Protecting your privacy: policy statement

Your privacy is very important to us. At TreeStories we have a few fundamental principles that we follow:

  • We only ask you for your name and email address in story submissions, contact and comment forms.
  • We don’t share your name and/or email address with anyone.
  • We don’t store personal information on our server unless required for the on-going operation of our site.

It is TreeStories’ policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our website.

Who We Are

Our website address is: http://treestories.net.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, TreeStories 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. TreeStories’ purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how TreeStories’ visitors use its website.

TreeStories also collects potentially personally-identifying information for users leaving comments on the website, completing the contact form and submitting stories. TreeStories only discloses commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrator of the website.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to TreeStories choose to interact with the website in ways that require TreeStories to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that TreeStories gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. We ask visitors who comment on our website and/or contact us as well as submit a story to provide a username and email address. In each case, TreeStories collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with TreeStories. TreeStories does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. 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

TreeStories may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its website. For instance, TreeStories may monitor the most popular pages on the website or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. However, TreeStories does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

TreeStories discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those members of its team that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on TreeStories’ behalf or to provide services available at TreeStories’ website, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. TreeStories will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its team members, TreeStories discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when TreeStories believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of TreeStories, third parties or the public at large. If you have supplied your email address, TreeStories 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 TreeStories. TreeStories 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. TreeStories uses cookies to help TreeStories identify and track visitors, their usage of TreeStories website, and their website access preferences. TreeStories visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using TreeStories, with the drawback that certain features of TreeStories may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Ads

If and when ads appear on our website, they 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 TreeStories and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Comments

Comments and other content submitted to Akismet anti-spam service are not saved on our server 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.

What Rights You Have Over Your Data

If you have left comments, filled out the contact form and/or submitted stories, you can request to receive an exported file of the potentially personally-identifying information or personally-identifying information we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any potentially personally-identifying information or personally-identifying information we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, TreeStories may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in TreeStories’ sole discretion. TreeStories encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Contact Information

info@treestories.net