Web Site Terms and Conditions of Use

1. Terms

By accessing this web site, you are agreeing to be bound by these web site Terms and Conditions of Use, all applicable laws and regulations, and agree that you are responsible for compliance with any applicable local laws. If you do not agree with any of these terms, you are prohibited from using or accessing this site. The materials contained in this web site are protected by applicable copyright and trade mark law.

2. Use License

  1. Permission is granted to temporarily download one copy of the materials (information or software) on Flocking Around's web site for personal, non-commercial transitory viewing only. This is the grant of a license, not a transfer of title, and under this license you may not:

    1. modify or copy the materials;

    2. use the materials for any commercial purpose, or for any public display (commercial or non-commercial);

    3. attempt to decompile or reverse engineer any software contained on Flocking Around's web site;

    4. remove any copyright or other proprietary notations from the materials; or

    5. transfer the materials to another person or "mirror" the materials on any other server.

  2. This license shall automatically terminate if you violate any of these restrictions and may be terminated by Flocking Around at any time. Upon terminating your viewing of these materials or upon the termination of this license, you must destroy any downloaded materials in your possession whether in electronic or printed format.

3. Disclaimer

  1. The materials on Flocking Around's web site are provided "as is". Flocking Around makes no warranties, expressed or implied, and hereby disclaims and negates all other warranties, including without limitation, implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of intellectual property or other violation of rights. Further, Flocking Around does not warrant or make any representations concerning the accuracy, likely results, or reliability of the use of the materials on its Internet web site or otherwise relating to such materials or on any sites linked to this site.

4. Limitations

In no event shall Flocking Around or its suppliers be liable for any damages (including, without limitation, damages for loss of data or profit, or due to business interruption,) arising out of the use or inability to use the materials on Flocking Around's Internet site, even if Flocking Around or a Flocking Around authorized representative has been notified orally or in writing of the possibility of such damage. Because some jurisdictions do not allow limitations on implied warranties, or limitations of liability for consequential or incidental damages, these limitations may not apply to you.

5. Revisions and Errata

The materials appearing on Flocking Around's web site could include technical, typographical, or photographic errors. Flocking Around does not warrant that any of the materials on its web site are accurate, complete, or current. Flocking Around may make changes to the materials contained on its web site at any time without notice. Flocking Around does not, however, make any commitment to update the materials.

6. Links

Flocking Around has not reviewed all of the sites linked to its Internet web site and is not responsible for the contents of any such linked site. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by Flocking Around of the site. Use of any such linked web site is at the user's own risk.

7. Site Terms of Use Modifications

Flocking Around may revise these terms of use for its web site at any time without notice. By using this web site you are agreeing to be bound by the then current version of these Terms and Conditions of Use.

8. Governing Law

Any claim relating to Flocking Around's web site shall be governed by the laws of the State of Wyoming without regard to its conflict of law provisions.

General Terms and Conditions applicable to Use of a Web Site.

9. Blog

By signing up for the blog (and/or community), you are giving explicit consent to share your personal information with Flocking Around and Flocking Around members for use in data tracking, marketing campaigns, blog updates, website updates, and other forms of correspondence. By clicking "Go" you agree to all these provisions.

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is very important to us. Accordingly, we have developed this Policy in order for you to understand how we collect, use, communicate and disclose and make use of personal information. The following outlines our privacy policy.

  • Before or at the time of collecting personal information, we will identify the purposes for which information is being collected.

  • We will collect and use of personal information solely with the objective of fulfilling those purposes specified by us and for other compatible purposes, unless we obtain the consent of the individual concerned or as required by law.

  • We will only retain personal information as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes.

  • We will collect personal information by lawful and fair means and, where appropriate, with the knowledge or consent of the individual concerned.

  • Personal data should be relevant to the purposes for which it is to be used, and, to the extent necessary for those purposes, should be accurate, complete, and up-to-date.

  • We will protect personal information by reasonable security safeguards against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification.

  • We will make readily available to customers information about our policies and practices relating to the management of personal information.

We are committed to conducting our business in accordance with these principles in order to ensure that the confidentiality of personal information is protected and maintained.

 

We do not share personal information with third-parties nor do we store information we collect about your visit to this blog for use other than to analyze content performance through the use of cookies, which you can turn off at anytime by modifying your Internet browser's settings. We are not responsible for the republishing of the content found on this blog on other Web sites or media without our permission. This privacy policy is subject to change without notice.

