Here are the basics:
- The site collects a small amount of data.
- Most of this data is related to comments you make.
- I can edit or delete comments you’ve made. So, if you regret writing something, just talk to me and I can get rid of it.
I’m a big believer in respecting my family’s privacy. And I want to extend the same respect to you.
When you comment, the site collects:
- The data you put in the comments form
- Your IP address
- A browser user agent string
This helps stop spam.
After your comment gets approved, your profile picture will show up next to it.
If you don’t want people to see your IP address, try getting a VPN.
If you leave a comment, then you can opt-in to saving your name, email address, and website in a cookie. This makes it so you don’t have to fill that in later if you comment again. These cookies will last for one year.
If you visit the login page, the site sets a temporary cookie to find out if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie has no personal data. The site discards it when you close your browser.
When you log in, the site sets up a few 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”, then your login will last for two weeks. If you log out of your account, then the login cookies will be removed.
You can always clear cookies on your browser to delete them.
Embeds from Other Sites
I may embed content (like YouTube videos) in articles. Embedded content from other websites behaves the same way as if you had visited the other website.
I always try to share good content with you. But I don’t control the other websites.
For example, if you watch a YouTube video I embedded, then YouTube might add it to the list of videos you watched.
If you ask for a password reset, the reset email will include your IP address.
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
Keeping Your Data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are kept indefinitely. This is so the site can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically. This way, your next comments skip the moderation queue.
If you register on the site, then the site will store the info you put in your user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time. (But you can’t change your username.) Site admins can also see and edit that information.
Your Data and Your Rights
If you want me to delete or edit a comment you wrote, just ask me.
If you have an account on this site or have left comments, you can ask for an exported file of the personal data the site has about you. This includes any data you have provided to us.
You can also ask me to erase any personal data of yours. (There is a WordPress tool I can use.) This does not include any data I’m obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.*
*I don’t know what that means. It’s just part of the default policy.