Privacy Policy

Your privacy is critically important to me. At Red Horse on a Red Hill, I have a few fundamental principles:

  • I don’t ask you for personal information unless I truly need it. (I can’t stand services that ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason.)
  • I don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop my products or services, or protect both our rights.
  • I don’t store personal information on my servers unless required for the ongoing operation of one of my services.
  • In my blogging products, I 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.

Below is my privacy policy, which incorporates these goals. (Note: I re-purposed this Privacy Policy under a Creative Commons ShareAlike license from Automatic.com.)

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Website Visitors

Like most website operators, Red Horse on a Red Hill 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. Red Horse on a Red Hill’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Red Horse on a Red Hill’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Red Horse on a Red Hill may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

Red Horse on a Red Hill also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on this blog. Red Horse on a Red Hill only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.

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Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to Red Horse on a Red Hill’s site choose to interact with Red Horse on a Red Hill in ways that require Red Horse on a Red Hill to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Red Horse on a Red Hill gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for my blog to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with Red Horse on a Red Hill are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, Red Horse on a Red Hill collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Red Horse on a Red Hill. Red Horse on a Red Hill 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.

Aggregated Statistics

Red Horse on a Red Hill may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, Red Horse on a Red Hill may monitor the most popular blogs on the WordPress.com site. Red Horse on a Red Hill may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Red Horse on a Red Hill does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

Red Horse on a Red Hill 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 Red Horse on a Red Hill’s behalf or to provide services available at Red Horse on a Red Hill’s websites, and (ii) that 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 Red Horse on a Red Hill’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Red Horse on a Red Hill 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, Red Horse on a Red Hill discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Red Horse on a Red Hill believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Red Horse on a Red Hill, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an Red Horse on a Red Hill website and have supplied your email address, Red Horse on a Red Hill 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 Red Horse on a Red Hill and our products. We primarily use our various product blogs to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Red Horse on a Red Hill takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Red Horse on a Red Hill uses cookies to help Red Horse on a Red Hill identify and track visitors, their usage of  the Red Horse on a Red Hill website, and their website access preferences. Red Horse on a Red Hill visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Red Horse on a Red Hill’s website, with the drawback that certain features of Red Horse on a Red Hill’s website may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Business Transfers

If Red Horse on a Red Hill, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Red Horse on a Red Hill 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 Red Horse on a Red Hill may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Ads

Ads appearing on my websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Red Horse on a Red Hill and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Comments

Comments are not saved on my servers unless they were marked as false positives or missed spam, in which case I store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives and missed spam.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Red Horse on a Red Hill may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Red Horse on a Red Hill’s sole discretion. Red Horse on a Red Hill encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. If you have a WordPress.com account, you should also check your blog’s dashboard for alerts to these changes. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

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