I am an author located in the United States. I do not intentionally collect any personal information about you except if you fill out the consent form to be signed up as a subscriber for my email list. (I have updated my email subscriber process to be GDPR-compliant.) I will also see your personal information if you email me using the email contact form on this website or if you post a comment on my blog.

Now, let’s talk about some unintentional ways that your data might be collected and used. For this, I’m mostly relying on the verbiage provided directly from WordPress.org.  Some of this might not apply since I don’t have many apps (widgets) and analytics tools activated for this site.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

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.

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 have an account and you log in to this site, 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.

Subscribing to my email list

The following is the text of the email that you will receive as part of my double opt-in process if you enter your email on my website to receive my newsletters.

I am collecting your email address so that I can send group emails to my list subscribers with news and other perks related to my writing. We are all busy and struggle to keep up with the amount of email we receive on a daily basis and for that reason, I don’t send emails out very often. I will never sell, share, or use your email address or any purpose other than sending these group emails. I store email addresses on MailChimp, which is secure and GDPR-compliant. I ask new subscribers to double opt-in as a way to confirm your email address has been entered correctly and to ensure your consent. Every email you receive from me contains an unsubscribe link and you can unsubscribe or change your email settings at any time. By clicking the “subscribe” button, you are agreeing to have your email address added to my email list accordance with these terms.

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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

No one, ever!

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 are an EU citizen and 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.

Contact information

Please contact me at megan (at) meganwestfield (dotcom).

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