Here is a link to Google's information about data collection: https://policies.google.com/technologies/partner-sites

To request to have your data be forgotten or view what data we have collected, contact us at zach@flockingaround.com.

Cookie Policy

Our Privacy Policy explains our principles when it comes to the collection, processing, and storage of your information. This policy specifically explains how we, our partners, and users of our services deploy cookies, as well as the options you have to control them. 

What are cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of data, stored in text files, that are stored on your computer or other device when websites are loaded in a browser. They are widely used to “remember” you and your preferences, either for a single visit (through a “session cookie”) or for multiple repeat visits (using a “persistent cookie”). They ensure a consistent and efficient experience for visitors, and perform essential functions such as allowing users to register and remain logged in. Cookies may be set by the site that you are visiting (known as “first party cookies”), or by third parties, such as those who serve content or provide advertising or analytics services on the website (“third party cookies”). 

Both websites and HTML emails may also contain other tracking technologies such as “web beacons” or “pixels.” These are typically small transparent images that provide us with statistics, for similar purposes as cookies. They are often used in conjunction with cookies, though they are not stored on your computer in the same way. As a result, if you disable cookies, web beacons may still load, but their functionality will be restricted. 

How we use cookies

We use cookies for a number of different purposes. Some cookies are necessary for technical reasons; some enable a personalized experience for both visitors and registered users; and some allow the display of advertising from selected third party networks. Some of these cookies may be set when a page is loaded, or when a visitor takes a particular action (clicking the “like” or “follow” button on a post, for example).

Many of the cookies we use are only set if you are a registered WordPress.com user (so you don’t have to log in every time, for example), while others are set whenever you visit one of our websites, irrespective of whether you have an account.

For more information on the choices you have about the cookies we use, please see the Controlling Cookies section below. 

Where we place cookies

We set cookies in a number of different locations across our services. These include:

    • On our websites (including automattic.com, wordpress.com, vip.wordpress.com, jetpack.com, gravatar.com, intensedebate.com, vaultpress.com, and akismet.com).

    • In the administrative dashboards of our websites, such as Calypso and wp-admin.

  • On sites we host for our users.

  • On sites that use our plugins (e.g. Jetpack).

  • In the emails we send.

Types of Cookie

The table below explains the types of cookies we use on our websites and why we use them. 

Strictly Necessary - These cookies are essential for websites on our services to perform their basic functions. These include those required to allow registered users to authenticate and perform account related functions, as well as to save the contents of virtual “carts” on sites that have an ecommerce functionality.

Functionality - These cookies are used to store preferences set by users such as account name, language, and location. 

Security - We use these cookies to help identify and prevent potential security risks.

Analytics and Performance - Performance cookies collect information on how users interact with our websites, including what pages are visited most, as well as other analytical data. We use these details to improve how our websites function and to understand how users interact with them.

Advertising - These cookies are used to display relevant advertising to visitors who use our services or visit websites we host or provide, as well as to understand and report on the efficacy of ads served on our websites. They track details such as the number of unique visitors, the number of times particular ads have been displayed, and the number of clicks the ads have received. They are also used to build user profiles, including showing you ads based on products you’ve viewed or acts you have taken on our (and other) websites. These are set by Automattic and trusted third party networks, and are generally persistent in nature.

Third Party / Embedded Content - Sites hosted on WordPress.com make use of different third party applications and services to enhance the experience of website visitors. These include social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter (through the use of sharing buttons), or embedded content from Youtube and Vimeo. As a result, cookies may be set by these third parties, and used by them to track your online activity. We have no direct control over the information that is collected by these cookies.

 

User Sites

In addition to the cookies set on our own sites, we utilize cookies for our Site Statsfeature. This tallies the unique numbers of visitors to a site, as well as the number from specific geographic locations. A visitor is counted when we see a user or browser for the first time in a given period.

 

Examples

Below are examples of the cookies set by Automattic, with explanations of their purpose. Some of these cookies are set across our whole network, whereas some are specific to individual services (e.g. WordPress.com, Longreads, etc). Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, but rather aims to be representative. Information about cookies that may be set by third parties, such as our ads partners, is below. Additionally, we occasionally set referrer cookies on Jetpack connected sites, using WooCommerce.

In addition, people and companies that use our services to publish or host their own sites may place additional cookies. We provide more information on these cookies below.

 

Advertising

ads - Tracks if a visitor has clicked an ad before.

lr_nw - Counts and tracks pageviews on Longreads.com. Used to determine whether or not to show our Membership popup message.

wordpress_eli - Reduces the display of ads for repeat visitors.

