Privacy Policy

This privacy policy only refers to the blog Random walks ( and the data we as the operator of this blog may collect. To general privacy policy of Automattic, the company running, and information on the specific data they collect can be found here:

logo_creative commons - by-saThis privacy policy has been created using the privacy policy of Automattic as a template. The privacy policy of Automattic has been released under a  Creative Commons Sharealike license.

The changes we conducted consist in erasing the passages not valid to our blog and adding the specific information on this specific blog.

As the operator of the blog Random Walks ( we do not use any cookies and do not save any date except the information provide to us via “likes”, comments or e-mails.

Visitors to this Site can read published content and interact with the sites through features such as comments, “likes,” poll/survey responses, and follows. This Privacy Policy does not apply to the information Automattic collects about users and those who visit Automattic’s websites (like,,, or – this is covered in the Privacy Policy of Automattic.

Information Auttomattic Collects About Visitors to our blog

Auttomatic collects information about visitors in a few different ways – they collect certain information that the visitors provide to this site, they collect some information automatically, and they collect any information that our users provide to us about their visitors.

Information a Visitor Provides to a Site

When visitors type into a text field on a site, like a comment field or a sign-up form, information are directly provided to a site:

  • Follower and Subscriber Information: When a visitor signs up to follow or subscribe to a site using Jetpack or, Automattic collects the sign-up information requested by the site, which typically includes an email address.
  • Site Comments: When a visitor leaves a comment on a site, Automattic collects that comment, and other information that the visitor provides along with the comment, such as the visitor’s name and email address.
  • Other Information Entered on the Site: Automattic may also collect other information that a visitor enters on the site – such as a contact form submission, a search query, or Site registration.

Information automatically collected from the Site

Automattic also automatically collects some information about visitors to a Site. In the case of Random Walks, these are:

  • Technical Data from a Visitor’s Computer and Etcetera: Automattic collects the information that web browsers, mobile devices, and servers typically make available about visitors to a site, such as the IP address, browser type, unique device identifiers, language preference, referring site, the date and time of access, operating system, and mobile network information.
  • Visitor Interactions: Automattic collects information about a visitor’s interactions with a site, including the “likes” and “ratings” left by visitors to a site using or Jetpack.
  • Location Information: Automattic may determine the approximate location of a visitor’s device from the IP address. Automattic collects and uses this information to, for example, tally how many people visit their sites from certain geographic regions. If you’d like, you can read more about our Site Stats feature for sites and Jetpack sites.
  • Akismet Commenter Information: Automattic collects information about visitors who comment on sites that use the Akismet anti-spam service. The information Automattic collects depends on how the User sets up Akismet for the site, but typically includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address and the comment itself).
  • Crowdsignal Response Information: Automattic collects information about visitors who respond to a Crowdsignal survey. The information that Automattic collects typically includes IP address, browser type, operating system, user agent, and the web page last visited.
  • Intense Debate Commenter Information: Automattic collects information about visitors who comment on sites that using the Intense Debate service. The information collected typically includes the IP address and account information on the Site, along with the comment.
  • Information from Cookies and Other Technologies: A cookie is a string of information that a site stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the site each time the visitor returns. Pixel tags (also called web beacons) are small blocks of code placed on Sites. Automattic uses cookies and other technologies like pixel tags to help identify and track visitors and Site usage, and to deliver targeted ads when ads are enabled for free sites or when ads are enabled on a Site through WordAds or Jetpack Ads (see the “Other Tools” section below for more details). For more information about the use of cookies and other technologies for tracking, including how visitors can control the use of cookies, please see the Cookie Policy of Automattic.

How Automattic Uses Visitor Information

Automattic uses information about site visitors in order to provide our Services to their users and their sites. In addition to the above, Automattic uses some information about Site visitors who are also our users as described in our Privacy Policy. Automattic may also use and share information that has been aggregated or reasonably de-identified, so that the information could not reasonably be used to identify any individual. For instance, Automattic may publish aggregate statistics about the use of our services.

How Visitor Information are shared

Automattic may share information collected about Site visitors in the limited circumstances spelled out below:

  • Subsidiaries, Employees, and Independent Contractors: Automattic may disclose site visitor information to their subsidiaries, employees, and individuals who are their independent contractors that need to know the information in order to help us provide our services to their users and their sites, or to process the information on our behalf. Automattic requires our subsidiaries, employees, and independent contractors to follow their Privacy Notice for information about visitors that Automattic shares with them.
  • Third Party Vendors: Automattic may share site visitor information with third party vendors who need to know this information in order to provide their services. This group includes vendors that help Automattic to provide their services. Automattic requires vendors to agree to privacy commitments in order to share information with them.
  • Legal Requests: Automattic may disclose site visitor information in response to a subpoena, court order, or other governmental request. For more information on how Automattic responds to requests for information, please see the Legal Guidelines.
  • To Protect Rights, Property, and Others: Automattic may disclose site visitor information when they believe in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Automattic, their users, third parties, or the public at large. For example, if they have a good faith belief that there is an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury, they may disclose information related to the emergency without delay.
  • Business Transfers: In connection with any merger, sale of company assets, or acquisition of all or a portion of our business by another company, or in the unlikely event that Automattic goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, site visitor information would likely be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. If any of these events were to happen, this Privacy Notice would continue to apply to site visitor information and the party receiving this information may continue to use this information, but only consistent with this Privacy Notice.
  • Information Shared Publicly: Information that visitors choose to make public is disclosed publicly. That means, that information like visitor comments and “likes” are all available to others, including information about the visitor that is displayed in connection with a comment or “like” (such as a visitor’s username and Gravatar). Automattic provides a “firehose” stream of public data (including comments) from sites to provide that data to firehose subscribers, who may view and analyze the content, but do not have rights to re-publish it publicly. Public information may also be indexed by search engines or used by third parties.

Other Tools

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Other Resources

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