Privacy Policy

Who I am:

My website address is: http://autistic-octopus.com.

I am a US-based autistic blogger, who is blogging anonymously for my safety.

What personal data my site may collect and why:

Personal data is any data that could possibly identify you (ex: your name). On this site, it is collected if you want to leave a comment and/or contact me. We collect data to minimize spammers, and so that we know who we are responding to; it helps tailor my or Amanda’s replies!

The Privacy Policy has been set-up to help us comply with the EU’s GDPR policy, which went into effect on May 25, 2018. You can read about it here (easier) or read here (everything).

Comments:

For WordPress comments, which I do not currently have enabled. But in case I change my mind, I’ll leave this here:

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 site is using the GDPR-compliant plugin Fancy Facebook Comments. You can read their policies here.

Media

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. (The only place visitors can currently do this is by sharing images in comments, or by emailing them to me directly.)

Contact forms

I’m using Jetpack‘s comment forms. I have updated mine to include a consent agreement to the information being shared.

Cookies

I believe that this is only applicable if you are logged in via WordPress. I do not currently have WP logins enabled (for anyone besides me). If you come across something on my site which appears to use cookies, please let me know so that I can update my policy. I don’t always see what you see because I am always logged in. To the best of my knowledge, I have not intentionally turned on anything that uses cookies.

If you leave a comment on our site you may be given an option to 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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

Currently using stats via Jetpack.

Who I share your data with & what I may do with it:

I will never intentionally share your data with anyone unless a situation requires it (i.e. a legal situation) or you inspire a blog article.

If you inspire me to write something and it makes sense to mention you in some form, I will always ask your permission. I will never sell your data. I’m not making money off of this site. I will never subscribe you to a newsletter (heck, I barely have the spoon to blog, a newsletter is more than I can handle!).

How long I 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.

At this time, if you leave a Facebook comment, you will need to delete your own comments if you no longer want them on this site. I am waiting to hear back about an add-on for Fancy FB Comments which lets the site site own moderate comments left through this plugin. I will update this section if I am able to get that add-on.

Where I send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. This is for my protection, to reduce risk of the site being hacked, and to protect other autistics who may comment from being trolled by spammers in the comment sections.

Your contact information

I will use it to contact you if you ask me something.

How I protect your data

This is not a SSL (https://) website. They cost more. I am not selling anything through this site. If the time came where I did sell something (i.e. a book, t-shirts, whatever), I would have any financial data go through a site that absolutely is secure (ex: PayPal, Amazon, Zazzle, TeePublic, etc).

Last updated 27 May 2018.

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