Privacy Policy

 
Website Visitors

Like most website operators, HPG Advertising 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. HPG Advertising’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how HPG Advertising’s visitors use its website. From time to time, HPG Advertising may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

HPG Advertising also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on WordPress.com blogs. HPG Advertising 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 are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.



Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to HPG Advertising’s websites choose to interact with HPG Advertising in ways that require HPG Advertising to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that HPG Advertising gathers depends 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 HPG Advertising – 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, HPG Advertising collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with HPG Advertising. HPG Advertising 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.



Aggregated Statistics

HPG Advertising may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, HPG Advertising may monitor the most popular blogs on the WordPress.com site or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. HPG Advertising may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, HPG Advertising does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.



Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

HPG Advertising 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 HPG Advertising’s behalf or to provide services available at HPG Advertising’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 HPG Advertising’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. HPG Advertising 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, HPG Advertising discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when HPG Advertising believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of HPG Advertising, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an HPG Advertising website and have supplied your email address, HPG Advertising 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 HPG Advertising 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. HPG Advertising takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.



Cookies

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



Business Transfers

If HPG Advertising, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that HPG Advertising 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 HPG Advertising may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.



Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, HPG Advertising may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in HPG Advertising’s sole discretion. HPG Advertising encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. If you have a WordPress.com account, you should also check your blog’s dashboard for alerts to these changes. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

 

 

 

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