Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is http://54.189.164.13, also accessible at http://www.refkins.com.

Zero Drafts: Prose by R. Riley McCourt is the personal blog of R. Riley McCourt, which provides a home for her writing projects.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

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.

Akismet

We collect information about visitors who comment on Sites that use our Akismet anti-spam service. The information we collect depends on how the User sets up Akismet for the Site, but typically includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself).

For additional information regarding Automattic’s privacy policy please see https://automattic.com/privacy/.

Jetpack Comments

Comments on the site are additionally impacted by the use of the Jetpack plugin which uses the following data: commenter’s name, email address, and site URL (if provided via the comment form), timestamp, and IP address. Additionally, a jetpack.wordpress.com IFrame receives the following data: WordPress.com blog ID attached to the site, ID of the post on which the comment is being submitted, commenter’s local user ID (if available), commenter’s local username (if available), commenter’s site URL (if available), MD5 hash of the commenter’s email address (if available), and the comment content.

Because Akismet (also owned by Automattic) is enabled on the site, the following information is sent to the service for the sole purpose of spam checking: commenter’s name, email address, site URL, IP address, and user agent.

The comment author’s name, email address, and site URL (if provided during the comment submission) are stored in cookies. See the Cookies section for additional information on cookies. Note also that all data and metadata (see above) associated with comments is synced. This includes the status of the comment and, because Akismet is enabled on the site, whether or not it was classified as spam by Akismet.

For additional information regarding Automattic’s privacy policy please see https://automattic.com/privacy/.

Gravatar Hovercards

This feature sends a hash of the user’s email address (if logged in to the site or WordPress.com — or if they submitted a comment on the site using their email address that is attached to an active Gravatar profile) to the Gravatar service (owned by Automattic) in order to retrieve their profile image. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/

Comment Likes

This feature is only accessible to users logged in to WordPress.com.

In order to process a comment like, the following information is used: WordPress.com user ID/username (you must be logged in to use this feature), the local site-specific user ID (if the user is signed in to the site on which the like occurred), and a true/false data point that tells us if the user liked a specific comment. If you perform a like action from one of our mobile apps, some additional information is used to track the activity: IP address, user agent, timestamp of event, blog ID, browser language, country code, and device info.

For additional information regarding Automattic’s privacy policy please see https://automattic.com/privacy/.

Contact forms

Because Akismet is enabled on the site, the contact form submission data — IP address, user agent, name, email address, website, and message — is submitted to the Akismet service (owned by Automattic) for the sole purpose of spam checking. The actual submission data is stored in the database of the site on which it was submitted and is emailed directly to the owner of the form (i.e. the site author who published the page on which the contact form resides). This email will include the submitter’s IP address, timestamp, name, email address, website, and message.

The synced data is post and post meta data associated with a user’s contact form submission. The IP address and user agent originally submitted with the comment are synced as well, as they are store in the post meta.

For more detailed information about Automattic’s privacy policy please see https://automattic.com/privacy/.

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.

Post likes

This feature is only accessible to users logged in to WordPress.com.

In order to process a post like action, the following information is used: IP address, WordPress.com user ID, WordPress.com username, WordPress.com-connected site ID (on which the post was liked), post ID (of the post that was liked), user agent, timestamp of event, browser language, country code. The only activity that is tracked is the post like itself.

For additional information regarding Automattic’s privacy policy please see https://automattic.com/privacy/.

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 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.

WordPress.com Stats

In order to furnish the site owner with operational information about the site, the Jetpack plugin collects the following information: IP address, WordPress.com user ID (if logged in), WordPress.com username (if logged in), user agent, visiting URL, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, country code.

Important: The site owner does not have access to any of this information via this feature. For example, a site owner can see that a specific post has 285 views, but they cannot see which specific users/accounts viewed that post. Stats logs — containing visitor IP addresses and WordPress.com usernames (if available) — are retained by Automattic for 28 days and are used for the sole purpose of powering this feature.

The activity being tracked by this feature consists of: post and page views, video plays (if videos are hosted by WordPress.com), outbound link clicks, referring URLs and search engine terms, and country. When this module is enabled, Jetpack also tracks performance on each page load that includes the Javascript file used for tracking stats. This is exclusively for aggregate performance tracking across Jetpack sites in order to make sure that our plugin and code is not causing performance issues. This includes the tracking of page load times and resource loading duration (image files, Javascript files, CSS files, etc.). The site owner has the ability to force this feature to honor DNT settings of visitors. By default, DNT is currently not honored.

For additional information regarding Automattic’s privacy policy please see https://automattic.com/privacy/.

Infinite Scroll

In order to record page views via WordPress.com Stats (which must be enabled for page view tracking here to work) with additional loads, the following information is used: IP address, WordPress.com user ID (if logged in), WordPress.com username (if logged in), user agent, visiting URL, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, country code.

Page views will be tracked with each additional load (i.e. when you scroll down to the bottom of the page and a new set of posts loads automatically). If the site owner has enabled Google Analytics to work with this feature, a page view event will also be sent to the appropriate Google Analytics account with each additional load. Currently, Google Analytics is not enabled.

For additional information regarding Automattic’s privacy policy please see https://automattic.com/privacy/.

Protect

In order to check login activity and potentially block fraudulent login attempts, the following information is used: attempting user’s IP address, attempting user’s email address/username (i.e. according to the value they were attempting to use during the login process), and all IP-related HTTP headers attached to the attempting user.

Failed login attempts (these include IP address and user agent) are tracked. We also set a cookie (jpp_math_pass) for 1 day to remember if/when a user has successfully completed a math CAPTCHA to prove that they’re a real human. See Cookies section for more information about cookies.

The following data is synced: failed login attempts, which contain the user’s IP address, attempted username or email address, and user agent information.

For additional information regarding Automattic’s privacy policy please see https://automattic.com/privacy/.

Who we share your data with

Data is shared with Automattic via the services Jetpack, Akismet, and Gravatar. For additional information regarding Automattic’s privacy policy please see https://automattic.com/privacy/.

Site data is stored across several AWS services which fall under the EU-US Privacy Shield. For additional information regarding AWS and data privacy, please see https://aws.amazon.com/compliance/data-privacy-faq/.

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.

Please see the sections above regarding the individual services utilized by this site for more detailed information regarding duration of data storage.

Where we send your data

This site is a self-hosted website using the WordPress.org software. Storage of the site’s content is managed through AWS, through which site data falls under the EU-US Privacy Shield. For additional information about AWS and data privacy please see https://aws.amazon.com/compliance/data-privacy-faq/.

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. See Akismet section above for additional 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.

Contact information

For questions and concerns, please contact rrileywriting@gmail.com.