- The personally identifiable information that is collected from you through the site and how it is used.
- Policies governing the retention of the data that is collected.
- Policies governing the ownership rights of the data that is collected.
Personal Data Collection
In order to contribute to the content on this site (through comments, forum discussions, etc.), a user must first provide certain information (such as name and email address).
In some instances, account registration with the site may be desirable or required. During registration a user is required to provide certain information (such as name and email address). At your option, you may also provide demographic information (such as gender or age) about yourself, but it is not required. Contact information provided during account registration may be used to contact you about the content on the site in which you have expressed interest.
When you leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form as well as the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help with spam detection.
When commenting, an anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to determine if you use the service. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.
If you contribute to content on the site (through comments, forum discussions, etc.), you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. This 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.
If you are a registered user and you log in to the site, a temporary cookie will be stored to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
If you are a registered user and you log in to the site, 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.
Embedded Content From Other Websites
Articles on the site may include embedded content (videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
The site contains links to other websites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave the site and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.
The site uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google. Google Analytics employs cookies that are stored to your computer in order to facilitate an analysis of your use of the site. The information generated by these cookies, such as time, place and frequency of your visits to the site, including your IP address, is transmitted to Google’s location in the US and stored there.
Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law or where such third parties process this data on Google’s behalf. Google states that it will in never associate your IP address with other data held by Google. You can prevent cookies from being installed by adjusting the settings on your browser software accordingly. You should be aware, however, that by doing so you may not be able to make full use of all the functions of the site.
You can find additional information on how to install the browser add-on referenced above at the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.
If you contribute to content on this site (through comments, forum discussions, etc.), the content and its metadata are retained indefinitely. Personal information stored in cookies is temporary and expires as described in the “Cookies” section of this policy.
For users that register accounts with the site, 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.
Personal Data Rights
Personal information attached to a registered account is the property of the account owner. You can 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.