Your Privacy ... I deplore that how the internet has developed makes it necessary to have a privacy page, but here it is.

Who I am

I am an individual using this website to get things off  my mind. in a way, it’s an on-line memoir.

The website address is:

My Personal Data Philosophy

The part of this post, below the line of ===, was not written by me.  It was here when I started working with this installation of WordPress.  I don’t know where it came from: WordPress?  InMotion, my host?  The original theme I started working with?  I don’t know.

My best guess is that WordPress wrote the privacy policy. I have not put anything on my site to collect data. If, as the policy asserts, there is a collection of data, it has to be part of the system.  Ergo, WordPress..

My personal policies with regard to data collection.

I cannot begin to tell you how opposed I am to the collection of people’s data, including my own.  What personal data I put out in public is another thing, but that is my choice.

Please note that there are no links to social sites and no paid ads.  I really am opposed to tracking people.

That said, it cannot be ignored that there are malicious rogues out there doing their best to hack sites and I have to acknowledge that I, WordPress, and InMotion, my host, have an interest in keeping such rogues from doing damage. Therefore, I will not interfere with the security measures taken as listed below.

My personal policies about using the data collected and readers’ use of my site.

I have allowed comments on my posts and pages.  I have a page where you may contact me.  You are free to make comments.  You are free to send me a message.  You take responsibility for both those actions. You are free to disagree with me – but there is a difference between disagreement and abuse.

Using abusive or threatening language is a violation of my hospitality. Do it and I will use your data to block you from commenting or emailing me. I have the same rule for email spam and comment spam.  I am the sole judge of what is abusive or threatening or spam.

Update: As of today, January 6, 2020, I have a spam checker monitoring the comments and my email form.  The service does check the email/comment for spam content. They use an algorithm If it is deemed spam or as having malware, the message will be removed.

I have been online one way or another since before there was CSS.  Never in my life, before this, would I have written the above.  The current situation calls for the built-in privacy document.  Thus, I will not interfere with the security measures taken as listed below.

Regarding the promises made by whoever wrote the part below:

If requested, I can tell you what data of yours that I have access to.  It will be that data that you enter when making a comment, or sending me a message.

I don’t know a thing about the cookies they mention, so I don’t know how I can tell you what’s on file.  I don’t know where it’s stored. (and if you know where the cookies are stored, don’t be a wise guy and tell me.  I don’t want to know.)

Looking after your own safety online.

There are things you can do to keep your information safe.

  1. Don’t comment.
  2. If you do comment, don’t check the box that says save your information.
  3. Clear your cookies when you’ve ended a browser session.  I do. If you allow specific websites to store cookies in your browser, those cookies will not go away.

Please note that I am using the Georgia font. The original document, below, uses a san-serif font. I do this to make the difference clear.


What personal data we collect and why we collect it


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: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


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



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.

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.


Who we share your data with

How long we retain your data

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 contact information

Additional information

How we protect your data

What data breach procedures we have in place

What third parties we receive data from

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

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