal Requests: Automattic may disclose your information in response to a subpoena, court order, or other governmental request. For more information on how Automattic responds to requests for information, please see their Legal Guidelines.
- To Protect Rights, Property, and Others: Automattic may disclose your information when they believe in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Automattic, their Users, third parties, or the public at large. For example, if they have a good faith belief that there is an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury, they 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 Automattic’s business by another company, or in the unlikely event that Automattic goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, your information would likely be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party.
- Information Shared Publicly: Information that you 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).
Thank you so much.
First Published: 23 November 2019
Last Updated: 23 November 2019