What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

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 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: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

This site uses WP-Spamshield (instead of the default WordPress spam plugin, Akismet).  WP-Spamshield is fully GDPR-Compliant; see their description of cookie use and how the plugin works here.

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading 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

This site uses Jetpack contact forms.  To find out more about Jetpack cookies, as well as how to remove or block these, see here.

Cookies

This site uses cookies.  To find out more about Jetpack cookies, as well as how to remove or block these, see here.

This is a WordPress site.  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 an account 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.

Analytics

Privacy policy for Google Analytics is here; Opt-out.

This site also uses Statcounter and Jetpack to collect statistics.

To find out more about Jetpack cookies, as well as how to remove or block these, see here.

How Statcounter uses cookies:

Statcounter is an online service which helps us to understand our visitors; for example, how visitors find our website, how long they spend on our site, which web pages they are most interested in etc. We use Statcounter because better understanding how visitors are interacting with our website helps us to improve the content, design and functionality of our site. This allows us to offer a better online experience to our visitors.

Statcounter uses cookies and other technologies to collect data on visitors and visitor activity on our website. This data includes:

  • Time and date of visit (this can help us to identify and plan for busy periods on our website)
  • IP address (this is a numerical label assigned to a device by an Internet Service Provider to enable the device to access the internet)
  • Browser and Operating System (this can help us to make sure that our website functions correctly in the browsers/operating systems used to access our site)
  • Device Information e.g. device type and screen size (this can help us to make sure that our website functions correctly in the devices used to access our site)
  • Referring Data e.g. a search engine link (this can help us to understand which search engines are helping visitors to find our website)

Furthermore, when you visit our website a Statcounter cookie (called “is_unique”) may be placed in your browser. This cookie is used only to determine whether you are a first-time or returning visitor and to estimate unique visits to the site.

You can learn more about cookies from StatCounter and set your browser to refuse same by clicking here.

For further details, please see the Statcounter privacy policy.

Statcounter also explains here how a strict treatment of an IP address as always “personal data” would lead to the breakdown of the Internet and security against hackers/spammers/trolls/stalkers.

Site Security

This site uses Wordfence for site security.  A description of its usage of cookies is here.

Who we share your data with

I’m just a blogger and don’t share your data.  Exception: if you are a stalker/post threats/that kind of thing, I may share it with the police.

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 (if any), 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.

Analytics data collected is stored indefinitely but only used for personal purposes: analyze site usage, site administration, keep an eye on trolls, block spammers, that sort of thing.  It is not shared with anyone (exception noted above).  I also do not use it for marketing purposes.  Beyond information such as pages visited, IP address, type of computer etc., I don’t know anything except what you provide in a contact or comment form.  Data collected does NOT identify personal information such as name, address, phone number, etc.

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, and does not apply to analytics information, which is collected in bulk.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Plugin: Smush

Note: Smush does not interact with end users on this website. The only input option Smush has is to a newsletter subscription for site admins only.

Smush sends images to the WPMU DEV servers to optimize them for web use. This includes the transfer of EXIF data. The EXIF data will either be stripped or returned as it is. It is not stored on the WPMU DEV servers.

Smush uses the Stackpath Content Delivery Network (CDN). Stackpath may store web log information of site visitors, including IPs, UA, referrer, Location and ISP info of site visitors for 7 days. Files and images served by the CDN may be stored and served from countries other than your own. Stackpath’s privacy policy can be found here.

Smush uses a third-party email service (Drip) to send informational emails to the site administrator. The administrator’s email address is sent to Drip and a cookie is set by the service. Only administrator information is collected by Drip.

 

Plugin: Print, PDF, Email by PrintFriendly

Please note that PrintFriendly is working on GDPR compliance for the free version, so use at your own discretion.  However, please note that the plugin works well–I’ve been using it for a while to make PDF copies of my posts–and that they do not store, save, sell, or share your information.  Usage of ads is only to pay for the free version, and not to track you.  Read more here.

 

 

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