Path to Papers is anonymous and free to use. It's run by Swarm in collaboration with independent charities and pro-bono lawyers. We provide it as a public service. The only personal data we collect is your IP address which we only use to gather a general picture of our users so we can improve this service.
We are committed to protecting the privacy needs of children and we don’t intentionally collect information from children.
Types of Information we collect
Non-personal information is data about usage and service operation that is not directly associated with a specific personal identity. Path to Papers may collect and analyse non-personal information to evaluate how visitors use the Path to Papers’ web site.
Path to Papers may gather aggregate information, which refers to information your computer automatically provides to us and that cannot be tied back to you as a specific individual. Examples include referral data (the web sites you visited just before and just after our site), the pages viewed, time spent at our website, and Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. As an IP address can also be interpreted as personal information we include more guidance about it under the Personal Information section below.
Personal information is information that is associated with your name or personal identity. The only personal information this site collects is your IP address. This is used in aggregate (see above). However because this IP address could be used as personal information we have included more information on its use here too.
An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you access the Internet. For example, when you request a page from one of our sites, our servers log your IP address to create aggregate reports on user demographics and traffic patterns and for purposes of system administration. If you are uncomfortable with your IP address being tracked you may choose to use another computer – e.g. an internet cafe and / or a friends computer.
Every time you request or download a file from the web site, Path to Papers may store data about these events and your IP address in a log file. Path to Papers may use this information to analyse trends, administer the website, track users’ movements, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use or for other business purposes.
Our site may use a feature of your browser to set a “cookie” on your computer. Cookies are small packets of information that a web site’s computer stores on your computer. Path to Papers’ web sites can then read the cookies whenever you visit our site. We don’t currently use these cookies for any purpose. But the general idea behind cookies is to allow site controllers to use the information they collect to customise your experience so that your visit to a site is as relevant and as valuable to you as possible.
Most browser software can be set up to deal with cookies. You may modify your browser preference to provide you with choices relating to cookies. You have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set or to reject all cookies. If you choose to reject cookies this shouldn’t effect your experience of using Path to Papers. Most browsers offer instructions on how to reset the browser to reject cookies in the “Help” section of the toolbar. We do not link non-personal information from cookies to personally identifiable information without your permission.
Path to Papers doesn’t use web beacons.
How We Use Your Information
The Path to Papers may use non-personal data that is aggregated for reporting about the Path to Papers’s web site usability, performance, and effectiveness. It may be used to improve the experience, usability, and content of the site. We do not collect any personal information.
We only collect non-personal information and we do not intend on sharing this information unless Path to Papers merges in the future (e.g. become a social enterprise, merge with an independent charity etc). At this point we may make any transfer in order to enable a third party to continue part or all of its mission.