Privacy Policy

diplopundit.net (also referred to as “Diplopundit”, “we”, “us” or “our”) is committed to maintaining the privacy of personal information of its readership. This Privacy Policy describes how Diplopundit treats personal information received about individuals (hereafter referred to as “readers”) visiting diplopundit.net.  Use of diplopundit.net and disclosure to us of your personal information is optional and voluntary.  By visiting diplopundit.net you are accepting and agreeing to the practices described in this Privacy Policy.

Diplopundit reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy from time to time, in Diplopundit’s sole discretion, with or without notice.  Readers should check this page each time they plan to submit personally identifiable information to understand how the information submitted will be used.

1. Donors and Subscribers:

PayPal, the company Diplopundit uses to accept donations, provides Diplopundit with the e-mail addresses (or mailing addresses when available) of Diplopundit’s donors.  Diplopundit does not sell or rent this personally identifiable information to third parties or use it to market products unrelated to Diplopundit.  Anonymized donor information may be used for promotional and fundraising activities. Comments that are provided by donors may be published publicly and may be used in promotional materials. We allow donors the option not to have their names publicly associated with their donation.

WordPress.com/Automattic.com, the enterprise host for Diplopundit, provides Diplopundit with the e-mail addresses of subscribers who sign up through diplopundit.net.  Diplopundit may send subscribers e-mails regarding their subscriptions, to send thanks or to provide updates on new developments.

Diplopundit strives to keep confidential all personally identifiable information of readers, but it may publicly release non-personally identifiable, aggregate statistics about its subscriber base, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its blog.

2. Information Diplopundit Collects:

Like many other blogs and websites, Diplopundit uses cookies, which store data in readers’ web browsers.  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. These cookies allow Diplopundit to remember readers and not require subscribers to log in every time they visit Diplopundit. If readers do not wish to receive cookies, they can disable them by adjusting the settings in their web browsers. Cookies, log files, and analytics technologies (such as wordpress.com Enterprise Site Stats and Statcounter) enable Diplopundit to better understand its readership and cater to it. Examples of information Diplopundit may collect on its readership: the pages visited, duration of visit, location, IP address, and referral website. Diplopundit may share with third parties aggregate non-personally identifiable information about its readers.

3. Opting Out:

Check out the links on how to disable cookies in Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer.

Read: Cookie Policy Guidance and Opt-Out Instructions: http://www.usa.gov/optout-instructions.shtml

4. Readers Who E-mail Diplopundit:

Diplopundit reserves the right to publish reader-anonymous e-mails, including “Burn Bag” submissions, and photographs submitted, in books, e-books, and apps, or otherwise. If Diplopundit wishes to publicly identify the author of an e-mail, Diplopundit will request permission from the e-mail’s author and only publish once permission is granted. Exception to this policy are blog take down notice and harassing email, which Diplopundit reserves the right to publish in its entirety without sender permission.

5. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Compliance:

Diplopundit does not knowingly collect personal information about children under the age of 13.

6. Advertising:

Diplopundit may use house ads (ads that promote Diplopundit’s products) and direct ads from outside vendors to help sustain its operation.  Ads appearing on Diplopundit may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies.  This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Diplopundit and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers. (See advertising acceptability policy here.)

7. Links to other Sites and Services

It is important to note that Diplopundit contains links to other sites, applications and services maintained by third parties that may not follow the same privacy policies as Diplopundit. For instance, clicking or tapping on some third-party logos on the Diplopundit like Facebook, Twitter, etc., will take you to an entirely different site, application or service. These sites, applications and services may use cookies, collect data, and use the data differently than Diplopundit. Diplopundit is not responsible for the privacy practices of, or any information or materials on, these other sites. Please visit the other sites in question if you wish to review their privacy policies.

8. Acceptance of Privacy Policy & Updates:

By using diplopundit.net, you accept and agree to this Privacy Policy.  If you do not agree to this Privacy Policy, please do not use our web site.  Your continued use of our web site after we post changes to our Privacy Policy will mean that you accept those changes.

February 2015

 

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