Your privacy is critically important to us. At Funktion Lab, we have a few fundamental principles:
We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it. (We can’t stand services that ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason.)
We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.
We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the ongoing operation of one of our services.
In our blogging products, we aim to make it as simple as possible for you to control what’s visible to the public, seen by search engines, kept private, and permanently deleted.
Like most website operators, Funktion Lab 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. Funktion Lab’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Funktion Lab’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Funktion Lab may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
Funktion Lab also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on WordPress.com blogs. Funktion Lab 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 blog commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to Funktion Lab’s websites choose to interact with Funktion Lab in ways that require Funktion Lab to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Funktion Lab gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for a blog at WordPress.com to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with Funktion Lab – 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, Funktion Lab collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Funktion Lab. Funktion Lab 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.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
Funktion Lab 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 Funktion Lab’s behalf or to provide services available at Funktion Lab’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 Funktion Lab’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Funktion Lab 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, Funktion Lab discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Funktion Lab believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Funktion Lab, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an Funktion Lab website and have supplied your email address, Funktion Lab 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 Funktion Lab 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. Funktion Lab takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
Comments and other content submitted to our Akismet anti-spam service are not saved on our servers unless they were marked as false positives or missed spam, in which case we store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives and missed spam.