Privacy Policy

About this website

Hello. I’m Mirjam Fels, creator, author and owner of this website which is located at: http://mirjamfels.com. Please use the dedicated page (more information below) should you need to contact me about this Privacy Policy or any other issue.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

WordPress does collect data shown on the UserProfile of registered users (e.g. while they are writing a comment).

Personal data is not just created by a user’s interactions with this website. Personal data is also generated from technical processes such as contact forms, comments, cookies, email subscription, analytics, and third party embeds.

Comments

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: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media

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

Note that the following personal data is captured when you submit a contact form: your name, your email address, and the comment/message you are sending along. We will reply to your request as soon as possible, usually within 5-10 business days. We will keep the details of each contact form submissions for another 10 business days in case it would need a follow up answer. We do not use nor share the information submitted through the contact form for any kind of marketing purposes.

Cookies

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 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.

Also note, please, that embedded social media you see on this website (e.g. Tweets, etc) may collect some of your information as well. The individual social media 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.

Email Subscription

We are using FeedBurner to offer an email subscription so our readers can receive the newest blog posts by email. We will keep your email address through FeedBurner for as long as you want to be signed up to receive the updates on posts. If you no longer want to receive these emails please click on the “unsubscribe” link provided in one of the blog posts emails. You can also use the dedicated page (information to follow below) to notify us that you don’t want to receive any more blog posts by emails. Notice, though, that we will not only deactivate your subscription but also delete your email address from our FeedBurner account.

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.

Analytics

At this point we are not using the service of a provider of analytics. Our web hosting account might collect some anonymous analytics data, however.

Who we share your data with

We do not share any personal data with anyone.

How long we retain your data

As stated above, we keep contact form entries for up to one month (20 business days).

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 we send your data

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

Your concerns about privacy

To express any privacy-specific concerns please send us a message through the Post to Mirjam. Thank you.

How we protect your data

Steps we have taken to protect your users’ data are encryption, two factor authentication where applicable, and staff training in data protection.

What data breach procedures we have in place

In case of any data breaches, either potential or real, we will inform the individual party/parties who is/are responsible for the breach.

What third parties we receive data from

At this point we do not receive data about users from third parties.