Last updated on: February 3rd, 2013.
Types of Information
“Personal” information can potentially identify who you are. “Personal information” is any information that we could use to identify an individual. It does not include personal information that is encoded or anonymized, or publicly available information that has not been combined with non-public information.
How We Collect Information
We collect information two ways: Information we get from your use of the website, and information you provide to us directly.
When you use the website, we also collect potentially personally identifying information in the form of Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. But we don’t use that information to identify you, and we handle and disclose these addresses in the same way we handle other potentially personally identifying information as described below.
Information you provide to us directly
Certain visitors to the website choose to interact with it in ways that may require them to provide us with personally identifying information.
If you register an account, you may need to give us your name and email and other personal info obtained via another website (such as Facebook or Twitter) with your authorization.
Anyone that has access to your info will be required to treat it like we do.
In the unlikely event that we should discover that anyone is using personal information in way that conflicts with this policy, we will take all reasonable steps to stop them immediately.
All records containing personal information are afforded confidential treatment at all times. We work hard to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of personal or financial information. All such electronic information is stored on restricted database servers, and is generally kept until such time as you may ask us to edit or delete it, as described below. We only disclose such information to our employees, contractors or affiliates that a) need to know that information in order to process it for us or to provide other services, and b) have agreed not to disclose it to others.
If you send us a request, such as emailing us for support, we reserve the right to publish it (absent any personally identifying information) in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or help other users.
How We Use Information We Collect
When we collect your personal information, we’ll tell you how we’re using it, any types of third parties to which we might disclose it, (other than moderators or “agents,” such as vendors or contractors, who are only processing such information for us or at our direction), and the choices we offer you to limit the use of your information.
If you are a registered user of the website and have supplied your email address, we 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 the website.
We do not share any personal information with third parties without your explicit consent.
Information we get from your use of the website is primarily non-personally- identifying information of the sort that web browsers, servers, and services like Google Analytics* typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the time of each visit. Other non-identifying information that we might have access to includes how you use the service (e.g., search queries), your approximate location, cookies, etc.
We collect this non-personally identifying information in order to better understand how visitors use the service and where possible, to improve their experience. For instance, we may monitor the most common content on the website to help identify spam. In some cases, we may publicly display information that is not personally identifying in the aggregate, or may provide it to third parties.
Here are some of the ways we may use personal information you provide us:
To allow you to register for our web sites, online communities and other services, and to administer and process those registrations
To communicate with you about our products, services and related issues
To evaluate the quality of our products and services, and to enhance your experience on our web sites
To maintain and administer our web sites and comply with our legal or internal obligations and policies
To transfer information to others as described in this policy or to satisfy our legal, regulatory, compliance, or auditing requirements
Information You Choose to Display Publicly on the Website
Some users may elect to publicly post personally identifying or sensitive information about themselves in their normal use of the website. This could occur through use of the optional profile fields, in question or answer posts, or when an individual posts a job history on the Careers site. Information like that, which is voluntarily posted in publicly visible parts of the website, is considered to be public, even if it would otherwise be considered to be personally identifying or sensitive. As such, it is not subject to the protocols listed below, because we don’t control it; you do. Additionally, voluntarily publicizing such information means that you lose any privacy rights you might normally have with regards to that information. It also increases your chances of receiving unwanted communications, like spam.
If you are outside the United States, you should know that any personally identifiable information you enter into the website will be transferred out of your country and into the United States, and possibly to other countries. By using the website, you consent to such transfer, and are representing that you have the right to transfer such information outside your country.
We are not responsible for republished content from this website on other websites without our permission.
This website is not directed to individuals under the age of thirteen (13), and we request that such individuals do not provide personally identifying information through our website.