What personal data we collect and why we collect it

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.

Contact forms

When you fill out a contact form on our website, we store a copy of the form on our servers using SSL encryption during the submission of the form. A copy of the form is then sent via email using SSL transmission to a member of the Graywell Design team responsible for responding to your form. No data from the contact form submissions are shared with any other companies without your permission.

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, 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

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

Analytics

Like millions of other website owners, we use Google Analytics on graywelldesign.com

Google Analytics is a piece of software that grabs data about my visitors (you). It’s something like an advanced server log.

What does Google Analytics record?

  • What website you came from to get here.
  • How long you stay for.
  • What kind of computer you’re using.
  • And quite a bit more.

What do we do with your data?

The tracking information allows us to better understand the kind of people who come to our site and what content they’re reading. This allows us to make better decisions about design and writing.

Occasionally, we will compile aggregate statistics about the number of visitors this site receives and browsers being used. No personally identifying data is included in this type of reporting, and thus there is no personally identifiable data stored on our servers in regards to visitor tracking.

All of our activity falls within the bounds of the Google Analytics Terms of Service.

Want to opt out of tracking?

You can  opt out of Google’s advertising tracking cookie or use a browser plugin to opt out of all Google Analytics tracking software.

Who we share your data with

Currently Graywell Design uses Google Analytics visitor tracking and uses the afore mentioned cookies solely for the purpose of website usage tracking. If you chose to create a subscriber account with Graywell Design, we will not share any personally identifiable information with any other companies or persons. Your privacy is important to us.

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.

For users that register on our website (if 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.

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.

Where we send your data

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

Contact information

If you have any questions regarding privacy, please reach out to us at [email protected] and we would be happy to help you.

Additional information

How we protect your data

Graywell Design uses SSL encryption to ensure that your connection to our website is secure and encrypted. Any browsing or login information is encrypted using standard SSL practices.

What data breach procedures we have in place

In the event that we do suffer a data breach, we will notify any potentially affected user of the breach and force reset the user’s password.