Privacy & Cookies

On this site I collect some data that is required to make the website work.

I only collect data for statistics, to keep the website safe and what is required to make the WordPress platform work. I don’t use your data for any creepy purposes.

Comment form

I use the default WordPress comment form to enable discussion and connect with people who visit the site. The form collects name, e-mail address, site url (if you leave one), content you write, Gravatar photo (if you uploaded one to gravatar.com) and ip address. Only your name, url, comment and picture (if you’ve chosen to use Gravatar) will be visible on the site.

Your name, e-mail, comment and ip address will be saved in the database which is stored on a server in Dublin, Ireland, through a reliable web hosting company. An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible on the site next to your comment. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/.

If you wish to receive e-mails when there is a reply to a comment you have left on the site, the e-mail address you have provided in the comment form will be used for this. To opt in, you can click the check box “subscribe to comments” near the comment form Visitor comments will be checked through an automated spam detection service to protect the site against spam. If you do not consent to having your information processed by WordPress that hosts this website, please don’t use the comment form. If you would change your mind and wish to be deleted from the database, let me know by sending an e-mail.

Cookies

Cookies are small text files that are used to store small pieces of information. The cookies are stored on your device when the website is loaded on your browser. These cookies help us make the website function properly, make the website more secure, and helps understand how visitors use the site which helps me improve the site and its content.

As most of the online services, this website uses cookies first-party and third-party cookies for a number of purposes. The first-party cookies are mostly necessary for the website to function the right way, and they do not collect any of your personally identifiable data.

The third-party cookies used here are used mainly for understanding how the website performs, how you interact with our website, and keeping the site secure.

When you visit the site, you’re asked to consent to the use of cookies, and you can choose to opt out from statistics cookies if you wish to. If you change your mind later, you can go to the white tab at the bottom right corner of the page, click “Cookie settings” and change your settings.

Statistics

This site uses a service called Statcounter for statistics about visitors, and will collect anonymised information about you:

  • your location
  • what device, OS and web browser you use to visit the website
  • where you came from to visit the website (if you clicked a link on another website, social media for example)
  • what links on this website you click on
  • how long you stay on this website
  • if you are a new or returning visitor

…and similar things regarding your visits and behaviour on this website. This information makes me see overall statistics about website visitors which helps me improve the website and its content.

Comment form

If you leave a comment on our site you can 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.

Disabling cookies

Click here to learn how to disable cookies in your web browser.

How long your data is kept

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise 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 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. If you have any questions, please contact me.