Westarctica:Privacy policy

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YOUR PRIVACY IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT TO ENCYCLOPEDIA WESTARCTICA.

We at Encyclopedia Westarctica are committed to:

  • Describing how your information may be used or shared in this Privacy Policy.
  • Using reasonable measures to keep your information secure.
  • Never selling your information or sharing it with third parties for marketing purposes.

  • Only sharing your information in limited circumstances, such as to improve the Wikimedia Sites, to comply with the law, or to protect you and others.
  • Retaining your data for the shortest possible time that is consistent with maintaining, understanding, and improving the Wikimedia Sites, and our obligations under law.

Be aware:

  • Any content you add or any change that you make to a Wikimedia Site will be publicly and permanently available.

  • If you add content or make a change to a Wikimedia Site without logging in, that content or change will be publicly and permanently attributed to the IP address used at the time rather than a username.

  • Our community of volunteer editors and contributors is a self-policing body. Certain administrators of the Wikimedia Sites, who are chosen by the community, use tools that grant them limited access to nonpublic information about recent contributions so they may protect the Wikimedia Sites and enforce policies.

  • As part of our commitment to education and research around the world, we occasionally release public information and aggregated or non-personal information to the general public through data dumps and data sets.
  • For the protection of the Wikimedia Foundation and other users, if you do not agree with this Privacy Policy, you may not use the Wikimedia Sites.

General Privacy Policy

Encyclopedia Westarctica’s Privacy Policy and Legal Disclaimer

Created: 19 March 2018

I. PRIVACY POLICY

Your privacy is critically important to Encyclopedia Westarctica.

Website Visitors

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

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to Encyclopedia Westarctica’s websites choose to interact with Encyclopedia Westarctica in ways that require Encyclopedia Westarctica to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Encyclopedia Westarctica gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. In each case, Encyclopedia Westarctica collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Encyclopedia Westarctica. Encyclopedia Westarctica 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, such as submitting information for a new listing in our database.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

Encyclopedia Westarctica discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that need to know that information in order to process it on Encyclopedia Westarctica’s behalf or to provide services available at Encyclopedia Westarctica’s websites, and 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 Encyclopedia Westarctica’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Encyclopedia Westarctica 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, Encyclopedia Westarctica discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Encyclopedia Westarctica believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Encyclopedia Westarctica, third parties or the public at large. Encyclopedia Westarctica takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Business Transfers

If Encyclopedia Westarctica, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Encyclopedia Westarctica 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 Encyclopedia Westarctica 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 Encyclopedia Westarctica and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Privacy Policy Changes

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

II. LEGAL DISCLAIMER

Encyclopedia Westarctica is a service maintained out of an interest in micropatriology and sovereignty projects with the express purpose of increasing public knowledge and understanding about micronations, the micronational community, and alternative forms of government. No support or endorsement of any particular organization, project, group, movement, campaign and/or nation/state is intended, implied, or suggested.

The primary administrator of Encyclopedia Westarctica, Travis McHenry, has had a longstanding involvement with numerous micronations having founded and managed Calsahara, Casbah, and Westarctica as well as briefly managing the Molossian provinces of Desert Homestead and New Antrim.

Encyclopedia Westarctica takes no responsibility should anyone be inspired to commit themselves to acts of sedition or violence after visiting our website or downloading the Encyclopedia Westarctica mobile app. Neither Encyclopedia Westarctica, nor its staff, support, condone, or encourage acts of violence or sedition.

The inclusion of a link or links to any group on this website is done so for casual and/or scholarly interest, and is not intended, implied nor suggested as either support nor endorsement of such organization, project, group, movement and/or micronation by Encyclopedia Westarctica or its administrators.

The listing of a website for a particular organization, project, group, movement, campaign and/or micronation does not mean that the particular website listed is the definitive one for that particular organization, project, group, movement, campaign and/or micronation. Where possible, Encyclopedia Westarctica makes every attempt to verify the legitimacy of a project’s online presence as “Official” before labeling it as such.

Encyclopedia Westarctica takes no responsibility for any offer, action, product, or service offered or taken by any party or parties represented by any website listed, nor for any content of any website for which a hypertext link is provided, or the URL for that site is listed.

Copyright infringement

Main article:Westarctica:Copyright Issues

All graphics used on Encyclopedia Westarctica are either open-source or have been pulled from the website associated with the listing, and are intended to stimulate interest in the websites involved. The use of non-open-source graphics or text is not intended to be an act of copyright violation. Should such inclusion be considered an infringement of copyright, please contact the Encyclopedia Westarctica’s administrator via e-mail at info@westarctica.info for their prompt removal. Requesting removal of a graphic for an article may result in the removal of the article in its entirety.

Detailed Privacy Policy

Your Public Contributions

The Wikimedia Sites were primarily created to help you share your knowledge with the world, and we share your contributions because you have asked us to do so.

When you make a contribution to any Wikimedia Site, including on user or discussion pages, you are creating a permanent, public record of every piece of content added, removed, or altered by you. The page history will show when your contribution or deletion was made, as well as your username (if you are signed in) or your IP address (if you are not signed in). We may use your public contributions, either aggregated with the public contributions of others or individually, to create new features or data-related products for you or to learn more about how the Wikimedia Sites are used.

Unless this Policy says otherwise, you should assume that information that you actively contribute to the Wikimedia Sites, including personal information, is publicly visible and can be found by search engines. Like most things on the Internet, anything you share may be copied and redistributed throughout the Internet by other people. Please do not contribute any information that you are uncomfortable making permanently public, like revealing your real name or location in your contributions.

You should be aware that specific data made public by you or aggregated data that is made public by us can be used by anyone for analysis and to infer information about users, such as which country a user is from, political affiliation, and gender.

Information retrieved automatically

Because of how browsers work and similar to other major websites, we receive some information automatically when you visit the Wikimedia Sites. This information includes the type of device you are using (possibly including unique device identification numbers, for some beta versions of our mobile applications), the type and version of your browser, your browser's language preference, the type and version of your device's operating system, in some cases the name of your internet service provider or mobile carrier, the website that referred you to the Wikimedia Sites, which pages you request and visit, and the date and time of each request you make to the Wikimedia Sites.

Put simply, we use this information to enhance your experience with Wikimedia Sites. For example, we use this information to administer the sites, provide greater security, and fight vandalism; optimize mobile applications, customize content and set language preferences, test features to see what works, and improve performance; understand how users interact with the Wikimedia Sites, track and study use of various features, gain understanding about the demographics of the different Wikimedia Sites, and analyze trends.

E-mail

You have the option of providing an email address at the time of registration or in later interactions with the Wikimedia Sites. If you do so, your email address is kept confidential, except as provided in this Policy. We do not sell, rent, or use your email address to advertise third-party products or services to you.

Metadata

Sometimes, we may automatically receive location data from your device. For example, if you want to upload a photo on the Wikimedia Commons mobile app, we may receive metadata, such as the place and time you took the photo, automatically from your device. Please be aware that, unlike location information collected using GPS signals described above, the default setting on your mobile device typically includes the metadata in your photo or video upload to the Wikimedia Sites. If you do not want metadata sent to us and made public at the time of your upload, please change your settings on your device.

IP addresses

When you visit any Wikimedia Site, we automatically receive the IP address of the device (or your proxy server) you are using to access the Internet, which could be used to infer your geographical location. We keep IP addresses confidential, except as provided in this Policy. For example, if you make a contribution without signing into your account, your IP address used at the time will be publicly and permanently recorded. If you are visiting Wikimedia Sites with your mobile device, we may use your IP address to provide anonymized or aggregated information to service providers regarding the volume of usage in certain areas. We use IP addresses for research and analytics; to better personalize content, notices, and settings for you; to fight spam, identity theft, malware, and other kinds of abuse; and to provide better mobile and other applications.

How do we protect your data

We strive to protect your information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. We use a variety of physical and technical measures, policies, and procedures (such as access control procedures, network firewalls, and physical security) designed to protect our systems and your personal information. Unfortunately, there's no such thing as completely secure data transmission or storage, so we can't guarantee that our security will not be breached (by technical measures or through violation of our policies and procedures).