Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is: https://michaelmccausland.com.

This site is run by me, Michael McCausland, retired educator and creativity enthusiast. I am one of many individuals working on the WordPress platform and I am truly honored that you are visiting my site.

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 filling in a contact form, your information will only go to me. I will not share the information with anyone. If you don’t want to be contacted by me, don’t fill out the contact form. At no time will I ever share your contact information with anyone.

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

Analytics

Who we share your data with

I use Google Analytics to track traffic and not individuals. This is all that I use information for at this time and I have no plans to change.

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. Legitimate comments will be kept public as long as they don’t violate decency and decorum expected on this website judged by me.

Your contact information

Your contact information will not be shared with anyone.

Additional information

How we protect your data

We use WooCommerce for our store. Shipping addresses and phone numbers that are part of your orders are kept on the WooCommerce account. All credit card payments and Paypal payments are handled by Braintree. Any credit card information is protected by Braintree and your Paypal information is your Paypal information.

What data breach procedures we have in place

If and when a data breach has been identified with either WooCommerce or Braintree, you will be contacted. Your comments will not contain identifiable information unless you put it in the comment. If you do, I will delete your comment and notify you by email that your comment contains information that is public.

Commenting on this site is encouraged. Bad behavior is not tolerated. Please email me if you find objectionable material or information that is public that should be private.

What third parties we receive data from

We don’t work with third parties other than our partners at Braintree. When you have been directed to our site from social media, your behavior as a part of a group will be tracked but no data regarding your own behavior on that social media site will be collected by me, but it doesn’t stop the social media site from linking your visit to a click at any given social media site or your account. See your social media user agreement for more information.

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

Visitors are only identified by the unique IP address for the purpose of identifying traffic for a given day and no additional information is used. We don’t make any automated decisions to try to “lure” people to our website, but we try to promote the ideas of creativity across a broad spectrum of topics and interests.

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