Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is: https://pictureblog.co.uk.

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

If you use the Contact form on out site, an e-mail will be generated to a pictureblog.co.uk email address. This mail will be forwarded to mailboxes at our email providers (Microsoft and Google). No data is stored within our site itself.

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

Cookies

To improve your experience when using our site, we may use ‘cookies’. Cookies are small files which are placed on your computer by our site,  in order that preferences can be remembered. Cookies can be refused/blocked by changing the settings on your web browser, and may also be deleted from within the web browser.

Analytics

Our site uses Google Analytics, which uses cookies and sends traffic data to Google’s servers in the United States. We are able to use reports provided within Google Analytics to help us understand how many visitors use our site and how they use it. More information about Google Analytics can be found here.

It is possible to opt-out of Google Analytics by installing the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on, which can be downloaded  at https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?

Comment Spam Filtering

Our site uses the Akismet anti-spam service to attempt to automatically filter out spam comments.

The Akismet anti-spam service  collects information about visitors who comment on Sites that use the Akismet anti-spam service. The information collected 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). More information can be found here.

Google reCAPTCHA

Our site uses the Google reCAPTCHA v2 service to help identify whether users are real human beings (and not ‘bots’). This is done in an attempt to reduce the amount of comment spam and email spam. Further information about Google reCAPTCHA can be found here.

Web server log files

Our web server logs all access in its internal log files. This helps us to identify issues with out site and to enhance it. Log  file entries include your IP address and which pages/images have been accessed, as well as which searches you have performed. These log files are available only to administrators and are not shared with any third parties.

Who we share your data with

We will not share your data with any third party companies, other than as described on this page (e.g. Google Analytics, Akismet anti-spam service, Google reCAPTCHA).

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.

All entries in our web server log files are removed after 14 days.

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

We can be contacted via the Contact Form linked in the top navigator bar at the top of the site.

How we protect your data

Any of your personal data which is stored within our site (for example email address and IP address if you leave a comment) or in our web server log files,  is available only to administrators of the site. Access is protected via username and password.