Ok, so here’s the deal with the privacy policy…

it’s hard writing one. Therefore, we here at the Chapsterhood (where by ‘we’ I mean the people on the ‘About’ page, a pretty loose collection of individuals) have settled the matter by simply collecting and sharing no personally identifiable data on website visitors at all. Actually, the main reason for that is that we hold the seemingly unpopular view that people should not be commercially surveilled. Point is, we the Chapsterhood want none of your personally identifiable data. Keep it to yourself.

Even so, there’s so some patently obvious stuff we’re required to explain here.

First, our hosting provider might collect some personal data for analytics purposes, even though they seemed like such nice guys. We can’t be held liable for that.

Second, sometimes you make us have to hold some personal data of yours (e.g. you send us an e-mail and there’s your name and e-mail address; you submit your e-mail address to the newsletter list; or you leave a comment). We share that data with no one, and only use it for the purpose you gave it to us for (e.g. having an e-mail address and name to direct a reply to; sending you posts by e-mail; or having a name attached to the comment). We may also check comments through an automated spam detection software.

Third, the Chapsterhood doesn’t exist in a bubble, so we sometimes have embedded content coming from websites that don’t agree with our data stance. We make best efforts to curb the data collection enthusiasm of anything we embed. Sometimes we just don’t embed things we consider privacy predatory (looking at you, Facebook LIKE buttons). Still, it may happen, every now and then, that some embedded content from a third party collects and stores some personal data on you, possibly by use of cookies or trackers. We can’t be held responsible for any of the activity of third parties. Still, third party tracking annoys us, so we recommend you to take measures yourself to protect your privacy. Get Ghostery or CookieAutoDelete or something.

Fourth, we use analytics software to see how many hits the site gets, and where they come from. Hence, we collect your IP address, which is anonymized and stored for one year. We also collect a few other things, see below. It can’t be tracked back to you, but you should know that nonetheless.

Fifth, in case you use Gravatar, you may receive a cookie from it if you comment with Gravatar. See below. Comment section is also protected by Akismet. See below.

And yes, we’re GDPR compliant. We love GDPR, even though it made some collateral damage at the time of its enactment (RIP VRais app).

 

That being said, here’s the detailed privacy policy:

 

Who we are

Our website address is: https://www.chapsterhood.com.

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.

This website also uses Akismet to prevent spam in the comment section. See the privacy notice under the comment submission form on any page for details on how Akismet processes data to achieve this.

Contact forms

Contact forms and subscription forms contain some personal data you volunteer (e.g. your name, your e-mail address), which we share with no one and only use for contacting purposes.

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.

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.

With respect to the ‘social share’ buttons embedded in posts or at the bottom of posts, from Heateor: “[Heateor’s] plugins send request to third party APIs via website-visitor’s web browser to fetch information (like social shares, social comment count). This request made by web browser may include IP address, which can then be seen by the third-party that it’s being requested from. This API request doesn’t include any personal data of the website user other than the IP address.”

 

Analytics

Usage Data

We may also collect information on how the Service is accessed and used (“Usage Data”). This Usage Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol address (e.g. IP address), browser type, browser version, referral data from other web pages and search engines, the pages of our Service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.

Who we share your data with

No one, save for the hosting company that physically holds our server.

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.

Post Kinds stores extra data in a post indicating what you are responding to. This data is either hand-added or can be parsed from the source URL if provided.

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.

Analytics data is stored for one year, because we have limited disk space and don’t want to waste it on user stats, which are anonymized anyway.

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

Information Collection and Use

For a better experience while using our Service, we may require you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information, including but not limited to your name, phone number, and postal address. The information that we collect will be used to contact or identify you.

Log Data

We want to inform you that whenever you visit our Service, we collect information that your browser sends to us that is called Log Data. This Log Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser version, pages of our Service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, and other statistics.

Cookies

Cookies are files with small amount of data that is commonly used an anonymous unique identifier. These are sent to your browser from the website that you visit and are stored on your computer’s hard drive.

Our website uses these “cookies” to collection information and to improve our Service. You have the option to either accept or refuse these cookies, and know when a cookie is being sent to your computer. If you choose to refuse our cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Service.

Service Providers

We may employ third-party companies and individuals due to the following reasons:

  • To facilitate our Service;
  • To provide the Service on our behalf;
  • To perform Service-related services; or
  • To assist us in analyzing how our Service is used.

We want to inform our Service users that these third parties have access to your Personal Information. The reason is to perform the tasks assigned to them on our behalf. However, they are obligated not to disclose or use the information for any other purpose.

Security

We value your trust in providing us your Personal Information, thus we are striving to use commercially acceptable means of protecting it. But remember that no method of transmission over the internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure and reliable, and we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Links to Other Sites

Our Service may contain links to other sites. If you click on a third-party link, you will be directed to that site. Note of these external sites are not operated by us. Therefore, we strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of these websites. We have no control over, and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third-party sites or services.

Children’s Privacy

Our Services do not address anyone under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect personal identifiable information from children under 13. In the case we discover that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information, we immediately delete this from our servers. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your child has provided us with personal information, please contact us so that we will be able to do necessary actions.

Changes to This Privacy Policy

We may update our Privacy Policy from time to time. Thus, we advise you to review this page periodically for any changes. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page. These changes are effective immediately, after they are posted on this page.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or suggestions about our Privacy Policy, do not hesitate to contact us.

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