What personal data we collect and why
When you leave a comment on our site, we collect your name, email address, IP address, user agent string, and any information you submit in the comment form. This information is used to:
– Identify and authenticate you as the author of the comment
– Enable commenting and prevent spam comments
– Send you notifications related to your comment if you have subscribed
– Assist with legal and regulatory requirements if necessary
Comment information is stored in our database indefinitely.
If you upload images or videos to our site, avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS). We do not use this data and visitors can download images with location data intact.
The information you submit through the form is stored in our database and includes:
– Email address
– Message contents
We use this information to respond to your inquiries.
– Comment cookies (1 year expiration)
– Login cookies (48 hours expiration)
– User option cookies (1 year expiration)
– Analytics cookies (2 year expiration)
You can opt-out of analytics cookies by using the browser add-on provided by your analytics provider.
We use Google Analytics to collect information about site traffic and behavior. This information is anonymized and includes:
– Pages visited
– Number of visitors
– Referring websites/sources
Who we share your data with
We do not share your personal data with any third parties without your consent, except in the following circumstances:
– Compliance with legal obligations: We may share your data when we reasonably believe we are required to do so by law.
– Website hosting: Our site hosting provider has access to administer the server but cannot access site data.
– Plugin/Theme vendors: We may share data with third party vendors who require access solely for the purpose of technical support.
How long we retain your data
– Comments: indefinitely
– User account data: As long as your account remains active
– Analytics data: 2 Years
We retain this data for the sole purpose of site/community improvement and will never use it for marketing purposes.
What rights you have over your data
You have the right to request:
– Access to the personal data we hold about you
– Correction or deletion of your personal data
– Restriction of or objection to our data processing
– Data portability
To make a request regarding your personal data, please contact us at the email address provided above.
Where your data is sent
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. This service retains IP addresses.
Our site is not directed to children under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect personal data from children under 13. If we learn that we have collected personal data from a child under 13, that data will be immediately deleted.
How we protect your data
We use industry-standard SSL encryption to protect data transmitted to our site. However, no data transmission over the internet is 100% secure. We cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site, so transmission is at your own risk.
Once we receive your data, we use security features and policies to prevent unauthorized access, alteration, or destruction. These include:
– Access control
– Employee training
– Data backup
– Data separation
What data breach procedures we have
In the case of a data breach, we will notify affected users within 48 hours. Our notification will:
– Describe the breach
– Provide steps users can take to protect themselves
– Describe what actions we’ve taken to stop the breach and prevent future occurrences
Third parties we receive data from
We may combine data you submit to our site with other third party data for purposes of analytics or targeted advertising based on your consent provided at the time of submission. Third party data sources we receive data from include:
– Advertising networks
– Public databases
– Social networks
– Data brokers
– Service providers
We require all third parties to have lawful rights to collect and share this data and to be in compliance with the GDPR and CCPA.
If you have any questions about our privacy practices or this policy, please contact us at:
Changes to this policy