Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy has been created to better serve those who are concerned with how their personal information, described in United States legal fields as either personally identifiable information (PII), or sensitive personal information (SPI), is being used online. Additionally, information is posted here in order to be in compliance with the EU with respect to their GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) which takes effect on May 25, 2018. Please read our privacy policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how we collect, use, protect or otherwise handle your personal information in accordance with our website. Your privacy is critically important and this policy applies to all site visitors and customers.

WHO WE ARE
Ethan Day is the author, owner and manager of ethanday.com.

DATA COLLECTION, SHARING, AND STORAGE
Information is collected in different ways. The following is collected should you choose to leave a comment on a post: your name as you have given it, your email address, your current IP address, and your website address, if you provide it. Other visitors to the website will only see your name and your comment. If you provide a website address, it will be linked to your name so that people can visit your site if they wish. Comment notifications are received by the site owner via email and stored on the WordPress dashboard for this site (which can only be accessed via a password-protected administrator account).This information will not be disclosed, released or shared with anyone not associated with Ethan Day, outside of any legal requirement. By choosing to “post comment” in response to a post, you are acknowledging that your personal data can be stored and used in line with this Privacy Policy. You are also confirming that either you are at least 18 years of age or that you have parental consent for opting-in, or are of legal age in your country of origin. You will not be able to post a comment without pressing that option.

We also use several resources on our site that collection data. These resources are:
Automattic: the company responsible for WordPress, the content management system we use for this site design.
WordFence: for site security and scanning

Collected data can be held for the life of the website and/or business (whichever is later), unless you request otherwise. At your request, we will delete / destroy your personal data in all formats.

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your information unless we provide users with advance notice. This does not include website hosting partners and other parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or serving our users, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential.

COOKIE POLICY AND INFORMATION
A cookie is a string of information that a site stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the site each time the visitor returns. Pixel tags (also called web beacons) are small blocks of code placed on sites. These files are stored on your computer’s hard drive. Visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers may set their browsers to refuse cookies with the understanding that some site features may not function properly.

Information is collected by Automattic in order to delivery site functionality and a richer visitor experience.  Automattic uses cookies and other technologies like pixel tags to help identify and track visitors and Site usage.  A cookie is a string of information that a Site stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the Site each time the visitor returns. Pixel tags (also called web beacons) are small blocks of code placed on sites. These files are stored on your computer’s hard drive. Visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers may set their browsers to refuse cookies with the understanding that some site features may not function properly.

Automattic—WordPress
Our website uses the WordPress content management system. Automattic is the company behind WordPress (and other products not used on this site) and collects and processes data in accordance with their Privacy Policy. For full transparency, here is Automattic’s Privacy Policy for your review: https://automattic.com/privacy-notice/

Wordfence
Defiant is the company behind Wordfence. Wordfence is used on this site for security and scanning. The plug-in currently sets three cookies. Details regarding which are applicable to a user’s visit are listed. The following is a copy/paste of information provided by Defiant regarding their Wordfence product cookies.

  • wfwaf-authcookie-(hash)
    What it does: This cookie is used by the Wordfence firewall to perform a capability check of the current user before WordPress has been loaded. Who gets this cookie: This is only set for users that are able to log into WordPress. How this cookie helps: This cookie allows the Wordfence firewall to detect logged in users and allow them increased access. It also allows Wordfence to detect non-logged in users and restrict their access to secure areas. The cookie also lets the firewall know what level of access a visitor has to help the firewall make smart decisions about who to allow and who to block.
  • wf_loginalerted_(hash)
    What it does: This cookie is used to notify the Wordfence admin when an administrator logs in from a new device or location. Who gets this cookie: This is only set for administrators. How this cookie helps: This cookie helps site owners know whether there has been an admin login from a new device or location.
  • wfCBLBypass
    What it does: Wordfence offers a feature for a site visitor to bypass country blocking by accessing a hidden URL. This cookie helps track who should be allowed to bypass country blocking. Who gets this cookie: When a hidden URL defined by the site admin is visited, this cookie is set to verify the user can access the site from a country restricted through country blocking. This will be set for anyone who knows the URL that allows bypass of standard country blocking. This cookie is not set for anyone who does not know the hidden URL to bypass country blocking. How this cookie helps: This cookie gives site owners a way to allow certain users from blocked countries, even though their country has been blocked.


HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION
We may use the information we collect in the following ways:
• To respond to comments on blog posts
• To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other site feature or update.
• To follow up after initial contact
• To maintain site security
• To improve the services we provide and overall website traffic information

HOW DO WE PROTECT YOUR INFORMATION
Data collected by third parties is managed by their respective privacy policies (as listed above). The data collected via the websites is stored securely through WordPress and can only accessed via a password-protected user account. This stored data is never downloaded to a local laptop or other device. Comment notifications are received by the site owner via email, and are stored locally on a password-protected laptop.

THIRD-PARTY LINKS (text links or graphic/badge links)
Occasionally, we may include links to other websites via a link or badge which the visitor clicks then leaves our site. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question. We seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites and will promptly remove them should they pose a risk to our visitors.

YOUR RIGHTS
You have the right to access your personal data held by the site owner, to know how we use it, and to update or correct your personal data. This policy should help make that clear, but specific questions are always welcome. You also have the right to request that we delete all personal data.

CONTACT
All inquiries and requests relating to your personal data can be directed to Ethan Day at ethan@ethanday.com. We will make good faith efforts to resolve requests and respond to such messages in a timely manner.

PRIVACY POLICY UPDATES
We reserve the right to revise this Privacy Policy by updating it and posting the update on this same Privacy Policy Page with a notation regarding the change.


May 24, 2018