The comment form and your data
On this site, I use the default WordPress comment form to enable discussion and connect with people who visit the site.
The form collects name, e-mail address, site URL (if you leave one), content you write, Gravatar photo (if you uploaded one to gravatar.com) and IP address.
Only your name, URL, comment and picture (if you’ve chosen to use Gravatar) will be visible on the site.
Your name, e-mail, comment and IP address will be saved in the database which is stored on a server in Dublin, Ireland, through a reliable web hosting company.
An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it.
If you wish to receive e-mails when there is a reply to a comment you have left on the site, the e-mail address you have provided in the comment form will be used for this. To opt-in, you can click the checkbox “subscribe to comments” near the comment form.
Visitor comments will be checked through an automated spam detection service to protect the site against spam. If you do not consent to have your information processed by WordPress that hosts this website, please don’t use the comment form. If you would change your mind and wish to be deleted from the database, let me know by sending an e-mail.
This site uses a service called Plausible for statistics about visitors, and will collect anonymised information about you.
Plausible is an online service which helps me to understand the visitors; for example, how visitors find the website (did they click a link on social media, search on a search engine, etc), how long time they spend on the site, if they click on links to other pages, and so on. This helps me to offer a better online experience to the visitors.
Plausible collects certain anonymised information about visitors. This data includes:
- your location
- what device, OS and web browser you use to visit the website
- where you came from to visit the website (if you clicked a link on another website, social media for example)
- what links on this website you click on
- how long you stay on this website
- if you are a new or returning visitor
This information helps me understand how to best improve the website and its content.
I don’t use third party cookies
The cookies this sites use are there to check if users are logged in, to check if you’ve visited the site before, and there is an opt-in to use a cookie to remember your information in the comment form. 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.
Click here to learn how to disable cookies in your web browser.
I use Mailerlite to offer a subscription service in case you want to receive an e-mail when there is a new blog post. If I use this service for anything else it will only be for important information about the site. The service will collect your e-mail address for these purposes only.
What rights you have over your data
If you 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.
If you have any questions, please contact me.