Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is: https://thomasjowens.com. It is owned and maintained by Thomas J. Owens. If you have any questions, please contact: thomas.j.owens@gmail.com.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Contact forms

Our contact form collects the timestamp of submission, IP address, user agent, email address, and form data. This data is stored in our database and is emailed to our site owners and maintainers.

This data may also be submitted to the Akismet service for spam detection and prevention. Their privacy policy can be found at: https://automattic.com/privacy/.

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.

Subscriptions

To set up and process subscriptions, we use the subscriber’s email address, as well as the ID of the post or comment (depending on the specific subscription being processed). In the event of a new subscription being initiated, we also collect some basic server data, including all of the subscribing user’s HTTP request headers, the IP address from which the subscribing user is viewing the page, and the URI which was given in order to access the page. This server data used for the exclusive purpose of monitoring and preventing abuse and spam.

Cookies

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 visit our login page, 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 subscribe to content via email, cookies are set for up to 347 days to remember your subscription choices if, in fact, you have an active subscription.

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

We use Font Awesome to include vector icons on our site. See their privacy policy: https://fontawesome.com/privacy

Analytics

Analytics include post and page views, play counts for videos hosted by WordPress.com, outbound link clicks, referring URLs, search engine terms, and country.

For analytics purposes, we capture the 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 when viewing any pages on the site.

Some data is also shared with Jetpack to allow the maintainers of that service to track the performance of their code and services. Their privacy policy can be found at: https://automattic.com/privacy/.

Security

In order to check login activity and potentially block fraudulent attempts, the following information, we collect the attempting user’s IP address, attempting user’s email address/username (i.e. according to the value they were attempting to use during the login process), all IP-related HTTP headers attached to the attempting user, and metadata regarding failed login attempts. We do not require registration and there is no need for anyone other than administrators and maintainers to attempt to log in.

Who we share your data with

We do not sell the data that we hold within our databases with anyone else. We may disclose data in response to a subpoena, court order, or other governmental request or when we believe, in good faith, that disclosure is necessary to protect someone else, such as if there is imminent danger of death or serious physical injury.

How long we retain your data

Data stored within our database may be retained indefinitely.

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.

Additional information

How we protect your data

We host our site and domain on DNS on Dreamhost, using the DreamPress managed services. Please see their privacy policy and security resources: https://www.dreamhost.com/legal/privacy-policy/ and https://www.dreamhost.com/security/.