A Comment On Comments

We are currently using Disqus to provide comments on our site. In the spirit of openness, here’s what Disqus has to say about the comment systems data collection systems:

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Data Recipients

We share referring URLs with Captify to help them understand your interests. Here are links to their privacy policy and to opt-out of personalized marketing through Captify.

In addition to our API and web products, we share publicly-available comments and votes with DataSift and Socialgist to help companies more efficiently identify trends and public opinions. We also let them know when you update or delete a comment or vote. DataSift has published their take on privacy here.

We work with LiveRampNarrative I/O, and Signal to help marketers connect browsers with data from other sources. LiveRampprovides a privacy policy and opt-out optionsNarrative I/O talks about privacy here, and Signal offers a privacy policy and opt-out.

We share your web browsing activity with Viglink to allow advertisers to personalize ads based on the types of products and services in which you seem to be interested. You may read Viglink’s privacy policy and opt-out.

We share your web browsing activity with Disqus’ parent company, Zeta Global, to enable personalized marketing based on your perceived interests. Please see Zeta’s privacy policy.

Cookies

Disqus uses “authentication” cookies, e.g., `sessionid`, `disqusauth`, and `disqusauths`, to keep you logged in from your web browser and personalize your Disqus experience.

Disqus uses “unique” cookies, e.g., `disqus_unique` and `_jid`, to associate web-based activities with a page load and with a web browser, including activites that violate our Terms of Service, and understand your interests and product usage.

When Disqus loads ads, we use ad serving technologies from GooglePolymorph, and ServerBid that may set cookies for the purposes of personalized marketing, associating ads with later activities, and limiting how often you are shown specific ads.”

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