See, there’s this thing called GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). You can read about it on the EU GDPR Information Portal or in a two part article Create If Writing site. Part 1 and Part 2. The articles are geared more toward us bloggers and website owners but it has great information about what the heck all this is about.
Basically it means I gotta tell you:
– my site (everything is based on WordPress) creates cookies and puts it/them in your browser when you visit
– to leave a comment, you have to provide your email address. However, comments are turned off throughout most of this website.
What happens with that information? Not a thing. Seriously.
– The website cookie sets it so the next time you visit, the site loads faster (or not).
– On posts and pages that allow comments, the email address is needed to stop spammers and frankly, I never look at them. No one else can either. I don’t sell them or use them without your consent. And not sure how I would use them anyway.
Bottom line? This site collects data about you that is never used. This site does not have ads. Not even Google ads. I don’t link you to Facebook or make you sign in through them. You don’t have to sign in at all in order to read and/or comment.
If you don’t like the privacy issues, there are two options:
– leave this site, go into your browser’s cookies, delete the ones from this site, and never visit here again. And also clean out your browser’s cache. Done.
– don’t leave a comment
But what if you WANT to visit this site and leave comments???
– Use a cookie management extension. I use Self Destroying Cookies with my Firefox.
– Comment away and feel safe that I do nothing with the data. Nothing. Not even sure where it is. Somewhere in the highly guarded, well maintained, untouchable SQL database, I’m sure.