Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is critically important to us. At The Digital Left, we have a few fundamental principles:

Below is our privacy policy, which incorporates these goals. (Note: we’ve decided to make this privacy policy available under a Creative Commons ShareAlike license, which means you’re more than welcome to steal it and repurpose it for your own use. Just make sure to replace references to us with ones to you, and we’d appreciate a link to somewhere on your site. We spent a lot of money and time on the below, and other people shouldn’t need to do the same.)

If you have questions about deleting or correcting your personal data please contact our support team.

The Digital Left  (“DigitalLeft”) operates several websites including, It is The Digital Left’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.

Website Visitors

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

The Digital Left also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on blogs. The Digital Left 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 The Digital Left’s websites choose to interact with The Digital Left in ways that require The Digital Left to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that The Digital Left gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for a blog at to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with The Digital Left are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and, if contributions or shopping, financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, The Digital Left collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with The Digital Left. The Digital Left 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

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

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

The Digital Left 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 The Digital Left’s behalf or to provide services available at The Digital Left’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those volunteers, visitors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using The Digital Left’s website, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. The Digital Left will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its volunteers and affiliated organizations, as described above, The Digital Left discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when The Digital Left believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of The Digital Left, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an The Digital Left website or ActionNetwork account and have supplied your email address, The Digital Left 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 Automattic 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. Automattic takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.


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

Business Transfers

If The Digital Left, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that The Digital Left goes out of business , 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 Automattic may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.


Comments and other content submitted to our Akismet anti-spam service are not saved on our servers unless they were marked as false positives or missed spam, in which case we store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives and missed spam.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, The Digital Left may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Automattic’s sole discretion. The Digital Left encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. If you have a 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 s

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