Rise of the Salton Sea:Privacy policy

Rise of the Salton Sea
Jump to navigation Jump to search


Wiki.RiseOfTheSaltonSea.com is a free knowledge website. The information contained within is publicly available. Editing and contribution of new articles is restricted to authorized users.

This Policy explains how we collect, use, and share your personal information.

  • We do not collect personal information about you.
  • Google may collect tracking information that we use to analyze the use of our website.
  • We do not rent or sell your information to anyone.

By using this site, you consent to this policies outlined in this article.

We want this website to benefit readers.

Even though we do not collect, transfer, process, store, or disclose any of your information, we reserve the right to do so. That is not meant to sound ominous and is not meant to upset our readers, but rather for legal purposes.

Similar to the Wikimedia websites, we believe that you shouldn't have to provide nonpublic personal information to participate in the free knowledge movement. If we allowed user accounts to be created, you would not have to provide things like your real name, address, or date of birth to sign up for a standard account or contribute content to our website. We do not sell or rent your Personal Information, nor do we give it to others to sell you anything. Unlike the Wikimedia websites we are not large enough to be able to use it to figure out how to make the our site more engaging and accessible, to see which ideas work, and to make learning and contributing more fun. We recognize that only a minority of you are familiar with technical terms like “tracking pixels” and “cookies” used in the Privacy Policy. Whether you are brand new to privacy terminology or you are an expert who just wants a refresher, you might find the Glossary of Key Terms helpful.

Because everyone (not just lawyers) should be able to easily understand how and why their information is collected and used, like ours and the Wikimedia websites, we use common language instead of more formal terms throughout this Policy. To help ensure your understanding of some particular key terms, here is a table of translations:

What This Privacy Policy Does & Doesn't Cover

Except as explained below, this Privacy Policy applies to our collection and handling of information about you that we receive as a result of your use of any of the our sites. This Policy also applies to information that we receive from our partners or other third parties. To understand more about what this Privacy Policy covers, please see below.

For the sake of clarity, this Privacy Policy covers, regardless of language:

  • This web site and the sister website www.RiseOfTheSaltonSea.com
  • Any blogs and APIs (unless we have provided a separate policy for those services).
  • Official mobile applications.
  • Emails, SMS, and notifications from us or sent to us from you.

To understand more about what this Privacy Policy does not cover, please see below.

Where community policies govern information the relevant community may add to the rules and obligations set out in this Policy. However, they are not permitted to create new exceptions or otherwise reduce the protections offered by this Policy.

Types of Information We Receive From You & How We Get It

We collect and receive no personal information from you.

Your Public Contributions

We do not accept public contributions

Account Information & Registration

We do not allow accounts to be configured or users to be registered.

Location Information

We do not use location information

GPS & Other Location Technologies

We do not use GPS or other technologies.


Sometimes, we automatically receive location data from your device. If you do not want metadata sent to us and made public at the time of your upload, please change your settings on your device.

IP Addresses

When you visit our site, we automatically receive the IP Address of the device you are using to access the Internet, which could be used to infer your geographical location.

Information Related to Your Use of our Website

We do not store this information, however third parties may store it for analytical purposes, but it does not include personal information.

Information We Receive Automatically

Because of how browsers work, we receive some information automatically when you visit our site. This information includes the type of device you are using (possibly including unique device identification numbers, for some beta versions of our mobile applications), the type and version of your browser, your browser's language preference, the type and version of your device's operating system, in some cases the name of your internet service provider or mobile carrier, the website that referred you to our website, which pages you request and visit, and the date and time of each request you make to our website.

Personal Information We Collect

We do not collect personal information.

How We Use Personal Information We Receive From You

We do not use personal information from you.

GPS & Other Location Technologies

Our site does not use GPS or other location technologies, other than the above stated IP Address your device may send to us.


As stated above, we may automatically receive location data from your device. Please be aware that the default setting on your mobile device typically results in the metadata associated with your device being sent to us. As a reminder, if you do not want metadata sent to us and made public at the time of your upload, please change your settings on your device.

