At https://blog.kristenburns.com, the privacy of our visitors is of extreme importance to us. This privacy policy document outlines the types of personal information received and collected by this site and how it is used.

 

Who We Are

Our website address is: https://blog.kristenburns.com.

 

Services/Features That May Collect Data and/or Use Cookies When You Use This Site

– Comments
– Email Subscriptions
– WordPress Subscriptions
– Jetpack Like Button
– Jetpack Sharing
– Jetpack Protect
– WordPress.com Stats
– Akismet
– Media
– Third Party Applications/Embedded Content from Other Websites
– Amazon

More information about your privacy in relation to all of these can be found in their respective sections below.

 

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form (name, email, website URL if applicable), 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.

Names and website URLs will be publicly visible, but email addresses will not.

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 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.

 

Email Subscriptions

When visitors submit their email address to subscribe to this blog or to subscribe to comments for a post, we collect their email address. These email addresses will be used for sending notifications of new posts or comments.

Data Used: To initiate and process subscriptions, the following information is used: subscriber’s email address and 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 (REQUEST_URI and DOCUMENT_URI). This server data used for the exclusive purpose of monitoring and preventing abuse and spam.

Activity Tracked: Functionality cookies are set for a duration of 347 days to remember a visitor’s blog and post subscription choices if, in fact, they have an active subscription.

As this feature is from a third party service, you can find more info in the Automattic Privacy Policy.

 

WordPress Subscriptions

This feature is only accessible to users logged in to WordPress.com.

When anyone follows this website using the WordPress feed reader, their WordPress.com username and URL (if applicable) are collected.

As this feature is from a third party service, you can find more info in the Automattic Privacy Policy.

 

Jetpack Like Button

This feature is only accessible to users logged in to WordPress.com.

Data Used: In order to process a post like action, the following information is used: IP address, WordPress.com user ID, WordPress.com username, WordPress.com-connected site ID (on which the post was liked), post ID (of the post that was liked), user agent, timestamp of event, browser language, country code.

Activity Tracked: Post likes.

As this feature is from a third party service, you can find more info in the Automattic Privacy Policy.

 

Jetpack Sharing

Data Used: When sharing content via email (this option is only available if Akismet is active on the site), the following information is used: sharing party’s name and email address (if the user is logged in, this information will be pulled directly from their account), IP address (for spam checking), user agent (for spam checking), and email body/content. This content will be sent to Akismet (also owned by Automattic) so that a spam check can be performed. Additionally, if reCAPTCHA (by Google) is enabled by the site owner, the sharing party’s IP address will be shared with that service. You can find Google’s privacy policy here.

As this feature is from a third party service, you can find more info in the Automattic Privacy Policy.

 

Jetpack Protect

Data Used: In order to check login activity and potentially block fraudulent attempts, the following information is used: 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), and all IP-related HTTP headers attached to the attempting user.

Activity Tracked: Failed login attempts (these include IP address and user agent). We also set a cookie (jpp_math_pass) for 1 day to remember if/when a user has successfully completed a math captcha to prove that they’re a real human. Learn more about this cookie.

Data Synced (?): Failed login attempts, which contain the user’s IP address, attempted username or email address, and user agent information.

WordPress.com Stats

Data Used: 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, country code. Important: The site owner does not have access to any of this information via this feature. For example, a site owner can see that a specific post has 285 views, but he/she cannot see which specific users/accounts viewed that post. Stats logs — containing visitor IP addresses and WordPress.com usernames (if available) — are retained by Automattic for 28 days and are used for the sole purpose of powering this feature.

Activity Tracked: Cookies are used to tally the unique numbers of visitors to a site, as well as the number from specific geographic locations. Activity tracked includes post and page views, video plays (if videos are hosted by WordPress.com), outbound link clicks, referring URLs and search engine terms, and country. When this module is enabled, Jetpack also tracks performance on each page load that includes the Javascript file used for tracking stats. This is exclusively for aggregate performance tracking across Jetpack sites in order to make sure that our plugin and code is not causing performance issues. This includes the tracking of page load times and resource loading duration (image files, Javascript files, CSS files, etc.). The site owner has the ability to force this feature to honor DNT settings of visitors. By default, DNT is currently not honored.

As this feature is from a third party service, you can find more info in the Automattic Privacy Policy.

 

Akismet

If Akismet (owned by Automattic) is enabled on the site, the following information is sent to the service for the sole purpose of spam checking: commenter’s name, email address, site URL, IP address, and user agent.

As this feature is from a third party service, you can find more info in the Automattic Privacy Policy.

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.

 

Third Party Applications/Embedded Content from Other Websites

Articles on this site may include third party applications and embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). These include social media platforms (such as Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest) through the use of sharing buttons, as well as embedded content from other websites (such as YouTube). Embedded 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. We have no direct control over the information that is collected by these cookies. Please see their respective privacy policies for more information.

 

Amazon

As an Amazon US affiliate (more information on that in its respective section below), this website contains links to Amazon. These links use cookies to track the type of link clicked and to remember the affiliate ID associated with link clicked. By clicking these links, you will be subject to Amazon’s privacy policy, which can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=footer_privacy?ie=UTF8&nodeId=468496

 

Where We Send Your Data

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

 

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.

Email and WordPress reader subscriptions may be canceled via the ‘unsubscribe’ button in the emails you’ve received, or by following the instructions provided at this link: https://en.support.wordpress.com/following/.

Likes can be removed (unliked) by following the instructions provided at this link: https://en.support.wordpress.com/likes/.

If you wish to disable cookies, you may do so through your individual browser options. Please check your browser’s help section for instructions on how to do this.

 

How We Protect Your Data

We have an SSL through Let’s Encrypt, and our website uses HTTPS.

 

What Data Breach Procedures We Have in Place

If we believe there has been a data breach, we will do our best to inform everyone within a 72 hour period via a post on the site and by reaching out to those affected via email if possible.

 

Links

This website contains links to other websites. We do our best to link to quality sites but are not responsible for the content or privacy practices on any other site. It is recommended that you read their individual policies.

 

Affiliate Programs

https://blog.kristenburns.com uses Amazon US affiliate links. This means I make a small commission when you purchase items through one of my affiliate links, at no additional cost to you.

 

Disclosure

Any books, products, or compensation received in exchange for review or promotion will be clearly stated in individual posts. This does not affect my opinion; opinions expressed are honest and entirely my own.

 

Disclaimer

The views and opinions expressed on this blog are just that—opinions, subjective statements. All content provided on https://blog.kristenburns.com is for informational and entertainment purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site.

The owner of https://blog.kristenburns.com will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. The owner will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information.

 

Webmaster Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this privacy policy or would like your data removed, please feel free to contact us at kristenburns.contact (at) gmail (dot) com