What personal data we collect and why we collect it
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. (Currently visitors can’t upload files at all.)
Contact forms, 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.
If you sign up to receive mailings, whatever privacy MailChimp has regarding user data is in force. At this writing (1/2019) it’s the site owner’s understanding that MailChimp does not pull a customer’s mailing list for its own use.
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.
Because I have 3rd-party ads appearing on the site (e.g., my Amazon book site), companies might check cookies related to their or other sites.
See WordPress.com’s JetPack (below) for details.
Who we share your data with
The data collected is not shared with anyone. I don’t resell or give away user information.
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.
If you sign up to receive emails, the great ghods of mail servers, cloud servers, and other entities might store emails sent to a user.
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. Comments are held for manual review before publication. (Most comments submitted, despite spam filters, have been found to be flavors of that canned meat.)
Your contact information
To our knowledge, we do not receive any information from other resources. Because we use WordPress.com’s Jetpack software, there may be some interactions between wordpress.com and that application. Here’s their blurb: Jetpack blurb.