What Data We Collect
Personal data is collected and used for a variety of reasons. Visitors leave comments on the site, and their IP addresses and browser user agent strings are recorded to detect spam. Your email address is scrambled into an anonymised hash and provided to Gravatar to see if you are using it.
After you have approved your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in connection with your comment. If you post pictures to the site, you should not include any that contain location data (EXIF GPS). Visitors to the website can download and extract location data from images.
Cookies are saved on our site that save your name, email address, and website if you choose to save them. These cookies allow you to skip the sign-up process on future comments. They last for one year and save your information. When you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal information and is deleted when you close your browser. When you log in, we will set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display preferences. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year if you choose “Remember Me”. If you are logged out of your account, the login cookies will be removed. If you edit or publish a post, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie does not contain any personal information and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after one day.
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Who we share your data with
We share your data with the following companies:
Google Analytics at https://privacy.google.com/businesses/compliance/
How We Retain Data
Comments and their metadata are retained permanently if you leave one. This allows us to approve follow-up comments automatically rather than holding them in a moderation queue. Personal information associated with user profiles is also stored when users register on our website (if any). All users can view, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except for their usernames). Website administrators may also view and amend that information.
What Rights You Have over Your Data
You may request an exported file of the personal data we maintain about you, including any personal information you have provided us with. You may also request that we remove your personal information. We will not delete any information we are required to maintain for administrative, legal, or security purposes. This includes any data we hold as a result of your having left comments on our site or having an account. If you have any queries or wish to modify your information, please send us a message via the contact page on our website.
How we protect your data
We keep track of your IP address and the dates and times of your visits using Google Analytics. In the unlikely event of a data breach, we would inform our regulator within 48 hours. What third parties provide us with information is described here. We send data to Google Analytics so that we can see what pages and posts are most popular. This information is sent to Google Analytics so that we can see how we can serve our visitors better.