Privacy and Cookie Policy

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the website, we collect the data shown on the comments form, as well as the visitor’s IP address and the browser user agent string to help detect spam.

An anonymous string created from your email address (also called a hash) can be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service’s privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After your comment is approved, your profile photo will be visible to the public in the context of your comment.

If you upload images to the site, avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Site visitors can download and extract any image location data on the site.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our website, you can choose to save your name, email address and website in cookies. They are for your convenience, so you don’t have to fill in your details again by leaving another comment. These cookies will last for a year.

If you have an account and log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine whether your browser accepts cookies. This cookie does not contain any personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we also set up multiple cookies to save your login information and your screen display options. Login cookies last two days and screen options cookies last one year. If you select “Remember me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you sign out of your account, login cookies will be removed.

Embedded content from other sites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (for example, videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other sites behaves in exactly the same way as if the visitor had visited the other site.

These sites may collect data about you, use cookies, incorporate 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 connected to that site.

How long do we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata will be retained indefinitely. This is so that we can automatically recognize and approve any follow-up comments, rather than keeping them in a moderation queue.

For users who register on our site (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can view, edit or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Site administrators can also view and edit this 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 delete all personal data that we have about you. This does not include any data that we are required to maintain for administrative, legal or security purposes.