Your privacy is critically important to us. At Natures gist we have a few fundamental principles:
We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it. (We can’t stand services that ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason.)
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 store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going 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.
If you have questions about deleting or correcting your personal data please contact our support team.
Like most website operators, Natures gist 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. Naturesgist’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Naturesgist’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Natures gist may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
Naturesgist’s also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on Naturesgist.com blogs. Naturesgist’s 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-IDENTIFYING INFORMATION
Certain visitors to Naturesgist’s website choose to interact with Natures gist in ways that require Naturesgist’s to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Naturesgist’s gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for a blog at Naturesgist.com to provide a username and email address. In each case, Naturesgist’s collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Automattic. Automattic does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
Naturesgist may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, Naturesgist may monitor the most popular blogs on the Naturesgist.com site or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. Naturesgist may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Naturesgist does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
PROTECTION OF CERTAIN PERSONALLY-IDENTIFYING INFORMATION
Naturesgist discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Naturesgist’s behalf or to provide services available at Naturesgist’s website, 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 Naturesgist’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Naturesgist’s will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Naturesgist 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 Automattic 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. Naturesgist’s takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
Comments and other content submitted to our Akismet anti-spam service are not saved on our servers unless they were marked as false positives or missed spam, in which case we store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives and missed spam.
November 2, 2016: Added that comments submitted as missed spam are retained by Akismet to improve future performance.
February 18, 2015: Updated Creative Commons license from 2.5 to 4.0.
February 1, 2011: Clarified subpoena language and added Business Transfers paragraph.
January 3, 2011: Added court order and subpoena clarification.
July 1, 2010: Revised paragraph about IP addresses to explain when they are collected and that commenter IPs are visible to blog administrators.
October 29, 2009: Added Comments paragraph to explain Akismet comment storage policy.