is a document which explains how the company behind
and the Idealogs Annotator browser extension deals with your Personal Information. Idealogs
The Idealogical Foundation is the nonprofit organization that operates Idealogs and its related services.
This Policy explains how we collect, use, and share your Personal Information.
We collect very little Personal Information about you.
We do not rent or sell your Personal Information to third parties.
By using Idealogs, you consent to this Policy.
The Idealogical movement is founded on a simple, but powerful principle: we can do more together than any of us can do alone. We cannot work collectively without gathering, sharing, and analyzing information about our users as we seek new ways to make the Idealogs more usable, safer, and more beneficial.
We believe that you shouldn't have to provide nonpublic Personal Information to participate in the free knowledge movement. You do not have to provide things like your real name, address, or date of birth to sign up for a standard account or contribute content to the Idealogs.
We do not sell or rent your Personal Information, nor do we give it to others to sell you anything. We use it to figure out how to make Idealogs more engaging and accessible, to see which ideas work, and to make learning and contributing more fun. Put simply: we use this information to make Idealogs better for you.
After all, it's people like you, the champions of free knowledge, who make it possible for the Idealogs to not only exist, but also grow and thrive.
Because everyone (not just lawyers) should be able to easily understand how and why their information is collected and used, we use common language instead of more formal terms throughout this Policy. To help ensure your understanding of some particular key terms, here is a table of translations:
“the Idealogical Foundation” / “the Foundation” / “we” / “us” / “our”
The Idealogical Foundation, Inc., the non-profit organization that operates Idealogs.
“Idealogs” / “our services”
Idealogs websites and services (regardless of language), including our main project, Idealogs, as well as mobile applications, browser extensions (e.g. Idealogs Annotator Chrome Extension), Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), emails, and notifications.
“you” / “your” / “me”
You, regardless of whether you are an individual, group, or organization, and regardless of whether you are using Idealogs on behalf of yourself or someone else.
Content you add or changes you make to Idealogs.
Information you provide us or information we collect that could be used to personally identify you. To be clear, while we do not necessarily collect all of the following types of information, we consider at least the following to be “personal information” if it is otherwise nonpublic and can be used to identify you:
your real name, address, phone number, email address, password, identification number on government-issued ID, IP address, user-agent information, payment account number;
when associated with one of the items in subsection (a), any sensitive data such as date of birth, gender, sexual orientation, racial or ethnic origins, marital or familial status, medical conditions or disabilities, political affiliation, and religion. | “third party” / “third parties” | Individuals, entities, websites, services, products, and applications that are not controlled, managed, or operated by the Idealogical Foundation. This includes other Idealogs users and independent organizations or groups who help promote the Idealogs movement such as chapters, thematic organizations, and user groups as well as volunteers, employees, directors, officers, grant recipients, and contractors of those organizations or groups.
Types of Information We Receive From You & How We Get It
Your Public Contributions
When you make a contribution to Idealogs, including on user or discussion pages, you are creating a permanent, public record of every piece of content added, removed, or altered by you. The page history will show when your contribution or deletion was made, as well as your username (if you are signed in) or your IP address (if you are not signed in). We may use your public contributions, either aggregated with the public contributions of others or individually, to create new features or data-related products for you or to learn more about how the Idealogs Sites are used, as further explained below.
Account Information & Registration
You do not need to create an account to use Idealogs.
If you do create an account, you do not need to give us your name.
If you do not create an account, your contributions will be publicly attributed to your IP address
You are not required to create an account to read or contribute to Idealogs, except under rare circumstances. However, if you contribute without signing in, your contribution will be publicly attributed to the IP address associated with your device.
If you want to create a standard account, in most cases we require only an email address and a password.
GPS & Other Location Technologies
Some features we offer work better if we know what area you are in.
If you consent, we can use GPS (and other technologies commonly used to determine location) to show you more relevant content. We keep information obtained by these technologies confidential, except as provided in this Policy.
Finally, when you visit Idealogs, we automatically receive the IP address of the device (or your proxy server) you are using to access the Internet, which could be used to infer your geographical location.
