Privacy Policy

Who we are

My website address is: http://ellenseltz.com.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

I don’t, myself, collect or use any personal data on my visitors or readers, unless you sign up to my email list to receive my newsletter and a free book. I use that information only to send out the newsletter. I don’t share it with anyone. And if I did have any “big data,” I wouldn’t know what to do with it. I wouldn’t even know where to look for it.

If you email me directly (which I love and encourage), I will answer you. I love personal notes and I keep them because they make me so happy! If you say something nice about one of my stories, I sometimes will share a short anonymous quote on social media or my blog.

What I don’t share is your email address. I don’t sell it, don’t trade it, don’t let anybody even look at the distribution list for this newsletter except my tech guy who helps me run it. (As Jane Austen would say, “Reader, I married him.”)
But if you don’t want me to have or keep or share any of that info, here’s what to do:
If you don’t want any more emails from me, there’s an unsubscribe link at the bottom of every newsletter. If you hit that link, it instantly deletes your email from my server’s database forever. I can’t even see who unsubscribed (as far as I know). It’s gone.
If you don’t want me to keep a personal email you sent me, or you don’t want to be quoted, just send me a note and ask me to delete it. I will.
But I hope you won’t do any of those things, because I love keeping in touch with you!

The language below about data collection and cookies was auto-generated by the WordPress plugins that run on this site. I’m not 100% sure what it all means. I certainly don’t do anything with that data personally. But if you are concerned about your data privacy, please read and follow the instructions below.

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

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 tracing 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

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.

Your contact information

ellen@ellenseltz.com