Privacy Policy

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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.

When visitors decide to leave comments on our website, we gather the information that is entered into the comments form by the user. In addition to this, we automatically collect certain technical data: the IP address of the visitor and the browser user agent string. These pieces of information are used to assist in the detection and prevention of spam on the site. The collection of the IP address helps in identifying the geographical location and the network from which the comment was made, which can be useful in recognizing patterns associated with spam activities. Similarly, the browser user agent string, which includes details about the browser type and the operating system, helps in identifying potentially malicious traffic and aids in improving security measures against spam.

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 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 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.

When you post a comment on our website, you have the option to save your name, email, and website information in cookies. This is to make it more convenient for you, so you won’t have to enter your details every time you comment again. The cookies will remain for one year.

If you visit our login page, 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.

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.

Who we share your data with

Certainly! The topic of data sharing is crucial in the context of privacy policies and data management strategies. Here are several ideas about who a company might share user data with and under what circumstances, along with considerations and implications:

### Potential Recipients of Shared Data:
1. **Service Providers:**
– Companies may share data with third-party service providers who perform services on their behalf, such as payment processing, data analysis, email delivery, hosting services, customer service, and marketing efforts. These providers are often bound by confidentiality agreements.

2. **Affiliates:**
– Data might be shared among affiliated companies or subsidiaries. This sharing can help provide a seamless experience across multiple products or services offered by the affiliate entities.

3. **Business Partners:**
– Joint marketing ventures or partnership agreements may necessitate data sharing to facilitate coordinated efforts or offer bundled services.

4. **Advertisers:**
– Data can be shared with advertisers to target specific demographics, interests, or behaviors. This can include anonymized or aggregated data to protect individual privacy.

5. **Legal Requirements:**
– Companies may be compelled to share data with law enforcement under legal obligations, such as court orders, subpoenas, or other legal processes.

6. **Merger or Acquisition:**
– In the event of a merger, acquisition, or sale of assets, user data might be transferred as part of the business assets.

7. **Research and Development:**
– Data might be shared with research institutions for the purpose of academic research, innovation, and development of new technologies or improvements.

8. **Public Forums:**
– Any information disclosed in public areas of a website (e.g., comments, forums) becomes public information. Users should be cautious about what they disclose in these settings.

### Considerations and Implications:
1. **Transparency:**
– Companies should clearly disclose who they share data with and for what purpose in their privacy policies.

2. **Consent:**
– Obtaining user consent before sharing data, especially for purposes that users might not reasonably expect, is crucial for maintaining trust.

3. **Security Measures:**
– Ensuring that any party with whom data is shared has adequate security measures in place to protect the data from unauthorized access or breaches.

4. **Data Minimization:**
– Sharing only the data necessary for the purpose for which it is shared can help minimize risks and protect user privacy.

5. **Regulatory Compliance:**
– Compliance with relevant privacy laws and regulations, such as GDPR in Europe, CCPA in California, or other data protection laws, is essential.

6. **User Control:**
– Providing users with options to control their data, including who it’s shared with and how it’s used, empowers users and enhances trust.

7. **Contractual Obligations:**
– Binding agreements that enforce the safe handling, confidentiality, and proper use of shared data by third parties are critical.

By considering these aspects, companies can responsibly manage data sharing while ensuring compliance with legal frameworks and maintaining user trust.

If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.

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 your data is sent

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