Posted/Updated March 25, 2023
A. Personal Data We Collect
As you can see by reviewing them, the contact forms at our Website collect name, e-mail address, and whatever other message or information you choose to give us, including your comments on the blog comments forms.
Outside the contact forms, we collect data on how our website is used: number of page visits and duration, type of browser, etc. This “usage data” may include personal data, like your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address.
Some of this usage data comes through “cookies.” A cookie is a string of data our system sends your computer and then uses to identify your computer when you return to our Website. You can set most browsers to refuse all cookies or to notify you of cookies. But if you don’t accept cookies, you won’t be able to make as efficient use of our Website.
Do Not Track Notice
Do Not Track (“DNT”) is a setting in a web browser that directs websites not to track your behavior. You can activate the DNT settings through most browsers. We do not track users across third party Websites, so we don’t respond to DNT signals.
B. Our Use of Personal Data
We use your personal data to reply to messages you send us through our contact forms. Also, if you send us a contact form, we’ll put your name and e-mail address on our notices list, so tyou get newsletters and e-mail notice of future blog posts and announcements. (You can unsubscribe when you receive an announcement.)
C. Retention of Personal Data
D. Transfer of Personal Data
We may store or process your data outside your city, province, state, or country, including through one of our contractors (described below). So your personal data may be stored in a country that operates under privacy and data protection laws different from those of your home jurisdiction.
E. Contractor and Other Third Party Access to Personal Data
We give certain independent contractors access to data we collect, inluding personal data. Those contractors help with hosting and storage of this Website, tracking Website use, and marketing to and communications with Website users.
We also may disclose personal data to attorneys or law enforcement authorities to address abusive or illegal behavior. And we disclose any information demanded in a court order or otherwise required by law or to prevent harm. Finally, we may share personal data in connection with a sale of our Website or a bankruptcy.
Our Website is hosted through a service called SiteGround.com (“SiteGround”) provided by SG Hosting, Inc. All data collected through our Website is collected by SiteGround computers. For information on SiteGround’s privacy practices, please visit the SiteGround Data Processing Agreement.
Our Website runs on”WordPress” software, provided by a company called Automattic. Certain data collected through our Website may also be transmited to WordPress’ computers. For information on WordPress’ privacy practices, please visit WordPress’ Privacy Notice for Visitors to Our Users’ Sites.
Our Website also uses “plugin” software from various third party contractors who serve WordPress users. We may change these plugins from time to time. These third parties may access data collected by or through WordPress at our Website.
We are not responsible for the conduct of WordPress, its associated independent contractors, Google, or Mailchimp.
As noted above, we compile Website usage statistics from data collected through cookies. We may publish those statistics or share them with third parties, but they don’t include personal data.
F. Protection of Personal Data
We protect the data you send in contact forms (name and e-mail address) by storing it on password-protected computers and by sharing it only with contractors who have agreed to use it only as we instruct. However, you should be aware that, once we use information in a contact form to send you an e-mail, that information is outside our control and our contractors’ control and could be compromised.
We do not directly store the personal data that may be included in usage data collected by cookies and other mechanisms at our site. That data is collected and stored on our behalf by our contractors, including WordPress and Google Analytics, under their security procedures. See Section E above for more information on those contractors and their policies. The one possible exception to that policy relates to list of users who have subscribed to receive e-mail notices. Those lists include names and e-mail addresses, and we may store them on our own computers to maintain backup copies.
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee the security of personal data. By using our Website, you acknowledge and agree that we make no such guarantee and that you use our Website at your own risk.
G. Accessing and Correcting Your Personal Data
You can access and change any personal data we store by contacting us through our contacts page. Pleast include “privacy notice” at the start of your message.
H. Special Terms related to the European Economic Area and the United Kingdom
If you are in the European Economic Area (“EEA”) or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, this Section H applies to you.
Legal Basis for Processing
We process (use) the personal data you give us in contact forms (name, e-mail address, other information you choose to provide) because, by filling out those forms, you’ve sent us that data and authorized us to use it.
We process usage data, like number of page visits and personal data like IP addresses, because our contractors (e.g., Google Analytics) use that data to tell us about usage of our Website. So we believe the lawful basis for processing that data is that it’s in our legitimate interests.
We will also process personal data wherever we have a legal obligation to do so — for instance, if a court subpoenas that data.
Your Rights Under the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) and the United Kingdom General Data Protection Regulation (“UK-GDPR”)
If you wish to know what personal data we hold about you, to have us remove it, or otherwise to exercise your rights, please contact us through our contacts page. Pleast include “privacy notice” at the start of your message.
You also have the following rights related to your personal data under GDPR or UK-GDPR (as applicable):
- The right to access, update, or delete your personal data.
- The right of rectification — to have your information altered if it is inaccurate or incomplete.
- The right to object to our processing of your personal data.
- The right of restriction — to request that we restrict how we process your personal data.
- The right to data portability — to receive a copy of the information we have on you in a structured, machine-readable, and commonly used format.
- The right to withdraw consent to our processing of your personal data.
- The right to complain to an EEA data protection authority (a government agency) about our management of your personal data.
J. Contacting Us