What We Collect and How We Use It
When you create an account on the Services (an “Account”), we’ll ask you for information such as your username, password, and email address (“Account Information”). We may use Account Information, alone or together with other information, to enhance and improve the Services, such as by personalisation. We use your email address to verify your Account and to communicate with you. We also allow users to invite and add their friends by email address.
You can keep yourself fairly anonymous on Blogtrumpet, but remember that your posts, blogs, pages, and username are all visible to the public by default. We provide you with an option to hide yourself from the directory under Profile Settings. Hiding from the directory however, does not hide your profile, or your posts from being viewed publicly.
Email Communications with Us
As part of the Services, you may occasionally receive email and other communications from us. Administrative communications relating to your Account (e.g., for purposes of Account recovery or password reset) are considered part of the Services and your Account, which you may not be able to opt-out from receiving. We also may send you other kinds of emails, that help you discover blogs, news and information regarding our products and services. You cannot opt out of email communication that pertains to your account. However, if you choose not to receive information about products, services or new blogs, you can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the request.
Information about Your Account on Third Party Services
You can update your Account to show your profiles maintained with Third Party Services. However, we do not access the information you have provided to third party services and only content you post on our site or platform, is displayed along with your Account. We might however review the information you have provided, along with publicly available information on third-party services in cases where we feel we need to verify your information to ensure compliance with our content and conduct policy. We also review publicly available information from your submitted information in the Account to assess your profile, and share the information with our family companies for purposes such as product improvements, research and analysis, and to help them provide you with more relevant experiences.
By default, all sharing through the Services is public, and when you provide us with content it is published so that anyone can view it. Content published and shared publicly is accessible to everyone, including search engines, and you may lose any privacy rights you might have regarding that content. In addition, information shared publicly may be copied and shared throughout the Internet, including through actions or features native to the Services, such as reposting or reblogging.
At its heart, Blogtrumpet is a public platform. Don’t be afraid to share amazing things, but do understand that it can be hard to completely remove things from the internet once they’ve been shared and reposted or reblogged a few times.
The Services allow you to perform creative actions that are integral to our products, such as liking a post, sharing a post, replying to a post, and following a blog. Liking, sharing, and replying are public actions – anyone can expand the “comments” view on a post, for example, to see who replied to a post or shared it. We use information about creative actions to improve the Services, develop new Services, and, particularly, to personalise your Blogtrumpet experience.
Personalisation using this information may include presenting you with new posts relevant to what you’ve liked, providing you with better search results, and showing you advertising more relevant to your interests.
Shares, Likes, and Replies are a matter of public record, so if you’re unsure of the content you are sharing, it’s best to keep them to yourself.
Information Related to Use of the Services
We collect information about how people use the Services, including those with an Account. This type of information may be collected in our log files each time you interact with (i.e., make a request to) the Services. We use internal tools and third party applications and services (like Google Analytics) to collect and analyse this information. Some of this information may also be associated with the Internet Protocol Address (“IP Address”) used to access the Services; some may be connected with your Account; and some may only be collected and used in aggregate form (as a statistical measure that wouldn’t identify you or your Account). We also collect your IP Address when you register or make a post. We may use this information about how you and others interact with the Services for a number of things generally related to enhancing, improving, protecting, and developing new Services, including but not limited to: providing users with personalised content; providing users with targeted advertising; improving our search results; identifying trending or popular content; fighting spam, malware, identity theft and generally keeping our users and community safe; and for legal and safety reasons.
We use information about how you interact with Blogtrumpet in order to personalise it for you, to keep both you and our community safe from harm, and to improve Blogtrumpet for everyone who uses it.
We collect and store information about where you are located. This information is stored along with your profile information as part of Account Information. This information is independent from the analysis we run on your IP Address. The rough geolocation done using the IP Address may only be used to improve and personalise the Services for you. We allow you to maintain a consistent profile location, regardless of where you access your account from.
Information Collected Using Cookies
With Whom Your Information Is Shared
Information Shared with the Public Through the Services
As noted in “User Content” and “Creative actions,” above, by default, content published through the Services and many actions you take on the Services are shared with the public. Because this kind of information can be seen by anyone and may be indexed by search engines (like Google Search, or Yahoo Search), you should be careful about what you choose to disclose publicly and make sure it’s information you want to share with everyone. We do allow privacy options that allow you to hide your profile from the Members Directory, or make your information viewable only by logged in users or friends, as you choose.
The content you create on Blogtrumpet is, by default, public. This means that anyone can see it, and that search engines can index it. If these things bother you, you should review the content before you post it. We do allow you to remove posts that you feel you would no longer like to keep published along with your profile.
Information You Share with Third Party Services
Information Shared with Our Agents in Order to Operate and Improve the Services
In some cases, we share information that we store (such as IP Addresses) with third parties, such as service providers, consultants, and other agents (“Agents”), for the purposes of operating, enhancing, and improving the Services, and developing new products and services. For example, we may share information with service providers in order to fight spam, and third-party consultants may have access to information in the process of improving our processes and technology. Agents with whom we share such information for these reasons are generally bound by confidentiality obligations and, unless we tell you differently, our Agents do not have any right to use information we share with them beyond the scope and duration of what is necessary to assist us.
Information Disclosed for Our Protection and the Protection of Others
We do not like unnecessary investigations. But we do need to protect everyone who uses Blogtrumpet from harming us, each other, or themselves. We work hard to balance privacy and community, and we’re sure you can appreciate the challenges in that, and the seriousness with which we take those challenges.
Information We Share with Your Consent or at Your Request. If you ask us to release information that we have about your Account, we will do so if reasonable and not unduly burdensome.
Information Shared with Other Third Parties. We may share or disclose non-private information, Aggregate Information, or other non-personally identifying information with people and entities that we do business with.
The Security of Your Information
Your Account Information is protected by a password for your privacy and security. We may enable additional security features in the future, like multi-factor authentication. You need to prevent unauthorised access to your Account and information by creating a unique, secure, and protected password and limiting access to your computer and browser by signing off after you have finished accessing your Account on the Services.
We seek to protect your information (including your Account Information) to ensure that it is kept private; however, we can’t guarantee the security of any information. Unauthorised entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of user information at any time.
It’s really important that you have a unique password for all of your accounts on the internet, including your Blogtrumpet account.
What Information You Can Access
If you are a registered user, you can access most information associated with your Account by logging into the Profile Settings and checking your Privacy Settings. Registered and unregistered users can access and delete cookies through their web browser settings.
How to Delete Your Account and What Happens When You Delete Your Account
If you want to delete your Account, you can do so from your Profile Settings page or by emailing us and providing proof of authority over the Account. What constitutes “proof of authority” will vary depending on the circumstances, but generally will require sufficient identifying information so that we can be confident you are the Account owner. Deleting your Account may not fully remove the content you have published from our systems, as caching of, backups of, copies of, or references to your Account Information may not be immediately removed. In addition, given the nature of sharing on the Services, some of the public activity on your Account prior to deletion (such as reposts or reblogs of your blog posts) may remain stored on our servers and accessible to the public.
You’ll do great things on Blogtrumpet, surely, but if it ever comes time to say goodbye, then you’re free to delete your account at any time and for any reason. The deletion will be effective immediately, for the most part, but it might take a little while to delete everything from our archives and backups.
What won’t get deleted are reposts of your posts. Those will remain on whatever blog reposted them. Like we said before, it can be really, really hard to delete something once it goes out onto the internet, so be sure you’re only publishing stuff that you’re certain you want to publish.
Where to Direct Questions or Concerns
If you have any questions or concerns regarding privacy using the Services, send us a detailed message by writing to email@example.com.