Information We Collect About Visitors to Our Site
Through the WordPress.com platform, we collect information about visitors to our site, both certain information that the visitors provide and information we collect automatically.
Information a Visitor Provides to this Site
We’ll start with information that visitors provide directly to our Site, which primarily happens when visitors type into a text field, like a comment field or a sign-up form.
Here are the most common ways in which a visitor directly provides information to this Site:
- Follower and Subscriber Information: When a visitor signs up to follow or subscribe to our Site using WordPress.com.
- Site Comments: When a visitor leaves a comment on the Site, we collect that comment, and other information that the visitor provides along with the comment, such as the visitor’s name and email address.
- Other Information Entered on the Site: We 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 We Automatically Collect from the Site
We also automatically collect some information about visitors to the Site. This information we automatically collect includes:
- 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 the Site, including the “likes” and “ratings” left by visitors.
- Location Information: We may determine the approximate location of a visitor’s device from the IP address. We collect and use this information to, for example, tally how many people visit the Site from certain geographic regions.
How We Use Visitor Information
We use information about Site visitors in order to create and manage the Site, sell products and services, flag and fight comments from spammers, and collect information through polls, quizzes and other surveys.
How We Share Visitor Information
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).
Public information may also be indexed by search engines or used by third parties.