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Privacy Policy

SDWritersGuild.org (also referred to as “The Guild”, “we”, “us” or “our”) is committed to maintaining the privacy of personal information of its readership. This Privacy Policy describes how The Guild treats personal information received about individuals (hereafter referred to as “readers”) visiting sdwritersguild.org.  Use of sdwritersguild.org and disclosure to us of your personal information is optional and voluntary.  By visiting sdwritersguild.org you are accepting and agreeing to the practices described in this Privacy Policy.

The Guild reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy from time to time, in The Guild’s sole discretion, with or without notice.  Readers should check this page each time they plan to submit personally identifiable information to understand how the information submitted will be used.

  1. Subscribers, Followers and Commenters:

WordPress.com/Automattic.com, the enterprise host for The Guild, provides The Guild with the e-mail addresses of subscribers, followers, and commenters of sdwritersguild.org.  The Guild may send subscribers, followers, or commenters e-mails regarding their subscriptions or comments, to send thanks or to provide updates on new developments. The Guild does not collect any other information from subscribers, followers, and commenters and does not sell or rent the email addresses of its subscribers, followers, or commenters.

  1. Members:

Members who submit their applications online or in hard copy provide contact and limited biographical information, some of which may when combined with other information about the members result in it being personally identifiable information. The Guild maintains membership information outside of the sdwritersguild.org platform solely to send periodic messages of interest and the monthly newsletter to members via email or regular mail, to contact members at the end of each year to request they renew their membership and pay dues, and to produce an annual directory, which is made available only to other current members of the Guild. We allow members the option not to have their names listed in the Directory of SDWEG Members. The Guild does not sell or rent any information in the directory about its members.

PayPal, the company The Guild uses to accept payment of dues, provides The Guild with the e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, and mailing addresses, when available, of The Guild’s members.  The Guild does not sell or rent this personally identifiable information to third parties or use it to market products unrelated to The Guild.  Comments that are provided by members may be published publicly and may be used in promotional materials.

The Guild strives to keep confidential all personally identifiable information of readers, but it may publicly release non-personally identifiable, aggregate statistics about its subscriber base, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its blog.

If you’d like to know what personal data WordPress has stored about you, please contact WordPress with your request. For more details about Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (aka GDPR), please click here for WordPress’ updated policy.

  1. Information The Guild Collects:

Like many other blogs and websites, The Guild uses cookies, which store data in readers’ web browsers.  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. These cookies allow The Guild to remember readers and not require subscribers to log in every time they visit The Guild. If readers do not wish to receive cookies, they can disable them by adjusting the settings in their web browsers. Cookies, log files, and analytics technologies (such as wordpress.com Enterprise Site Stats and Statcounter) enable The Guild to better understand its readership and cater to it. Examples of information The Guild may collect on its readership: the pages visited, duration of visit, location, IP address, and referral website. The Guild may share with third parties aggregate non-personally identifiable information about its readers.

  1. Opting Out:

Check out the links on how to disable cookies in SafariMozilla FirefoxGoogle Chrome, and Internet Explorer.

Read: Cookie Policy Guidance and Opt-Out Instructions: http://www.usa.gov/optout-instructions.shtml

  1. Readers Who E-mail The Guild:

The Guild reserves the right to publish reader-anonymous e-mails and photographs submitted, in books, e-books, and apps, or otherwise. The Guild will not post photographs of Guild members without first obtaining a release to do so from the member. If The Guild wishes to publicly identify the author of an e-mail, The Guild will request permission from the e-mail’s author and only publish once permission is granted. Exception to this policy are blog take down notice and harassing email, which The Guild reserves the right to publish in its entirety without sender permission. 

  1. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Compliance:

The Guild does not knowingly collect personal information about children under the age of 13. 

  1. Advertising:

The Guild does not post ads of any type on its website. Occasionally The Guild may post information about a service that we deem of potential value to our members, but such posts will always contain information of value, not simply advertising goods or services. We include a disclaimer on our site that information is presented in good faith, as-is, and without warranty as to correctness, nor imply any guarantees to our site visitors, leaving the decision to check out the information further to the discretion of the visitors.

  1. Links to other Sites and Services

It is important to note that The Guild contains links to other sites, applications, and services maintained by third parties that may not follow the same privacy policies as The Guild. For instance, clicking or tapping on some third-party logos on the sdwritersguild.org like Facebook, Twitter, etc., will take you to an entirely different site, application, or service. These sites, applications, and services may use cookies, collect data, and use the data differently than The Guild. The Guild is not responsible for the privacy practices of, or any information or materials on, these other sites. Please visit the other sites in question if you wish to review their privacy policies.

  1. Acceptance of Privacy Policy & Updates:

By using sdwritersguild.org, you accept and agree to this Privacy Policy.  If you do not agree to this Privacy Policy, please do not use our web site.  Your continued use of our web site after we post changes to our Privacy Policy will mean that you accept those changes.

August 15, 2018