December 24, 2020
Thomas Paul of Halifax, Nova Scotia, owns and operates several websites including tompaul.ca. It is Thomas Paul’s intention to be clear about how the sites are operated.
For clarity, “I”, “we”, “us”, “our”, refers to Thomas Paul. “You” and “your”, refers to a visitor to a site where these terms and conditions apply. “Website” and “site” refers to any website that falls under these terms and conditions. Any use of the above terminology or other words in the singular, plural, capitalisation and/or he/she or they, are taken as interchangeable and therefore as referring to same.
It is Thomas Paul’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.
Like most website operators, Thomas Paul 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. Thomas Paul’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Thomas Paul’s visitors use its website.
Thomas Paul also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on our blogs. Thomas Paul 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
Certain visitors to Thomas Paul’s websites choose to interact with the site in ways that require Thomas Paul to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Thomas Paul gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who comment on our blog to provide a name and email address. In each case, Thomas Paul collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with the site. Thomas Paul does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
Thomas Paul may collect statistics about the behaviour of visitors to its websites. For instance, Thomas Paul may monitor the most popular pages on a site or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. Thomas Paul may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Thomas Paul does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
Thomas Paul 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 Thomas Paul’s behalf or to provide services available at Thomas Paul’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 Thomas Paul’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Thomas Paul 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, Thomas Paul discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Thomas Paul believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Thomas Paul, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an Thomas Paul website and have supplied your email address, Thomas Paul may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with the sites and our products. We primarily use our various product blogs to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Thomas Paul takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
Thomas Paul currently uses Google Analytics and Automattic for analytic data collection.
If Thomas Paul, or substantially all of its assets were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Thomas Paul goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Thomas Paul’s websites may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.
Thomas Paul uses Google AdSense to provide advertisements. You can see Google’s Advertising Privacy and Term here: https://policies.google.com/technologies/ads
Comments and other content submitted to Akismet anti-spam service are not saved on our servers unless they were marked as false positives, in which case we store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives.
Other Privacy Policies
Some third party services may receive non-personally-identifying information and potentially personally-identifying information from Thomas Paul to complete certain tasks or provide a service. Below is a list of third parties, their purpose, and their respective privacy policies.