Privacy Policy

Website Visitors
Except as described below, the does not collect or require visitors to its Web sites to furnish personally-identifying information such as names, email addresses and phone numbers. Like most Web site operators, collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preferences, referring site, and date and time of each visitor request. also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, which are non-personally identifying in and of themselves but could be used in conjunction with other information to personally identify users.’s purpose in collecting this information is to better understand how its visitors use its Web sites. To that end, may share potentially personally-identifying information with its employees, contractors, and its subsidiaries and related organizations. may also release non-personally-identifying information about visitors (e.g., by publishing a report on Web site usage trends). Otherwise, will not publicly release potentially personally-identifying information except under the same circumstances as releases personally-identifying information. Those circumstances are explained below.

Community Members
Certain members of the community (contributors, customers, etc.) choose to interact with in ways that require and others to know more about them. The amount and type of information that gathers from those members depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, members who wish to post content to certain portions of's Web sites or participate in live chat session(s) are asked to provide usernames that identify that content as having been posted by a particular member. Developers, by comparison, are asked to provide contact information, up to and sometimes including telephone or fax numbers, so that they can be contacted as necessary. Customers of the store are asked to provide even more information, including billing and shipping addresses and credit card or similar information. In each case, collects personally-identifying information only insofar as is necessary to fulfill the purpose of the community member's interaction with is an open organization that believes in sharing as much information as possible about its products, its operations and its associations. Accordingly, community members should assume—as should most folks who interact with—that any personally-identifying information provided to will be made available to the public. There are four broad exceptions to that rule:

1. does not publicly release information gathered in connection with commercial transactions (i.e., transactions involving money), including transactions conducted through the Store or donations to the Foundation.
2. does not make publicly available information that is used to authenticate users the publication of which would compromise the security of's Web sites (e.g., passwords).
3. does not make publicly available information that it specifically promises at the time of collection to maintain in confidence.
4. does not make publicly available information that provided by users who have requested a download of the software provided on the Web site.
Outside those four contexts, visitors should assume that personally-identifying information provided through's Web sites will be made available to the public.

Interactive Product Features
Certain products contain features that report, or that permit users to report, the user's usage patterns and problems—whether caused by's software, third party software, or third-party Web sites—to The reports generated by these features typically include non-personally-identifying information such as the configuration of the user's computer and the code running at the time the problem occurred. Some of the features give users the option of providing personally-identifying information, though none of these features require it. Some software features that do permit users to provide personally-identifying information advise, in advance, that such information will not be made publicly available. analyzes the information provided by these interactive product features to develop a better understanding of how its products are performing and being used. It does not use the information to track the usage of its products by identifiable individuals.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
Where has collected personally-identifying information subject to one of the four exceptions described in the Community Members section, above, it discloses that information only to those of its employees, contractors and its subsidiaries and related organizations that need to know that information in order to process it on's behalf and that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and subsidiaries and related organizations may be located outside of a visitor's home country; by using's Web sites, the visitor consents to the transfer of his/her information to them. does not rent or sell such information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors or its subsidiaries and related organizations, as described above, discloses such information only when required to do so by law, or when believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of, members of the community, or the public at large. takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of such information.

Updating of Personally-Identifying Information permits users to freely update and correct their personally-identifying information as maintained by To do so, users should look for links or contact information available on whichever Web sites store the relevant information and contact by email.

Cookies and Clear GIFs
What Are Cookies? A cookie is a string of information that a Web site stores on a visitor's computer, and that the visitor's browser provides to the Web site each time the visitor returns. Most major web sites use cookies. Because the browser provides this cookie information to the website at each visit, cookies serve as a sort of label that allows a website to "recognize" a browser when it returns to the site. The domain name in cookies will clearly identify their affiliation with and, where applicable, its third party service provider.

What Are Clear GIFs? Clear gifs (also known as web beacons) are used in combination with cookies to help web site operators understand how visitors interact with their websites. A clear gif is typically a transparent graphic image (usually 1 pixel x 1 pixel) that is placed on a site. The use of a clear gif allows the site to measure the actions of the visitor opening the page that contains the clear gif. It makes it easer to follow and record the activities of a recognized browser, such as the path of pages visited at a website.

How We Use Cookies and Clear GIFs.'s Web sites use cookies and may use clear gifs in the future. These tools help identify and track visitors, their usage of Web sites, and their Web site access preferences across multiple requests and visits to's Web sites. The basic idea is to gather aggregate data about how people use the Web sites. The term usually used to describe this is "web analytics" and the cookies and clear gifs are the tools by which a website owner collects this web analytics data. will use the web analytics data only to determine aggregate usage patterns for our Web sites as described above. The Web sites (.org domains) do this using's own internal analytics software, and currently do not utilize third party service providers. uses the information provided by cookies and clear gifs to develop a better understanding of how's visitors use's Web sites, and to facilitate those visitors' interactions with's Web sites. may make the aggregate data it obtains publicly available. If the data is made available, none of the information will be personally-identifying information or potentially-personally-identifying information.

How to Control the Use of Cookies. visitors have the ability to accept or decline cookies. visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers by, its contractors, or third-party service providers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before linking to's Web sites. Certain features of's Web sites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Privacy Policy Changes may change its Privacy Policy from time to time. Any and all changes will be reflected on this page. Substantive changes will also be announced through the standard mechanisms through which communicates with the community, including's "" mailing list and/or newsgroup.

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