Privacy Policy

Wordorigins.org is committed to respecting your online privacy and we only collect and maintain information that is required to effectively deliver content to you and to manage membership privileges in order to control trolls and other abusive behavior.

Wordorigins.org does not share information about those who visit or join the site with any third party. (Although, Google, our third-party advertising service, may collect its own information about your visit to this site. See below for details.)

For those visiting the Wordorigins.org, we will collect information about your visit, such as internet domain and host names, internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser software and operating system types, clickstream patterns, and dates and times that our site is accessed. We use this information to improve our site and your experience on it. We may also analyze this information for trends and statistics. We may also use domain, host name, and IP addresses to ban members from the site who engage in abusive behavior.

To become a member of Wordorigins.org, you must provide us with a valid email address. This address will not be disclosed to third parties (unless you send an email to other members via this site’s email facility; in which case your email address will be disclosed to the members you send mail to). You have the option to refuse email and personal messages from other members. Visit your member control panel to set these options.

From time to time we may send members email about your account or about administrative issues regarding Wordorigins.org. Such email is rare and does not include commercial solicitations of any kind.

Wordorigins.org does maintain opt-in mailing lists regarding new content posted to the site and other matters. These are voluntary and you will not be automatically signed up for these emails.

For members of Wordorigins.org, we use “cookies” to validate that you are a member and to allow you to post comments, post items to the discussion forum, and to maintain your personal profile. A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your computer. You may set your browser to notify you if you receive a cookie and you may choose to block cookies with your browser or erase them after use. Note that blocking cookies from Wordorigins.org will not allow you post comments to the site, participate in the discussion forums, or to alter your personal profile or membership options. If you choose to erase your cookies, you will need to re-enter your original user ID and password, thus establishing a new cookie, to perform the above functions.

We use Google, a third party, to serve ads when you visit our website. Google may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by Google, click here.

You may provide other personal information about yourself in your personal profile, but the provision of such information is completely voluntary. Information provided about yourself in your profile, other than your email address, can be viewed by other members of Wordorigins.org.

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