Privacy Policy

At bespotted.org, the privacy of our visitors is of extreme importance to us. This privacy policy document outlines the types of personal information is received and collected by bespotted.org and how it is used.

Who we are

Our website address is: https://bespotted.org.

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.

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

Thru the contact form, bespotted.org does collect the personal data you provide us with (specifically your name and email address). We store and retain this data for a period of 90 days. The information collected thru this form we may use to:

  • to send you administrative communications, such as administrative emails, confirmation emails, technical notices, updates on policies or security alerts;
  • to respond to your comments or inquiries;
  • to provide you with user support;
  • to protect, investigate and deter against unauthorized or illegal activity.

We do not use the information submitted through the contact form for marketing purposes.

Guest Posting

If you submit a guest post to us, we store your name, email and any other data you provide us with. We do so in case we need to get in touch with you sometimes in the future. We do not use your details for marketing purposes.

You have the right at any time to request from us to delete your personal data and/or to anonymize the guest post you have submitted to us. However, we retain the right to keep the content itself published on BeSpotted.org and to use it in promotional purposes.

Email Notification Subscriptions

If you decide to sign up to receive new post notifications via email, you will be redirected to our feed at SpecificFeeds.com. We use SpecificFeeds as an alternative to an email newsletter. Your data will be collected and managed by SpecificFeeds. Read more on how they use your contact details and their Privacy Policy.

Cookies

bespotted.org does use cookies to store information about visitors preferences, record user-specific information on which pages the user access or visit, customize Web page content based on visitors browser type or other information that the visitor sends via their browser.

If you leave a comment on our site, we are 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.

For more information on how and why we use cookies, check out our Cookie Policy.

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 tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics.  Google Analytics tracks Website usage and provides information such as referring websites and user actions on the Website. You can find more information here: How Google Uses Information From Sites Or Apps That Use Their Services.

Users can completely block Google Analytics tracking using Google’s Analytics Opt-out browser add-on.

Wordfence

We use Wordfence plugin to protect our website. Wordfence collects and processes some of the data we get from your browser and devices, like IP address, geographical location, operating system, browser, host, the date and time you access the website and the pages you visit. This helps them determine if someone is a human or bot, check comments for spam and identify and block malicious traffic.

You can check our Cookie Policy for more information on which cookies Wordfence might set.

Wordfence privacy policy

Who we share your data with

We use Dropbox as our cloud storage provider. We send backups of our website to Dropbox. Dropbox Privacy Policy can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/en_GB/privacy.

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.

Data collected thru contact forms will be retained for a period of 90 days.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, have contacted us in the past thru our Contact Us form 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.

Export/Delete User Data Forms

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

This privacy policy is subject to change without notice and was last updated on October 5, 2018. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us directly: [email protected]