Write.as

Write.as is an open-source online blog publishing platform.

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Transparency

Does the policy require users to be notified in case of a data breach? N/A (the service collects so little personal data that notification would not be possible)

7/7

Decided May 18, 2020 (revision history). This question accounts for 8% of the final score.

Note that all companies operating in the EU are subject to Art. 33 of the GDPR, which requires companies to notify their data protection authority of a data breach within 72 hours of discovering it.

Possible Options

No0/7
Yes, eventually5/7
Yes, within 72 hours7/7
N/A (the service collects so little personal data that notification would not be possible)7/7

Note

The service does not collect contact information. If a user does opt to provide an email address, it is unclear if they will get breach notifications.

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Will affected users be notified when the policy is meaningfully changed? Yes

5/5

Decided May 18, 2020 (revision history). This question accounts for 6% of the final score.

Possible Options

No0/5
Yes5/5
N/A (no personal data—or contact information—collected)5/5

Citation

We'll announce any major changes to this policy on our Twitter account. You should also see a prominent notification on the site the next time we update this.

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Is the policy's history made available? Only the date it was last modified

3/5

Decided May 18, 2020 (revision history). This question accounts for 6% of the final score.

Possible Options

No0/5
Only the date it was last modified3/5
Yes, with revisions or a change-log5/5

Citation

Last updated December 15, 2017

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Does the policy outline the service's general security practices? N/A (no personal data collected)

3/3

Decided May 18, 2020 (revision history). This question accounts for 4% of the final score.

Possible Options

No0/3
Somewhat1/3
Yes2/3
Yes, including audits2.5/3
N/A (no personal data collected)3/3
Yes, including independent audits3/3

Note

A user can opt to signup without an email address.

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Collection

Does the service collect personal data from third parties? No

10/10

Decided May 18, 2020 (revision history). This question accounts for 12% of the final score.

This includes the use of data brokers and independent verification authorities (such as background check providers).

Possible Options

Yes0/10
Only for critical data7/10
No10/10

Note

This service doesn't request any data from third parties.

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Is it clear why the service collects the personal data that it does? Yes

10/10

Decided May 18, 2020 (revision history). This question accounts for 12% of the final score.

This question deals with transparency. Even if the service uses data for reasons that aren't ideal for privacy, provided they list all of those uses, the service can still receive full credit for this question. However, if they are not explicit about their uses (by employing language like "such as"), a lower score is assigned.

Possible Options

No0/10
Somewhat4/10
Mostly7/10
Yes10/10
No personal data is collected10/10

Citation

Account Data We ask you to provide a password and/or email address when you create an account with us, so that you can log into your account again in the future. We store this information for as long as your account is active. We only use your email address to send you a link to log in with whenever you request it.

As a paying user, we also store small pieces of your payment information so you can see how you're paying for Write.as. This includes the last 4 digits of your credit card number and its expiration date. We never see, nor store, your name, credit card number, or related information (it's only handled by Stripe, our payment processor).

We protect your personally identifying information with encryption. We salt and hash your passwords (that is, encrypt them without a way to decrypt them) and encrypt any identifying information in our database, like your email address.

Log Files We store log files, or data about what happens on our servers. This helps us prevent abuse and ensure no one is accessing our servers that shouldn't be.

Our web servers temporarily store information about what IP address connected when. This data is accessed exclusively by our system administrators and developers as needed, and is permanently deleted after seven (7) days.

If you email or otherwise contact us, our customer support team may retain information you'd find in an email, like first and last name, email address, and any online handles. This data is accessed exclusively by customer support and developers as needed, and helps us provide support, fix things, and generally talk directly to you. In the rare case we need to know your Write.as username, we delete its association with your identifying information as soon as we're done talking.

Visitor Statistics We use an open-source application, called Matomo (formerly Piwik), to analyze visitor statistics. Using Matomo ensures that this data never leaves our servers, and big analytics companies like Google never see your data. It enables us to improve our product while still protecting your identity and data.

Our business team and developers use Matomo to see where visitors come from, how they navigate around the site, and where they potentially get stuck. We often make small improvements to the site simply from seeing this high-level, anonymous data.

Matomo uses cookies, or small text files saved on your computer, but it also respects your browser's Do Not Track (DNT) setting.

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Does the service allow the user to control whether personal data is used or collected for non-critical purposes? N/A (no data used for non-critical purposes)

5/5

Decided May 18, 2020 (revision history). This question accounts for 6% of the final score.

Some services allow users to opt-out or opt-in to of non-critical collection or use of personal data, such as collecting data for personalized advertisements.

Possible Options

No0/5
On an opt-out basis, but only for some non-critical data/uses1.5/5
On an opt-out basis, for all non-critical data/uses3/5
N/A (no data used for non-critical purposes)5/5
On an opt-in basis5/5

Citation

Matomo uses cookies, or small text files saved on your computer, but it also respects your browser's Do Not Track (DNT) setting.

Note

Matomo does not collect PII, meaning no data is used for non-critical purposes. This data is also used purely for improving Write.as

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Handling

Does the policy allow personally-targeted or behavioral marketing? No

10/10

Decided May 18, 2020 (revision history). This question accounts for 12% of the final score.

Possible Options

Yes0/10
Yes, but you can opt-out3.5/10
Yes, but you must opt-in7/10
No10/10

Citation

We will never share your data for advertising, marketing, or world domination purposes. We will never change our stance on this.

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Does the service allow third-party access to private personal data? No

10/10

Decided May 18, 2020 (revision history). This question accounts for 12% of the final score.

This may come in the form of outright data sharing or by using local third-party analytics software (such as Google Analytics, which collects a plethora of user information).

Note that whether the policy allows sharing aggregated user data does not affect this question.

If the personal data is encrypted when it passes through the third-party, it does not count as third-party access (as the data is inaccessible to that party).

If personal data has been made public by, for example, posting it to a blog, it does not count as private personal information (and is therefore not considered by this question).

Possible Options

Yes, not all parties specified0/10
Yes, all parties specified (including non-critical service providers such as advertisers)3/10
Yes, not all parties specified (but only to critical service providers)7/10
Yes, all parties specified (only to critical service providers)8/10
No10/10

Citation

We will never share your data for advertising, marketing, or world domination purposes. We will never change our stance on this.

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When does the policy allow law enforcement access to personal data? Only when required by a court order or subpoena

4/5

Decided May 18, 2020 (revision history). This question accounts for 6% of the final score.

Possible Options

Always0/5
Not specified0/5
When reasonably requested3/5
Only when required by a court order or subpoena4/5
N/A (no personal data to share)5/5
Never (special legal jurisdiction)5/5

Citation

Access to our servers requires a valid search warrant signed by a judge. We will comply with lawful orders for the small amount of personal data we have on our users, but we (and our lawyers) will critically review every request we get, and promise to reject requests with insufficient legal backing.

We publish a quarterly warrant canary to notify users of any secret warrants we receive.

Note

You can view their warrant canary at https://write.as/canary.txt

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Does the service allow you to permanently delete your personal data? Yes, by contacting someone

3/5

Decided May 18, 2020 (revision history). This question accounts for 6% of the final score.

Even if there is a reasonable delay before the data is fully deleted (as is common), the data still counts as "permanently deleted" and satisfies the parameters for this question.

Possible Options

No0/5
Yes, by contacting someone3/5
Yes, using an automated mechanism5/5
N/A (no personal information collected)5/5

Note

On "guides.write.as," it informs the user to email them at "[email protected]" or the other methods at https://write.as/contact

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Warnings

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9.3/10

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