Who we are
What personal data we collect and why we collect it
When you interact with my website, I collect only the information you provide by way of forms. To write a post comment, you must provide your name and email and whether or not you’d like my site to remember you. When you ask my site to remember you, this information is retained in a cookie – a small piece of data stored on your computer which my site will request the next time you visit. You’ll also provide the comment to post and optionally provide a website. Beyond the information you provide directly, I’ll also have inferred data about your visit – including your IP address, the time you visited the page, what type of browser you were using, and sometimes what type of device you were using. I don’t use your IP address for anything – this is just automatically used by WordPress to help identify your customizable settings in the future. I do use your browsing platform and device to optimize the website, though. This information, however, is detached from personally identifiable information.
When you fill out the contact form, I ask for your name, email, and the reason for your contact. I use this information and the inferred information the same way, but I may respond to your contact request via the email you provide.
I use Google Analytics and Yoast to help track my site’s growth, page views, visitors, demographic data, and marketing success. When you visit my site, Google Analytics uses your browsing habits to prepare a report for me which tells me how long you were on my site, what pages you visited, where you came from, what links you followed, and other specifics. This is so that I know what I’m doing that is working and what’s not. Your browsing habits are not personally identifiable. Yoast works in a similar manner, but tracks your clicks from Facebook. Basically, this tells me that somebody, not who, followed a link from Facebook. Using this tool, I am able to gauge how well (or how poorly) my Facebook (or other social media platform tool) campaigns are doing.
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.
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.
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.
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 legal purposes.
Where we send your data
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
How we protect your data
What data breach procedures we have in place
In the event of a data breach, I will let you know that it happened. I will immediately change all passwords to my server, website, email, and wherever else your data may be. I will immediately report the breach to appropriate parties (like my hosting company). I will inform you of any further actions being taken.
What third parties we receive data from
I receive data from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, YouTube, WordPress, and Gravatar. Most of this is for analytical use, but some of it is to make your site experience a little better. For example, Gravatar gives you the same profile image across most WordPress sites, and WordPress will make your reading preferences as similar as possible across most WordPress sites.