Privacy Policy

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What personal data do I collect and why?

In short, there are two categories here: WordPress functionality (data you enter in the course of standard website usage) and Google Analytics (data collected by Google Analytics using cookies). Let’s start with that first one.

WordPress Functionality

This comes straight from WordPress’s default privacy policy: 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. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

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.

Google Analytics

I use Google Analytics to understand how you and my other readers use this site so that I can create better content, and because I find it interesting. Which posts are visited most often? What type of content do people seem to respond to best? Where in the world are my readers coming from? I can answer those sorts of questions by looking at reports in Google Analytics. Google Analytics uses cookies to provide that wisdom. If you want to know more about how Google Analytics works you can read this.

A Note on Other Websites

Posts on this site may include links to other websites and resources on the web. For example, I may link to a Udemy course I think you might enjoy, or link to a source I’m citing. Those sites will have their own privacy policies and cookie policies, so be sure to familiarize yourself with them if that’s something you’re concerned about.

These websites may collect data from you, use cookies, etc. They may also 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.

Now, the million-dollar question: where else does your data go?

Drumroll please…. nowhere! It’s just little old me over here writing this blog (probably in sweatpants on my couch), creating content, maintaining the affiliated social media accounts, and gaining insight from Google Analytics. I don’t share your data with anyone, ever. Now go read something fun!

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