Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy and EU-GDPR compliance

The European General Data Protection Regulation aims at protecting personal data of European citizens and at giving them more control over how their data are used. Every business or institution that offers services to European citizens is affected by this regulation, this also includes private blogs and websites. Website owners are required to inform their users about: the kind of data stored and used; for which purpose; and whether the data are sold or shared. Consent for using the data must be actively given. ‘Silent’ consent by not complaining isn’t valid. Users have the right to withdraw their consent at any time. Their data then have to be deleted if this is technically possible.

WordPress.com doesn’t give the blog owner many options to change the settings in a way that minimizes data storage. On my site, features like a spam filter, statistics, comments and a contact page are activated. Apart from the comments and the contact page, I can’t change anything. However, Automattic, which runs WordPress.com, is in the process of changing their privacy policy in order to be compliant with the GDPR. You can see their privacy policy here. Additional information can be found on the Automattic site, and on the WordPress.com blog.

My blog is noncommercial, personal, and meant as a creative outlet and to entertain my readers. If you read posts on my blog, follow me, want to leave a comment or contact me through the contact form, the following applies:

Comments

When you leave a comment, WordPress stores your gravatar name, IP Address, comment, and email address. Therefore, leaving a comment is considered a clear affirmative, specific, and unambiguous action as defined by the GDPR giving me consent to store this information, and permission to contact you in the future by email.

Your personal information will not be sold or shared with any third parties under any circumstances. Your information shall be retained until you unsubscribe or ask me to remove your data. If you feel your data has been misused, you have a right to complain to the US Federal Trade Commission. If you do not consent to the above, please don’t leave a comment. (source: Nicholas Rossis, modified)

Contact form

When you contact me through the contact form, I will be able to see your name and email address, and store it. I will not share nor sell the information obtained through the contact form. By using this form, you initiate a conversation and by doing so give consent to using your data for this purpose only. If you do not consent to this, please don’t contact me through the contact form.

Subscriptions

When you follow this blog, either through the reader or through email, your data will be stored. The data will not be used for any other purpose, nor shared or sold. If you don’t agree with this, please unfollow or unsubscribe.

Sharing

On each post, buttons for sharing the post on other social media platforms are activated. Be aware that when you are logged in on these sites, your movements-–the pages you read here on my blog-–can be tracked. By using these buttons, data is linked to your account and stored on these sites. If you are not comfortable with this, please do not use the sharing buttons.

More information

If you want to read more, or want to learn about wordpress.org pages, please visit Nicholas Rossis’ blog who  compiled interesting and important information for WordPress bloggers regarding the GDPR, and who kindly gave permission to his readers to use parts of his own texts and disclaimers.

 

 

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