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Privacy Policy

Your privacy is critically important to us. At Level 2 Graphics 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.

Below is our privacy policy which incorporates these goals. Thanks to Automattic for creating this and sharing it under Creative Commons license.

If you have questions about deleting or correcting your personal data please contact our support team.

Level 2 Graphics Inc. (“Level 2 Graphics”) operates several websites including Level 2 Graphics.comwordpress.comgravatar.com,intensedebate.com, and akismet.com. It is Level 2 Graphics’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, Level 2 Graphics 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. Level 2 Graphics’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Level 2 Graphics’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Level 2 Graphics may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

Level 2 Graphics also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on WordPress.com blogs. Level 2 Graphics 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 Level 2 Graphics’s websites choose to interact with Level 2 Graphics in ways that require Level 2 Graphics to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Level 2 Graphics gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for an account at WordPress.com to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with Level 2 Graphics – 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, Level 2 Graphics collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Level 2 Graphics. Level 2 Graphics 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

Level 2 Graphics may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, Level 2 Graphics may monitor the most popular blogs on the WordPress.com site or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. Level 2 Graphics may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Level 2 Graphics does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

Level 2 Graphics 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 Level 2 Graphics’s behalf or to provide services available at Level 2 Graphics’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 Level 2 Graphics’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Level 2 Graphics 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, Level 2 Graphics discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Level 2 Graphics believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Level 2 Graphics, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an Level 2 Graphics website and have supplied your email address, Level 2 Graphics 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 Level 2 Graphics 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. Level 2 Graphics 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. Level 2 Graphics uses cookies to help Level 2 Graphics identify and track visitors, their usage of Level 2 Graphics website, and their website access preferences. Level 2 Graphics visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Level 2 Graphics’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of Level 2 Graphics’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Business Transfers

If Level 2 Graphics, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Level 2 Graphics 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 Level 2 Graphics may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Ads

Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Level 2 Graphics and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Comments

Comments and other content submitted to our Akismet anti-spam service are not saved on our servers unless they were marked as false positives, in which case we store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Level 2 Graphics may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Level 2 Graphics’s sole discretion. Level 2 Graphics 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.