Information We Receive Automatically
Because of how browsers work, we receive some information automatically when you visit Idealogs. This includes when you use an online tool on a third-party site that loads information coming from Idealogs. This information includes the type of device you are using (possibly including unique device identification numbers, for some beta versions of our mobile applications), the type and version of your browser, your browser's language preference, the type and version of your device's operating system, in some cases the name of your internet service provider or mobile carrier, the website that referred you to Idealogs, which pages you request and visit, and the date and time of each request you make to Idealogs.
Put simply, we use this information to enhance your experience on Idealogs. For example, we use this information to administer the sites, provide greater security, and fight vandalism; optimize mobile applications, customize content and set language preferences, test features to see what works, and improve performance; understand how users interact with tIdealogs, track and study use of various features, gain understanding about the demographics of Idealogs, and analyze trends.
Information We Collect
We use a variety of commonly-used technologies, like cookies, to understand how you use Idealogs, make our services safer and easier to use, and to help create a better and more customizable experience for you.
Depending on which technology we use, locally stored data may include text, Personal Information (like your IP address), and information about your use of Idealogs (like your username or the time of your visit). See below for more information.
We use this information to make your experience with Idealogs safer and better, to gain a greater understanding of user preferences and their interaction with Idealogs, and to generally improve our services. We will never use third-party cookies, unless we get your permission to do so. If you ever come across a third-party data collection tool that has not been authorized by you (such as one that may have been mistakenly placed by another user or administrator), please report it to us.
We believe this data collection helps improve your user experience, but you may remove or disable some or all locally stored data through your browser settings, depending on your browser. While locally stored data may not be necessary to use our sites, some features will not function properly if you disable locally stored data.
While the examples above concerning information about you collected through the use of data collection tools are kept confidential in accordance with this Policy, please note that some information about the actions taken by your username is made publicly available through public logs alongside actions taken by other users. For example, a public log may include the date your account was created on Idealogs along with the dates that other accounts were created on Idealogs.
How Do We Protect Your Personal Information?
We strive to protect your Personal Information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. We use a variety of physical and technical measures, policies, and procedures (such as access control procedures, network firewalls, and physical security) designed to protect our systems and your Personal Information. Unfortunately, there's no such thing as completely secure data transmission or storage, so we can't guarantee that our security will not be breached (by technical measures or through violation of our policies and procedures).
We will never ask for your password by email (but may send you a temporary password via email if you have requested a password reset). If you ever receive an email that requests your password, please let us know so we can investigate the source of the email.
How Long Do We Keep Your Data?
Once we receive Personal Information from you, we keep it for the shortest possible time that is consistent with the maintenance, understanding, and improvement of Idealogs, and our obligations under applicable law. In most instances, Personal Information is deleted, aggregated or de-identified after 90 days. Non-Personal Information may be retained indefinitely as appropriate.
Please remember that when you make a contribution to Idealogs, the page history will show when your contribution was made, your username (if you are signed in), or your IP address (if you edit while not logged in). The transparency of the projects' contribution and revision histories is critical to their efficacy and trustworthiness.
If you would like to request to access, update or restrict/object to the processing of Personal Information, or receive a copy of your Personal Information for purposes of transmitting it to another organization, you may contact us. We will respond to your request consistent with applicable law.
Please note also that you may be able to exercise some of these rights without our intervention. For example, if you are a registered user, you can access and update some Personal Information in your Preferences, as well as download your user account data. You may also manage what kinds of notifications you receive and how often you receive them by going to your Notifications Preferences.
Where is the Foundation & What Does That Mean for Me?
Our Response to Do Not Track (DNT) signals
We are strongly committed to protecting users' Personal Information. Under this Policy, we may share your information only under particular situations (see above). In particular, we do not share your Personal Information for marketing purposes.
In the event of substantial changes, we will provide the proposed changes to our users for an open comment period lasting at least thirty (30) calendar days. Prior to the start of any comment period, we will provide notice of such changes and the opportunity to comment via Idealogs.
For minor changes, such as grammatical fixes, administrative or legal changes, or corrections of inaccurate statements, we will post the changes and, when possible, provide at least three (3) calendar days' prior notice via Idealogs.