IP Addresses

When you visit our site, we automatically receive the IP address of the device (or your proxy server) you are using to access the Internet, which could be used to infer your geographical location. We keep IP addresses confidential, except as provided in this Policy. If you are visiting our site with your mobile device, we may use your IP address to provide anonymized or aggregated information to service providers regarding the volume of usage in certain areas.

When May We Share Your Personal Information?

We do not share your personal information.

For Legal Reasons

We will disclose your information in response to an official legal process only if we believe it to be legally valid. We will notify you of such requests when possible.

We will access, use, preserve, and/or disclose your Personal Information if we reasonably believe it necessary to satisfy a valid and legally enforceable warrant, subpoena, court order, law or regulation, or other judicial or administrative order. However, if we believe that a particular request for disclosure of a user's information is legally invalid or an abuse of the legal system and the affected user does not intend to oppose the disclosure themselves, we will try our best to fight it. We are committed to notifying you via email at least ten (10) calendar days, when possible, before we disclose your Personal Information in response to a legal demand. However, we may only provide notice if we are not legally restrained from contacting you, there is no credible threat to life or limb that is created or increased by disclosing the request, and you have provided us with an email address.

Nothing in this Privacy Policy is intended to limit any legal objections or defenses you may have to a third party's request (whether it be civil, criminal, or governmental) to disclose your information. We recommend seeking the advice of legal counsel immediately if such a request is made involving you.

For more information, please review information about subpoenas.

If the Organization is Transferred (Not likely)

In the unlikely event that the ownership of our site changes, we will provide you 30 days’ notice before any personal information is transferred to the new owners or becomes subject to a different privacy policy.

In the extremely unlikely event that ownership of all or substantially all of websites change, or we go through a reorganization (such as a merger, consolidation, or acquisition), we will continue to keep your Personal Information confidential, except as provided in this Policy, and provide notice to you via our site or similar mailing list at least thirty (30) calendar days before any Personal Information is transferred or becomes subject to a different privacy policy.

To Protect You, Ourselves & Others

We, or users with certain administrative rights, may disclose information that is reasonably necessary to:

  • enforce or investigate potential violations of our policies;
  • protect our organization, infrastructure, employees, contractors, or the public; or
  • prevent imminent or serious bodily harm or death to a person.

We, or particular users with certain administrative rights as described below, may need to share your Personal Information if it is reasonably believed to be necessary to enforce or investigate potential violations of our terms of use, this Privacy Policy, or any of our websites or user community-based policies. We may also need to access and share information to investigate and defend ourselves against legal threats or actions.

Our site is not collaborative, but if it were and had users writing most of the policies and selecting from amongst themselves people to hold certain administrative rights. These rights may include access to limited amounts of otherwise nonpublic information about recent contributions and activity by other users. They use this access to help protect against vandalism and abuse, fight harassment of other users, and generally try to minimize disruptive behavior on our site. These various user-selected administrative groups have their own privacy and confidentiality guidelines, but all such groups are supposed to agree to follow our . These user-selected administrative groups are accountable to other users through checks and balances: users are selected through a community-driven process and overseen by their peers through a logged history of their actions. However, the legal names of these users are not known to us.

We hope that this never comes up, but we may disclose your Personal Information if we believe that it's reasonably necessary to prevent imminent and serious bodily harm or death to a person, or to protect our organization, employees, contractors, users, or the public. We may also disclose your Personal Information if we reasonably believe it necessary to detect, prevent, or otherwise assess and address potential spam, malware, fraud, abuse, unlawful activity, and security or technical concerns.

To Other Third Parties

We may disclose personal information to our third party service providers or contractors to help run or improve our site and provide services in support of our mission.

As hard as we may try, we can't do it all. So sometimes we use third-party service providers or contractors who help run or improve our site for you and other users. We give access to your Personal Information to these providers or contractors as needed to perform their services for us or to use their tools and services. We put requirements, such as confidentiality agreements, in place to help ensure that these service providers treat your information consistently with, and no less protective of your privacy than, the principles of this Policy.

If you are visiting our website with your mobile device, we use your IP address to provide anonymized or aggregated information to service providers regarding the volume of usage in certain areas.

