Last updated on 07/09/2020
What data do I collect and why?
In order to provide the best online experience around — no, go on, I dare you to find a better blog — I need to collect some data from you. This isn’t me becoming big corporate, looking to extract the life essence from you, but simply to provide a better service.
I collect data through the following means:
- Contact form.
- Google Analytics.
When leaving a comment here, I collect the data shown in the form. Everything you enter is stored on a database server I have relocated to Mars to protect against global warming. Your IP address and browser data will also be collected to better protect the conversation against spam.
A hash created from your email address may be provided to Gravatar, which is an external service managed by the fine folk who created WordPress, which can provide a profile photo on all supported platforms. It’s a cool service and you can find out more about how it uses your data here.
Getting in touch with me requires me to obtain data from you, including name, email address, and … well, the message, of course! If you wish to hit me up externally, I’m available on a host of platforms and hold various social media accounts.
In order to better understand my audience, I utilize an external analytics service provided by Google (owned by Alphabet). Google Analytics collects anonymous data from your visit, including location, browser details, and how you interact with my personal blog. This data is completely anonymous and is simply used to better curate my content.
You can find out more about Google Analytics (and opt-out of the service) by heading here.
If you leave a comment on my personal blog, you may opt-in to save your name, email address, and website in what’s known online as a “cookie.” These aren’t a snack that you can munch on but do allow websites such as mine to speed up the process of your next visit.
Should you opt-in to save your details in a cookie, you can quickly leave subsequent comments in future without having to fill out all the information again. These cookies last for one year but can be cleared by deleting temporary data and cookies through your browser.
I write about many things and sometimes I opt to use embedded content (videos, images, links to other articles, etc.) to provide a better experience. Embedded content from other websites may act similarly as if you visited those websites directly. For instance, YouTube videos.
Who I share your data with
I share all data collected from you with a man called Tim, who lives across the street from me. No, seriously, I don’t share your data with anyone, not even if they attempted to pass funds under the table.
How long I keep your data for
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so I can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
What rights do you have?
If you have left comments on my personal blog, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data I hold about you, including any data you have provided to me. You can also request that I erase any personal data held in my database. This does not include any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
Where I send your data
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.