A few news items and site updates for mid-September 2021.
This website is published from Canada and is only intended for use by Canadian residents.
What data do we collect?
When you access WCIW, our third-party service providers, including Google Analytics, collect non-personally-identifying information that is typically made available by web browsers and servers, such as external IP addresses, the browser used, any referring site, and the dates and times of each visit. This information may be obtained in part using browser cookies, as described below. We strongly encourage you to review this page that describes how Google Analytics uses information from partner sites such as WCIW.
In order to register (i.e. sign up for emails or a paid membership), we require your email address. You can unsubscribe from these emails at any time using the "Unsubscribe" link provided at the bottom of the emails, or by clicking here and turning off the "Email newsletter" toggle. We will not use your email address for any other purpose unless specifically requested.
While our membership management portal allows you to enter your name, you are under no obligation to do so. However, if you choose to become a paid member, the name from your payment information may be associated with your account.
Member authentication is handled by sending an email to your previously-registered address when you sign in, which includes a "magic link" which sets the session in your browser (see "What types of cookies do we use, and for what purposes?", below). As such, we do not collect or store any member passwords.
If you choose to make a financial contribution to WCIW, either through our optional paid membership, or on a one-time basis through our page on Buy Me a Coffee (BMAC), we can access some of the information collected by Stripe (our main payment processor), Buy Me a Coffee, and/or PayPal (for certain BMAC transactions). This information may include personally-identifiable information including your name and/or email address, your postal code, and partially-redacted payment information (such as the last four digits of a payment card number). Buy Me a Coffee, PayPal, and Stripe all have separate privacy policies that we encourage you to review before using their services in relation to WCIW.
What do we use your information for?
We, and our service providers, collect and use this information in order to:
- understand how our services are used, such as which pages are most popular, when it's being accessed, and how users are being referred to WCIW;
- process payments (including recurring payments for paid memberships) when you choose to subscribe to or support WCIW; and
- manage free and paid memberships, including member authentication, and by sending email newsletters to you, if you choose to subscribe to them.
How do we store and protect your information?
We use a variety of security measures and best practices, including multi-factor authentication on all service provider accounts on which it is supported, to ensure that any personal information that you provide, directly or indirectly, remains safe and is only accessible by the Publisher (or, in limited circumstances, by our service providers).
We review all of our service providers on a regular basis to ensure they are also maintaining a high level of security, and are keeping confidential any information that our users have not explicitly chosen to share publicly (e.g., supporter names on our Buy Me a Coffee page).
Do we share any of your information with outside parties?
We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer your personal information to any outside parties, except to the extent that such information is handled by our service providers as discussed above, or as may be required to conduct our business (i.e., accounting or legal purposes).
We may also release information if we reasonably believe such release is necessary in order to comply with the law, or to protect our (or others') rights, property or safety.
Finally, in the event that the WCIW service is transferred by the Publisher to a different entity, ownership of (or access to) that information will also be transferred to the new owner. (We mainly intend this to cover situations like future incorporation, but in theory it could also cover other transactions.)
Yes. HTTP cookies are small text files placed on your computer to collect standard Internet log information and visitor behaviour information. When you visit WCIW, we, and our service providers, may collect information from you automatically through cookies.
What types of cookies do we use, and for what purposes?
Functional: Like many websites, WCIW uses Google Analytics to help measure our traffic. Google Analytics sets cookies (
If you choose to sign up for and use a membership (either paid or free), our content platform provider Ghost will set two cookies:
ghost-members-ssr.sig, which are required to authenticate you.
Our payment provider for paid subscriptions, Stripe, also sets two cookies related to fraud prevention,
__stripe_mid. These cookies are set whether or not you perform a transaction.
All of these are, from WCIW's perspective, "functional" cookies. Blocking them will not prevent you from accessing the website as a whole, but doing so will likely prevent you from signing up for paid subscriptions and accessing related exclusive content.
Strictly necessary: Cloudflare (one of the intermediate hosting providers used by WCIW's main hosting provider, Ghost) sets what it considers "strictly necessary" cookies (
_cfduid) for traffic management and protection purposes. Blocking these cookies may make it more difficult for you to access WCIW. You can find out more about these cookies here.
How do I manage cookies?
If you do not want to accept cookies, you can set your browser to block them (instructions for: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari), however as discussed above these may have an impact on your ability to access WCIW.
How do I contact you?
- May 26, 2021 – Noted additional cookies that are now being set in relation to paid membership support, plus a few other details which we did not catch in our previous revision.
- May 25, 2021 – Updated to reflect the introduction of paid memberships.
- January 24, 2021 – Updated to reflect account support (i.e., emails). Some minor copyedits (e.g. a few instances where "Proprietor" was used instead of the intended "Publisher")
- November 25, 2020 – initial version posted.