In effect since September 20, 2020. First version, see attribution notice.
We do not sell or rent your Personal Information, nor do we give it to others to sell you anything. We use it to figure out how to make KnowledgePicker more engaging and accessible, to see which ideas work, and to make learning and contributing more fun. Put simply: we use this information to make KnowledgePicker better for you.
- Types of Information We Receive From You
- How We Use Information We Receive From You
- When May We Share Your Information?
- How Do We Protect Your Data?
- How Long Do We Keep Your Data?
- Where is KnowledgePicker & What Does That Mean for Me?
- Our Response to Do Not Track (DNT) signals
- Contact Us
- Thank You
Types of Information We Receive From You & How We Get It
Your Public Contributions
When you make a contribution to KnowledgePicker, including on forum 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. 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 our services are used.
Account Information & Registration
Want to create an account? Great! Don't want to create an account? No problem! You are not required to create an account to read KnowledgePicker. However, if you want to contribute to KnowledgePicker by adding and editing content, commenting or rating, or if you want to follow others and keep bookmarks, you have to create an account.
To create an account, you can either use a third party login or create an autonomous KnowledgePicker account. We only require username, verified email address and password.
Your username will be publicly visible, so please be careful about using your real name as your username. Your password is only used to verify that the account is yours. Your verified email address is also required, and we store it to help prevent abuse. No other personal information is required: no name, no date of birth, no credit card information.
Once created, user accounts can be removed entirely at any time through KnowledgePicker account page. By deleting your KnowledgePicker account all your information will be lost. Your account will no longer be associated with any edit request changes or comments. However, the data itself will persist and will stay linked to our ghost account.
When you visit any KnowledgePicker 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.
Information Related to Your Use of KnowledgePicker
We want to make our Services better for you by learning more about how you use them. Examples of this might include how often you visit KnowledgePicker, what you like, what you find helpful, how you get to KnowledgePicker, and whether you would use a helpful feature more if we explained it differently. We also want this Policy and our practices to reflect our community's values. For this reason, we keep information related to your use of our Services confidential, except as provided in this Policy.
Information We Receive Automatically
Because of how browsers work, we receive some information automatically when you visit KnowledgePicker. This information includes the type of device you are using (possibly including unique device identification numbers), 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 KnowledgePicker, which pages you request and visit, and the date and time of each request you make to KnowledgePicker.
Put simply, we use this information to enhance your experience with our Services. For example, we use this information to administer the site, provide greater security, and fight vandalism; customize content and set user preferences, test features to see what works, and improve performance; understand how users interact with KnowledgePicker, track and study use of various features, gain understanding about the demographics of the KnowledgePicker site, and analyze trends.
Information We Collect
Depending on which technology we use, locally stored data can be anything from text, pictures, and whole articles (as we explain further below) to Personal Information (like your IP address) and information about your use of KnowledgePicker (like your username or the time of your visit).
We use this information to make your experience with KnowledgePicker safer and better, to gain a greater understanding of user preferences and their interaction with KnowledgePicker, and to generally improve our services. We will never use third-party cookies, unless we get your permission to do so. If you ever come across a third-party data collection tool that has not been authorized by you (such as one that may have been mistakenly placed by another user or administrator), please report it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More on Locally Stored Data
- Provide you with a customizable experience, such as using cookies to remember the user preferences you set so we can provide you with the customized look and feel that you want.
- Understand how you use KnowledgePicker across different devices, so that we can make KnowledgePicker more efficient and effective for you.
- Make KnowledgePicker more convenient to use, such as by using cookies to maintain your session when you log in.
We believe this data collection helps improve your user experience, but you may remove or disable some or all locally stored data through your browser settings, depending on your browser. While locally stored data may not be necessary to use our sites, some features will not function properly if you disable locally stored data.
While the examples above concerning information about you collected through the use of data collection tools are kept confidential in accordance with this Policy, please note that some information about the actions taken by your username is made publicly available through public logs alongside actions taken by other users. For example, a public log may include the date your account was created on KnowledgePicker along with the dates that other accounts were created on KnowledgePicker.
How We Use Information We Receive From You
We and our service providers use your information for the legitimate purpose of pursuing our mission, including:
Operating KnowledgePicker, sharing your contributions and administering our Services.
- To help you share your knowledge with the world and add new features to our Services.
- To arrange access to your account and provide you with related service.
- To send administrative information to you, such as changes to our policies.
Providing customized Services.
- To provide to you custom content, notices and settings and to enhance your experience with KnowledgePicker.
Sending emails with updates you have subscribed to.
- To alert you when there has been a change to an article that you have decided to follow.
Improving KnowledgePicker and making your user experience safer and better.
- To 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 KnowledgePicker is used.
- For research and analytics.
- To fight spam, identity theft, malware and other kinds of abuse.
- To test features to see what works, understand how users interact with KnowledgePicker, track and study use of various features, gain understanding about the demographics of KnowledgePicker and analyze trends.
As stated above, 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.
We use this location information to make your experience with KnowledgePicker safer and better, to gain a greater understanding of user preferences and their interaction with KnowledgePicker, and to generally improve our services. We also use Personal Information in the manner described in the sections of this Policy titled "For Legal Reasons" and "To Protect You, Ourselves & Others."
When May We Share Your Information?
For Legal Reasons
We will access, use, preserve, and/or disclose your Personal Information if we reasonably believe it necessary to satisfy a valid and legally enforceable warrant, subpoena, court order, law or regulation, or other judicial or administrative order.
We are committed to notifying you via email at least ten (10) calendar days, when possible, before we disclose your Personal Information in response to a legal demand. However, we may only provide notice if we are not legally restrained from contacting you and there is no credible threat to life or limb that is created or increased by disclosing the request.
To Protect You, Ourselves & Others
We hope that this never comes up, but we may disclose your Personal Information if we believe that it's reasonably necessary to prevent imminent and serious bodily harm or death to a person, or to protect our organization, contractors, users, or the public. We may also disclose your Personal Information if we reasonably believe it necessary to detect, prevent, or otherwise assess and address potential spam, malware, fraud, abuse, unlawful activity, and security or technical concerns.
To Our Service Providers
As hard as we may try, we can't do it all. So sometimes we use third-party service providers or contractors who help run KnowledgePicker for you and other users. We give access to your Personal Information to these providers or contractors as needed to perform their services for us or to use their tools and services. We put requirements in place to help ensure that these service providers treat your information consistently with, and no less protective of your privacy than, the principles of this Policy.
Because You Made It Public
Any information you post publicly on KnowledgePicker is just that – public. For example, if you put your email address in your bio, that is public, and not protected by this Policy. Please think carefully about your desired level of anonymity before you disclose Personal Information on your user page or elsewhere.
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).
We will never ask for your password by email (but may send you a temporary password via email if you have requested a password reset).
How Long Do We Keep Your Data?
Once we receive Personal Information from you, we keep it for the shortest possible time that is consistent with the maintenance, understanding, and improvement of our Services, and our obligations under applicable laws. Non-personal information may be retained indefinitely.
Please remember that any public contributions to KnowledgePicker, is archived and displayed indefinitely by design; the transparency of contributions and revision histories is critical to their efficacy and trustworthiness.
Where is KnowledgePicker & What Does That Mean for Me?
Our Response to Do Not Track (DNT) signals
Because we protect all users in this manner, we do not change our behavior in response to a web browser's "do not track" signal.