 

Please also see the section below on third party advertisements that you may see on our sites or sites that use our services.

 

Analytics and Performance

__pdvt - Used in log of Crowdsignal survey data to aid in debugging customer problems

ab - Used for “AB testing” of new features.

nux_flow_name - Identifies which user signup flow was shown to the user. 

tk_ni / tk_ai / tk_qs - Gathers information for our own, first party analytics tool about how our services are used. A collection of internal metrics for user activity, used to improve user experience. 

tk_*r - Referral cookies used to analyse referrer behavior for Jetpack connected sites using WooCommerce.

wix-affiliate-tracker - Remembers the ID of the affiliate that referred the current user to Wix.com

utma / utmb / utmc / utmt / utmz / ga / gat / gid - Google Analytics. Gathers information that helps us understand how visitors interact with our websites, which allow us to create a better experience for our visitors. Our users may also implement Google Analytics on their own websites.

 

Functionality

_longreads_prod_new - Authentication for Longreads.com Member accounts. Only active when logged in, on *.longreads.com domains.

akm_mobile - Stores whether a user has chosen to view the mobile version of a website.

botdlang - Used to track the language a user has selected to view popular blogs in.

landingpage_currency - Defines the currency displayed in WordPress.com landing pages.

pd_dashboard - Records last used folder in Crowdsignal dashboard so it can be reopened upon user’s next visit.

PD_USER_AUTH - Login cookie used to identify Crowdsignal user.

wordpress_logged_in* - Checks whether or not the current visitor is a logged in WordPress.com user.

wp-settings-{user_id} - Persists a user’s wp-admin configuration.

wp_sharing_{id} - Tracks whether or not a user has already performed an action.

Security

csrftokenPython/ - Ajax security cookie used on accounts.longreads.com.

 

Strictly Necessary

country_code - Used in order to determine whether or not the cookie banner should be shown. Set immediately on page load and retained for 6 hours to remember the visitor’s country.

sensitive_pixel_option - Remembers the state of visitor acceptance to the cookie banner. Only set when the visitor clicks Accept.

twostep_auth - Set when the user is logged in using two factor authentication.

wordpress_test_cookie - Checks if cookies are enabled to provide appropriate user experience.

 

Advertisements from Third Parties Through Automattic’s Ads Program

Our mission is to democratize publishing. So that we can offer free access to create a website using WordPress.com, we show ads on some of our users’ sites. Our users may also choose to place ads on their site through our ads program. Additionally, we also show ads from our ads program on some of our own websites (e.g. longreads.com), and in emails.

We operate our ads program in partnership with third party vendors. As part of the operation of our ads program, we use cookies to collect certain information. Advertising cookies enable us and our partners to serve ads and to personalize those ads based on information like visits to our sites and other sites on the Internet.

Below is a representative list of our advertising program partners, along with information on the cookies that that each partner sets. The partners we work with change from time to time, and this is not an exhaustive list. Your choices to control cookies related to our ads program are described below.

PartnerCookie Info

33acrosshttps://33across.com/privacy-policy/ and https://optout.33across.com

AdsYouLikehttps://www.adyoulike.com/privacy_policy.php

Amazonhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=footer_iba?ie=UTF8&nodeId=201909150

AppNexushttps://www.appnexus.com/en/company/cookie-policy

BidSwitchhttp://www.bidswitch.com/cookie-statement/

Criteohttps://www.criteo.com/privacy/ 

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/policies/cookies/

FreeWheelhttp://freewheel.tv/privacy-policy/

Google (AdSense, DoubleClick Ad Exchange “AdX”)https://policies.google.com/technologies/ads

Lotamehttps://www.lotame.com/about-lotame/privacy/

Media.nethttps://www.media.net/privacy-policy

OATHhttps://policies.oath.com/us/en/oath/privacy/topics/cookies/index.html

OpenXhttps://www.openx.com/legal/privacy-policy/

Polymorphhttps://getpolymorph.com/privacy-policy/

PowerInBoxhttps://powerinbox.com/privacy-policy/

Pubmatichttps://pubmatic.com/legal/website-cookie-policy/

Rubiconhttps://rubiconproject.com/privacy/consumer-online-profile-and-opt-out/

Skimlinkshttps://skimlinks.com/user-cookies and https://skimlinks.com/privacy-policy

Teadshttps://www.teads.tv/privacy-policy/

Below is a representative list of the cookies that may be set by our ads partners in connection with ads that appear in emails.

pi-userid - Used to personalize email-based ads.

eid_ - Used in email-based ads to track if a visitor has clicked an ad and report to advertisers how their ads performed. 

