I’m not keen on using the “royal we” and as this is just me, I’ve changed the suggested “we”s to “I”s, etc. If the “I” becomes a “we” we (as we will then be, of course) will change the pronouns as appropriate.
I’ve also changed some of the “we”s to “the system” because frankly it doesn’t make sense to say something like, for example, “I will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies” when in reality I have nothing to do with it other than the fact that I’m using a system that, apparently, does that.
I’ve called my puzzle Begriddled, or Begriddled! with an exclamation mark. I like the exclamation mark and refer to this site as the Begriddled (or Begriddled!) website.
This is more than just a personal website because I intend using it for “commercial purposes.”
I am using Google Analytics to get a feel for general usage of the site: numbers of visitors, hopefully whereabouts in the world they are, which pages get visited, and so on. I believe that Google does not save any identifiable data for that.
There are embedded YouTube videos. I know YouTube monitors usage but believe that they record no identifiable data.
I am inviting people to provide their email address for the purpose of sending occasional updates on progress and any information I believe might be of interest to subscribers. This might include offering Begriddled-related services and products and other advertising.
I have forms on the site that invite people to enter data such as their name and email address. The purpose of each form should be clear. The data gets stored in the system and (depending on the purpose of the form) sent to me automatically via email so that I can deal with it.
Who I am
I am Nick Rice and my Begriddled! website address is at: https://www.begriddled.com.
What personal data is collected and why
It is not currently possible for visitors to leave comments. However that might change at any time.
When visitors leave comments on the site the system collects the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
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.
Other forms allowing the entry of personal data
Mailing list subscription forms are used to collect data used for those mailing lists.
Data you provide will be held on MailChimp servers and will be removed on request.
See mailchimp.com/help/gdpr-faq for further information on Mailchimp with respect to GDPR legislation.
If you leave a comment on the 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, I have been led to believe.
If you have an account and you log in to this site, the system 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.
If and when you log in, the system 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.
(All this comes automatically with WordPress and my reason for believing it to be true is it’s what I’ve read. If some of it turned out not to be true, it wouldn’t surprise me, and I have absolutely no idea how to check it. I really doubt that it matters, but someone thought all this important enough to include in the template.)
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.
I am using Google Analytics and the free (lite) version of Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights to monitor site usage.
Who we share your data with
TBC. However this is covered by other sections on this page.
How long we retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so it is possible to recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on the website (if any), the system also stores 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.
If you subscribe to a mailing list, then your email address and other information you provide with it will be retained until you unsubscribe, or might be removed for some other reason. If I cease to use the site (not planned but anyone can fall under a bus and I am descended from a host of ancestors who didn’t live forever) and it isn’t passed over to someone to keep it going, then my payments will lapse and data become deleted or no longer accessible by anyone.
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 held about you, including any data you have provided to the system. You can also request that I erase any personal data held about you. This does not include any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes, such as backups.
Where we send your data
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
Your data may be sent to a third party in order to fulfil a service. For example, if you order a product (such as a book of puzzles) through the site, to be sent to you directly by a third party, then the data they need to do that will be sent to them.
Note that the system does not collect any financial data (account numbers, for example) whatsoever. Any payments will be processed by a third party such as PayPal, with your account details (name on the account, account number, password, etc) not passing through the Begriddled site.
As noted elsewhere on this page, I use MailChimp to manage mailing lists, and so data entered into mailing list forms on this site is automatically transferred to them.