Privacy Policy

Whurds.com is committed to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of personal information in our possession and control. This Privacy Policy explains the measures we take to fulfill these commitments and describes the manner in which Whurds.com collects, uses, discloses and otherwise treats personal information through this website, including all subpages and successor pages (collectively referred to as the “Website”).

This Privacy Policy may be updated periodically to reflect changes to Whurds.com’s personal information practices. Whurds.com strongly encourage you to refer to this Privacy Policy often for the latest information about our personal information practices. This Privacy Policy should be read in conjunction with Whurds.com’s Terms of Service and its Cookie Declaration.

Information We Collect

Whurds.com collects and uses information about your visit to the Website. This information can be put into two categories: information you provide us directly, and information you provide us automatically.

Please note that you have options to limit the information that Whurds.com collects about you. You could, for example, choose not to directly provide information to Whurds.com (e.g. by not posting comments on the Website). You could also set your browser to reject or delete cookies. Please note that doing so may impact certain features on the Website.

(a) Information You Provide Us Directly

It’s probably no surprise that we collect information that you provide to us directly; however, you can generally use the Website without directly providing us with this type of information. Here are some examples of information that you may provide to us directly:

Basic Account Information: We may ask for basic information from you to set up your account with Whurds.com. For example, we may require individuals who sign up for a Whurds.com account to provide an email address and password, along with a username or name.

Public Profile Information: If you have an account with us, we collect the information that you provide for your public profile. For example, if you have a Whurds.com account, your username is part of that public profile, along with any other information you put into your public profile. Your public profile information is just that — public — so please keep that in mind when deciding what information you would like to include.

Content Information: You might provide us with information about you in draft and published content (e.g. a comment that includes biographic information about you, or any media or files you upload).

Communications: You may provide us with personal information when you communicate with us; for example, when you send us questions or comments, or report a problem, we will collect your name, email address, message, etc. We use this data solely in connection with answering the queries we receive. When you communicate with us via form, email, phone, comment, or otherwise, we may store a copy of our communications.

(b) Information We Collect Automatically

We collect some information automatically. Some forms of information that we may automatically collect include the following:

Usage Data: Like most online service providers, we collect information that web browsers, mobile devices, and servers typically make available. When you visit the Website, we will store: the website from which you visited us from, the parts of our site you visit, the date and duration of your visit, your anonymised IP address, information from the device (device type, operating system, screen resolution, language, country you are located in, and web browser type) you used during your visit, and more. We use this information to help us gather and analyze information about your experience on the Website so that we can better understand, evaluate and improve the Website.

Cookies & Similar Technologies: The Website uses a technology called “cookies”. You can read more about the use of cookies on the Website here. A cookie is a tiny element of data that the Website can send to your browser, which may then be stored on your hard drive so that you can be recognized when you return. Cookies may be used on the pages on the Website where you are prompted to log in, when you share comments in the comments section on pages, or on pages that are customizable. These cookies may let us know who you are and identify your browser as one that has visited the Website before. Cookies may last for one year or longer. We may also use cookies to provide us and our service providers with information about your use of the Website that we may use to personalize the Website or other content in accordance with your interests and preferences and improve your user experience. You may set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie or to not accept certain cookies; however, if you decide not to accept cookies from the Website, you may not be able to take advantage of all of the features of the Website.

Tracer Tags & Web Beacons: The Website may use a technology called “tracer tags” or “Web Beacons”. This technology allows us to understand which pages you visit on the Website. These tracer tags are used to help us optimize and tailor the Website for you and other future visitors to the Website.

Social Media: We may offer you the opportunity to engage with our content on or through third-party social networking websites, plug-ins and applications. When you engage with our content on or through third-party social networking websites, plug-ins and applications, you may allow us to have access to certain information associated with your social media account to deliver the content or as part of the operation of the website, plug-in or application. When you provide information from your social media account, we may use this information to personalize your experience on the Website and on the third-party social networking websites, plug-ins and applications, and to provide you with other products or services you may request.

How and Why We Use Your Information

We use information about you for the purposes listed below:

To Provide Our Services: For example, to set up and maintain your account, if any.

To Ensure Quality, Maintain Safety, and Improve the Website: For example, monitoring and analyzing how users interact with the Website so that we can create new features that we think our users will enjoy and that will help them create and manage websites more efficiently or make the Website easier to use.

To Place and Manage Ads: If we decide to advertise on the Website, the information we gather may be used in our advertising program.

For Security: For example, by detecting security incidents; detecting and protecting against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity; fighting spam; complying with our legal obligations; and protecting the rights and property of Whurds.com and others, which may result in us, for example, blocking access to the Website.

To Fix Problems: For example, by monitoring, debugging, repairing, and preventing issues.

To Customize the User Experience: For example, to personalize your experience by serving you relevant notifications and advertisements for the Website.

