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This policy describes what personally identifiable information (PII) we collect about you, how that data is used, how long that data is retained, and who we share it with when you visit our website.
Personally identifiable information (PII) is any data that can be used to identify you as an individual, or a particular electronic device used to access our website.
What Personal Data We Collect, Why We Collect It, What We Do With It, and How Long We Retain It
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.
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 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.
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.
If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
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.
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.
If you use a contact form on our website to send us an email, we will collect your email address and name in order to respond to you. This data, and any other personal data you choose to share with us in the text of your email, will be retained indefinitely.
When you navigate to our website by clicking on a search engine result, or typing our web address in the navigation bar, your browser automatically transmits your IP address to our server. This allows us to load the requested web pages on your device, and allows you to post comments, upload files, and send us messages via contact forms. Your IP address will be retained indefinitely.
This site uses Google Analytics to help us provide you with better quality, more relevant content and experiences.
When you visit our website, we set a cookie that consists of two randomly generated 32-bit numbers. The URL (uniform resource locater) and title of each page you visit is sent to Google along with an anonymized IP string.
This cookie expires after two years. Each time you visit our site the cookie is renewed, so if you visit regularly the cookie may last indefinitely.
What Automated Decision Making and/or Profiling We Do With User Data
We use IP addresses to automatically block access to individuals and/or groups who have violated our Terms of Service.
Who We Share Your Data With
None of the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) we collect is shared with third parties, except as required by law. Note that this does not include data collected by other sites via embedded content that you interact with. Please read the section “Third Parties That May Collect Data Through Our Site” for more information.
Third Parties That May Collect Data Through Our Site
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, Facebook “Like” buttons, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
How to Request Changes to Your Personal 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.
To request changes to your data, you can reach using the contact information listed at the bottom of this policy under “How to Contact Us”.
How We Respond to “Do Not Track” Requests
“Do not track” requests are activated by changing a setting in your browser. When you visit websites, the browser sends a request indicating your desire to not be tracked.
We do not honor “do not track” requests.