Privacy Policy

Who I Am

This page serves as notice of the privacy policy for this site. I am Berin Kinsman, a private individual. This site is operated by me and me alone to discuss the craft of writing and related topics. My website address is: https://berinkinsman.com.

What Personal Data I Collect (and Why)

This site is powered by WordPress and is hosted by Namecheap. WordPress does not collect any personal data about visitors, and only collects the data shown on the User Profile screen from registered users. You are not required to register in order to use this site, or to leave comments.

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site I collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. This information also allows me to block abusive users.

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. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Contact Forms

When you use the contact form in this site, you are required to enter an email address. This is so I can reply to you as needed. Information is not stored in any of the site’s systems, but may remain in my email inbox and contacts.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on my 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 visit the site’s login page, it 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, it 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

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos) that originates on other websites. This content behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website. They 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.

Analytics

WordPress does not collect any analytics data, i.e. personalized information on your internet usage. However, webhost Namecheap may collect some anonymous analytics data.

Who I Share Your Data With

WordPress does not share any personal data with anyone, and neither do it.

How Long I Retain Your Data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so the system can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on the website (if any), it also stores the personal information provided in your user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). I can also see and edit that information.

What Rights You Have Over Your Data

If you have a registered account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data I hold about you, including any data you have provided to the site. You can also request that I erase any personal data the system holds about you. This excludes any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, and security purposes.

Where I Send Your Data

Visitor comments may be checked through Akismet, an automated spam detection service.

Privacy Policy Questions

If you have additional question regarding this privacy policy, you can use the contact form and I will answer them as best as I can.