Hi folk, Wylde and Free is a personal blog. Just as I am invested in protecting my own privacy online, so too I respect and am invested in protecting your privacy as a reader of this blog.
There are three types of information I collect about visitors via this website:
- Information about visitors using cookies, from which individuals are not personally identifiable. This includes information collected through Google Analytics.
- Information about individual visitors (name and email address) when you/they subscribe to receive posts by email.
- Information about individual visitors that they provide by commenting on the blog.
Google Analytics and other cookies
I use a third-party service, Google Analytics, to collect details of visitor behaviour patterns and standard internet log information. Google Analytics does this using cookies. Cookies are small data files that are placed on your computer, phone or other devices when you visit this website. They are used to ‘remember’ your device’s access to this website.
The information collected using Google Analytics does not personally identify anyone. For example, the data could tell me how many people have visited a specific blog post, but not which visitors have read which blog posts. It can also tell me how people found the site, or how a given visitor moved from post-to-post. It is also possible to use Google Analytics to find out more information about the demographics of visitors to the blog, in aggregate. I do not make any attempt to find out the individual identities of those visiting this website through Google Analytics or through any other means.
This website also uses some other cookies to collect information about your use of the site. For example, when you set your privacy preferences, cookies are used to “remember” these so that you don’t have to set them again next time you visit the website.
Cookies do not allow me to collect or record information about your name, address or other contact details. You are in control of the cookies set on your device – you can clear them at any time, which would lead this website (and others) to “forget” your previously set preferences. You can also ‘disable’ or ‘reject’ cookies in your website browser, though doing so may cause this website not to display or function properly.
Subscribing to get posts by email
If you sign up to get posts in your inbox, I will collect your name (first name, and optionally, last name) and email address. I use that information to send you the posts I publish. I may occasionally send additional emails relating to the blog to subscribers, for example to provide you with any information about changes to the blog.
I use a third-party plugin – MC4WP: Mailchimp for WordPress – to collect this information, and a third-party provider, MailChimp, to store your data and deliver the blog posts to you via email. MC4WP cannot access your personal data – it flows directly to Mailchimp. Via Mailchimp, I gather statistics on email opening and clicks, which lets me know how many people are actually opening the posts they receive by email. To find out more, please see MailChimp’s parent company Intuit’s Privacy Notice. My husband Aaron also has access to this information (our MailChimp account is shared).
You can unsubscribe from receiving blog posts in your inbox at any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any of the emails you receive.
When you leave a comment on a blog post or page, you provide either your name and email address to do so, or connect your comment to an existing account (for example Disqus, Facebook, Google, or Twitter). Whatever information you provide in the comment will be visible to me and to other visitors to the blog. Be aware that if you comment by logging in to an existing account, you will be identifiable through that log-in to me and other visitors to the blog. Even if you are not logged in, your comment, and the name you provide, will be public. I will also be able to see your email address, for moderation purposes, but other users will not.
You can read the site’s comments policy here.
Making changes to your information
You are entitled to view, amend, or delete the personal information that we hold. The only personal information I hold is your name and email address, if you have subscribed to receive posts by email, and any information you have provided via commenting on the blog. To amend or delete this information, please email your request to me, Rachel, via firstname.lastname@example.org