Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is: http://Wesley.Groleau.Email (or https://…).

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site the software collects 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 at: 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 (if you aren’t W. Wesley Groleau, you can’t), 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.

Contact forms

If you “subscribe” to e-mail notifications, your address and your confirmation are stored so that our hosting provider can ensure that we aren’t spamming you.  The address is used only to send those notifications.

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 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 (only Wes Groleau can do that!), 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

If an article on this site includes embedded content (e.g.,  videos, images, articles, etc.) from other websites, that content 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

There is a statistics module that helps us know general trends about site readership.  It doesn’t identify anyone.

Who we share your data with

Nobody!

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.

Since users cannot register on our website, they cannot have a user profile holding personal information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site (if you aren’t W. Wesley Groleau, you don’t) 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. If you have left comments, you can also request any of those things, but we may not be able to do it.  If you

Please note that Groleau.Email does not have the resources to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union (EU).  That law was intended to protect you from the sort of obnoxious spying and tracking commonly done by outfits like Google, Amazon, Facebook, and the U.S. National Security Agency¹ (NSA).  It asks us to do things that we aren’t able to do in order to guarantee we aren’t doing things we shouldn’t but which we don’t want to do anyway and couldn’t if we wanted to.

Where we send your data

Only to the database that makes the blog work, except that visitor comments may be checked by an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

If you leave a comment, the site asks you for an e-mail address.  You do not have to put a real address.  We do nothing with it as humans, but the software looks at it (and stores it) for spam-prevention. If you put personal information (usually a bad idea) in the text of your comment, it could be visible to anyone surfing the web.

Additional information

How we protect your data

We and/or our hosting provider keeps all the software updated to eliminate any security bugs discovered.  Our hosting provider also has monitoring tools to detect/prevent some kinds of attacks.

What data breach procedures we have in place

None.  If you put anything not mentioned above in a comment, any bad guys who figure out how to get it will take advantage of it, and we and/or you might not even know about it. So don’t post stuff you don’t want the world to know.

What third parties we receive data from

None.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

None.

¹I’m quite confident that NSA will not offer the opt-out measures that GDPR demands!