My website address is https://josiahvorst.com.

TL;DR: privacy policy

I doubt this site is GDPR or California compliant. It’s not that I mean any harm, I just can’t keep up with the constant regulatory changes in data governance and protection acts. At the time I sat down and updated this page (early 2020), I only use Google Analytics and don’t have any affiliates or other mechanisms that might collect your data. I’ve linked to the Analytic’s privacy policy below and if you happen to make it through their terms, let me know. That could change at any time. In fact, I’ll probably forget about this update and add a few affiliate links next week which will render this entire TL:DR (which is becoming quite the wall of text) totally useless.

Here’s some more boilerplate if you’re into that sort of thing: this site uses Google Analytics to measure and optimize the traffic to and experience of my site. Links on this site may contain affiliate links where a commission is earned when a sale is made.

What’s collected?

Comments

If a visitor leaves a comment on the site,  that data is 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.

Media

If you upload images to this 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. If you don’t know what that is, why are you uploading an image to my site, to begin with?

Cookies

If you leave a comment on this 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. Personally, I’ve been gluten-free for a long time because it sometimes causes hives. I’ve disabled comments since whenever I started adding “content” to this site because if you really want to chat with me, it’s not that hard to reach me.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, there might be a temporary cookie or something 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, this 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 at least two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies may or may not 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 sometime within 1 day or 1 year.

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. Just to be clear, if I embed content from another site (e.g., YouTube), I don’t own that site. I’m not responsible for anything to do with that site. In fact, I’m 100% positive that if I owned YouTube, I wouldn’t be sitting here right now updating my personal site’s Privacy Policy page.

Who your data is shared with

Google Analytics – DoN’t Be EvIl

How long your data is retained

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely (forevah).

For users that register on this website (if any), it also stores 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. Blah, blah, blah, blah.