Our Core Principles To Protect Your Privacy
- We don't ask you for personal information unless we truly need it.
- We don't share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.
- We don't share personal information on our servers unless required for the ongoing operation of one of our services.
- In our blogging products, we 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, Straight Forward 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. Straight Forward’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Straight Forward’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Straight Forward may release non-personally identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
Straight Forward also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged-in users and for users leaving comments on WordPress.com blogs. Straight Forward 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.
Gathering of Personally-Identifiable Information (PII)
Certain visitors to Straight Forward’s websites choose to interact with Straight Forward in ways that require Straight Forward to gather Personally-Identifiable Information. The amount and type of information that Straight Forward gathers depend on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for a blog at WordPress.com to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with Straight Forward – by purchasing access to the Akismet comment spam prevention service, for example – are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, Straight Forward collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Straight Forward. Straight Forward does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply Personally Identifiable Information (PII), with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
Straight Forward may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, Straight Forward may monitor the most popular blogs on the WordPress.com site or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. Straight Forward may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Straight Forward does not disclose Personally Identifiable Information (PII) other than as described below.
Protection of Certain Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
Straight Forward discloses potentially personally identifying and Personally Identifiable Information (PII) only to those of its employees, contractors, and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Straight Forward’s behalf or to provide services available at Straight Forward’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 Straight Forward's websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Straight Forward will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and Personally Identifiable Information (PII) to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors, and affiliated organizations, as described above, Straight Forward discloses potentially personally-identifying and Personally Identifiable Information (PII) only in response to a subpoena, court order, or other governmental requests, or when Straight Forward believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Straight Forward, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of the Straight Forward website and have supplied your email address, Straight Forward 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 Straight Forward 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. Straight Forward takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration, or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and Personally Identifying Information (PII).
If Straight Forward, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Straight Forward 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 Straight Forward may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.
Comments and other content submitted to our Akismet anti-spam service are not saved on our servers unless they were marked as false positives, in which case we store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives.