- “We” – This term and any applicable first-person pronouns (Us, Our, Ours, etc.) refer to Real News Project, Inc. d/b/a WhoWhatWhy, the owner and operator of the Site.
- “Site” – This term refers to whowhatwhy.org and any affiliated websites.
- “You” or “User” – This term and any applicable second-person pronouns (Your, Yours, etc.) refer to you, as the user of the Site.
Please read this Policy carefully to understand Our policies and practices regarding Your information and how We will treat it. If You do not agree with Our policies and practices, Your choice is not to use the Site. By accessing or using the Site, You agree to this Policy and consent to Our collection, use, disclosure, retention, and protection of Your personal information as described in this Policy.
This Policy applies to information We collect:
- On or through the Site (including desktop and mobile versions);
- When You register for or use the Services;
- In email, text, and other electronic messages between You and Us;
- When You interact with Our advertising and applications on third-party websites and services, if those advertisements or applications include links to this Policy; and
- When You interact with the Services through third-party social media platforms.
It does not apply to information collected by:
- Us offline or through any other means, including through any third party (including Our affiliates and subsidiaries); or
- any third party (including Our affiliates and subsidiaries), including through any application or content (including advertising) that may link to or be accessible through the Site.
- Revisions to this Policy
We reserve the right to revise, amend, or modify this Policy and Our other policies and agreements at any time and in any manner. You should periodically check for any modifications to this Policy by re-visiting these terms. You should note the “Last Updated” date of this Policy, which appears at the top of this Policy. A changed “Last Updated” date indicates that this Policy has been updated or edited, and the updated or edited version supersedes any prior versions immediately upon posting. We will consider Your continued use of the Site after We make changes to this Policy as Your acceptance of the changes, so please check this Policy frequently for updates.
- Are Minors Welcome?
The Site is not intended for persons under eighteen (18) years old. We prohibit all persons who do not meet the age requirements from accessing the Services. Minors must not use the Site. We do not knowingly collect any information about children, minors, or anyone under eighteen (18) years old, nor do We knowingly market to children, minors, or anyone under eighteen (18) years old. If You are under eighteen (18) years old, You must not submit information to Us and must immediately leave the Site.
- What types of information do We collect about You and how is it collected?
We collect several types of information from and about Users of the Site, including information:
- by which You may be personally identified, including Your name, postal address, email address, telephone number, or any other information that We collect that is defined as personal or personally identifiable information under law (“personal information”);
- information obtained during Your commercial transactions on the Site including credit and debit card numbers, billing and shipping information, and order history;
- that is about You but individually does not identify You, including Your age, gender, location, and any other optional information You provide about Yourself; and
- about Your Internet connection, IP address(es), device ID, the equipment You use to access the Site, and usage details.
We collect this information:
- Directly from You when You provide it on the Site;
- Automatically as You navigate through the Site through cookies, web beacons, and other tracking technologies; and,
- From third parties, for example, Our technology providers.
Information You Provide to Us
The information We collect on or through the Site may include:
- Information that You provide by filling in forms associated with the Services, including information provided at the time of registering to use the Services, signing up for an account, engaging in commerce transactions, communicating with Us, requesting further services, or reporting a problem with the Services, such as Your social media username, password, and other access information;
- Records and copies of Your correspondence (including but not limited to email addresses or usernames), if You contact Us;
- Your responses to surveys that We might ask You to complete for research purposes;
- Details of transactions You carry out through the Site and of the fulfillment of Your requests;
- Your search queries on the Site; and
- Your social media accounts used in connection with the Services.
Information the Site Collects through Automatic Data Collection Technologies
As You navigate through and interact with the Site, We may use automatic data collection technologies to collect certain information about Your equipment, browsing actions, and patterns, including details of Your activities associated with the Services or the resources that You access and use on the Services, such as traffic data, location data, logs, and other communication data.
The information We collect automatically is statistical data and does not include personal information, but We may keep it or associate it with personal information We collect in other ways or receive from third parties. It helps Us to improve the Services, including by allowing the Site to:
- Estimate the Services’ audience size and usage patterns;
- Store information about Your preferences, thus allowing customization of the Services according to Your individual interests;
- Speed up Your searches; and
- Recognize You when You return to the Services.
The technologies We use for this automatic data collection may include:
- WordPress: We use the popular WordPress CMS and cookies to store basic data on Your interactions with WordPress, and whether You have logged into WordPress. We use a session cookie to remember Your log-in for You if You are a registered user and we deem these as being strictly necessary to the working of the website. If these are disabled, various functionality on the Site will be broken.
