Privacy policy

writeanonymously takes your privacy very seriously. This privacy policy is designed to assist you in understanding how we collect and use the personal information you provide to us and to assist you in making informed decisions when using our site and our products and services.

This Privacy Policy addresses all the requirements set out in the GDPR. The General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (“GDPR”) is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA). It also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU and EEA areas. The GDPR aims primarily to give control to citizens and residents over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment for international business by unifying the regulation within the EU. Please review this Privacy Policy before you use the Website or any of the services or features offered on or through the Site. By using the Website and its services and features, you agree to be bound by this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this Privacy Policy, please do not use the Site or its services and features.

Information Collected

writeanonymously may collect certain personal information from you when you register to use the Website or its services and features. We may also collect certain non-personally identifiable information from users of our site, such as their Internet protocol address, the type of browser and operating system they use, the domain name of your Internet service provider, and the web pages, content and advertisements you may have visited, viewed or clicked on. We collect this information in several ways, including the following:

  • Cookies: Cookies are text files placed in your computer’s browser to store your preferences. Cookies do not contain personal information, but if you choose to furnish us with personal information, this information may be linked to the data stored in the cookie. We may use “cookies” to maintain a record of your visits and to improve the content and services on our site. You can configure your browser to alert you when websites set or access cookies and you can decide to accept or reject some or all of the browser cookies. By disabling or rejecting cookies, please bear in mind that some parts of this website may become inaccessible thus limiting their function;
  • Web Server Logs: Information gathered through cookies and web server logs may include the date and time of visits, the pages viewed, time spent at this site, and the websites visited just before and just after our site;
  • IP Addresses: Our system may also collect your IP address, which is a numerical address that is used to identify a computer connected to the Internet. We may use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server, to administer our site, to deliver web pages to you upon request, to tailor our site to the interests of our users, and to measure traffic within our site;
  • Public Posting: If you post in the comments of a blog post on the Website (or anywhere on social media), you should be aware that any information you share is visible to other users. Personally identifiable information you submit to one of these forums can be read, collected, or used by other individuals to send you unsolicited messages. writeanonymously is not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these forums. For example, if you choose to make information, which was previously non-public, available by enabling certain user features, (such as blog comments) writeanonymously will collect that information from your interaction and the information will become publicly available.

Information from Minors

writeanonymously does not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 13. Nor do we collect information from any individual under the age of 18 without the consent of a parent or guardian. If you believe that your child has registered on our site or that we have collected information from your child, please contact us immediately so that we can remove that information from our database.

writeanonymously does recognize that parents, guardians, or other adults may use our website content for family use, including use by minors. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13 for marketing purposes, but because some information is collected electronically, it can appear to be the personal information of the user of the website, and will be treated as such by this privacy policy.

Information we collect

By using our services, you grant us the permission to collect, store and transfer certain information, which does not depict you as an individual but rather helps us in identifying the type of device you use to access our services such as:

  • Technical data: including browser plug-in types and versions, browser type and version, information about the operating system, internet protocol (IP) address, platform time zone setting and location, your login data, and other technologies on the devices, you use to access our Services;
  • Usage data: including information about how you use our website, products, and services;
  • Device data: we collect information from the device you use to access our website app. This includes device model, device operating system version, IP address;
  • Aggregated data: data: such as statistical or demographic data for any purpose which data does not directly or indirectly reveal your identity. For instance, we may combine your usage Data to calculate the percentage of users accessing a specific website feature.

If you use our website frequently, we might ask you to confirm if you are interested in receiving push notifications from us. These notifications may include alerts, icon badges, sounds, and other information in relation to the use of the Web App itself. You can either accept or reject this feature on your device. By requesting to disable push notifications, you will be able to use the Web App but we may not guarantee you the full benefits of what it has to offer.

Information we share

We use third parties to provide services to us, such as:

  • Hosting our websites;
  • Helping us analyze the use of these services.

These companies process personal data on our behalf. We only provide these companies with the information needed to deliver the service. We enter into written contracts to ensure that use of this data is consistent with this Privacy Policy.

We may preserve, use, or disclose your personal data if we believe it is reasonably necessary to:

  • Comply with a law, regulation, legal process, or governmental request;
  • Protect the safety of any person;
  • Protect the integrity of our platform, including to help prevent spam or abuse;
  • Address fraud, security, or technical issues;
  • Protect our rights or property or the rights or property of those who use out services.

Managing your data

It is important that you understand your legal rights around your personal data and how we may use it.

This Privacy Policy aims to inform you about how we process your personal data. You might also see specific messages when we collect personal data from you that explain why we ask for it.

You have the right to access a copy of your personal data and receive certain information about what the data is and how and why we are processing it. We will ask you to prove your identity before we can disclose any information.

You have the right to request a correction to your data if you believe that any information we hold is incorrect.

You have the right to request that we delete your data. There are some circumstances where we may need to keep your details, for example, if we are legally obliged to do so. If this is the case, we will explain and discuss these circumstances with you.

You can request that we restrict processing of your data, as an alternative to deleting it – this means that we will keep the data but stop processing for most purposes. You may want to exercise this right if you feel that the data is inaccurate, that our processing of it is unlawful, whilst we progress a request from you to object to processing, or if we have no further need of the data, but you require us to keep it in relation to the establishment, exercise or defence of a legal claim.

You have the right to request a copy of your data, in readable form, and have us transfer it to another organization. There are some circumstances where these rights may not apply, but where this is the case we will always explain this to you.

You have the right to object to the processing of your data.

You have the right to avoid being subject to decisions based solely on automated processing (including profiling) which has a significant effect on you. We do not carry out any such processing.

Data retention

We keep records of your communications with us for six years in case we have to refer to a conversation or enquiry. This could be because it relates to our legitimate business interests, you are still in communication with us, or for legal reasons.

We keep your contact information on any mailing lists you chose to join unless you tell us otherwise. If you haven’t opened one of our emails for some time, we may contact you to ask if you still want to hear from us. If you unsubscribe from a mailing list, we retain some basic information to ensure we don’t contact you again in the future.

Third-party websites and links

writeanonymously may link to websites, products and services operated by third parties. writeanonymously is not responsible for and does not endorse or accept any responsibility for the availability, contents, products, services or use of any Third Party Website, any website accessed from a Third Party Site, or any changes or updates to such sites.

These linked websites are only for your convenience and therefore you access them at your own risk. You acknowledge that you bear all risks associated with access to and use of content provided on a Third Party Site and agree that writeanonymously and associated companies are not responsible for any loss or damage of any sort you may incur from dealing with a third party. You should contact the website administrator for the applicable Third Party Site if you have any concerns regarding such links or the content located on any such Third Party Site.

Changes to this privacy policy

We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time. If we make a material change to this policy, we will publicize these changes on our website.

Last update: November 20, 2020