 

Visitors to Sites with Jetpack installed

Below are examples of the cookies set for visitors to sites with the Jetpack plugin installed. For more details on the cookies set for administrators, please see https://jetpack.com/support/cookies/.

Mobile Theme

Cookie NamePurpose

akm_mobileRemembers whether or not a user wishes to view the mobile versionof a site.

 

Subscriptions

Cookie NamePurpose

jetpack_comments_subscribe_{HASH}Remembers the state of the post and comment subscription checkboxes.

jetpack_blog_subscribe_{HASH}Remembers the state of the post and comment subscription checkboxes.

 

EU Cookie Law Banner

Cookie NamePurpose

eucookielawRemembers the state of visitor acceptance to the EU Cookie Law banner.

Please note that this section is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather aims to be representative, and that our users may set additional cookies (such as Google Analytics), depending on the features they have chosen to enable or the plugins they have installed.

 

Controlling Cookies

Visitors may wish to restrict the use of cookies or completely prevent them from being set. Most browsers provide for ways to control cookie behavior such as the length of time they are stored – either through built-in functionality or by utilizing third party plugins. If you disable cookies, please be aware that some of the features of our service may not function correctly.

To find out more on how to manage and delete cookies, visit aboutcookies.org. For more details on your choices regarding use of your web browsing activity for interest-based advertising you may visit the following sites:

On a mobile device, you may also be to adjust your settings to limit ad tracking.  

You can opt out of Google Analytics by installing Google’s opt-out browser add-on.

 

Our Internal Analytics Tool

In order to better understand how our services are used, we monitor certain user activities that take place within our products, including page views and clicks on any links used when managing a site via our dashboards. 

We call each one of these actions an “event.” Analytics events are attached to your WordPress.com account and are handled via a first party system that Automattic owns and maintains. In general, we record the following data for each event: IP address, WordPress.com user ID and username, WordPress.com-connected site ID (for sites not hosted on WordPress.com), user agent, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, and country code.

We use this information to improve our products, make our marketing to you more relevant, personalize your experience, and for the other purposes described in our Privacy Policy.

You may opt out of our analytics program through your user settings. By doing so, you won’t share information with our analytics tool about events or actions that happen after the opt-out, while logged in to your WordPress.com account. Note that opting out does not disable the functionality of the actions we track – for example, if you publish a post, we will still have record of that (don’t worry!), but for an event or action after you opt out, we will not have other data associated with that action or event in the analytics tool.

For our Simplenote Users: We use our first party analytics tool in Simplenote to help us better understand how Simplenote is used and improve the app for our users. You may opt-out through your privacy settings in the app. By doing so, you won’t share information with our analytics tool about events or actions that happen after the opt-out.

 

Consent for Advertising Cookies on Our Sites

You may see a “cookie banner” on our websites and dashboards. If you are visiting one of our users’ sites from the EU, then we do not set, or allow our ad partners to set, cookies that are used to show you targeted ads before you click to accept. When you consent in this manner, we and our advertising partners may set advertising cookies on the site you are visiting and on other of our websites, dashboards, and services. We’ll display the banner to you periodically, just in case you change your mind.

 

Consent and Choices for Advertisements on Our Users’ Sites Through Our Ads Program

You may see a “cookie banner” on our users’ websites, particularly if you are in the European Union. If so, then our ad program does not set, or allow our ad partners to set, cookies that are used to show you targeted ads before you accept. When you consent in this manner, we and our advertising partners may set third party advertising cookies on our network in order to show you personalized ads. We’ll display the banner to you periodically, just in case you change your mind.

* Please note this consent feature was implemented on May 22, 2018.

We set a cookie to help us understand how visitors engage with websites that participate in our ad program. Visitors may opt out of our use of this information by visiting this link (the opt-out will be processed immediately with no confirmation step). When you opt out, we replace the unique value for that cookie with an opt-out value. The opt-out works across all websites in our ads program. If you have opted out by accident, or wish to opt back in, you may do so by visiting this link. Please note that this option is browser specific, and so if you use a different device or browser or clear your cookies, then you will need to repeat the process.

 

Contact Us

If you have any questions about our use of cookies, you can find the most relevant contact details in our Privacy Policy.

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