To Communicate With You: For example, by emailing you to ask for your feedback. We only contact you if you provide us with your contact information, and you can opt out of marketing communications at any time.

Our use of your information is based on the grounds that: (i) the use is necessary in order to fulfill our commitments to you under the Terms of Service; (ii) the use is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation; (iii) the use is necessary in order to protect your vital interests or those of another person; (iv) we have a legitimate interest in using your information (for example, to provide and update the Website; to improve our services; to safeguard the Website and its data; to communicate with you; to measure, gauge, and improve the effectiveness of our advertising; to understand our user retention and attrition; to monitor and prevent any problems with the Website; and to personalize your experience on the Website); or (v) you have given us your consent (for example, before we place certain cookies on your device—see the Cookie Declaration).

How We Protect Your Personal Information

Whurds.com works hard to protect information about you against unauthorized access, use, alteration, or destruction, and take reasonable measures to do so; however, Whurds.com cannot guarantee against the loss or misuse of any personal information that you share with the Website.

Whurds.com does its best to only use privacy-focused third party service providers.

Whurds.com does not knowingly disclose, trade, rent, sell or otherwise transfer your personal information, without your consent, except as otherwise set out in this Privacy Policy.

Whuds.com is based in Canada, but any data related to Whurds.com (including personal information that you share with Whurds.com) may be stored in, transferred to, or transmitted through other jurisdictions.

How We Share Your Information

We share information about you in limited circumstances, as detailed below:

Independent Contractors: We may disclose information about you to independent contractors who need the information to help us operate the Website.

Third Party Service Providers: We may share information about you with third party service provides who need the information in order to provide their services to us. This includes third party service providers that help us with cloud storage services; those that help us with email delivery services; those that assist us with our marketing efforts; those that help us understand and enhance our Website (like analytics providers); those that make tools to help us run our operations (like programs that help us with task management, scheduling, word processing, email and other communications); and other third-party tools that help us manage operations.

Legal and Regulatory Requirements: We may disclose information about you in response to a subpoena, court order, or other governmental request.

To Protect Rights, Property, and Others: We may disclose information about you when we believe in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Whurds.com, third parties, or the public at large.

Business Transactions: In connection with any merger, sale, acquisition or other business transaction involving Whurds.com, user information may be transferred or acquired by a third party. If such a transaction were to happen, this Privacy Policy would continue to apply to your information and the party receiving your information may continue to use your information, but only in a manner consistent with this Privacy Policy.

With Your Consent: We may share and disclose information with your consent or at your direction.

Aggregated or De-Identified Information: We may share information that has been aggregated or de-identified, so that it can no longer reasonably be used to identify you. For instance, we may publish aggregate statistics about the use of the Website.

Information Shared Publicly

Information that you choose to make public is disclosed publicly. That means information like your public comments on the Website are all available to others, as well as the photo that you upload to your public profile, or a default image if you haven’t uploaded one. Public information may also be indexed by search engines or used by third parties. Please keep all of this in mind when deciding what you would like to share publicly.

Website Analytics

We use Matomo Analytics for the purposes of website analytics. All data collected by Matomo Analytics is stored within the Website’s database. Matoma Analytics uses open-source coding to help ensure that it makes use of the best security and privacy practices.

Matomo is dedicated to providing privacy on the Internet. You have the ability to opt-out of Matomo Web Analytics. When you set your browser to “I do not want to be tracked” (DoNotTrack is enabled), then Matomo will not track your visit to the Website.

You may choose to prevent this website from aggregating and analyzing the actions you take here. Doing so will protect your privacy, but will also prevent the owner from learning from your actions and creating a better experience for you and other users.

Online Advertising

We may at some point in the future use third parties such as ad exchanges and data companies to serve advertisements on the Website. These third parties may use cookies, tracer tags or web beacons to report certain information about your visits to the Websites and other websites (such as web pages you visit and your response to ads) in order to measure the effectiveness of any marketing materials and to deliver ads that are more relevant and tailored to you, both on and off the Website.

Links to Third Party Websites

The Website contains links to other websites that Whurds.com does not own or operate. Links to Whurds.com may also be included on websites that Whuds.com does not own or operate.

Whurds.com provides links to third party websites as a convenience to you. Users of Whurds.com may also post links to third party websites in their comments on Whurds.com. These links are not intended as an endorsement of or referral to the linked websites. The linked websites have separate and independent privacy policies, notices and terms of use, which we recommend that you read carefully. We do not have any control over such websites, and therefore we have no responsibility or liability for the manner in which the organizations that operate such linked websites may collect, use or disclose, secure and otherwise treat your personal information.

Embedded Content

Articles and pages on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites may behave in the same way as if you had visited that other website. These other websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Uploading Media to the Website

If you upload images, documents or any any content to this website, you should remove any and all metadata and avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) to preserve your privacy.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding this privacy policy, you may contact Whurds.com from the contact page.