Very Short Version:
We’re very pleased to have you here. We’re going to treat you and your private data with the respect you deserve. PERIOD!
We knew early on that we’d require you to connect with a social with a social network account. It’s the best way to protect you and our members from spammers, flamers, griefers, hackers and trolls. We’re aware that it can turn some people off (and not everyone has a Facebook account, believe it or not), but we’re confident that the protection it provides is well worth it.
We port only your most basic account information to your Humanist Codex profile, and you have complete control over what other people see. We do not use this information outside of the Codex itself.
WE DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, read your feeds, posts, friends list, or any other information from social networks you connect with. Some (like Facebook) grant us access to this information even with the lowest level of connection. We do not access it. Any information we get is encrypted, it stays on our servers, and is not shared with anyone for ANY REASON.
We do not sell advertising space here.
Advertisers track you, and install cookies to monitor your habits. We do not use Google AdSense or any other customer tracking software. We DO use Google Analytics to better understand how traffic flows across our site and how to optimize it. However, we only use IP addresses and have explicitly blocked Google from accessing any other data, or integrating this data into their user base or AdSense engines.
In short, we’ve taken every measure possible to ensure you never regret visiting us.
The Humanist Codex (“The Codex“) operates www.theatheistcodex.com and may operate other websites. It is The Codex’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.
Like most website operators, The Codex 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. The Codex’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how The Codex’s visitors use its website. From time to time, The Codex may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
The Codex also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on www.theatheistcodex.com blogs/sites. The Codex only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog/site where the comment was left.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to The Codex’s websites choose to interact with The Codex in ways that require The Codex to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that The Codex gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up at www.theatheistcodex.com to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with The Codex are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, The Codex collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with The Codex. The Codex 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.
The Codex may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. The Codex may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, The Codex does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
The Codex 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 The Codex’s behalf or to provide services available at The Codex’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 The Codex’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. The Codex 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, The Codex discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when The Codex believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of The Codex, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an The Codex website and have supplied your email address, The Codex 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 The Codex and our products. If you send us a request (for example via 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. The Codex takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
If The Codex, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that The Codex goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of The Codex may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.
All advertising on The Codex is for the exclusive benefit of The Codex and their products. The Codex does not use or sell advertising space to third parties. In the case where The Codex is advertising it’s own products, The Codex will make every reasonable effort to ensure that your privacy is fully respected, and that 3rd party vendors respect The Codex’s privacy policies. Nonetheless The Codex is not responsible for the activities of these third parties and their cookies.