Privacy is critically important and there a few fundamental principles which HS&DB follow:
- HS&DB only ask for personal information which is truly needed for the WordPress.com site to function
- HS&DB does not share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.
- HS&DB does not store personal information on servers unless required for the on-going operation of an Automattic service.
- In the WordPress.com blogging products, Automattic aim to make it as simple as possible for you to control what’s visible to the public, seen by search engines, kept private, and permanently deleted.
Like most website operators, HS&DB collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. HS&DB’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how HS&DB’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Automattic may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
HS&DB also receives potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on the Blog. HS&DB only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to HS&DB’s websites choose to interact with HS&DB in ways that require HS&DB to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that HS&DB gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who comment on the Blog to provide a username and email address. In each case, HS&DB collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with the Blog. HS&DB does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
HS&DB may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to the Blog. Automattic may display aggregated statistics publicly or provide it to others. However, Automattic does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
HS&DB discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that
(i) need to know that information in order to process it on HS&DB’s behalf or to provide services available at the Blog
(ii) have agreed not to disclose it to others.
Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using HS&DB’s website, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. HS&DB will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, HS&DB discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when HS&DB believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of HS&DB, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of the Blog and have supplied your email address, HS&DB may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with HS&DB or Automattic and their products. If you send us a request (for example via a contact email or comment), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or comment. HS&DB takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
If HS&DB, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that HS&DB goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of HS&DB may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.
Comments and other content submitted to Akismet, an anti-spam service, are not saved on Automattic’s servers unless they were marked as false positives or missed spam, in which case Automattic store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives and missed spam.
28 December 2016: initial policy added to the Blog