Processing Data Under The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
Our legal basis of processing data is legitimate interest. We are primarily an informational website and while technically a data controller we process minimal amounts of personal data and only use standard third-party tools.
In plain English here are the tools and platforms we use, why we use them and how you can manage your data on them. If you would like to block access to these tools, not just on our site, but across the web, we recommend looking at a solution such as Ghostery.
- Google Adsense: We use Google Adsense to help pay for the running of this website. We have chosen to opt-out of showing personalised ads, third party ads and ads from Google certified ad networks. Although we have opted-out of showing third party ads you may also want to read their guide to Opt out of seeing personalised ads here.
- Google Analytics: This is used to track website usage in aggregate. We do not use it to track individual users. Here are the key settings we are currently using: Remarketing: OFF; Advertising Reporting Features: OFF; User and event data retention: Set to expire after 14 months (shortest option offered); Reset on new activity: ON; User-ID: OFF; Accepted GDPR Data Processing Amendment. Google currently offers an Analytics opt-out here.
- Google Custom Search Engine: We use this to help users search our site, and as a way of generating a little extra revenue since we get paid if you click on any ads while searching.
- Facebook Social Graph: This helps make it easier to share our content on Facebook and shows how often content has been shared on Facebook. See Facebook’s Data Page for more on how they use your data.
- Affiliate/external links: We may occasionally include affiliate links besides those to Amazon to help support the site. Generally speaking we will make note of these either in the article itself or the footer of the article. Any sort of tracking only occurs if you click on an external link. If you’re concerned about this, the simplest option is to not click on external links from our website.
Finally, as noted above, we occasionally send out a newsletter to people who’ve opted-in to our newsletter. All subscribers have consented to receive it via a double opt-in process and can unsubscribe at any point. The newsletter is primarily non-commercial (although may contain 1-2 ads to offset the cost of sending) All e-mail addresses are stored with MailChimp as noted above.
What personal information do we collect from the people that visit our website?
We do not collect any personal information directly, but some information may be collected by one or more of the tools or platforms above. The exception is your e-mail address if you want opt-in to receive our newsletter.
When do we collect information?
We collect information from you when you subscribe to our newsletter. Other information may be collected as you navigate around the site.
How do we use your information?
We may use the information we collect from you when you sign up for our newsletter, or surf the website, or use certain other site features in the following ways:
- To improve our website in order to better serve you.
- To send periodic emails if you join our newsletter.
How do we protect visitor information?
We do not use vulnerability scanning and/or scanning to PCI standards. We use an SSL certificate. We only provide articles and information and do not process any sort of payment data or other sensitive information.
Do we use ‘cookies’?
Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the site’s or service provider’s systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information.
- Keep track of advertisements.
- Compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interactions in order to offer better site experiences and tools in the future.
- We may also use trusted third party services that track this information on our behalf.
You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser (like Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, etc.) settings. Each browser is a little different, so look at your browser’s Help menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.
If you disable cookies off, some features will be disabled. It won’t affect the users experience that make your site experience more efficient and some of our services will not function properly.
Third Party Disclosure
We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information unless we provide you with advance notice. This does not include website hosting partners and other parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others’ rights, property, or safety.
However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.
Third party links
Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our website. 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. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.
Google’s advertising requirements can be summed up by Google’s Advertising Principles. They are put in place to provide a positive experience for users. https://support.google.com/adwordspolicy/answer/1316548?hl=en
We use Google AdSense Advertising on our website.
We along with third-party vendors, such as Google use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookies) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) or other third-party identifiers together to compile data regarding user interactions with ad impressions, and other ad service functions as they relate to our website.
Users can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Settings page. Alternatively, you can opt out by visiting the Network Advertising initiative opt out page or permanently using the Google Analytics Opt Out Browser add on.
California Online Privacy Protection Act
According to CalOPPA we agree to the following:
Users are able to change their personal information:
- By emailing us
How does our site handle do not track signals?
We honor do not track signals and do not track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.
Does our site allow third party behavioral tracking?
It’s also important to note that we do not allow third party behavioral tracking.
COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)
When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under 13, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children’s privacy and safety online.
We do not specifically market to children under 13 and this website is aimed at an audience that is 18+.
CAN SPAM Act
The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them, and spells out tough penalties for violations.
We collect your email address in order to:
- Send information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions.
- Market to our mailing list
To be accordance with CANSPAM we agree to the following:
- NOT use false, or misleading subjects or email addresses
- Identify the message as an advertisement in some reasonable way
- Include the physical address of our business or site headquarters
- Monitor third party email marketing services for compliance, if one is used.
- Honor opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly
- Allow users to unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of each email
If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you can Follow the instructions at the bottom of each email. and we will promptly remove you from ALL correspondence.