Privacy Policy

Okay, so I need to have a privacy policy page in order to use Google Analytics to track user data. This is also necessary for GDPR compliance. Though I am not based in Europe, I do have many visitors from the EU, so here we go.

Who we are

Our website address is: https://www.thesilverninja.com.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, thesilverninja.com collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Thesilverninja.com’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how thesilverninja.com’s visitors use its website.

Thesilverninja.com also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on my blog or when you send me an e-mail. Thesilverninja.com only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses are visible only to me, the administrator.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to thesilverninja.com choose to interact with me in ways that require thesilverninja.com to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that thesilverninja.com gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who comment on our blog to provide a username and email address. Those who wish to receive thesilverninja.com updates via email, we collect their emails. In each case, thesilverninja.com collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with thesilverninja.com. Thesilverninja.com does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities. (Translation: You can’t leave a comment on the blog.)

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Thesilverninja.com uses cookies to help me identify and track visitors, their usage of thesilverninja.com website, and their website access preferences. Thesilverninja.com visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using thesilverninja.com website, with the drawback that certain features of thesilverninja.com website may not function properly without the aid of 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.

Ads

Ads appearing on my website (if any, ever) may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by thesilverninja.com and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers. (Affiliate links to Amazon and such.)

Comments

Comments and other content submitted to Akismet anti-spam service are not saved on our servers unless they were marked as false positives, in which case we store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives.

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 visile to the public in the context of your comment.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, thesilverninja.com may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in thesilverninja.com’s sole discretion. Thesilverninja.com encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Want to learn how to OPT OUT of sharing information? Google has you covered here: Google Opt Out information |

Contact forms

When you fill out the contact form, I keep your name and e-mail so that we can communicate with each other. Your information will NOT be shared to any third parties by filling out this form. It is, in the simplest terms, just a way to send me an e-mail. You will also not be automatically subscribed to newsletters. That option will always be entirely up to you.

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

I use statistical data to figure out who my demographic is and whether they are interested in purchasing my books. Boy/Girl/All of the above/None of the above. I also use this data to make sure my website has a consistent flow of traffic. I would hate to find out that I paid thousands of dollars on my website only to have hardly any visitors. Thankfully, a few of you are visiting, so thank you for that!

  • Am I sharing your personally identifiable information? No.
  • Am I planning to sell your information? No.
  • Do I store your information? I only store whatever gives me analytics information. Again, I just want to reach more readers, I am not interested in selling you anything other than my books and maybe books from authors I like.

Who we share your data with

No one. If this changes, you will be notified.

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.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

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, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself).

Really Simple SSL and Really Simple SSL add-ons do not process any personal identifiable information, so the GDPR does not apply to these plugins or usage of these plugins on your website. You can find our privacy policy here.