Who I am
What I collect and why
Like most blogs and websites, I collect and use the data contained in my blog’s log files. This information includes your: IP (internet protocol) address; ISP (internet service provider); browser; as well as the time you visited and what pages you looked at. This gives me invaluable information about my readership and helps me plan my content to best suit you.
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.
The content on my blog is provided free of charge, and there is no need for you to become a member to be able to read my posts. At the moment, there are only two instances where you are asked to provide your name and email address on Ms Styf, and that is when you leave a comment on a post and when you sign up to the newsletter. In both instances, your email address is only visible to me and my assistant. Your name will appear with your comment, but readers cannot see your email address.
I will only be sending you an e-mail in direct response to correspondence from you, or if you have signed up to join my e-mail list. Should you receive an email from me that was not prompted by a previous message from you, or despite not having signed up for my newsletter, please let me know as soon as possible so I can get to the bottom of the problem.
The contact forms you may come across in relation to Ms Styf ask you to provide personal information. Generally speaking, I only ask for your chosen first name (which does not have to be your legal given name) and your email address. Some opt-in forms have fields that allow you to enter more personal information, but this is not required. The only time I will need more detailed information from you is if you have signed up for something that requires me to send it to you by post or courier. I will be saving the contact details you give me and use them solely for the purpose of sending you the information, or product, you have requested. Under no circumstance will I pass on your contact details to anyone third part.
Cookies and Web Beacons:
If you leave a comment on my blog you may opt in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. This is done for your convenience and means that you will not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year. If I set up a members’ area in the future and you visit my login page, my blog will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This particular cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser. Again, if I do set up a members’ area, my blog will set up several cookies when you log in. These cookies are there 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;
- log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed;
- have been given an account to help with the running of Ms Styf, or to edit/publish articles, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This additional cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. This type of cookie expires after 1 day.
Embedded content from other websites:
Posts on my blog may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves exactly the way it would have if you had visited that website. Third-party websites may collect data about you. They do NOT have access to your name and contact details, but they can monitor your interaction with their embedded content. This includes being able to track your visits to this and other websites in order to provide you with targeted advertisements.
Google and the DoubleClick DART cookie:
Who I share your data with
How long I retain your data
If you leave a comment on any of my posts or pages, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so I can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. For users that register as members of my blog, I also store the personal information provided in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except for their username). Website administrators on my team can also see and edit that information.
Your rights to your data
If you have an account on Ms Styf, or have left comments on my posts, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data I hold about you. This includes any data you have provided to me. You can also request that I erase any personal data I hold about you. This does not include any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
Where I send your data
Your comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.