Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy – 05.25.2018

Who we are

Our website address is: https://www.thepubliceditor.com.  ThePublicEditor.com knows that you care about how your personal information is used and shared, and we take your privacy seriously. Please read the following to learn more about our privacy policy. By visiting the ThePublicEditor.com website, you are accepting the practices outlined in this Privacy Policy.  This policy does not apply to the practices of third parties that ThePublicEditor.com does not own or control, or to individuals that we do not employ or manage. Policies do change from time to time, so please check this page routinely to be informed of any updates.

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

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 site Contact Form your name, email address, comment and other information is retained in order to respond to your request.  Your comment input is scanned for safety and to remove any spam type content.  You can request a copy of your comment by using the checkbox.

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

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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 and emails may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

ThePublicEditor.com’s main goal in collecting personal information is to provide you with a customized and efficient experience. We only collect personal information that is relevant to the purpose of our website. We do not process this information in a way that is incompatible with the purpose for which it has been collected or subsequently authorized by you. We collect the following types of information from our users:

1. Information You Provide to Us:

We receive and store any information you enter on our website or provide to us in any other way. You can choose not to provide us with certain information, but if you do then you may not be able to take advantage of some of the website’s features. The Basic Personal Information you provide is used for such purposes Registering as a Member of the Site, Commenting on Posts, or for select members, making submissions or moderating comments.

Other opportunities to list additional information such as personal Social Media Information, personal websites, or other pertinent or biographical information exist.  The only required information is a 1) User Name, 2) Nickname, and 3) Valid Email Address.

2. Automatic Information:

We receive and store certain types of information whenever you interact with us. ThePublicEditor.com automatically receives and records certain “traffic data” on our server logs from your browser including your IP address, ThePublicEditor.com cookie information, and the page you requested. This traffic data helps analyze trends and administer the website. It can also be used to diagnose server problems, attempts to spam or hack the site, and determine how the user was referred to site.

Links for Social sharing are provided.  Refer to  the Terms of Service for each individual Social Media Company for their Privacy Policies.

Profile Information can be viewed, therefore common sense and caution should be used when chosing to provide other than the minimum required information for Registration.  Again, caution should be used when optionally providing your full name, location, and instant messaging URL, or Social Media Accounts.

Additional information

Third party vendors, including Google, Amazon, Rakuten Marketing use cookies to serve ads based on a user’s prior visits to your website.

Google’s use of the DoubleClick cookie enables it and its partners to serve ads to your users based on their visit to your sites and/or other sites on the Internet.

Users may opt out of the use of the DoubleClick cookie for interest-based advertising by visiting the ads preference manager. (Alternatively, you can direct users to opt out of a third-party vendor’s use of cookies for interest based advertising by visiting aboutads.info.)

How we protect your data

We use trusted Third Parties to Host the Website and adopt appropriate data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures to protect against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction of your personal information, username, password, transaction information and data stored on our Site.  In addition, other trusted Third Parties provide other Firewall and Security functions for your protection.

Privacy Policy Changes

We reserve the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time. You agree to obtain changes to this Privacy Policy electronically by visiting this Site. We require you to check back from time to time to review changes to our Privacy Policy.