Like most website operators, Simon Search Marketing 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. Simon Search Marketing’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Simon Search Marketing’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Simon Search Marketing may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
Simon Search Marketing also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. Simon Search Marketing does not use such information to identify its visitors, however, and does not disclose such information, other than under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information, as described below.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to Simon Search Marketing’s websites choose to interact with Simon Search Marketing in ways that require Simon Search Marketing to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Simon Search Marketing gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for a blog at simon-searchmarketing.com to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with Simon Search Marketing – by purchasing access to the Akismet comment spam prevention service, for example – are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, Simon Search Marketing collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Simon Search Marketing. Simon Search Marketing does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
Simon Search Marketing may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, Simon Search Marketing may monitor the most popular blogs on the simon-searchmarketing.com site or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. Simon Search Marketing may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Simon Search Marketing does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
Simon Search Marketing discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Simon Search Marketing’s behalf or to provide services available at Simon Search Marketing’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Simon Search Marketing’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Simon Search Marketing will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Simon Search Marketing discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only when required to do so by law, or when Simon Search Marketing believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Simon Search Marketing, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an Simon Search Marketing website and have supplied your email address, Simon Search Marketing 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 Simon Search Marketing and our products. We primarily use our various product blogs to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Simon Search Marketing takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.