For the ‘Adventurous Ancestors’ WordPress blog to comply with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), it is required to tell site visitors about any personal data collected and to delete that data upon request.
Information provided by site visitors will never be shared with a third party without their express consent, unless required to do so by law.
Who we are:
The website address of the ‘Adventurous Ancestors’ blog is:
The ‘Adventurous Ancestors’ blog does not share site visitors’ data, except with those processes driven by the use of WordPress and Automattic (which is the software behind this site).
The ‘Adventurous Ancestors’ blog is hosted on the WordPress.com blogging platform that is owned and hosted online by Automattic.
The privacy and cookie policies of WordPress and Automattic can be found below:
Blog traffic data
‘Adventurous Ancestors’ is a personal blog with no industry links.
Any advertisements that visitors see on this blog are automatically generated by WordPress and Automattic to help keep their features free. The ‘Adventurous Ancestors’ site owner does not control the advertisements that appear.
The site owner of the ‘Adventurous Ancestors’ blog has access to the following non-personal, collective ‘blog traffic statistics’ about browsing visitor activity on the blog:
- Post and page views
- Video plays
- Outbound link clicks
- Referring URLs and search engine terms
As part of collating the above information, Automattic uses browsing visitors’ personal data like IP address, WordPress.com user ID (if logged in), WordPress.com username (if logged in), user agent, visiting URL, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, and country code.
However, this personal information about browsing visitors is NOT made available to site owners like ‘Adventurous Ancestors’.
For example, the ‘Adventurous Ancestors’ site owner can see that a specific post has 285 views, but cannot see which specific users/accounts viewed that post. Furthermore, the Stats logs, in which this information is stored, are only retained for 28 days.
However, the site owner can view some personal data of visitors who choose to directly interact with the ‘Adventurous Ancestors’ blog and site owner, (eg, when site visitors use follows, likes, comments, or when contact is made via the ‘contact form’).
Collection of personal data
Likes and Comments:
When a visitors leaves a ‘like’ or ‘comment’ on a post, or page of this blog, then this ‘like’ or ‘comment’ will become public.
Visitor comments will initially be checked through Akismet which is an automated spam detection service made by Automattic.
Furthermore, all comments are manually reviewed by ‘Adventurous Ancestors’ site owner prior to publication.
When a visitor comments on an ‘Adventurous Ancestors’ blog post, then their WordPress.com user ID (if logged in), WordPress.com username (if logged in), WordPress.com public profile picture (if logged in), website, email address and IP address becomes visible to the site owner via the blog management dashboard.
If visitors are logged into WordPress.com then, (after approval of their comment), their WordPress.com user ID, WordPress.com username and WordPress.com public profile picture becomes publically visible on the website in the context of their comment.
If site visitors’ comments include their website address, then other visitors will be able to ‘click through’ to their website.
When site visitors leave a comment, then the comment and it’s data are retained indefinitely on the blog.
If site visitors have commented on any blog posts and require their comments to be deleted or modified, then they should request this with a comment on the ‘Adventurous Ancestors’ blog, or make contact with the site owner via the ‘contact form’.
When visitors contact the ‘Adventurous Ancestors’ site owner via the ‘contact form’, then their name (optional), email address (optional), subject (required), message (required) and IP address will be received and stored in the ‘Adventurous Ancestors’ private email inbox.
If visitors have indicated that a reply is required then their email address will only be used to reply and correspond about the subject matter. It will not be shared with a third party, or used for any marketing purposes.
If visitors want their contact form, or subsequent email correspondence to be deleted (from the ‘Adventurous Ancestors’ private email inbox), then they should request this by email, or make contact via the ‘contact form’.
Visitors following via WordPress.com:
When visitors follow ‘Adventurous Ancestors’ via WordPress.com, then their WordPress.com user ID, WordPress.com username and Wordpress.com public profile picture will be visible to the site owner and stored on the blog management dashboard.
Depending on visitor’s WordPress notification settings, followers may receive email notifications from WordPress.com. There will always be an ‘unsusbscibe’ link at the bottom of these emails.
Followers can also change their email settings via the ‘Manage Subscriptions’ link at the bottom of emails from WordPress.com.
If followers use the WordPress.com Reader function, then they can also manage their notification and subscription settings from there.
Visitors following via Email:
When visitors sign up to the ‘Adventurous Ancestors’ blog to receive new posts by email, then their email address will be visible to the site owner and stored on the blog management dashboard.
Email subscribers may unsubscribe at any time. There will always be an ‘unsusbscibe’ link at the bottom of the email, or they can make an unsubscribe request via the ‘contact form’.
Data breach procedures:
A manual process will be invoked should any data breach occur and website users will be notified.
If site visitors have previously agreed to their personal information being used, then they can change their mind at any time by contacting the blog via this ‘contact form’.
Site visitors may also request a copy of any data held about them. Such requests should be submitted via the ‘contact form’.