Effective Date: 20/09/2023
When you leave comments on our website, we collect certain data to enhance your experience and maintain the security of our platform:
- Information Collected: We collect data provided in the comments form, which may include your name, email address, and website URL. We also automatically collect your IP address and browser user agent string for spam detection purposes.
- Gravatar Service: An anonymized string created from your email address (hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to check if you have a Gravatar profile. For more information, please refer to the Gravatar Service Policy.
- Profile Picture Visibility: Upon approval of your comment, your profile picture (if available) will be publicly visible in the context of your comment.
If you upload images to our website, please be mindful of the following:
- Location Data: Ensure that you do not upload images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS). Visitors can download and extract location data from images on our website.
- Comment Cookies: If you leave a comment, you may opt-in to save your name, email address, and website in cookies. These cookies are for your convenience and will last for one year.
- Login Cookies: When you visit our login page, a temporary cookie is set to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie does not contain personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
- Login Information and Screen Display Cookies: When you log in, we set up cookies to save your login information and screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for one year. If you select “Remember Me,” your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out, login cookies will be removed.
- Article Editing Cookies: When you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie is saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and expires after 1 day.
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Sharing Your Data
In certain situations, we may share your data:
- Password Reset: If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.
We retain certain data:
- Comments: When you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely for automated follow-up comment recognition, instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
- Registered Users: For users who register on our website, we store the personal information they provide in their user profile. Users can view, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except for the username). Website administrators also have access to and can edit this information.
Your Data Rights
If you have an account or have left comments on our site, you have the following rights:
- Data Export: You can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided.
- Data Deletion: You can request the deletion of your personal data. However, we may retain data for administrative, legal, or security purposes as required.
We take reasonable measures to protect your data; however, no online platform can guarantee absolute security.
Automated Spam Detection
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service to ensure a safe browsing experience.