MiddleWeb’s Privacy Policy

MiddleWeb Privacy Policy

Who we are

MiddleWeb is produced by MiddleWeb LLC, a North Carolina (USA) limited liability corporation, for the benefit of educators who work with children in the middle grades.

Our website address is: https://www.middleweb.com.

This is a WordPress site. As such, it is impacted by the WP/Automattic Privacy Notice.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site, we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help with spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here. After approval of your comment, your Gravatar profile picture, if you have one, is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, or provide images to us for uploading, you should avoid images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

Our only contact form is one used for visitors who wish to subscribe to our occasional website newsletter. This form collects first name, last name, email address, and preferred email format (html or text). This information is supplied to our mail service, MailChimp, which adds it to our subscriber list database. The MailChimp privacy policy is available here.


If you leave a comment on our site, you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have a MiddleWeb user account (authors and contributors only) and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


This website uses Google Analytics, which collects first-party cookies, data related to the device/browser, IP address and on-site/app activities to measure and report statistics about user interactions on the websites and/or apps that use Google Analytics. Google uses Google Analytics data to provide the Google Analytics measurement service to customers. Identifiers such as cookies and app instance IDs are used to measure user interactions with a customer’s sites and/or apps, while IP addresses are used to provide and protect the security of the service, and to give the customer a sense of where in the world their users come from.

On this website, Google and Google Analytics does not collect Personally Identifiable Information like email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, precise locations (such as GPS coordinates) or full names or usernames. This website also uses the plugin app Google Analytics Dashboard for WP (GADWP) to provide quick-reference charts of our Google Analytics data for the use of our site administrators exclusively (see the GADWP/ExactMetrics privacy policy).

Who we share your data with

As a WordPress site, we necessarily share information with its parent organization (see WP/Automattic Privacy Notice). Data collected when you make a comment (name, email, and optionally website address) is only shared among administrators of this site to help ascertain that comments are the legitimate expressions of the persons indicated by the data. Visitors who ask to subscribe to our website newsletter give their first and last name and email address. This data is shared, as indicated above in “Contact Forms,” with our subscription service MailChimp, which creates a mailing list for the newsletter. This data may also be shared with SmartBrief Inc., our partner in the MiddleWeb SmartBrief, for the sole purpose of offering our website subscribers the option of receiving the free, thrice-weekly edition of MiddleWeb SmartBrief, a news brief for middle grades educators. (See the SmartBrief Inc. privacy policy here.)

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (limited to authors and contributors), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. Subscription data is sent to MailChimp and SmartBrief, as described above. Non-personalized, non-tracked traffic data is sent to our advertising platform Broadstreet (see the Broadstreet privacy policy).

How we protect your data

We follow generally accepted standards to protect your data, as does our internet service provider WPEngine (see WPEngine’s privacy policy). Part of our security is to not going into a lot of detail here about our security.

Our contact information

Direct all privacy related questions or concerns to:

John C. Norton
MiddleWeb LLC