Privacy Policy and Cookies

Your privacy is very important to us. Science Word Geek follows a few fundamental principles:

  • We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it.
  • We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.
  • We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of our site.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, Science Word Geek collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Specifically, Science Word Geek uses Google Analytics to obtain statistical information; for more information, see How Google uses data when you use our partner’s sites or apps. The purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how visitors use the website.

Science Word Geek also collects potentially personally-identifying information such as Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for users leaving comments. Science Word Geek discloses commenter IP addresses only as described below for personally-identifying information, except that commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrator of the site.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to Science Word Geek choose to interact with Science Word Geek in ways that require Science Word Geek to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Science Word Geek gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who comment on the blog to provide a username and email address. If you wish to receive updates via email, we collect your email adddress. In each case, Science Word Geek collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Science Word Geek. Science Word Geek does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. You can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent you from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

Science Word Geek may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors. For instance, Science Word Geek may use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. Science Word Geek may publish this information or provide it to others. However, Science Word Geek does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

Science Word Geek discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors, and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on behalf of Science Word Geek or to provide services available at Science Word Geek, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors, and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Science Word Geek, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Science Word Geek will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors, and affiliated organizations, as described above, Science Word Geek discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order, or other governmental request, or when Science Word Geek believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Science Word Geek, third parties, or the public at large. Science Word Geek takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration, or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Science Word Geek uses cookies to help Science Word Geek identify and track visitors, their usage of Science Word Geek, and their website access preferences. Science Word Geek visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Science Word Geek, with the drawback that certain features of Science Word Geek may not function properly without the aid of cookies.


Ads appearing on Science Word Geek may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Science Word Geek and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.


Science Word Geek is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.


Comments and other content submitted to Akismet anti-spam service are not saved on our servers unless they were marked as false positives, in which case we store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Science Word Geek may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and at its sole discretion. Science Word Geek encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of that change.