Privacy Policy

Who we are

My name is Jeffery To and this is my personal website.

This privacy policy uses the royal “we” because saying “I collect your data” is creepy.

Our website address is: https://thingsthemselves.com.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

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.

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.

Cookies

We use a web traffic analysis service (see “Analytics” below), which will set three cookies, two to distinguish unique users and one to throttle the request rate. These cookies will last for two years, twenty-four hours, and one minute, respectively.

If you choose to opt-out of analytics tracking for this site, we will set a cookie to remember your decision. This cookie will last until the year 2100.

If you close the cookie notice at the bottom of the browser window, we will set a cookie to remember this action, so that you are not prompted with this banner in the future. This cookie will last for one month.

If you leave a comment on our site you may 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.

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.

Analytics

This site uses the Google Analytics service for web traffic analysis. Google’s privacy policy can be found at: https://policies.google.com/privacy. To opt-out of analytics tracking for this site, click here.

Who we share your data with

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are sent to the Akismet automated spam detection service, to help reduce comment spam. In addition to the information you provide in the comments form (your name, email address, website, and comment), data sent to Aksimet include your IP address, browser user agent string, and browser referrer string.

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 may be checked through the Akismet automated spam detection service. See “Who we share your data with” above for details.

Contact information

You may contact me via email at jeffery.to@gmail.com with any concerns you may have regarding this site and its collection and/or usage of your personal information.