Privacy Policy

What personal data we collect and why we collect it.

Comments

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.

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

Media

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.

Contact forms

If you use one of our contact forms we use the information you provide to read and respond if needed to your contact.

Cookies

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 have an account and you log in to this site, 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.

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.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed 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 logged in to that website.

When you visit this site, we automatically gather and store the following information about your visit so that we can track visitor usage in order to make improvements. This information is stored and used in the aggregate only, and is not used to contact you personally:

  • The IP address from which you access our Websites

  • The name of the domain from which you access the Internet (for example, gmail.com, if you are connecting from a Google account)

  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our Websites

  • The date and time you access our sites

  • The pages, files, documents and links that you visit on this site

  • The domain of the website which referred you to this Website (the last website you visited before visiting this one)

In addition to information collected automatically, we use cookies to support the internal functionality of this site. Cookies, which are small pieces of information sent to your browser by a website that you visit, are used to track usage patterns, traffic trends and customer behavior, as well as to record other information from the Website. When you register on the Websites, cookies also allow us to save information so that you will not have to re-enter it the next time you visit. Many content adjustments and customer service improvements are made based on the data derived from cookies. We may also use third-party vendors, such as Google Analytics, to place cookies and analyze the information collected by cookies in order to improve this site and to make it more interesting and useful to you. No personally identifiable information is collected. Information that we collect from cookies will not be used to create profiles of individual users and only will be used in aggregate form. The data is retained for as long as necessary to support the behavior analysis research on our site content. You may set your browser to refuse cookies from any website that you visit. If you so choose, you may notice irregular site behaviors or may loose access to some of the interactive elements offered. You may opt-out of Google Analytics using the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

What is a cookie?

An HTTP cookie (also called web cookie, Internet cookie, browser cookie or simply cookie), is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in the user’s web browser while the user is browsing. Every time the user loads the website, the browser sends the cookie back to the server to assist the site in identifying the state of the site at the user’s previous visit. Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember stateful information (such as items added in the shopping cart in an online store) or to record the user’s browsing activity (including clicking particular buttons, logging in, or recording which pages were visited in the past).

You can set your devices to accept all cookies, to notify you when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. However, if you choose the third option, please bear in mind that you may not be able to take full advantage of all of the features on our site. Each browser is different, so check the “Help” menu of your browser to find out how to change your cookie preferences.

How to control and delete cookies

This site does not use cookies to collect information that can personally identify you. However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by this site, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings.

Please be aware that disabling or restricting cookies on this site may affect your experience where the functionality is controlled by the use of cookies.

If you wish to decline cookies, please select the browser you are using from the list below and follow the instructions to prevent cookies being served to you during your visit.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit the external website www.aboutcookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer as well as more general information about cookies

For information on how to do this on your mobile phone browser, you will need to refer to your mobile web browser’s support page.

Analytics

We may collect certain information automatically, including, but not limited to, the type of mobile device you use, the IP address of your mobile device, your mobile operating system, the type of mobile Internet browsers you use, and information about the way you use this site. This information is used to provide us with anonymous feedback on our site. This information contains no personally identifiable information about you, only information related to your device.

Who we share your data with

As required by law, such as to comply with a subpoena, or similar legal process; When we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, protect your safety or the safety of others, investigate fraud, or respond to a government request; With our trusted services providers who work on our behalf, do not have an independent use of the information we disclose to them, and have agreed to adhere to the rules set forth in this privacy statement.

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 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.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

How we protect your data

We are concerned about safeguarding the confidentiality of your information. We provide physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect information we process and maintain. Please be aware that, although we endeavor provide reasonable security for information we process and maintain, no security system can prevent all potential security breaches.

Personally Identifiable Information

This site will only collect personal information which you knowingly and voluntarily provide through interaction with elements on the site including but not limited to: sending emails, completing forms, responding to surveys or making a purchase. If you provide us with personal information, we will normally respond to your inquiry, request or order. We may also contact you to provide information about programs, subscriptions and beta testing opportunities, products and special events that may interest you. Except as described below, we will not share your name or information outside of our organization unless you affirmatively authorize us to do so by opting-in.

When we send you such information by email, you will always have an immediate opportunity to decline further communication. Please use the contact specified in the email so that we can remove you from the list that contains your name.

Please note that we may provide your information to: (1) a Federal, State, or local law enforcement agency if we become aware of a violation or potential violation of law or regulation; (2) a court or party in a court or Federal administrative proceeding if we are a party or in order to comply with a subpoena; (3) the Department of Justice or in certain legal proceedings when we are a party to litigation or has an interest in the litigation and the use of such records is deemed relevant and necessary to the litigation; (4) to protect the security or integrity of this site and its services; and (8) any other person or entity as required by law.

Children

The content on this site is intended to be accessible and enjoyed by general audiences. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13, without first providing the parent or legal guardian with notice and obtaining prior verifiable consent. Some content on this site and in our application may not be appropriate for younger audiences and parental descretion is advised.