Draft: Last updated 24 March 2020
The WT.social website (“WT.social”) is owned and operated by WikiTribune Limited (“we”, “us”). We are registered in England under company number 10713170 and our registered office is at 38 Berkeley Square, London, United Kingdom, W1J 5AE.
For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998 and GDPR, we are the data controller. We are registered as a data controller with the Information Commissioner’s Office under registration number ZA248828.
By “personal data”, essentially, we mean any information about you that could be used to help identify you. This includes information such as your name, email address and profile picture or avatar, as well as any other information you provide about yourself on WT.social.
What personal data do we collect from you?
For a more detailed effort to meet the increased disclosure requirements of GDPR, we have added a page on Data Transparency which is your most detailed guide to the data that we collect and how and when we share it with others.
Generally, we try to limit the amount of personal data we collect from you. What we collect depends largely on how you interact with WT.social. For example, we will collect and process personal data when you undertake the following activities:
Registering a WT.social account.
You don’t need to register to enjoy WT.social, but if you want to contribute then you’ll need to set up a WT.social account. When you do that, we will collect your first and last names and the country where you live. You’ll also be able to upload an avatar and provide your Twitter username and a brief description of yourself, but these are optional.
Subscribing to the WT.social newsletter.
If you would like to receive WT.social news, alerts and updates, you can sign up to our newsletter. We send the newsletter by email, so if you want to receive it you’ll need to provide your email address. You can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time – find out how to do so in section 8.2 below.
Starting, editing or contributing to a Story or Project.
If WT.social is to succeed, we need you to get involved. Everyone is encouraged to contribute to the community. When you add, edit or talk about a Story or a Project, we’ll collect any information about you that you volunteer.
Tipping us off.
You can contact us about an existing or potential story through our [email protected] email. When you do this, we will collect any information about you that you provide, which might include your name and contact details and anything else you volunteer about yourself.
If you contact by telephone, post or any other means, we will collect your telephone number, postal address and/or other contact details you provide.
Just like many other websites, we also collect certain technical information from you automatically when you use WT.social. This information may include:
- Technical information. This includes information about your computer, including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type and version, language preferences, time zone setting, operating system and platform.
- Information about your visit. We may collect information about your use of WT.social, including, but not limited to, traffic data, location data, weblogs and other communication data and the resources that you access. We may also collect page response times, download errors, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks, and mouse-overs), methods used to browse away from the page and the website that referred you to WT.social.
The information below tells you more about the uses we make of your personal data:
- To process and administer your registration if you choose to register a WT.social account
- To send you our email newsletter if you have subscribed to receive it
- To maintain our records relating to any financial contribution you make to WT.social through our Support Page. Although we don’t process payments ourselves, we keep track of your contributions and we may use your name and contact details and other information you provide about yourself in order to establish the provenance of your contribution and whether or not we are able to accept it.
- To administer and maintain WT.social and our records and systems and for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research, statistical and survey purposes. If we invite you to participate in a survey or market research, this will usually be by email, although you have no obligation to participate.
- To carry out our obligations to you and to others, including any contractual obligations we may have with suppliers and others.
- To allow you to participate in interactive services available through WT.social, such as adding, editing or commenting on a Story or Project.
- To correspond with you about WT.social, including in relation to a Tip, Story or Project.
- To respond to any query, complaint or other issue that you may raise with us, whether about WT.social or about another member of the WT.social community.
- To investigate any complaint made to us by another person about you or your activities or content posted on WT.social.
- To inform you of any changes to WT.social or anything else that may affect you. We will usually do this by email although we may also post important notices on WT.social from time to time.
Processing payments on WT.social
All payments on WT.social are processed by PayPal or, for debit and credit cards, Stripe. When you make a contribution to WT.social, you are providing your payment details to the relevant third-party payment processor, and not to us. We do not receive and therefore do not store any of your payment details when you make an online payment.
WT.social is aimed at anyone who is interested in honest fact-based journalism. However, we do not knowingly collect personal data from those under the age of 16. If you are under the age of 16, please do not try to register an account on WT.social or make a contribution or provide any personal data to us through WT.social. If you have already done so, please contact us so that we can remove that personal data from our systems.
Disclosing your personal data
We may share your personal data with any member of our group, which means our subsidiaries, our ultimate holding company and its subsidiaries, as defined in section 1159 of the UK Companies Act 2006 (“Group”).
- We may disclose your personal data to our sub-contractors and other suppliers and service providers who we engage to assist with our administrative or business functions and to deal with any other matters in connection with our site, our products and services and any agreements we enter into with you
- In the event that we sell or buy any business or assets, we may disclose your personal data to the prospective seller or buyer.
- If WikiTribune Limited or any member of the Group, or substantially all of its or their assets, are acquired by a third party, in which case personal data held by it about its or their customers may be one of the transferred assets.