Public Nature of Content Submitted to Sites
The nature of blogging is to reach a public audience. Please be aware that any information that you submit to us whether through forms or email, including personally identifiable information, may be publicly displayed on sites hosted at http://www.watsonblogs.org/, or on websites not within our control. If you don't want others to see such information, don't submit it.
Forms and Content
To create a new blog, or register for an existing one, you may be required to submit an email address and other personal information. We may publicly display the personal information. Your address may also be used to send you email bulletins from individual Watsonblogs to which you subscribe, or to attribute comments or posts to you. If there are problems with your individual site, we may contact you via email as well.
If you contribute content, such as discussion comments, to any of our blogs, your contribution may be publicly displayed including personally identifiable information. Display of visitor content is determined by the discretion of the individual blog editors.
As the editor of a blog, you may establish a range of access restrictions to your material. The initial default setting for individual blogs allows outside search engines, indexes and third party sites to scan each blog, create hyperlinks to individual blogs or distribute it further via feeds. If you change these settings, there is no guarantee that outside search engines will omit your blog from its searches. Please check your default settings to discern the level of access the public has to your individual blog.
Each time you update your individual blog, it may also send pings or feeds to sites that index or track newly updated blogs. These sites may publicly display a hyperlink to your site and the time that you updated it. If your site publishes XML feeds, content from or links to your site may be publicly displayed on third party sites.
Depending on the settings on your site, email bulletins that contain content from your site may be sent out to subscribers.
IP Addresses and Referrers
We may publicly display the IP addresses of visitors and contributors to individual blogs hosted at http://www.watsonblogs.org/.
We may use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server, to tailor site content and to format the site and software to user needs, and to generate aggregate statistical reports. We may use aggregate visitor data to prepare publicly displayed reports regarding the traffic on individual blogs, site popularity rankings, and referrers that visitors use to access individual blogs.
Disclosure of Information to Watson Institute Administration and to Law Enforcement
Links to Independent Websites
Blogs hosted by the Watsonblogs project may link to independently run web sites outside of the http://www.watsonblogs.org/ domain. Watson is not responsible for the privacy practices or content of such web sites.
The Watsonblogs site is intended for adults and we will not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13 years old. If you are a parent or legal guardian of a child under age 13 who has become a member of a site hosted by http://www.watsonblogs.org/, please contact our administrator at Watsonblogs@brown.edu to notify us of a suspected violation.
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