The Nitty Gritty


Some questions and my answers

Who are you?

Well, I’m slightly offended that you had to ask. Mostly because it is a stark reminder that I’m not as world-famous as I’d like to sometimes tell myself. But for the record, I Wrote Those is a personal blog run by Sid Balachandran. The website address is: http://iwrotethose.com.

What kind of personal data do you collect? Why do you collect it?

In order to streamline and enhance your experience, this blog does collect some information. Yes, there are some third-party plugins involved for the purpose of this collection. They are: Jetpack, Google Analytics, Yoast SEO, Contact Form

Cookies (No, not the ones you eat. Although we are contemplating expanding into a bakery)
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to save 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 2 days, & screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, the 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 (with no personal data) will be saved in your browser. It expires after 1 day.

Contact forms
Any visitor or user information that is collected via any of the contact forms on this blog is used for the sole purpose of interacting with the users. None of this information is disclosed on any other platforms. When you submit the contact form on the site, both the data on the contact form as well as your IP address is collected for reference.

Comments
I believe that the key to the success of any website or blog is the interaction that the visitors have with the content. So, as a visitor, when you leave a comment (or comments) in the comments form of the site, that information/data is collected and stored in our database. Additionally, we also collect and store the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help with spam detection as well as to find out where our visitors are located.
NB:You may find the Gravatar service privacy policy here: https://automattic.com/privacy/.

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 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 tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Media
While there is currently no option on the site for visitors to upload any images, should that option be available, please avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. This is because visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Okay. All that is well and good, but for how long you retain my data?

Great question. If (and I sincerely hope you will) leave a comment, the comment and its metadata (that is the additional details I mentioned earlier) are retained indefinitely. If you’re like me, you too would want to preserve those good comments to remind you of how great your visitors are. But there’s also another reason. We do it so that we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. After all, being held in a queue is boring, isn’t it? For users that register on our website (we currently don’t have 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.

So, what is my right over my data on your site?

Cutting right to the chase, are we? 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.

Do you send my data anywhere?

Nope. Nada. Not at all. But visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. Because let’s face it, who likes spam?

Is there anything else?

Yes, I’m Batman. Okay, okay, back to the topic. I think that covers most of it, but in the interest of making sure we’re all on the same page, here’s a very short condensed version:

This awesome blog (yes, I have to keep telling myself that for motivation!) does not share personal information with third parties nor do we store any information about your visit to this blog, other than to analyse and optimise your content and reading experience through the use of cookies. Although these cookies can’t be eaten, you certainly can turn off the use of cookies any time by changing your specific browser settings. While I do love my content to go viral (who doesn’t!), we are not responsible for republished content from this blog on other blogs or websites without our permission.

And as always, this privacy policy is subject to change without notice and was last updated on May 22nd, 2018. But if we do change it, the changes will be posted on the blog so that our visitors are always aware of the updates, as well as the information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances (if any), we will disclose it.

If you have any further questions feel free to contact me directly at: sid@iwrotethose.com

Privately yours,
Sid @ IWroteThose