We hate spam (in the context of unsolicited advertisements, we have no official stance on the potted meat product). We dislike advertising in general, but spam…boy-howdy do we resent its very existence. If you sign up for a user account on damninteresting.com, we’ll send occasional automated emails when absolutely necessary (e.g., to reset a password). Apart from that, we will never send you any unsolicited messages, we’ll only ever email you things you sign up for, and we’ll stop doing that at once if you unsubscribe.
We will never willingly share your personal information with anyone. We have no desire to do so. We’re so averse to intrusive marketing that we don’t even put ads on our own site. We abandoned the use of Google Analytics due to privacy concerns. We’ll store your email address, username, and IP address if you create an account or leave a comment, but we will not share that data with anybody unless forced to do so by law, nor will we use the information for anything apart from account maintenance.
Long Legalese Version
Last updated: May 20, 2018
Damn Interesting (“us”, “we”, or “our”) operates the https://www.damninteresting.com website (the “Service”).
This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use and disclosure of Personal Information when you use our Service.
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 may include, but is not limited to, your email address (“Personal Information”). We collect this information for the purpose of providing the Service, identifying and communicating with you, responding to your requests/inquiries, servicing your purchase orders, and improving our services.
Our service requires all visitors to use encrypted SSL HTTPS connections.
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.
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, the time spent on those pages and other statistics.
Contact forms on our site generate a formatted email that is sent to the appropriate email address on damninteresting.com. The submitted data is not collected in a local database. We do not use the information submitted through contact forms for marketing purposes.
Cookies are files with a small amount of data, which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a web site and transferred to your device. If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. The Help feature on most browsers provide information on how to accept cookies, disable cookies or to notify you when receiving a new cookie.
If you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some features of our Service and we recommend that you leave them turned on.
Email Subscription Lists
Visitors may use various forms on our site to subscribe to email notification lists. We never share any of the content of these lists with third parties apart from the email subscription service provider (DreamHost, LLC), and we never use email subscriber lists for unauthorized marketing purposes. Subscribers may cancel their subscription at any time using the unsubscribe link that is included in every email, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the email address to remove.
We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate our Service, to provide the Service on our behalf, to perform Service-related services and/or to assist us in analyzing how our Service is used. This includes the use of a Content Delivery Network for delivery of static files such as images; CloudFlare for DDoS protection; and Amazon affiliate links.
These third parties have access to your Personal Information only to perform specific tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use your information for any other purpose.
How long we retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on our website, we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
If you make a donation to our site which entitles you to physical merchandise, we will ask for a name and a valid mailing address in order to fulfill the item. The donor is not required to provide these, but fulfillment cannot occur without a valid mailing address. This data is saved indefinitely.
Information submitted via contact forms is retained indefinitely.
What rights you have over your data
If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes. Before carrying out any data exports or erasures we will take measures to confirm your identity to the best of our ability.
Compliance With Laws
We will disclose your Personal Information where required to do so by law or subpoena or if we believe that such action is necessary to comply with the law and the reasonable requests of law enforcement or to protect the security or integrity of our Service.
The security of your Personal Information is important to us, and we strive to implement and maintain reasonable, commercially acceptable security procedures and practices appropriate to the nature of the information we store, in order to protect it from unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification, or disclosure.
However, please be aware that no method of transmission over the internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure and we are unable to guarantee the absolute security of the Personal Information we have collected from you.
Your information, including Personal Information, may be transferred to — and maintained on — computers located outside of your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ than those from your jurisdiction.
If you are located outside United States and choose to provide information to us, please note that we transfer the information, including Personal Information, to United States and process it there.
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
Links To Other Sites
We have no control over, and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites or services.
Our Service does not address anyone under the age of 13 (“Children”). We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under 13. If you are a parent or guardian and you learn that your Children have provided us with Personal Information, please contact us. If we become aware that we have collected Personal Information from a children under age 13 without verification of parental consent, we take steps to remove that information from our servers.
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Salt Lake City, UT 84116