We understand that these privacy policies can be long and hard to read. While you should read the full policy, here’s a plain English summary of the contents.
We are strong proponents of online privacy and are grateful for the trust you place in us to keep your data safe. It is the reason why we request the minimum amount of information from users to provide the service and have taken additional security steps to keep attackers out.
We make every attempt to collect as little information as possible on our users while still being able to maintain an adequate level of service. In most situations, this is only your name and e-mail address. However, in some situations, such as contests and giveaways, we may need to ask for more information for shipping or legal reasons in your specific locality.
We don’t sell your information to third parties, nor disclose it to authorities without due cause or process. However, we and select third parties track your IP address and other information that isn’t linked to your personal identity for services like Google Analytics, spam blocking, and advertising through partners such as Ezoic and Google AdSense.
We have taken steps on our end to further protect your privacy. We don’t accept advertising from select categories with historically poor privacy practices (the full list is below, under “Advertising”). We are also working to limit our use of third-party cookies, ahead of the end of third-party cookie support in the Chrome web browser this year.
Information Collection And Use
While using our Service, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you. Personally identifiable information (“Personal Information”) typically includes, but is not limited to:
- E-mail address
Information collection and use may vary based on the application. We may require that you provide additional information, and when that occurs, we will specify in plain language the need for that data and its intended use. You can also choose to provide additional information above our requirements, but such participation is voluntary.
How This Data is Used
The above information is used solely by Oz Media and The Weather Station Experts for communication between us and you, the user. This data is not sold nor accessible by third parties.
We collect information that your browser sends whenever you visit our Service (“Log Data”). This Log Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, browser version, the pages of our Service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, and the time spent on those pages, and other statistics.
You may opt-out of Google Analytics tracking on Our Site and others by installing this Google-provided browser plug-in, available for several browsers including Google Chrome, Safari, and Firefox.
We also log the IP address, user agent, and referrer of all incoming visitors to our site, which is used by our security plugin, Wordfence. As a participant in the Wordfence Security Network, we send this information to Wordfence servers, where it is compared with a malicious IP database, and access to our services is granted or denied based on the results. Defiant, the parent company of Wordfence, stores this information for 90 days, unless the IP is used again for malicious purposes. In that case, the timer resets.
When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
Cookies are files with a small amount of data, which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a website and stored on your computer’s hard drive. We use “cookies” to collect information. You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, it may render some portions of our Service unusable.
In certain circumstances, our security plugin Wordfence may place cookies on your device to prevent unintended lockouts.
To further protect our users, we do not permit advertising from businesses in the following sensitive categories due to their content and/or historically poor data privacy practices: “get rich quick” schemes, sexually suggestive advertising, Astrology & Esoteric topics, social casino games, alcohol advertisements, and betting sites. While no ads from these categories should appear on our site, our ad partners may erroneously show ads from these businesses through erroneous or intentional misclassification of the ad or other reasons out of our control.
Our site may contain links to retailers and partners who pay us a small commission if you purchase on their site within a given period of time. We receive no personally identifiable information as a result of this transaction. In addition, we use Google Analytics to track when these links are clicked to count conversions, which does not link the event to any personally identifiable information either, or anything you may have purchased as a result of clicking that link. You can review our Affiliate Policy by clicking here.
We may employ third-party companies and individuals to facilitate our Service, provide the Service on our behalf, perform Service-related services, or assist us in analyzing how our Service is used. These third parties have access to your Personal Information only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose.
The security of your Personal Information is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
Links To Other Sites
Our Service does not address anyone under the age of 18 (“Children”) but does generally contain information suitable for children.
We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under 18. However, if you are a parent or guardian and aware that your child has provided us with Personal Information, please contact us. If we discover that a child under 18 has provided us with Personal Information, we will delete such information from our servers immediately.
Compliance With Laws
We will disclose your Personal Information only where required to do so by law or subpoena.
Last updated: April 22, 2022 – Defined “third party,” edits to plain language policy, added Wordfence disclosure
February 25, 2022 – Added plain language policy
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