Your story data is only visible to you. On rare occasions the website operators may need to analyze the data for troubleshooting purposes. Even in this extreme case your data will be kept confidential.
Your email address will be used to send you email, of course. We understand that it is a privilege for us to communicate with you and we will not abuse that honor by sending unwanted emails. Furthermore, you can request that we remove you from our email list at any time. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also rest assured that we will not sell, rent, or give away your email address to anyone else.
Regardless of the type of tracking, please realize that this is normal and generally the way the web works.
We do our very best to keep the website and your information secure. We use SSL to encrypt data between your browser and our servers just like banks do. We're serious when it comes to password security which runs from password strength requirements to salted hashes for password storage. Hiveword developer Mike Fleming writes about these subjects and more at his security-related blog if you are interested in learning about the subject.
Protection of your credit card information is paramount. There are many credit card handling guidelines concerning the processing and storage of credit card information. For this reason Hiveword outsources credit card handling to a PCI-compliant company to ensure that everything is done "by the book." Hiveword does not store or see your credit card information.
Children's Online Privacy Protection Act
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) "applies to the collection of personal information from children under 13." However, Hiveword does not actively market to or knowingly accept any users under the age of 13.
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July 16, 2012: Added the Story Data section.