- Flash Cookies. Certain features of the Site may use local stored objects (or Flash cookies) to collect and store information about Your preferences and navigation to, from, and on the Site. Flash cookies are not managed by the same settings as are used for browser cookies. For information about managing Your privacy and security settings for Flash cookies, You can access Your Flash management tools from Adobe’s website.
- Web Beacons. Pages of the Site and/or Our emails may contain small electronic files known as web beacons (also referred to as clear gifs, pixel tags, and single-pixel gifs) that permit Us, for example, to count users who have visited those pages (or opened an email) and for other related statistics (for example, recording the popularity of certain content and verifying system and server integrity). If You want to learn more about web beacons, please visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/faqs/beacons.html.
We may tie this information to personal information about You that We collect from other sources or that You provide to the Site.
We do not control third-party tracking technologies or how third parties use them. If You have any questions about an advertisement or other targeted content, You should contact the responsible provider directly.
Social Networks and Third-Party Plug-ins
The Site includes links to Our social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn, and features on those platforms. Those features may collect information about your IP address and which page you are visiting on our website, and they may set a cookie to make sure the feature functions properly.
Social media features and widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on the Site. We also maintain presences on social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Reddit. Any information, communications, or materials You submit to Us via a social media platform is done at Your own risk without any expectation of privacy. We cannot control the actions of other users of these platforms or the actions of the platforms themselves. Your interactions with those features and platforms are governed by the privacy policies of the companies that provide them.
4. How We Use Your Information
We may use information that We collect about You or that You provide to Us, including any personal information:
- To present the Site and its contents to You;
- To provide You with information, products, or services that You request from the Site;
- To provide You with notices about Your account;
- To notify You about changes to the Services;
- To allow You to participate in any interactive features on the Services;
- To monitor and analyze trends, usage, and activities in connection with the Services and for marketing or advertising purposes;
- To analyze traffic on the Site and the sites of third parties;
- To investigate and prevent unauthorized access to the Services, and other illegal activities;
- To personalize the Services’ content, features, or advertisements;
- To contact You about Our own and third parties’ goods and services that may be of interest to You;
- To allow the Site to display advertisements to its advertisers’ target audiences;
- In any other way We may describe when You provide the information;
- To fulfill any other purpose for which You provide it; and
- For any other purpose with Your consent.
- With Whom Do We Share Your Information?
We may disclose aggregated information about Our users, and information that does not identify any individual, without restriction.
We may disclose personal information that We collect or that You provide as described in this Policy:
- To Our subsidiaries and affiliates;
- To contractors, service providers, and other third parties We use to support Our business and who are bound by contractual obligations to keep personal information confidential and use it only for the purposes for which We disclose it to them;
- To a buyer or other successor in the event of a merger, joint venture, assignment, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution, or other sale or transfer of some or all of Our assets, whether as a going concern or as part of bankruptcy, liquidation, or similar proceeding, in which personal information held by Us about Our users is among the assets transferred; and
- To any other party with Your consent.
We may disclose Your personal information when We believe the third parties listed above need such information:
- To provide products or services to You;
- To administer the Site or other aspects of Our business and Services;
- To provide customer service;
- To update account information;
- To forward updates, announcements, newsletters, and other communications;
- To respond to Your communications and to communicate with You about the Site and activities related to the Services; or
- As otherwise authorized by You.
- Special Cases
It is Our policy not to use or share the personal information about Users in ways unrelated to those described in this Policy without also providing You an opportunity to opt out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses. However, We may disclose personal information, or information regarding Your use of the Services for any reason if, in Our sole discretion, We believe that it is reasonable to do so, including:
- To cooperate with law enforcement authorities, government agencies, and private-party litigants seeking information about Our Users to the extent required by applicable law, or if We are legally advised to do so; examples of such cooperation may include but are not limited to: lawful criminal, civil, or administrative process or discovery requests, subpoenas, court orders, writs, or reasonable request of authorities or persons with the reasonable power to obtain such process;
iii. To operate Our Services properly; or
- To protect the rights, property, or safety of Us, Our Users, or the general public, including but not limited to disclosures for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.
- Data Retention
We retain personal information where We have an ongoing legitimate business or legal need to do so. Our retention periods will vary depending on the type of data involved, but, generally, We’ll refer to these criteria in order to determine the retention period:
- Whether We have a legal or contractual need to retain the data;
- Whether the data is necessary to provide Our Services; and
- When We have no ongoing legitimate business need to process Your personal information, We will either delete or anonymize it or, if this is not possible (for example, because Your personal information has been stored in backup archives), then We will securely store Your personal information and isolate it from any further processing until deletion is possible.
- What choices do You have about how We use and disclose Your information?
We strive to provide You with choices about the personal information You provide to Us. We have created mechanisms to provide You with the following control over Your information:
We do not control third parties’ collection or use of Your information to serve interest-based advertising. However, these third parties may provide You with ways to choose not to have Your information collected or used in this way.
