Effective date: June 4th, 2020
Last modified: June 4th, 2020
NationStates Today (“us”, “we”, or “our”) operates the https://nationstates.news website (hereinafter referred to as the “Service”).
Information Collection And Use
We collect several different types of information for various purposes to provide and improve our Service to you.
Types of Data Collected
While using our Service, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you (“Personal Data”). Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to:
- Email address
- Cookies and Usage Data
- IP Addresses
We may also collect information on how the Service is accessed and used (“Usage Data”). This Usage Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol address (e.g. IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of our Service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.
Tracking & Cookies Data
Cookies are files with small amount of data which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a website and stored on your device. Tracking technologies also used are beacons, tags, and scripts to collect and track information and to improve and analyze our Service.
You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Service. You can learn more how to manage cookies in the Browser Cookies Guide.
Examples of Cookies we use:
- Session Cookies. We use Session Cookies to operate our Service.
- Preference Cookies. We use Preference Cookies to remember your preferences and various settings.
- Security Cookies. We use Security Cookies for security purposes.
Use of Data
NationStates Today uses the collected data for various purposes:
- To provide and maintain the Service
- To notify you about changes to our Service
- To allow you to participate in interactive features of our Service when you choose to do so
- To provide customer care and support
- To provide analysis or valuable information so that we can improve the Service
- To monitor the usage of the Service
- To detect, prevent and address technical issues
Transfer Of Data
Your information, including Personal Data, may be transferred to — and maintained on — computers located outside of your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ than those from your jurisdiction.
If you are located outside United States and choose to provide information to us, please note that we transfer the data, including Personal Data, to United States and process it there. Copies may also be stored within the European Union, Australia, or Canada.
Disclosure Of Data
NationStates Today may disclose your Personal Data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:
- To comply with a legal obligation
- To protect and defend the rights or property of NationStates Today
- To prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with the Service
- To protect the personal safety of users of the Service or the public
- To protect against legal liability
Security Of Data
The security of your data is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Data, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate our Service (“Service Providers”), to provide the Service on our behalf, to perform Service-related services or to assist us in analyzing how our Service is used.
These third parties have access to your Personal Data only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose.
We no longer use external Google Fonts API requests by design, which means all requests from your browser should only go locally to our own website (removing ‘shadow tracking’). There are times, however, when the site may make external requests. For example, we host PDF copies of our editions and Power20 on Google Drive, and use an embed. In that case, you can use your browser’s tracking protection (such as in Firefox) to prevent the request from occurring, however you will not be able to view the content in question. For all regular articles, and podcasts, no external requests should occur. If you discover an external request is occurring, please contact us ASAP so we can take steps to correct it.
We use Matomo, a free and open source analytics tool. We host our own copy of Matomo locally, which means we do not transmit any of your information to a third party service.
You may opt out of our analytics tracking by either setting ‘Do Not Track’ to enabled on your browser, or by clicking on the box below (which will only appear if you do not have DNT enabled).
Links To Other Sites
We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites or services.
Our Service does not address anyone under the age of 18 (“Children”).
We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 18. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your Children has provided us with Personal Data, please contact us. If we become aware that we have collected Personal Data from children without verification of parental consent, we take steps to remove that information from our servers.
Discord & Staff
We use Discord to communicate our services to many of our readers. It is not required to join, however joining does mean we may store information about your account. This may include:
- Your username and unique ID (e.g. example#2345)
- The length of time you have been in our server
- Any other servers you may have been a part of
- By ‘pinging’ or DMing balag12#7151 on Discord
- By sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org