[Last modified: Oct 2, 2018]
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What personal data we collect and why I collect it
When visitors leave comments on the site I collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
WooCommerce Shop Comments
I’ll also store comments or reviews if you choose to leave them.
If you upload images to the website (sometime in the future maybe), 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 forums use a plugin called Contact Form 7. This plugin is used to email me your questions. However, since I’m not using a server emailing system, I’m also using another plugin called: WP Mail SMTP. WP Mail SMTP fixes your email deliverability by reconfiguring the wp_mail() PHP function to use a proper SMTP provider. This means I can forward all mailing needs to my Gmail account without the need to pay for an email service.
If you leave a comment on my site you may opt-in to save 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, it 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.
Who we share your data with
What I use Google analytics for
The main thing I use google analytics is to monitor what pages are being visited and how many users are on the site at one given time. Sometimes I look at the Audience to see, Users, New Users, Sessions, Pages, Page Views, Session Duration and improve on those statistics or popular pages.
I also use third party advertisements to support my site. Some of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons when they advertise on my site, which will also send these advertisers (such as Google through the Google AdSense program) information including your IP address, your ISP, the browser you used to visit our site, and in some cases, whether you have Flash installed. This is generally used for geotargeting purposes (showing Edmonton real estate ads to someone in Edmonton, for example) or showing certain ads based on specific sites visited (such as showing cooking ads to someone who frequents cooking sites).
You can choose to disable or selectively turn off our cookies or third-party cookies in your browser settings, or by managing preferences in programs such as Norton Internet Security. However, this can affect how you are able to interact with my site as you will enable a notification asking you kindly to disable your ad blocking software.
More direct from Google
- Google’s use of advertising cookies enables it and its partners to serve ads to your users based on their visit to your sites and/or other sites on the Internet.
Learn more here: https://support.google.com/adsense/answer/1348695?hl=en
Settings for Google AdSense
Personalized ads Enabled
Google can continue to show personalized ads as well as non-personalized ads to your users in the EEA.
Personalized ads reach users based on their interests, demographics, and other criteria. Because ad technology providers may collect, receive, and use personal data from users in personalized ads.
Select ad technology providers Enabled
Commonly used set of ad technology providers
Your users’ data will be shared with Google and, depending on the ads that serve, data may be shared with any of the commonly used ad technology providers.
How long I retain your data
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.
For users that register on my website (if any), I 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 I hold about you, including any data you have provided to me. You can also request that I erase any personal data I hold about you. This does not include any data I’m obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
Where we send your data
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. One of those spam detection services is called: Anti-spam.
Anti-spam plugin blocks automatic spam in the comments section. No captcha. Blocked comments can be stored in the Spam area.
Read more about Anti-spam here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/anti-spam/
Your contact information
This site uses multiple plugins to keep it secure. Although the site does not have SSL (Secure Socket Secure Sockets Layer) Purchasing takes place on Paypal with SSL and I delete the Orders after 72 hours.
I use tool’s to monitor traffic for Unwanted Bots, SQL injection and limit login for Brute Force Attacks with Auto IP blocking. However, this may not be perfect so I limit the information a person adds to the site.
How I protect your data
The less you add to the site the better. I limit profile signup info and your purchases take place off the website on a secure system with SSL like Paypal.
What data breach procedures I have in place
If this will ever occur, I delete Purchase Orders and Profiles unless they comment. This means if a data breach would happen there’s only very little information that is useful and that’s mostly mine. I try to keep a limited profile signup with as little information as possible to the users. I still recommend using an email and password that you never used before just in case if something would happen. (NEVER) use the same password as your other accounts have. You should always use different passwords on all sites/services you sign up for.
What third parties I receive data from
Paypal, Google Adsense, Google Analytics, WordPress Updates.
What automated decision making and/or profiling I do with user data
As mentioned in (How I protect your data and What data breach procedures I have in place and WooCommerce shop below) The site holds Purchase Orders, Profile Information, and Comments.
I only hold onto the Orders for a small period of time. They become outdated and expired after 72 hours of purchase as I set for all purchase downloads.
With accounts, if they comment I will keep those accounts on the server, for the rest they get deleted. Besides that, I do nothing with them. I never email the users unless there was an order issue but that’s it.
The shop can be used for shipping, However, I use it only as a digital (virtual) shop. So Shipping privacy is not needed.
What I collect and store.
While you visit my site, I’ll track:
Products you’ve viewed: I’ll use this, for example, show you products you’ve recently viewed.
When you purchase from me, I’ll ask you to provide information including your name and email address. This will help me to send you an email if something goes wrong with purchasing.
If you create an account, I will store your name, address, email, and others you enter in the account page, which will be used to populate the checkout for future orders.
I generally store information about you for as long as I need that information for the purposes for which I collect and use it, and I’m not legally required to continue to keep it. For example, I will store order information for XXX years for tax and accounting purposes. This includes your name, email address, product permissions, date or order, Paypal transaction ID, Item Qty and total.
Who has access
No one but me has access to the shop account information. However, since this is WordPress and the plugins used to keep what needs to function are not perfect and can come with breaking updates that can conflict with the rest of the site. This means that sometimes that developer will need to fix his or hers plugin by entering the site in the admin panel. Personal information gets deleted before they enter to keep a user safe and the site gets backed up before they enter.
What I share with others
All payments are done through Paypal. My website does not have SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) so PayPal is the secure way for this.
When you checkout with your Email and Name you will be redirected to Paypal’s secure servers. Paypal handles the customer data. When processing payments, some of your data will be passed to PayPal, including information required to process or support the payment, such as the purchase total and billing information. After purchase, you will be redirected to your download.
Donations (Support My Work)
This donation system runs on the same principle as EDD (Easy Digital Downloads) Same as Woocommerce I use Paypal only for the secure payment system.