What personal information do we collect?
When you visit our Site, we may collect certain personal information that can be used to identify you, such as your name, email address, and IP address. We may also collect non-personal information, such as your browser type, operating system, and the date and time of your visit
How do we use your personal information?
We may use your personal information to:
- Respond to your inquiries and requests;
- Send you newsletters, marketing emails, and other information that may be of interest to you;
- Improve our Site and services;
- Analyze user behavior and preferences to personalize your experience on our Site;
- Prevent fraud, illegal activities, or other misuse of our Site.
We may also share your personal information with third-party service providers who perform services on our behalf, such as hosting and email service providers. These service providers are obligated to protect your personal information and may not use it for any other purpose.
How do we protect your personal information?
However, no method of transmission over the Internet or method of electronic storage is completely secure. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
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 visit our login page, 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.
Who do we share your data with
If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.
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 do 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.
What are your choices regarding your personal information?
You may choose not to provide us with your personal information, or you may choose to disable cookies in your browser settings. However, if you choose to do so, you may not be able to use certain features of our Site.
You may also opt-out of receiving marketing emails from us by following the instructions in the email or by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. However, we may still send you transactional emails related to your use of our Site.
Where your data is sent
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
Notice to California Residents – Privacy Rights
A. Consumer Privacy. The California Consumer Privacy Act, Cal. Civ. Code §1798.100 et. seq. (“CCPA”), grants residents of California certain rights with respect to their Personal Information and requires us to provide such individuals with certain information, described in this Section X(A).
(2) California residents also have the right to opt out of the “sale” of their Personal Information. We put “sale” in quotation marks because the CCPA considers some transfers of Personal Information to third parties in exchange for value as “sales,” even if no money changes hands, such as when online identifiers, device IDs, and other information is shared with Third-Party Businesses to further their own commercial purposes such as generating profiles about individuals.
California residents can exercise this right here: Do Not Sell My Personal Information. If we have actual knowledge that a California resident is younger than 16, we will request opt-in consent before selling their Personal Information. Note that we can still share Personal Information with third parties if those transfers aren’t “sales,” such as with our Service Providers.
(3) Depending on the circumstances and which Service you use, we have disclosed the following categories of your Personal Information for a “business purpose” (as defined in the CCPA) in the preceding twelve (12) months:
- Protected characteristics
- Commercial information
- Geolocation data
- Internet or other electronic network activity information
- Financial, medical, or health insurance information
- Audio, electronic, visual, thermal, olfactory, or similar information
- Professional information
- Education information
- Inferences are drawn from any of the above information categories.
(4) Depending on the circumstances and which Service you use, we have “sold” (as defined in the CCPA) the following categories of your Personal Information in the preceding twelve (12) months:
- Protected characteristics
- Commercial information
- Geolocation data
- Internet or other electronic network activity information Inferences drawn from any of the above information categories, along with the following categories: (i) financial, medical, or health insurance information; (ii) audio, electronic, visual, thermal, olfactory, or similar information; (iii) professional information, and (iv) education information.
B. Shine the Light. California’s “Shine the Light” law, Civil Code Section 1798.83, gives California customers the right to prevent the disclosure of their Personal Information to third parties for those third parties’ direct marketing purposes and requires certain businesses to respond to requests from California customers asking about the business’s practices related to disclosing Personal Information to third parties for the third parties direct marketing purposes. Alternately, such businesses may have in place a policy not to disclose the Personal Information of customers to third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes if the customer has exercised an option to opt out of such information-sharing.