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 the site 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 the site better for you.
Want to create an account? Great! Don't want to create an account? No problem!
You are not required to create an account to read Comneton, except under rare circumstances. If you want to create a standard account, in most cases we require only a username and a password.
To gain a better understanding of the demographics of our users, to localize our services and to learn how we can improve our services, we may ask you for more demographic information about yourself. We will tell you if such information is intended to be public or private, so that you can make an informed decision about whether you want to provide us with that information. Providing such information is always completely optional. If you don't want to, you don't have to—it's as simple as that.
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.
Sometimes, we automatically receive location data from your device. Please be aware that, unlike location information collected using GPS signals described above, the default setting on your mobile device typically includes the metadata in your device. If you do not want metadata sent to us and made public, please change your settings on your device.
Finally, when you visit Comneton, 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.
Because of how browsers work, we receive some information automatically when you visit Comneton. 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 Comneton, which pages you request and visit, and the date and time of each request you make to Comneton.
Put simply, we use this information to enhance your experience with Comneton. 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 Comneton, track and study use of various features, gain understanding about the demographics of Comneton, and analyze trends.
Depending on which technology we use, locally stored data can be anything from text, pictures, and whole articles (as we explain further below) to Personal Information (like your IP address) and information about your use of Comneton (like your username or the time of your visit).
We strive to protect your 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).
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 Comneton, and our obligations under applicable U.S. law. Non-personal information may be retained indefinitely.
Please remember that certain information, such as your IP address (if you edit while not logged in) and any public contributions to Comneton, is archived and displayed indefinitely by design; the transparency of the projects’ contribution and revision histories is critical to their efficacy and trustworthiness.