Effective Date: January 6, 2024
Security of Information
We employ reasonable measures to safeguard collected information against loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. However, while we strive for security, no method of transmission over the Internet or electronic storage is 100% secure. Hence, while we aim for optimal protection, we cannot guarantee absolute security.
Under the GDPR, you possess specific rights regarding your personal data, including:
- The right to access your personal data.
- The right to request correction or deletion of your personal data.
- The right to request restriction of processing your personal data.
- The right to object to the processing of your personal data.
- The right to data portability, enabling receipt of personal data in a usable format.
When visitors leave comments on the site, we collect data shown in the comments form, along with the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to aid in spam detection. An anonymized string created from your email address may be provided to the Gravatar service for profile picture visibility after comment approval.
Uploading images should avoid embedded location data for optimal privacy. Visitors can download and extract any location data from images on the website.
What Is Meant By A Cookie?
Cookies are files containing small amounts of information downloaded to the user’s device when visiting a webpage or application. They are essential for Internet functionality, recognizing the user on each visit and improving service quality.
- Identifying and maintaining user sessions.
- Ensuring browsing safety and security.
- Configuring web firewall security.
- Verifying connection with servers.
- Optimizing web response time with cache function.
Types And Purposes Of The Cookies Used
Own and third-party cookies are used for necessary and analytical purposes.
Used for analyzing user navigation, identifying users, and utilizing aggregated data. To modify or revoke consent, visit the “revoke consent” link in the footer.
Embedded Content From Other Websites
Articles may include embedded content (videos, images, articles, etc.) behaving similarly to if visitors had visited those websites.
Who We Share Your Data With
If you request a password reset, your IP address is included in the reset email.
How Long We Retain Your Data
Comments and their metadata are retained indefinitely. User profile information for registered users is stored, accessible, and editable by users and administrators.
What Rights You Have Over Your Data
If you have an account or leave comments, you can request exported personal data and request erasure, subject to administrative, legal, or security obligations.
Where Your Data Is Sent
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
To manage cookies and similar technologies, we use the consent tool “Real Cookie Banner.” Details on its workings can be found here. The legal basis for personal data processing is Art. 6 (1) lit. c GDPR and Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR, based on our legitimate interest in managing cookies and related consents. Provision of personal data is not contractually required but necessary for managing consents.