Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


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 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.

Contact forms

The only contact forms we have are on the User Data Request page. That page describes exactly what we do with the information you provide.  These forms are for you to use to request what data we have stored for you, allows you request changes to that data, and allows you to request that data be deleted.


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 have an account and you log in to this site, 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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Our hosting provider, Bluehost, may be collecting anonymous information in order to monitor and maintain their servers. We do not have access to that data.

Who we share your data with

Your data is stored on servers at our hosting provider Bluehost. You can see how they use the data here:  in particular the section labeled Subscriber Content.  Be aware that if you click on that link you will be taken to a different site,, which has it’s own privacy policies

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.

We regularly back up (copy) the website and all data onto a file server that is only available to us.  These backups are only accessed in situations where we have to recreate the website and its database. Because we do not know when that may occur, backup files are retained indefinitely.

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 we send your data

When you post comments on this site, those comments may be checked through Akismet, an automated spam detection service. Your comment, IP address, and other information is automatically sent to Akismet which reports back to us if the comment is considered spam or not. Spam comments are automatically deleted from our site within 15 days. Akismet’s data privacy policy is here: Be aware that if you click on that link you will be taken to a different site,, which has it’s own privacy policies

Your contact information

You can contact us through the User Data Request page.

Additional information

How we protect your data

Articles and comments are publicly viewable. Usernames and other account information are only visible to the account holder and system administrators, and only those people can change that data. Your password is stored in an encrypted form that cannot be decrypted. If you have an account on this website, you are responsible for keeping your login information private and for keeping other account information up-to-date. You may remove your account at any time.

Our databases can only be changed by site administrators. These databases are protected with strong passwords.

What data breach procedures we have in place

Most information in our database is viewable by browsing the website or is information used only by the WordPress software. Private information is in the accounts. Accounts are only required to have a username, email, nickname, and password. Passwords are encrypted. Personal names are optional. We strongly recommend that account holders only keep the minimum required information in their accounts so if there is a data breach, there is not much private information that can be found.

In the case that a data breach is detected, we will send an email to every account holder notifying them that a data breach has occurred. We will recommend that account holders login, change their passwords, and verify their data.

What third parties we receive data from


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


Industry regulatory disclosure requirements