When visitors leave comments on the site, we collect the data shown in the comments form, as well as the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string. This information is collected to aid in spam detection and ensure the security of our website.

If you choose to use Gravatar, an anonymized string (hash) created from your email address may be provided to the Gravatar service to check if you have a profile picture associated with that email address. The Gravatar service’s privacy policy can be found at https://automattic.com/privacy/. If your comment is approved, your profile picture will be visible to the public along with your comment.

For media uploaded to the website, we recommend avoiding images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) as visitors to the website can download and extract this location data from the images.

Regarding cookies, if you leave a comment on our site, you have the option to save your name, email address, and website in cookies. These cookies are provided for your convenience so that you do not have to re-enter your details when leaving another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

When you visit our login page, a temporary cookie is set to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie does not contain any personal data and will be discarded when you close your browser.

If you log in, we will set up several cookies to save your login information and screen display choices. Login cookies will last for two days, while screen options cookies will last for a year. If you choose “Remember Me” during login, your login will persist for two weeks. Logging out of your account will remove the login cookies.

Additionally, when you edit or publish an article, a cookie will be saved in your browser, which contains no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. This cookie expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites, such as videos, images, or articles, behaves in the same way as if you have visited the other website directly. These external websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed third-party tracking, and monitor your interactions with the embedded content, even if you have an account and are logged in on those websites.

If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.

Regarding data retention, if you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata will be retained indefinitely. This is done to facilitate the automatic approval of any follow-up comments and avoid holding them in a moderation queue.

For users who register on our website, we store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time, except for their username, which cannot be changed. Website administrators also have access to view and edit this information.

You have the right to request an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us, if you have an account on this site or have left comments. Additionally, you can request the erasure of any personal data we hold about you. However, this does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.