PRIVACY POLICY

 

Who I am

My website address is: http://www.imaginethatbatb.com. I live in Corryton, TN (though my heart is in the tunnels!)

 

What personal data I collect and why I collect it

Comments

If you leave a comment on the site, clearly I collect the data shown in the submitted form. Your name and email address appear in my WordPress dashboard/Comments list. Your email address is not published to the reading public. Commenters’ submitted email addresses, IP addresses, and browser user agent strings are collected to enable the spam detection services I use (Akismet and Wordfence) – this information is sent to these third-party services for validation/website security purposes. By submitting a comment, you’re acknowledging and allowing the collection of this information.

Contact forms

If you send me a message via my Message Me form, it will arrive in my email inbox. I will obviously have your email address so that I might reply to you. I do not ask for or collect any sensitive data.

Analytics

This website uses Akismet Anti-Spam service. Your IP address, browser user agent string, and email address are collected when a you submit a comment in order to filter out spammers. There is no personally identifying information associated with an IP address

This website uses Wordfence as a security program to defend against would-be hackers and mal-ware/virus-uploaders. Wordfence performs anti-virus and malware scans and acts as a firewall against attacks. All IPs are noted by Wordfence and they are classified as humans or bots. Wordfence notes IP addresses, geographical locations, host names, and browsers used, but no personally identifying information is associated with an IP address. Wordfence notes the pages a visitor accesses. 

This website uses Statcounter to tell me which pages are being viewed. Statcounter collects IP addresses, geographical locations, browsers and devices used, referring links, all pages visited, downloads and exit links (if any). No personally identifying information is associated with the IP address. I use Statcounter because most readers do not leave comments and without feedback I could easily lose heart. In lieu of comments – which I really treasure – Statcounter lets me know that people are reading, even if I don’t know who is reading. 

Cookies

This site uses Google Fonts in its design and when you view the site, a cookie is generated. I spent weeks choosing the fonts! I have no idea what this site might look like if you turn this cookie off in your browser. 

If you leave a comment on my site you may opt-in to save your name, email address and website in cookies. This WordPress service is 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.

Statcounter will place a cookie on your computer to provide me with page view analytics per IP address. Statcounter tracks the number of visits an IP address makes to the site over time. No personally identifying information accompanies the collected IP address.

 

Who I share your data with

I don’t share your data with anyone. I am the only one with access to this website admin dashboard. However, Wordfence, Akismet, and Statcounter collect the above-mentioned IP and page view information, and WordPress/Fatcow stores your comments and email address, so in a way, this data is shared. These companies have their own privacy policies.

See Akismet’s Privacy Policy HERE

See Wordfence’s Privacy Policy HERE

See Statcounter’s Privacy Policy HERE

See WordPress.org’s Privacy Policy HERE

I do not offer a newsletter – I don’t get enough writing done as it it! – so there’s no risk of me sharing a mailing list with anybody.

If you leave a comment, your email address, while required for spam detection, is not published.

Backups of this site – its pages, posts, galleries, and comments – are performed by UpDraftPlus and stored in my Dropbox account. Dropbox is certified as GDPR compliant.

See Dropbox’s Privacy Policy HERE

 

How long I retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely in my admin dashboard. Your name and comment remain visible beneath the story or project unless you – or I – delete it.

I will most likely keep your email messages in my mailbox indefinitely because it’s nice to read them now and again. Your kind words mean so much.

Statcounter data scrolls off after 500 lines, which amounts to about every 30 days. 

Wordfence stores 2000 rows of information before the data scrolls off.

 

What rights you have over your data

If you 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 me. You can also request that I erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes. Email me with this request and I’ll delete whatever you ask me to.

 

My contact information

You may email me at [email protected]

 

Additional information 

How I protect your data

With the exception of comments and their associated metadata and/or any email you might send me, there is nothing stored on this website.  If you send me an email, though, through my Message Me page, I will have your email in my mailbox, which is provided by my hosting company, Fatcow. I have added Wordfence Security to this website which blocks hackers.

What data breach procedures I have in place

If I find out this website or my email has been hacked, I will notify everyone whose email address has been stored of the event.

What third parties I receive data from

Wordfence and Statcounter provide me with page view analytics. Akismet performs spam detection. WordPress alerts me to the submission of a comment.

What automated decision making and/or profiling I do with user data

WordPress can place a cookie on a commenter’s computer so that  a commenter’s information can be stored and will not have to be filled out with every comment made, but you, the commenter, must request that with the checkbox. Once a visitor has two comments moderated and published, the commenter’s future comments are immediately published without moderation. That’s it for automated decision making.