Privacy Policy

Posted 8 January 2011 by

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, Writing on a VTX 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 purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how this site’s visitors use this website. From time to time, Writing on a VTX may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, that is, by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

Writing on a VTX also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on this blog. Writing on a VTX 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 are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Some visitors choose to interact with Writing on a VTX in ways that require this site to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Writing on a VTX gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, this site asks blog commentators to provide credentials using Intense Debate or other services. Those who engage in transactions with this site are asked to provide additional information, including the necessary personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, Writing on a VTX collects from visitors only such information as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the interaction with this site. Writing on a VTX does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the warning that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

Writing on a VTX may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to this website. For instance, this website may monitor the most popular article or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. This site may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Writing on a VTX does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

Writing on a VTX discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on this website’s behalf or to provide services available at this website, 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 Writing on a VTX, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. This website 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, Writing on a VTX discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena or court order, or when there is a good faith belief that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Robert R. Chapman, Jr., third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of this website and have supplied your email address, Writing on a VTX may occasionally send you an email message to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Writing on a VTX. This website expects to keep this type of email message to a minimum. If you send a request, Writing on a VTX reserves the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Automattic takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Writing on a VTX uses cookies to help identify and track visitors, their usage of this website, and their website access preferences. Writing on a VTX visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using this website, with the drawback that certain features may not function properly without the aid of cookies.


Ads appearing on Writing on a VTX may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Writing on a VTX and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.


Comments and other content submitted to Akismet anti-spam service are not saved on their servers unless they were marked as false positives, in which case that site stores them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Writing on a VTX may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in the sole discretion of Writing on a VTX. This website encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Source of the Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy on Writing on a VTX is based on the Automattic Privacy Policy. It is used and adopted by this website under terms of its Creative Commons Sharealike license.

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