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Website Visitors

Like most website operators, The Epinal collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. The Epinal’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how our visitors use the website. From time to time, The Epinal may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

The Epinal also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments. The Epinal only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information, as described below.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to The Epinal choose to interact with us in ways that require The Epinal to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that we gather depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up to comment on our articles to provide a username and email address. The Epinal collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with us. The Epinal does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

The Epinal may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, The Epinal may monitor the most popular articles on our site and may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, The Epinal does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

The Epinal discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its editors, writers or advertisers that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on The Epinal’s behalf or to provide services available at The Epinal’s website, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those editors, writers and advertisers may be located outside of your home country; by using The Epinal, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. The Epinal will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its editors, writers and advertisers, as described above, The Epinal discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when The Epinal believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of The Epinal, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of The Epinal and have supplied your email address, we may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with The Epinal and our output. We primarily use our various blogs to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. The Epinal takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. The Epinal uses cookies to help us identify and track visitors, their usage of The Epinal, and their website access preferences. The Epinal visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using The Epinal, with the drawback that certain features of The Epinal may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Business Transfers

If The Epinal, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that The Epinal goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of The Epinal may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.


Ads appearing on this website may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by The Epinal and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, The Epinal may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in The Epinal’s sole discretion. The Epinal encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.


This privacy policy was originally written for Automattic and adapted for our purposes. We highly recommend you do the same as it is released under a Creative Commons Sharealike licence. More information about the Creative Commons Sharealike licence is available here.