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Privacy Policy

Your privacy is critically important to us. At BayesianSpectacles, we have a few fundamental principles:

  • We only collect a bare minimum of data necessary to provide the best possible experience to existing and prospective readers.
  • We store personal information for only as long as we have a reason to keep it.
  • We aim for full transparency on how we gather, use, and share your personal information.

Who we are and what This Policy Covers

We are the team behind BayesianSpectacles, a blog about Bayesian statistics. This Privacy Policy applies to information that we collect about you when you use our website. Below we explain how we collect, use, and share information about you, along with the choices that you have with respect to that information.

Please also note that this Privacy Policy does not apply to any of products or services that are related to us but that have a separate privacy policy (i.e., JASP).

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us.

Information We Collect

We only collect information about you if we have a reason to do so–for example, to learn which other websites our readers come from, or to learn which kind of blog posts are most popular. We collect information automatically through operating our blog.

This collection of information occurs via the built-in analytics system of Jetpack, which is a WordPress plugin created by WordPress mother company Automattic (see their privacy policy). Jetpack collects the following information:

  • Log Information. Like most online service providers, we collect information that web browsers, mobile devices, and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, IP address, unique device identifiers, language preference, referring site, the date and time of access, operating system, and mobile network information. We collect log information when you visit our blog–for example, when you visit bayesianspectacles.org.
  • Usage Information. We collect information about the actions that visitors perform on bayesianspectacles.org. We also collect information about what happens when you use our blog (e.g., page views, newsletter opens, button clicks) along with information about your device (e.g., mobile screen size, name of cellular network, and mobile device manufacturer). We use this information to, for example, to get insights on how people use our blog, so we can make it better.
  • Location Information. When you visit bayesianspectacles.org, we may determine the approximate location of your device from your IP address. We collect and use this information to, for example, calculate how many people visit our blog from certain geographic regions. However, note that we anonymize these data as far as possible.
  • Information from Cookies & Other Technologies: 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. Pixel tags (also called web beacons) are small blocks of code placed on websites and e-mails. Our blog uses cookies and other technologies like pixel tags to help us identify and track visitors, usage, and access preferences, as well as track and understand e-mail campaign effectiveness and to deliver the best possible content. For more information about our use of cookies and other technologies for tracking, including how you can control the use of cookies, please see here for information on WordPress.com. WordPress is the content management system that bayesianspectacles.org is based on. Our cookie use is thus standard WordPress.

Sharing Information

How We Share Information

We do not sell our users’ private personal information.

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We share information about you in the limited circumstances spelled out below and with appropriate safeguards on your privacy:

  • Subsidiaries, Employees, and Independent Contractors: We may disclose information about you to our subsidiaries, our employees, and individuals who are our independent contractors that need to know the information in order to help us maintain our blog or to process the information on our behalf. We require our subsidiaries, employees, and independent contractors to follow this Privacy Policy for personal information that we share with them. That means, for instance, that neither of these people are allowed to use your information in any other way than the ways described in the previous section.
  • <li><i>As Required by Law</i>: We may disclose information about you in response to a subpoena, court order, or other governmental request.</li>
    
    <li><i>To Protect Rights and Property</i>: We may disclose information about you when we believe in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Bayesian Spectacles, 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.</li>
    
    <li><i>Business Transfers</i>: 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 Bayesian Spectacles goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user 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 Policy would continue to apply to your information and the party receiving your information may continue to use your information, but only consistent with this Privacy Policy.</li>
    
    <li><i>With Your Consent</i>: We may share and disclose information with your consent or at your direction. For example, we may share your information with third parties in case you explicitly allowed us to do so.</li>
    
    <li><i>Aggregated and De-Identified Information</i>: We may share information that has been aggregated or reasonably de-identified, so that the information could not reasonably be used to identify you. For instance, we may publish aggregate statistics about the statistics of our blog.</li>
    

    Information Shared Publicly

    Information that you choose to make public is–you guessed it–disclosed publicly. That means, of course, that information like your public profile, posts, other content that you make public on your website, and your “likes” and comments on other websites that use Bayesian Spectacles, are all available to others–and we hope you get a lot of views! We provide a “Firehose” stream of public data (like posts and comments) from sites that use our blog 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. Please keep all of this in mind when deciding what you would like to share.

    Security

    While no online service is 100% secure, we work very hard to protect information about you against unauthorized access, use, alteration, or destruction, and take reasonable measures to do so.

    Choices

    You have several choices available when it comes to information about you:

    • Set Your Browser to Avoid Tracking and to Reject Cookies: We aim to fully respond to “do not track” signals and select the appropriate privacy settings wherever possible. For instance, our website analytics software will not track you in case your browser indicates that you do not wish to be tracked. Furthermore, you can usually choose to set your browser to remove or reject browser cookies before visiting our blog, with the drawback that certain features of Bayesian Spectacles may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

    Other Things You Should Know

    Transferring Information

    Bayesian Spectacles is a worldwide product. By accessing or using Bayesian Spectacles or otherwise providing information to us, you consent to the processing, transfer, and storage of information in and to the U.S. and other countries, which may have rights and protections that are different from those in your home country.

    Third Party Software

    If you’d like to use third party software like plugins with our blog (such as your Browser, or certain social media sites), please keep in mind that when you interact with them you may provide information about yourself to those third parties. We don’t own or control these third parties and they have their own rules about collection, use and sharing of information. You should review their rules and policies when installing and using third party software.

    Privacy Policy Changes

    Although most changes are likely to be minor, we may change its Privacy Policy from time to time. We encourage visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. If we make changes, we will notify you by revising the change log below, and, in some cases, we may provide additional notice (such as adding a statement to our homepage). Your continued use of the blog after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your consent to such change.

    Change log

    May 12, 2018: Release of this privacy policy.

    Note: This privacy policy is adapted from Automattic, who were so kind to release their privacy policy under a Creative Commons Sharealike license.

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