Privacy Policy



It is Oxford Communications’ policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our website.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, Oxford Communications 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. Oxford Communications’ purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Oxford Communications’ visitors use its website. From time to time, Oxford Communications may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

Oxford Communications also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on WordPress.com blogs. Oxford Communications 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 and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to Oxford Communications’ websites choose to interact with Oxford Communications in ways that require Oxford Communications to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Oxford Communications gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for a blog at WordPress.com to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with Oxford Communications — by purchasing access to the Akismet comment spam prevention service, for example — are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, Oxford Communications collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Oxford Communications. Oxford Communications 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.

Aggregated Statistics

Oxford Communications may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, Oxford Communications may monitor the most popular blogs on the WordPress.com site or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. Oxford Communications may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Oxford Communications does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

Oxford Communications 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 Oxford Communications’ behalf or to provide services available at Oxford Communications’ website, 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 Oxford Communications’ website, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Oxford Communications 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, Oxford Communications discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Oxford Communications believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Oxford Communications, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an Oxford Communications website and have supplied your email address, Oxford Communications 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 Oxford Communications 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. Oxford Communications takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Cookies

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. Oxford Communications uses cookies to help Oxford Communications identify and track visitors, their usage of Oxford Communications website, and their website access preferences. Oxford Communications visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Oxford Communications’ websites, with the drawback that certain features of Oxford Communications’ websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Business Transfers

If Oxford Communications, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Oxford Communications 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 Oxford Communications may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Ads

Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Oxford Communications and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Comments

Comments and other content submitted to our 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.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Oxford Communications may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Oxford Communications’ sole discretion. Oxford Communications encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. If you have a WordPress.com account, you should also check your blog’s dashboard for alerts to these changes. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

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