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Alternatively, please don’t feel the need to use any name, email address, or other data that has anything to do with the rest of your personal or professional online activity. For advice on preserving anonymity online and reigning in third party data use, there are some tips right at the end of this post.
What do we do with your data?
Blog post and comment updates – We use your email address and name in ways you consent to when you email us, comment on the site, or register to receive blog updates:
Updates about infospectives blog more generally – We may also, if you register an email address, as a legitimate organisational interest, very occasionally (typically less than twice a year), send you an email if the blog is nominated for an award, or there is another blog related update we want to share. We will stop doing so immediately if you ask us to do so. Do just drop me a line using details above, or unsubscribe.
Marketing – We never market our services using your details, or pass them to any third party. We never share details with anyone else unless legally compelled to do so, or there is an immediate risk to someone’s welfare and we will notify you of intent to do so, unless legally required not to.
Personal Data in Comments / Replies – Do be aware that this is a public site and there are internet crawlers that will harvest details from comment fields. This isn’t something that we can reasonably control. Do consider posting with an anonymous email / alternative name, if that is a concern.
3rd party data uses we can’t control and wish we could
WordPress – Because this site uses core WordPress functionality, there are some cookies, trackers, and other data processing activities that we have no control over.
See the extract below outlining cookie/tracker categories. The link gives you specifics of what falls under each category. Please do note that logging on via other social media networks e.g. Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, opens up a whole extra can of data sharing and tracking worms (see WordPress’s own disclaimer about that under third party cookies). Best to avoid doing so where practical as keeping sight of implications becomes nigh on impossible – see the recent Cambridge Analytica Fun for details.
- Strictly Necessary: These are the cookies that are essential for WordPress.org to perform basic functions. These include those required to allow registered users to authenticate and perform account related functions.
- Functionality: These cookies are used to store preferences set by users such as account name, language, and location.
- Performance: Performance cookies collect information on how users interact with websites hosted on WordPress.org, including what pages are visited most, as well as other analytical data. These details are only used to improve how the website functions.
- Tracking: These are set by trusted third party networks (e.g. Google Analytics) to track details such as the number of unique visitors, and pageviews to help improve the user experience.
- Third Party/Embedded Content: WordPress.org makes use of different third party applications and services to enhance the experience of website visitors. These include social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter (through the use of sharing buttons), or embedded content from YouTube and Vimeo. As a result, cookies may be set by these third parties, and used by them to track your online activity. We have no direct control over the information that is collected by these cookies.
All that being said, there are multiple functional things that WordPress enables that we agree are a legitimate interest, including cookies that keep your place on a page, or provide us with visitor stats.
YouTube and Twitter – We do also occasionally embed content from both both YouTube and Twitter. When you click on this content or open content up on their sites, some data will get exchanged. Data about your session, your device, and potentially more. See the earlier suggestion about using throwaway accounts to browse and getting rid of cookies and browsing data when done. Here are relevant YouTube and Twitter links:
For more on any of that, if the links don’t provide sufficient information, please do drop us a line.
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