Privacy Policy

May 22, 2018

Who I am

This website address is:

What personal data I collect and why I collect it


I use Disqus for comments- you can find the information that they collect detailed at their support center. Of note, prior to the release of GDPR, IP addresses were exposed in admin views. They will be pseudonyomized, so that individual users can still be banned – but their privacy will not be violated.

If Disqus is unavailable, the WP Comments platform will be used.


If you upload images to the 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.

Contact forms

I do have a contact form for a newsletter – I maintain this through Mailchimp, and this list will never be used for anything other than a newsletter.


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.

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 after 1 day.

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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


We use PerformanceMetrics and Google Analytics to track our site metrics.

PerformanceMetrics uses a cookie to track data, and from their help guide, they state: “We value the privacy of visitors to web sites monitored by our service. By default, we do not log any personal data, other than a tracking cookie containing a randomly generated Unique ID (“UID”); IP addresses are anonymized, “Do Not Track” headers and global opt out cookies are honored, and custom data tracking is disabled (which can be used to attach extra data to a visitor, potentially including personal info such as name or email).”  All I can see is that a particular user visited from a general area at a specific time, and how much time you’ve spent on the site.  The information is not specific enough for me to see who particular users are.

Really Simple SSL

Really Simple SSL and Really Simple SSL add-ons do not process any personal identifiable information, so the GDPR does not apply to these plugins or usage of these plugins on your website. You can find our privacy policy here.

Who we share your data with

If you sign up for my mailing address, your email is saved to MailChimp. Beyond that, I do not share your data directly with anyone. All data shared with my analytics and ad network is anonymized.

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.

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.

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 through WP may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

If you have any questions, you can contact me at whitney.drake @