- Do Not Track Policy
Do Not Track (“DNT”) is a privacy preference that You can set in Your browser. DNT is a way for You to inform websites and services that You do not want certain information about Your webpage visits collected over time and across websites or online services. We are committed to providing You with meaningful choices about the information We collect and that is why We provide You the ability to opt out. However, We do not recognize or respond to any DNT signals as the Internet industry works toward defining exactly what DNT means, what it means to comply with DNT, and a common approach to responding to DNT. For more information, visit www.allaboutdnt.com.
- International Users
This Policy is intended to cover collection of information on or through Our Site within Our home jurisdiction. Some countries may require stricter privacy policies than those described in this document. If You are visiting Our Site from such a country, please be aware that Your information may be transferred to, stored, and processed in the country where Our servers are located and Our central databases are operated. The data protection and other laws of Our home jurisdiction might not be as comprehensive as those in Your country. By using Our services, You understand that Your information may be transferred to Our facilities and those third parties with whom We share it as described in this Policy. When You provide personal information to Us through the Services, You consent to the processing of Your data in, and the transfer of Your data to, Our home jurisdiction or any other country in which We or Our affiliates, subsidiaries, or service providers host these services.
- Your California Privacy Rights
California Civil Code § 1798.83 permits users of the Site that are California residents to request certain information about Our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make this request, please contact Us at email@example.com. If You are a California resident, You have the right to request, (a) a list of the categories of personal information, such as name, email, and mailing address, and the type of services provided to the customer that a business has disclosed to third parties (including affiliates that are separate legal entities) during the immediately preceding calendar year for the third-parties’ direct marketing purposes; and (b) the names and addresses of all such third parties.
Further, if You are a California resident and would like to opt out from the disclosure of Your personal information to any third party for marketing purposes, please contact Us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be advised that if You opt out from permitting Your personal information to be shared, You may still receive selected offers directly from Us in accordance with California law.
The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 provides additional privacy rights and protections to California users; however, these additional rights and protections do not apply to Us or Your use of Our Services, because We do not sell Your data and/or because We do not meet the triggers set forth in the law.
- Your EEA Privacy Rights
If You are a resident of the European Economic Area, You can object to processing of Your personal information, ask Us to restrict processing of Your personal information, or request portability of Your personal information by emailing Us at email@example.com. If We have collected and processed Your personal information with Your consent, You can withdraw Your consent at any time. Withdrawing Your consent will not affect the lawfulness of any processing We conducted prior to Your withdrawal, nor will it affect processing of Your personal information conducted in reliance on lawful processing grounds other than consent. You have the right to complain to a data protection authority about Our collection and use of Your personal information. For more information, please contact Your local data protection authority. Contact details for data protection authorities in the EEA are available here.
Our legal basis for collecting and using the personal information described above will depend on the personal information concerned and the specific context in which We collect it. We will normally collect and use Personal Information from You where the processing is in Our legitimate interests and not overridden by Your data-protection interests or fundamental rights and freedoms. Typically, Our legitimate interests include improving, maintaining, providing, and enhancing Our technology, products, and services; ensuring the security of the Services and Our Site; and for Our marketing activities. In some limited cases, We may also have a legal obligation to collect personal information from You. If We ask You to provide personal information to comply with a legal requirement or to perform a contract with You, We will make this clear at the relevant time and advise You whether the provision of Your personal information is mandatory or not, as well as of the possible consequences if You do not provide Your personal information. Where required by law, We will collect personal information only where We have Your consent to do so. If You have questions about or need further information concerning the legal basis on which We collect and use Your personal information, please contact Us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Our Commitment to Data Security
We have implemented measures designed to secure Your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, change, and disclosure. All information You provide to Us is stored on Our secure servers behind firewalls.
Warning: The transmission of information over the Internet is not completely secure. Although We do Our best to protect Your personal information, We cannot guarantee the security of Your personal information transmitted through the Site. Any transmission of personal information is at Your own risk. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures used by the Site.
- Links to Other Websites
The Site may contain links to other websites. Please be aware that We do not operate, control, or endorse third-party sites that may be linked on the Site, nor are We responsible for the content or privacy practices of those other websites. We disclaim any responsibility for the information on other websites, and We do not make any warranties or representations that any linked sites (or even this Site) will function without error or interruption, that defects will be corrected, or that the sites and their servers are free of viruses or other problems that may harm Your computer. We encourage Our Users to be aware when they leave the Site and to read the privacy statements of any other website that collects personally identifiable information.
- No Third-Party Rights
This Policy does not create rights enforceable by third parties or require disclosure of any personal information relating to users of the Services.
- Contact Information