This Privacy Notice explains how we, at vanlife4x4, process information about the visitors to our website in connection with the services we provide through our WordPress.com website and blog.
Who’s Who and What This Privacy Notice Covers
Let’s talk first about who we are at vanlife4x4, what we do, and what this Privacy Notice covers. We write articles and blogs on our website intended as useful or helpful information to others from our own experiences and knowledge in our capacity as vanlife owners and travellers offering, hints, tips and tales. Our website is hosted by wordpress.com and and may use the following as a result:
- WordPress.com offers the design, features, and support to bring a website to life and is the platform of our website.
- With Jetpack, website owners that host their websites elsewhere can connect those websites to features and tools available through WordPress.com and WooCommerce Services.
- Polldaddy helps site owners create quizzes, surveys, and polls that fit their brand and vision.
- Intense Debate gives site owners tools to manage comments on their websites.
- Akismet helps keep spam under control by filtering out spam comments–hundreds of millions, every day!
To keep things simple, in this Privacy Notice we’ll refer to ourselves as our website’s administrators, contributors, authors, or editors collectively the referred to as “Users,” and we’ll refer to our Users’ as Visitors to the Site which can read our published content and interact with the Site through features such as comments, “likes,” poll/survey responses, and follows. We put together this Privacy Notice to help our Users and visitors understand the information we collect about Site visitors/users, and how that happens on the Site. Alright, with those introductions out of the way, let’s turn to how we collect, use, and share information about visitors to our Site.
Information We Collect About Visitors to Our Users’ Sites
We collect information about visitors to our Site in a few different ways–we collect certain information that the visitors provide to the Site, we collect some information automatically, and we collect any information that our visitors provide to us.
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 a Site, like a comment field or a sign-up form. We may also implement other ways to allow Site visitors to provide information directly through the Sites. 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 via Polldaddy.com, we collect the visitor’s responses to those surveys, and other information that the survey requires for a poll/quiz/survey response, like an e-mail address.
- Order and Shipment Information: If a visitor orders something from the Site using a store and ecommerce feature available through WordPress.com or Jetpack (including WooCommerce Services), we may collect information to process that order, such as credit card and billing information, and an address for shipping the package along to the recipient and calculating applicable taxes.
- 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 We Automatically Collect from the Site
We also automatically collect 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 the 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 the Sites from certain geographic regions. If you’d like, you can read more about the Site Stats feature for WordPress.com sites and Jetpack sites.
- Akismet Commenter Information: We collect information about visitors who comment on Sites that use Akismet anti-spam service. The information we collect depends on how Akismet is set up 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 the Site that use Intense Debate service. The information typically includes the IP address and account information on the Site, along with the comment.
How We Use Visitor Information
We use information about Site visitors in order to provide useful Services on the site, for example, create and manage the Site, sell products and services on the Site, flag and fight comments from spammers, and collect information through polls, quizzes and other surveys. In addition to the above, we may use some information about Site visitors 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.
How We Share Visitor Information
We may share information collected about Site visitors in the limited circumstances spelled out below:
- Subsidiaries and Independent Contractors: We may disclose Site visitor information to our subsidiaries and individuals who are our independent contractors that need to know the information in order to help us provide our services to our Site, or to process the information on our behalf. We require our subsidiaries and independent contractors to follow this Privacy Notice for information about visitors that we share with them.
- Third Party Vendors: We may share Site visitor information with third party vendors who need to know this information in order to provide their services to us. This group includes vendors that help us provide our services to our Users and the Site. We require vendors to agree to privacy commitments in order to share information with them.
- Legal Requests: We may disclose Site visitor information in response to a subpoena, court order, or other governmental request. For more information on how we respond to requests for information, please see our Legal Guidelines.
- To Protect Rights, Property, and Others: We may disclose Site visitor information when we believe in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of vanlife4x4, our Users, third parties, or the public at large. For example, if we have a good faith belief that there is an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury, we 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 our business by another company, or in the unlikely event that Automattic goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, Site visitor information would likely be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. If any of these events were to happen, this Privacy Notice would continue to apply to Site visitor information and the party receiving this information may continue to use this information, but only consistent with this Privacy Notice.
- Information Shared Publicly: Information that visitors 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). Public information may also be indexed by search engines or used by third parties.
Our Site may contain ads from third party ad networks and advertisers, and may integrate other tools and services to the Sites (such as Google Analytics and third party plugins). Please note that this Privacy Notice only covers the collection of , and does not cover the collection by any third party. Ad networks and analytics providers may set tracking technologies (like cookies) to collect information about visitors’ use of a Site and across other websites and online services, such as a visitor’s IP address, web browser, mobile network information, pages viewed, time spent on pages, links clicked, and conversion information. This information may be used by those companies to, among other things, analyze and track usage, determine the popularity of certain content, and deliver advertisements that may be more targeted to visitor interests. For more information about how to manage and delete cookies, visit aboutcookies.org, and for more information on interest-based ads, including information about how visitors may be able to opt out of having their web browsing information used for behavioral advertising purposes, please visit aboutads.info/choices (US based) and youronlinechoices.eu (EU based).
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