Hi there! This Privacy Notice explains how I process information about the visitors to my blog. This is a WordPress.com blog and their company is called Automattic.

Who’s Who and What This Privacy Notice Covers

Automattic products and services  are designed to allow bloggers like me to create, publish, and manage my own website. Of their available services, I use:

  • WordPress.com which offers the design, features, and support to bring a website to life.
  • Akismet helps keep spam under control by filtering out spam comments. Akismet protects against hacking too.

Visitors to my site can read published content and interact with the Site through the features: likes and follows.

Information I Collect About Visitors to My Sites

Using WordPress, I collect information about visitors to Nicci Carrera in a few different ways. Certain information that the visitors provide to the Site is collected, and other information is collected automatically.

Information a Visitor Provides to a Site

Information that you, a visitor, provides directly to this Site primarily happens when you type into a text field like a comment field or a sign-up form. I don’t do surveys, so your information is collected by WordPress only if you Like a post or follow this blog through email. I don’t get to see your email information, but when you like my post, I can see your blog address.

Here are the most common ways in which a visitor directly provides information to a Site:

  • Follower and Subscriber Information: When a visitor (you) signs up to follow or subscribe to a Site using WordPress.com, the sign-up information requested by the Site is collected; this typically includes an email address.
  • Site Comments: When a visitor (you) leaves a comment on a Site, that comment is collected and other information that the visitor provides along with the comment, such as the visitor’s name and email address.
  • Order and Shipment Information: I don’t sell books directly, so there is no order and shipment information.
  • Other Information Entered on the Site: Wordpress may also collect other information that a visitor enters on the Site–such as a contact form submission, a search query, or Site registration.

Information Automatically Collected from the Site

Automaticc also automatically collects some information about visitors to a Site. The information automatically collected depends on which of their services the Site uses. We’ve listed examples below:

  • Technical Data from a Visitor’s Computer and Etcetera: We collect the information that web browsers, mobile devices, and servers typically make available about visitors to a Site, such as the IP address, browser type, unique device identifiers, language preference, referring site, the date and time of access, operating system, and mobile network information.
  • Visitor Interactions: We collect information about a visitor’s interactions with a Site, including the “likes” and “ratings” left by visitors to a Site using WordPress.com.
  • Location Information: We may determine the approximate location of a visitor’s device from the IP address. This is so I can see how many people visit my Site from certain geographic regions. If you’d like, you can read more about the Site Stats feature for WordPress.com sites.
  • Akismet Commenter Information:  This site collects information about visitors who comment on the Site because it uses Akismet anti-spam service. The information collected includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself).
  • Information from Cookies and Other Technologies: A cookie is a string of information that a Site stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the Site each time the visitor returns. Pixel tags (also called web beacons) are small blocks of code placed on Sites. Automattic uses cookies and other technologies like pixel tags to help identify and track visitors and Site usage, and to deliver targeted ads when ads are enabled for free WordPress.com sites or when ads are enabled on a Site through WordAds Ads (see the “Other Tools” section below for more details). For more information about our use of cookies and other technologies for tracking, including how visitors can control the use of cookies, please see our Cookie Policy. Note: This is a paid WordPress site, so there shouldn’t be ads or collection of your info to target those ads.

How We Use Visitor Information

The information is used to prevent spamming on my site and for Google Analytics which enable me to see where people are geographically. Also the information collected lets me have a comment dialog with my site visitors.

WordPress may also use and share information that has been aggregated or reasonably de-identified, so that the information could not reasonably be used to identify any individual. For instance, it may publish aggregate statistics about the use of our services.

How Automaticc Shares Visitor Information

We may share information collected about Site visitors in the limited circumstances spelled out below:

  • Subsidiaries, Employees, and Independent Contractors: We may disclose Site visitor information to our subsidiaries, our employees, and individuals who are our independent contractors that need to know the information in order to help us provide our services to our Users and their Sites, or to process the information on our behalf. We require our subsidiaries, employees, and independent contractors to follow this Privacy Notice for information about visitors that we share with them.
  • Third Party Vendors: We may share Site visitor information with third party vendors who need to know this information in order to provide their services to us. This group includes vendors that help us provide our services to our Users and their Sites. We require vendors to agree to privacy commitments in order to share information with them.
  • Legal Requests: We may disclose Site visitor information in response to a subpoena, court order, or other governmental request. For more information on how we respond to requests for information, please see our Legal Guidelines.
  • To Protect Rights, Property, and Others: We may disclose Site visitor information when we believe in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Automattic, our Users, third parties, or the public at large. For example, if we have a good faith belief that there is an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury, we may disclose information related to the emergency without delay.
  • Business Transfers: In connection with any merger, sale of company assets, or acquisition of all or a portion of our business by another company, or in the unlikely event that Automattic goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, Site visitor information would likely be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. If any of these events were to happen, this Privacy Notice would continue to apply to Site visitor information and the party receiving this information may continue to use this information, but only consistent with this Privacy Notice.
  • Information Shared Publicly: Information that visitors choose to make public is–you guessed it–disclosed publicly. That means, of course, that information like visitor comments and “likes” are all available to others, including information about the visitor that is displayed in connection with a comment or “like” (such as a visitor’s WordPress.com username and Gravatar). We provide a “firehose” stream of public data (including comments) from Sites to provide that data to firehose subscribers, who may view and analyze the content, but do not have rights to re-publish it publicly. Public information may also be indexed by search engines or used by third parties.

Other Tools

This site may contain ads from third party ad networks and advertisers, and I may integrate other tools and services on my sites (such as Google Analytics and third party plugins). Please note that this Privacy Notice only covers the collection of information by Automattic, and does not cover the collection by any third party. However Nicci Carrera does not knowingly use any of these plug-ins.

Ad networks and analytics providers may set tracking technologies (like cookies) to collect information about visitors’ use of a Site and across other websites and online services, such as a visitor’s IP address, web browser, mobile network information, pages viewed, time spent on pages, links clicked, and conversion information. This information may be used by those companies to, among other things, analyze and track usage, determine the popularity of certain content, and deliver advertisements that may be more targeted to visitor interests. For more information about how to manage and delete cookies, visit aboutcookies.org, and for more information on interest-based ads, including information about how visitors may be able to opt out of having their web browsing information used for behavioral advertising purposes, please visit aboutads.info/choices (US based) and youronlinechoices.eu (EU based).

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. Nicci Carrera Fiction Author uses cookies to identify and track visitors, their usage of the Nicci Carrera website, and their website access preferences. Nicci Carrera Fiction Author visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Nicci Carrera’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of Nicci Carrera’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.