Privacy

We embrace privacy as a fundamental human right. We are continuously working towards improving the way we use personal data and are very open to suggestions as to how we can create a better future for all users. If there is something on this page that seems confusing, contradictory or just bad practice, please bring it to our attention by emailing info@radiofree.org.

We never sell data about our users. We never analyze personal data with the use of algorithms to determine probabilities of certain outcomes (examples: scanning names to determine gender, matching our users to social media accounts, using your browsing history to feed you information algorithms identify you might be interested, etc…) We find these processes to be detrimental to privacy rights and society.

Our goal is to provide information to users that is assumed to be trustworthy, honest, and accurate at the time of publication. We never sell ads, so we don’t need to collect massive amounts of data to try and sell you things you probably don’t need. With this in mind, we do collect some general usage data about users which can easily be blocked using modern browsers. This data is used in a variety of ways to help us better understand our sites traffic sources, combat spam, and other ways to provide analysis of our audience on a broad scale. We never sell this information or use it to market third party services or products.

We also store data in your user profile and comments left on the site, which you are free to manage and revoke at any time. If you are a contributor, editor, or have work featured on this site, or other digital properties managed by this site and our team, we ask that you please email us a link of of the pieces you would like to remove and we will promptly remove them at your request.

Below, we go into detail about the different policies we have regarding privacy. If you have any questions, email info@radiofree.org or contact us by writing a letter to:

Radio Free
#20888
1303 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, Arizona
85719
USA

Who we are

Our website address is: https://www.radiofree.org/

Radio Free oversees the operations of the following digital platforms:

radiofree.org – our primary platform for publishing.

radiofr.ee – a short link service we provide to shorten the length of the links of our published articles.

Radio Free iOS App – An app for connecting to our platform on your Apple device.

Radio Free tvOS App – An app for viewing and interacting with content on our platform with your Apple TV device.

radiofree.wiki – this is our public wiki for all things related to Radio Free.

We also oversee a GitHub repository of projects we maintain along with Llacuna.org, a non-profit organization that has no editorial control over published information on our platforms.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should think twice about uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website. While we don’t ban this practice, we ask you only use it in the interest of educating users.

Contact forms

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Google Analytics and Google Ads may setup a cookie.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

We use a few services (listed in the section below titled, “Where we send your data”) to anonymously track usage statistics so that we may better service our audiences. This data is not used to develop algorithms that decide what content is shown to users of our site.

You can block this from tracking you with settings on most modern browsers. This data is never sold or transferred.

Who we share your data with

We do not share your personal data with third parties.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

How to Delete Your Data

To delete your profile, navigate to your profile on the WordPress admin section and then scroll to the bottom of the page where you can delete your account. If you encounter errors or require assistance, please email info@radiofree.org for help.

To remove yourself from our email messages, please click the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email.

Where we send your data

We use Jetpack by Automattic to improve our analytics, deliver content faster, and improve site usability. They also manage our database and website backups.

Dreamhost hosts some of our content and manages secondary backups of our websites and databases.

We use Google Analytics to track our traffic statistics.

We deliver some content to the web using Google Ads to maximize our publishing reach. These ads may contain publicly listed data published to our platforms (like an article headline, content, author name, etc.) We do not share personal user data with Google.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Contact Information

Radio Free
#20888
1303 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, Arizona
85719

Additional Information

How we protect your data

We use managed servers with companies recommended by WordPress and we keep backups distributed on WordPress.com servers, and servers we own and fully operate.

What data breach procedures we have in place

We will alert all subscribing users via email when we confirm any data breach that might affect them.

Automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

We do not.

Content on this site is published in the same timeline and map format for all users (with only minor differences in the prioritization of content for language and a11y preferences). We don’t allow posts to be shown or hidden because of an algorithm. We believe that life is better for humans when computers are not making decisions for us, and for that reason alone, we do not practice this with your data and never will.