Privacy Policy

What personal data is collected and why it is collected

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.

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.

Cookies

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 tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

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.

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.

Additional information

INFORMATION COLLECTED ABOUT YOU
Personal contact information (name, email, phone number, etc.) is only collected from you when you knowingly provide it by registering or submitting a form on our website. Visitor information (location, device, browser) and “click stream” data (website usage information) is collected automatically via cookies and analytics technology as you navigate our website and perform search queries.

HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION
If you are logged in as a registered user, your usage information will be associated with your user account so that we can remember your preferences and provide a better experience. When you are not logged in as a registered user, your session information will not be personally identifiable. Anonymous usage information is viewed in aggregate to identify patterns and statistics that we can learn from to provide better services. Your information is never sold, traded, or bartered with any third party companies. The information collected is only available to staff.

DATA SECURITY
To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, the data center is equipped with appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. We periodically review and update these security measures. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be one hundred percent (100%) secure. As a result, although we strive to protect a visitor’s personal information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information transmitted to us or from our online products or services, and the visitor does so at his/her own risk.

CHILDREN’S PRIVACY
This website is not intended for children under 13 years of age, and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. Children under 13 years old should not use this website or services.

YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THIS POLICY
By using this website, you agree to this privacy policy. If you do not agree with our policies and practices, refrain from using our website. The privacy policy may change at any time, and your continued use of our website after changes are made to the policy indicates your acceptance of the revised policy.