Although the Weird Science blog is non-commercial, it still abides by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The Weird Science blog respects the privacy of children and collects the minimum amount of information necessary to allow for participation in the site.
If a visitor is simply browsing the Weird Science blog, we can’t view the visitor’s IP. An IP is only shown if a visitor chooses to post a comment under a blog post or make contact directly through a contact form. The IP address remains visible in the administration’s comment history and would only be noted in the rare circumstance where a comment is repeatedly attempted that is abusive or otherwise inappropriate for the site audience. In this case, the particular IP may be banned from attempts to comment on the site.
The Weird Science blog monitors links that are clicked on the site as well as incoming links that direct visitors into our site. The information shown is simply the number of hits received that either led to our site or that were clicked on our site. The purpose of monitoring is to better understand the preferences and tastes of our visitors. We like to see what sites visitors are enjoying prior to visiting us and also which links we offer that are of interest to visitors. This allows us to improve our content.
Links are frequently provided that lead to third-party sites. These sites are not under the influence or control of the Weird Science blog. We don’t take responsibility for the privacy, safety and content of these sites.
When a person fills out a form to post a comment, the information taken includes the person’s name, email address, website (if applicable) and any information that the person chooses to share. The name and website are visible to any visitor on the blog but the email address is not visible to anyone other than the website administrator. We require an email address to help reduce the amount of spam that unfortunately occurs.
We read any email received, respond accordingly and then discard the email. Email addresses are not stored or shared with third parties.
The COPPA website provides helpful information and advice for safer online browsing. The links below offer useful tips and safeguards to keep your quest for science information safe and fun.
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