Disclosure and Privacy Policy

Disclosure

This blog is a personal blog which is written and edited by myself, Kate Jones (unless I feature guest posts, which are written by the guest poster[s] identified). If you have questions about the blog, please contact me via my blog contact form (see the “Contact Me!” page on the menu of my blog).

Privacy Policy

I value the privacy of you, my readers, and want you to know about how I use your data — when, why and how I collect it and how it is kept safe.

I collect personal data through email subscriptions, through comments on my blog posts, through clicks from WordPress users on my blog, through the makeup of my WordPress site, through cookies on wordpress.com and via the contact form on my blog for blog administration purposes and because of your consent. Read on to find out more (don’t worry — it’s not as scary as it sounds!).

By using my site and/or communicating your data in these different ways, you consent to the terms of my privacy policy.

Email subscriptions

If you have a WordPress account, you are able to follow my blog through this account. However, if you do not have a WordPress account, you may wish to follow my blog through the email subscription service that WordPress offers. I appreciate being able to have this extra option of getting more people seeing my content. If you subscribe to my blog in this latter way, you consent to your email address becoming visible to myself only in the management area of my WordPress account. Your email address is used by WordPress for the process of sending you an update whenever I publish a new post on my blog. I do not share your email address with any third parties but accept no responsibility if WordPress chooses to share your email address with third parties.

You don’t have to be a WordPress user to manage what you subscribe to on WordPress via email: just go to https://subscribe.wordpress.com/. However, if you find yourself unable to unsubscribe to my blog via email and want to manage the data I hold about you, please see below.

Using my contact form

If you would like to contact me privately or send me a comment about my blog privately, you can do so via the contact form provided on my blog (go to the menu to find the “Contact Me!” page). By submitting a comment, you consent to submitting a name, email address, IP address, whether or not you are a verified WordPress user and any other information which may identify you in the comment that you write and/or the contact form’s optional space to leave a website address, to my email account and to the management section of my WordPress account, which are both accessible by myself only. The information that you submit will be used by myself to respond to your comment and for identification (e.g. to see if those using the form are people I know or people who I have interacted with on my blog and social media before) and security purposes and will not be shared by myself with any third parties. However, I accept no responsibility if WordPress chooses to share your information with third parties. I will delete emails submitted through my contact form after two years has passed since the “received” date of individual messages (unless extenuating circumstances apply).

If you want to manage the data I hold about you through use of my contact form, please see below.

Leaving comments on my blog

If you would like to leave a public comment on one of my blog posts, I’d love to hear from you! If you are not leaving a comment on my blog via a WordPress account/any form of account on the WordPress system in some form, you can instead leave a comment without logging in (see the comment area under “Leave a Reply” on blog posts and click on the comment box). If you do the latter, you consent to submitting a name, email address, and any other information which may identify you in the comment that you write and/or the comment form’s optional website address box, via the comment form. If you use the comment form in this latter manner, please note that you consent to your name and comment (and the website address you submitted, if you chose to submit one) being visible on the page you have commented on, whether or not you are logged into WordPress. If you submit a comment via a WordPress account, please note that, unless you have different settings, you consent to your username and comment, as well as a link to your WordPress site and a link to your Gravatar profile, being visible on the page you have commented on, whether or not you are logged into WordPress. A anonymised string created from your email address (also known as a “hash”) may be provided to the Gravatar service for it to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy can be viewed here.

When posting a comment on my blog, it is also important to note, whether you are logged into a WordPress account or not, that on the management section of my blog accessible by myself only, your name provided/WordPress username, email address, website (if you submitted one or are logged into a WordPress account, in which case it will be the site associated with your account) and IP address will be logged along with your comment (unless you have different settings in some way).

The information I collect via comments is for the purposes of being able to tell who the commenters are (e.g. to see if the commenters are people I know or people who I have interacted with on my blog and social media before) and for security purposes. I do not share the data you submit via comments with any third parties, but I accept no responsibility if WordPress chooses to share the data with third parties. Additionally, please note that I accept no responsibility for others sharing any data that is publicly visible on comments on my blog.

If you want to manage the data I hold about you through comments left on my blog, please see below.

Information for WordPress users

If you access my blog while logged in to a WordPress account, you consent to WordPress displaying the amount of times you have clicked on my blog from your account on the analytics page of my account, which is accessible by myself only. This analytics page is built in for those hosting their blogs on wordpress.com (like me), and I use the data to identify who has visited my blog (e.g. to see if anyone I recognise visits my blog). I do not share details about clicks on my blog from WordPress users with third parties, but I accept no responsibility for WordPress choosing to share this data with third parties.

If you want to manage data I hold about you in this manner, please see below.

My WordPress site makeup

Since setting up my WordPress blog, the only widgets I have personally installed are those that display my Twitter and Instagram posts as they go online. Therefore, I can only presume that other data-collection tools that my site uses (see here for an idea: https://katejones50.wordpress.com/) have automatically come with my WordPress account. For the terms of service for WordPress.com and Automattic (who own WordPress.com), see below. By using my site, you consent to these tools using the personal data that they collect from operating my blog.

Cookies

By using this site, you agree to the use of the cookies that wordpress.com blogs use. A consent banner is displayed on the homepage of my site for you to accept, with consent lasting 180 days. You can delete cookies in your Internet browser.

Managing your data

If you want to view, amend, or delete the personal information that I hold about you in any way that is connected to my blog, please contact me via the “Contact Me!” form on my blog, or send a private message to my Twitter or Instagram account (the handle for both is @kate_jones50).

WordPress.com’s Terms of Service and Automattic’s Privacy Policy

WordPress.com’s Terms of Service (WordPress.com being the site on which this blog is hosted) can be found here. Automattic’s privacy policy (Automattic owns WordPress.com) can be found here.

About this privacy policy

This privacy policy will next be reviewed on 24th May 2019. I reserve the right to make changes to the policy without prior notice. If I make any changes to this blog which are related to personal data collection, this policy will be updated to reflect this.

Kate

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