Hortipedia:Privacy policy

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This text is a translation based on an older version of Hortipedia privacy policy. The original text can be found here (german). In case of doubt the official german version does apply.

Data collection

No more information on users and other visitors reading pages is collected than is typically collected in server logs by web sites. By editing the publicly editable pages, a published document is created which will be stored indefinitely. This applies to articles, user- and discussion-pages.

Data publishing

Edits to Project pages are identified with the username of the editor or the network IP address if the editor ist not logged in. Such information will be available permanently on the projects. The chosen username can be your real name or a pseydonym.

Details

User accounts

Users that do register are identified by their chosen username. Once created, user accounts will not be removed. It may be possible for a username to be changed, depending on the policies of individual projects. Hortipedia does not guarantee that a username will be changed on request.

You can use the preferences of you user account to enter an email-address. Logged in users can send you emails via the Wiki-software. Your email-address is not published unless you decide to answer to an email or an email is returned to the sender due to an incorrect adress. The email-adresse may be used by Hortipedia to communicate with its users on a larger scale.

You can change or remove your email-adress any time to prevent it being used. If you do not enter an email-adress, it will be impossible to send you a new password in case you forgot your old. In this case the user account can not be used any more.

User performance such as time of last edits, die amount of edits or the content of specific edits can be viewed by anyone through the function "User contributions" and can be published in aggregated form by other users.

Many aspect of community-interaction in the Hortipedia-projects are based on respect and reputation, growing through the work on Hortipedia-articles. Passwords are the only guarantee to verify the integrity of the contribution history of a user. All users should choose a safe password and keep it confidential. Except insofar as it may be required by law, no person should disclose, or knowingly expose, either user passwords and/or cookies generated to identify a user.

Cookies

Cookies are small text-files that are stored on your computer and saved by your browser. They do not damage your computer or contain viruses.

Mediawiki

MediaWiki-Software sets a temporary session cookie on a visitor's computer whenever a Project page is visted which will be deleted at the end of the browser's session. You may deny this cookie but will then not be able to log in or edit.

More cookies may be set when one logs in to maintain logged-in status. These cookies will be saved for up to 30 days.

Contributors using a public machine who do not wish to show their username to future users of the machine should clear these cookies after use.

Advertising

Hortipedia.com is provided without charge of user or subscription fee. The online service is solely financed by advertising revenue. For the well-directed and for clients successfull appliance of advertising (by avoiding for example that the same ad is shown to the same user over and over), a so called AdServer is being used which manages the delivery of advertisement, for example using cookies. Hortipedia.com uses the Google Admanager for the distribution of ads.

Apart from advertising campaign that are sold directly Hortipedia resorts to third party providers (such as Goolge Adsense) to run advertisements on the website. These companies may possibly use information (this does not include your name, address, email-address or phone number) about your visits of this and other websites to apply advertisement about products and services you might be interested in. Especially Google does this by useind a so called DART-cookie. You can learn more about the usage this DART-cookie and how to deactivate it by calling up the privacy pollicy of the Google ad-network and content ad-network: How Google uses data when you use our partners' sites or apps.

Analytics

Thise website uses Google Analytics, a web analysing service of Google Inc.. Google Analytics uses coolies to analyse your usage of the website. The information generated by the cookie (including your IP-address) is transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there.

Google will use this information to analyze your usage of the website, to compile reports about the activities on the site for the site operator, and to supply further services regarding the usage of the site and the internet. Google may communicate this information to third parties if required by law or if third parties are processing the data on behalf of Google.

In no case will Google assoctiate your IP-address with other data compiled by Google. You can prevent the installation of cookies by adjusting the settings of your browser software. We do point out that in this case you may not be able to use all functions of this website to their fullest extent. By using this website you agree to your data being processed by Google in the manner and for the purpose avore mentioned.

The data that Hortipeda receives by using Google Analytics helps us to generate statistic evaluation, for example about the popularity of various offer and thus optimize the page. Furthermore this non-personal data provides important key figures (like number of page views, visitors or visits) needed for the advertisement sales on hortipedia.com.

Logfiles

Whenever you are visiting a website your browser (e.g. Internet-Explorer, Firefoy or Opera) posts information to the server. Most server store this informationen to provide the site operator with information about popular pages (e.g. which pages are being called up oftne, which web pages did the user come from, which browser does the user use). Hortipedia does not intend to use this information to monitor users.

Logfiles are used to create general statistics. The call of a page may look like this:

64.164.82.142 - - [21/Oct/2003:02:03:19 +0000]
"GET /wiki/draft_privacy_policy HTTP/1.1" 200 18084
"http://www.hortipedia.com/de/hortipedia:Fragen_zur_Hortipedia"
"Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/85.7 (KHTML, like Gecko) Safari/85.5"

This data can be analysed by server administrator, for example if technical problems occur, if spider strains the server, or in rare cases to assign a user name and IP-address to users abusing Hortipedia.

Data release

Texts that are published in the Hortipedia projects are subject to various conditions (see Licensing).

Hortipedia will not publish personally identifialble data (like email-adresse) or pass it on to third parties unless the following do apply:

  1. In response to a valid subpoena or other compulsory request from law enforcement,
  2. With permission of the affected user,
  3. To authorized persons working for Hortipedia or their designated representatices, when necessary for investigation of abuse complaints,
  4. Where the user has been vandalizing articles or persistently behaving in a disruptive way, data may be released to a service provider, carrier, or other third-party entity to assist in the targeting of IP blocks, or to assist in the formulation of a complaint to relevant Internet Service Providers,
  5. Where the information pertains to page views generated by a spider or bot and its dissemination is necessary to illustrate or resolve technical issues,
  6. Where it is reasonably necessary to protect the rights, property or safety of the Wikimedia Foundation, its users or the public.

Except as described above, Hortipedia policy does not permit distribution of personally identifiable information under any circumstances.

Data deletion

Deleted articles and versions of articles can normally be reviewed by project adminisatrators if necessary. Final deletion can only be permormed by server administrators and can not be guaranteed unless legally necessary.

Disclaimer

Hortipedia believes that maintaining and preserving the privacy of user data is an important value. This Privacy Policy, together with other policies, resolutions, and actions by Hortipedia, represents a committed effort to safeguard the security of the limited user information that is collected and retained on our servers. Nevertheless, Hortipedia cannot guarantee that user information will remain private. We acknowledge that, in spite of our committed effort to protect private user information, determined individuals may still develop data-mining and other methods to uncover such information and disclose it. For this reason, Hortipedia can make no guarantee against unauthorized access to information provided in the course of participating in Hortipedia projects .