To comply with European GDPR requirements I have outlined below how I collect data. If you find any problems with policy this please let me know and I will try to rectify them.
Who I am
I am a UK resident blog writer. My website address is: https://lovelygreyday.com. I can be contacted via my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
When visitors leave comments on the site I collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
Statcounter is an online service which helps me to understand visitors; for example, how they find the website, how long they spend on the site, which web pages they are most interested in. I use Statcounter because better understanding how visitors are interacting with the website helps me to improve the content, design and functionality of the site. This allows me to offer a better online experience to my visitors. I have the free version of the service so only have access to the last 500 visits to my site.
- * Time and date of visit
- * Part of the IP address (this is a numerical label assigned to a device by an Internet Service Provider to enable the device to access the internet). I have opted to only have access too part of the address to protect your privacy.
- * Browser and Operating System (this can help me to make sure that our website functions correctly in the browsers/operating systems used to access our site)
- * Device Information e.g. device type and screen size (this can help me to make sure that our website functions correctly in the devices used to access our site)
- * Referring Data e.g. a search engine link (this can help me to understand which search engines are helping visitors to find our website)
Furthermore, when you visit our website a Statcounter cookie (called “is_unique”) may be placed in your browser. This cookie is used only to determine whether you are a first-time or returning visitor and to estimate unique visits to the site.
You can learn more about cookies from Statcounter and set your browser to refuse them here:
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 leave a comment on the 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 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.
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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.
Who I share your data with
If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.
How long I retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so I can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that subscribe to the website (if any), I 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
Suggested text: If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data I hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that I erase any personal data I hold about you. This does not include any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
Where I send your data
Suggested text: Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.