Like most website operators, the Digital Trust & Safety Partnership (DTSP) collects non-personally-identifying information that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each request. DTSP’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how DTSP’s visitors use its website. From time to time, DTSP may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
DTSP also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. DTSP does not use such information to identify its visitors, however, and does not disclose such information, other than under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information, as described below.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to DTSP’s websites choose to interact with DTSP in ways that require DTSP to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that DTSP gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask users who publish articles or comments on our website are required to provide a username and email address. In each case, DTSP collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the users’ interaction with DTSP. DTSP does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. Regular visitors, who do not publish or comment on DTSP’s website, can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
Publication of Comments
In instances where DTSP seeks comments from the public, and comments are solicited for submission through the DTSP website, user-submitted material may be seen by various people, including members of the public. Any personally identifiable information (e.g., name, address, phone number) included in the comment form or in an attachment will made available to DTSP personnel, and may be publicly disclosed via the DTSP website.
DTSP may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors. For instance, DTSP may reveal how many downloads a particular document got, or which articles are most popular based on analytical reports from tools such as Google Analytics or other tools with similar scope. However, DTSP does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
Except as described above, DTSP 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 DTSP’s behalf or to provide services available at DTSP’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 DTSP’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. DTSP will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors, members, and affiliated organizations, and as described above, DTSP discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only when required to do so by law, or when DTSP believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of DTSP, third parties, or the public at large. If you are a registered user of a DTSP website and have supplied your email address, DTSP may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new information, features, solicit your feedback, or otherwise keep you up to date. DTSP takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration, or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.