Purpose of this document
Personal information is data required to identify individual users, such as user name, email address, telephone number, IM identifier etc. and also activity of an individual and any other information that is linked to an individual.
What we collect and how we use personal information
Wikidot.com collects information required for proper user account handling and user identification such as: email address, screen name (and password). Optionally Users can fill additional profile data including but not limited to: real name, gender, birth date, User’s website, instant messaging contact info and location. Profile information is public or private. Profile information can be changed by any time by the User.
The Services also logs other information including IP address and browser type from both registered Users and anonymous visitors. This data is used for technical purposes of running the Services, monitor and analyze trends and improve the Services and for security and monitoring purposes. These aggregate data (with any individual information stripped such that no connection to individual users can be made) can be shared with third-parties to provide more relevant services and advertisements.
User profile data is public and can be viewed by any visitor, or it can be set as private and visible to contacts or people that are members of the same Sites the User is too (available in Pro accounts).
User email addresses are never displayed publicly nor revealed to other Users unless a User puts it directly on the pages or another User is in your contact list. However to make finding Users easier we allow searching by email address where one can look up a User whose email address matches the queried one.
Your email address is only revealed to the Users in your contact list. You shall be warned about it at the moment you add a User to your contact list.
Email address may be used to send Wikidot Newsletter or other important Services information or updates and to notify User about events related to particular user account. The User can decide not to receive any emailed information from the Services by configuring the Account Settings.
Email addresses are not shared with any third party, rent or sold.
On some Sites anonymous users are allowed to post content and/or participate in forum discussions. In such a case, since no user name can be associated with such a user, the IP address number of a user is used as an identifier.
When posting content or messages to the Sites anonymously, part of your IP address will be revealed to the public.
Links to other sites
Any Wiki Sites can contain links to other web sites or include information from other sites via RSS feed import or embedding selected HTML code portions from other social sites. Wikidot.com is not responsible for the privacy policies or rules on these sites. This privacy only relates to the Wikidot Services.
Please note that whenever you post Content to any of the public Wiki Sites the Content can be accessed by anyone.
You can set up the Wiki Site as private which means only selected users (Site Members and individually allowed users) would be able to view and browse it. Moreover if the Site is private:
- all the attached files will be visible only to authorized members,
- site feeds (changes, forum feeds or any other feed) is password-protected; individual users should use their private feed password to access it
If an unauthorized user is visiting your site he/she will be redirected to a page (by default system:join).
We will not share, publish nor reuse any Content from private sites for purposes other than showing the Content to its authorized users. This is what “private” means.
Wikidot.com User accounts are protected by user-created passwords.
Wherever required we use security measures to avoid plain-text transport of personal information between the browser and Wikidot.com servers. In particular the login form data (email + password), all registration data, password-recovery forms and a few other that involve personal data use secure transport.
To ensure secure data transfer, pages with sensitive information use the HTTPS protocol with at least 128-bit SSL certificates when communicating with a web browser. Areas protected by SSL include: My Account panel, login pages, create account pages, upgrade pages, AdSense panel and all user-created Sites with SSL enabled.
Whenever Wikidot.com servers need to communicate sensitive information to other third party servers, such as AdSense servers, direct card payment gateways or other payment services, secure SSL transport is used.
Wikidot.com uses various techniques against unauthorized access to the information that result from hacking activity such as cross server scripting (XSS), session stealing, sniffing and many others.
The data stored on our database servers is kept with a reasonable protection against unauthorized access and accessible only by minimal number of employees. We however can not guarantee protection against unauthorized use, hardware or software failure and other factors that may compromise the security of User information that is beyond our control.
In particular we also take no responsibility for unauthorized access that results from Users sharing their password with others or not taking sufficient security measures when using public computers.
Sharing the information
No User information is shared or disclosed as described above without user acceptance except when it is required by law. Some information can be shared with other third party services that provide level of integration with Wikidot, but every such information transfer is prior clearly explained to the User and requires User’s acceptance.
Wikidot.com reserves the right to transfer personal information in case of acquisition of the Wikidot.com Services or any part of it by another company.