To Understand & Experiment

  • We also share non-Personal Information or allow third parties interested in studying use of our site.
  • When we share information with third parties for these purposes, we put reasonable technical and contractual protections in place to protect your information consistent with this Policy.

The open-source software that powers the our site depends on the contributions of volunteer software developers, who spend time writing and testing code to help it improve and evolve with our users' needs.

Similarly, we share non-Personal Information or aggregated information with researchers, scholars, academics, and other interested third parties who wish to study our site. Sharing this information helps them understand usage, viewing, and demographics statistics and patterns. They then can share their findings with us and our users so that we can all better understand and improve other websites.

When we give access to personal information to third-party developers or researchers, we put requirements, such as reasonable technical and contractual protections, in place to help ensure that these service providers treat your information consistently with the principles of this Policy and in accordance with our instructions. If these developers or researchers later publish their work or findings, we ask that they not disclose your personal information. Please note that, despite the obligations we impose on developers and researchers, we cannot guarantee that they will abide by our agreement, nor do we guarantee that we will regularly screen or audit their projects.

If We Allowed You To Make It Public

Information that you post is public and can been seen and used by everyone.

Any information you post publicly on our site is just that – public. For example, if you put your mailing address on your talk page, that is public, and not protected by this Policy. And if you edit without registering or logging into your account, your IP address will be seen publicly. Please think carefully about your desired level of anonymity before you disclose Personal Information on your user page or elsewhere.

How Do We Protect Your Personal Data?

We do not collect your personal data, so there is no need to protect nothing.

If We Did Collect Personal Data, How Long Would We Keep Your Personal Data?

Except as otherwise stated in this policy, we only keep your Personal Information as long as necessary to maintain, understand and improve our site or to comply with U.S. law.

Once we receive Personal Information from you, we keep it for the shortest possible time that is consistent with the maintenance, understanding, and improvement of our website, and our obligations under applicable U.S. law. Non-personal information may be retained indefinitely.

Please remember that certain information, such as your IP Address, is archived and displayed indefinitely by design; the transparency of the projects’ contribution and revision histories is critical to their efficacy and trustworthiness. To learn more about the subject of data retention practices, please research it. For further information about how you may request access to or deletion of your Personal Information, or other rights you may have with respect to your Personal Information, please research that too.

Where Are We Located & What Does That Mean for Me?

Our site is base in the United States (U.S), with servers and data centers located in various locations in that country. If you decide to use our site, whether from inside or outside of the U.S., you understand that your Personal Information will be collected, transferred, stored, processed, disclosed and otherwise used in the U.S. as described in this Privacy Policy. You also understand that your information may be transferred by us from the U.S. to other countries, which may have different or less stringent data protection laws than your country, in connection with providing services to you.

We are strongly committed to not sharing nonpublic information and Personal Information with anyone. We only allow tracking by third-party websites you may be aware of (including analytics services, advertising networks, and social platforms), but we don't share or collect your Personal Information and share it with any third parties for any purposes.

Because we protect all users in this manner, we do not change our behavior in response to a web browser's "do not track" signal.

Changes to This Privacy Policy

Substantial changes to this Policy will generally not be made.

Because things naturally change over time and we want to ensure our Privacy Policy accurately reflects our practices and the law, it may be necessary to modify this Privacy Policy from time to time. We reserve the right to do so in the following manner:

  • In the event of any changes, minor or substantial, we will make said changes.

We ask that you please review this version of our policy. Your continued use of the our site after this Privacy Policy becomes effective constitutes acceptance of this Privacy Policy on your part. Your continued use of our site after any subsequent version of this Privacy Policy becomes effective, following notice as outlined above, constitutes acceptance of that version of the Privacy Policy on your part.

Contact Us

If you have questions or suggestions about this Privacy Policy, or the information collected under this Privacy Policy, please email us at [1].

Depending on your jurisdiction, you also may have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority competent for your country or region.

Thank You!

Thank you for reading our Privacy Policy. We hope you enjoy using our site and appreciate your patronage.

Please note that in the event of any differences in meaning or interpretation between the original English version of this Privacy Policy and a translation, the original English version takes precedence.