Privacy Policy

WPCompendium.org – Privacy Policy

Who We Are

Welcome to WPCompendium.org (the “Site”).

We understand that privacy online is important to users of our Site, especially when conducting business. This statement governs our privacy policies with respect to those users of the Site (“Visitors”) who visit without transacting business and Visitors who register to transact business on the Site and make use of the various services offered by WPCompendium.org (collectively, “Services”) (“Authorized Customers”).

Our website address is: https://wpcompendium.org.

What Personal Data We Collect And Why We Collect It

“Personally Identifiable Information” refers to any information that identifies or can be used to identify, contact, or locate the person to whom such information pertains, including, but not limited to, name, address, phone number, fax number, email address, financial profiles, social security number, and credit card information.

Personally Identifiable Information does not include information that is collected anonymously (that is, without identification of the individual user) or demographic information not connected to an identified individual.

What Personally Identifiable Information is collected?

We limit the collection of personaly identifiable user information on this website to confirmed opt-ins from email subscribers and visitors who initiate contact through our contact form.

Additional information collected on this site that could be considered identifiable may include IP addresses and may be collected by third-party services  and organizations (see below).

How does the Site use Personally Identifiable Information?

We use Personally Identifiable Information to customize the Site and content for the Site. We may email Visitors and Subscribers about research or purchase and selling opportunities on the Site or information related to the subject matter of the Site. We may also use Personally Identifiable Information to contact Visitors and Authorized Customers in response to specific inquiries, or to provide requested information.

The section below provides more details about how this site uses data collected from users.

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it.

The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Currently, we do not allow visitors to post comments or register as users on this site, so no user information is being collected via the comments feature.

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

We use an image compression plugin on the site (Smush by WPMU DEV). Note: Smush does not interact with end users on your website. The only input option Smush has is to a newsletter subscription for site admins only. Smush sends images to the WPMU DEV servers to optimize them for web use. This includes the transfer of EXIF data. The EXIF data will either be stripped or returned as it is. It is not stored on the WPMU DEV servers.

Smush uses a third-party email service (Drip) to send informational emails to the site administrator. The administrator’s email address is sent to Drip and a cookie is set by the service. Only administrator information is collected by Drip. For more information, see WPMU’s privacy policy.

Opt-In Forms

We only collect first name and email address details of subscribers for the purposes of sending them the information they have opted in to receive and these details are stored with our email service provider (Aweber).

Contact Forms

We use a contact form plugin on the site. Data collected by the plugin may include IP address, user agent, name, email address, website, and message.

Emails sent through our contact form are stored in our email application and then either deleted after a response has been sent, or kept if we need to store it for our records and archived after 6-12 months.

If you submit details on the site using our contact form, we may delete it immediately upon acting on your request or keep your personal data on file for up to 12 months for customer service purposes only. We do not use the information submitted through our contact form for marketing purposes.

Cookies

Cookies are used for a variety of reasons. We use cookies to obtain information about the preferences of our visitors and the services they select. We also use cookies for security purposes to protect our registered users. For example, if a registered user is logged on and the site is unused for more than 10 minutes, we will automatically log the registered user off.

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT GOOGLE ADVERTISING

Any advertisements served by Google, Inc., and affiliated companies may be controlled using cookies. These cookies allow Google to display ads based on your visits to this site and other sites that use Google advertising services. Learn how to opt out of Google’s cookie usage. As mentioned above, any tracking done by Google through cookies and other mechanisms is subject to Google’s own privacy policies.

Logins

We use login information, including, but not limited to, IP addresses, ISPs, and browser types, to analyze trends, administer the Site, track a user’s movement and use, and gather broad demographic information.

Analytics

We use Google Analytics to understand visitor behavior on this site in order to better target our content and improve our services. No personally identifiable information is collected or forwarded to Google Analytics.

Please refer to Google’s privacy policy to learn more about how Google Analytics processes user data collected from their services.

Who We Share Your Data With

With whom may the information may be shared?

We do not share Personally Identifiable Information about Visitors or Subscribers with anyone. We also offer the opportunity to “opt out” of receiving information or being contacted by us or by any agency acting on our behalf.

Links to external websites

This site contains links to other websites. Please note that when you click on one of these links, you are moving to another website. We encourage you to read the privacy statements of these linked sites as their privacy policies may differ from ours.

Embedded Content From Other Websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

What organizations are collecting the information?

