Privacy Policy

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. We have no control over this this. That just how the Gavitar system works.

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website might be able to download and extract location data from images.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and our website in cookies. This is strictly for your convenience, so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you come back to our site.

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. We don’t actually know how long the cookies last and we don’t really care. They are a necessary technology to improve your experience with or website. We don’t use them for anything else.

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.

All of our cookies expire at some point in time, bu we have no idea when. However, if you’re concerned about cookies, you can always purge all cookies off your computer using your browser tools. Most people don’t bother anymore because it would make using the Internet a miserable experience. Just know that “our” cookies are all auto-generated for interacting with our site only. We don’t track you when you leave or care about ANYTHING except making your experience while on our site as smooth as possible.

The cookies used by our website are all generated by the software we’ve adopted to run our website. This software is mainstream prefessional software modules from professional companies. We don’t even write a single line of code on this website. It’s all snapped together from major software providers like WordPress who creates your logon cookie). 

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may have garbage stuck to them from other websites. Garbarge includes embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc. – like when there is a link to YouTube, they love to stuff advertizing into everything tey can). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website. We can’t control that.

Those other websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website. Just about everybody these days tries tacking what you do and where you go so they can sell you stuff, or even have more malicious reasons. We try to prevent anything being uploaded that could affect you, but the Internet scammers have gotten extremely sneaky and they are far better at stealing your data than we are at stopping them. We do what we can to try to stop them by loading modules we can purchase that integrate with our technology to that monitor spyware and stuff like that, but we are dependent on these sophisticated modules to do all that type of work for us. We purchase and adopt whatever we can to stop this type of activity. It’s the best we can do.

Also, we don’t do ANY of that type of thing

Once you leave our site, we drop any trace of you. We don’t actually care where you go next, or the name of your Grandmother’s cat. Your privacy is yours. Period. The only thing we care about is your user experience while using “our” site. 

Who we share your data with – Nobody! Simple.

How long do 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, 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 (but not your password. Administrators can destroy your password, but we do not have access to your password. It’s encrypted and stored in the software somewhere. We don’t care about it, so we don’t even know where it’s stored. That’s all part of WordPress.

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. We are dependent on WordPress tools and Technology, so we only have the abilities that WordPress provides us.

Where we send your data.

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

If you have any further questions, just ask us.