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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.