In addition to our direct collection of information as stated above, we use third party services such as Aweber (email marketing), Google (Analytics), and integrations with social media networks (Facebook, “Twitter, etc.) to share our content. Currently, we do not use credit card companies, clearinghouses, or banks who may provide such services as credit, insurance, or escrow services and would need to collect information from our Visitors, Subscribers, and Authorized Customers. We do not control how these third parties use such information, but we do ask them to disclose how they use personal information provided to them from Visitors, Subscribers, and Authorized Customers. Some of these third parties may be intermediaries that act solely as links in the distribution chain, and do not store, retain, or use the information given to them.

What partners or service providers have access to Personally Identifiable Information from visitors and/or authorized customers on the site?

We have entered into and will continue to enter into partnerships and other affiliations with a number of vendors. Typically, our partnerships and affiliations are limited only to pointing site visitors to product offerings on vendors’ sites. Therefore, we do not collect Personally Identifiable Information on behalf of vendors. Our privacy policy does not cover their collection or use of this information. They should provide you with this information when you visit their website.

See the table below for a list of external services used by the site and links to their privacy policy pages.

ServiceUsed For:Privacy Page
AdRotateAdvertising managementPrivacy Policy
AutomatticWordPress servicesPrivacy Policy
AweberEmail marketingPrivacy Policy
Backup CreatorBackup toolPrivacy Policy
FacebookSocial mediaPrivacy Policy
GoogleWeb servicesPrivacy Policy
iThemes SyncWebsite administrationPrivacy Policy
JetpackWordPress toolsPrivacy Policy
LinkedInSocial mediaPrivacy Policy
Liquid WebWeb hostingPrivacy Policy
PayPalPayment processorPrivacy Policy
TrackerlyLink trackingPrivacy Policy
Thrive LeadsOpt-in FormPrivacy Policy
TwitterSocial mediaPrivacy Policy
WooCommercee-CommercePrivacy Policy

How Long We Retain Your Data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

Currently, we do not allow visitors to post comments or register as users on this site, so no user information is being collected via the comments or user registration features.

What Rights You Have Over Your Data

How can Visitors correct any inaccuracies in Personally Identifiable Information?

Visitors and Authorized Customers may contact us to update Personally Identifiable Information about them or to correct any inaccuracies by emailing us at support [at] wpcompendium [dot] com.

Can a Visitor delete or deactivate Personally Identifiable Information collected by the Site?

We provide Visitors and Authorized Customers with a mechanism to delete/deactivate Personally Identifiable Information from the Site’s database by contacting us or using our  Data Request Form. However, because of backups and records of deletions, it may be impossible to delete a Visitor’s entry without retaining some residual information. An individual who requests to have Personally Identifiable Information deactivated will have this information functionally deleted, and we will not sell, transfer, or use Personally Identifiable Information relating to that individual in any way moving forward.

What choices are available to Visitors regarding collection, use, and distribution of the information?

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Visitors and Authorized Customers may opt out of receiving unsolicited information from or being contacted by us and/or our vendors and affiliated agencies by responding to emails as instructed, or by contacting us at PO Box 48, Round Corner, NSW 2158, Australia.

GDPR Compliance

European Union citizens and residents can request to view or delete personal data collected or stored by this Site using our Data Request Form. We aim to comply with all reasonable requests in a timely manner. Depending on the request, we may require proof of identity.

How We Protect Your Data

How is Personally Identifiable Information stored?

Personally Identifiable Information collected by this site is stored securely and is not accessible to third parties or employees except for use as indicated herein.

How does the Site keep Personally Identifiable Information secure?

All of our employees are familiar with our security policy and practices. The Personally Identifiable Information of our Visitors and Authorized Customers is only accessible to a limited number of qualified employees who are given a password in order to gain access to the information. We audit our security systems and processes on a regular basis. Sensitive information, such as credit card numbers or social security numbers, is protected by encryption protocols, in place to protect information sent over the Internet. While we take commercially reasonable measures to maintain a secure site, electronic communications and databases are subject to errors, tampering, and break-ins, and we cannot guarantee or warrant that such events will not take place and we will not be liable to Visitors or Authorized Customers for any such occurrences.

Industry Regulatory Disclosure Requirements

Disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information to comply with law.

We will disclose Personally Identifiable Information in order to comply with a court order or subpoena or a request from a law enforcement agency to release information. We will also disclose Personally Identifiable Information when reasonably necessary to protect the safety of our Visitors and Authorized Customers.

What happens if the Privacy Policy Changes?

We will let our Visitors and Authorized Customers know about changes to our privacy policy by posting such changes on the Site. However, if we are changing our privacy policy in a manner that might cause disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information that a Visitor or Authorized Customer has previously requested not be disclosed, we will contact such Visitor or Authorized Customer to allow such Visitor or Authorized Customer to prevent such disclosure.

Updated May 30, 2018.

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Originally published as Privacy Policy.