Privacy Policy

Effective Date – January 1, 2023

We are committed to protecting your privacy and ensuring the security of your personal information. This Privacy Policy outlines the types of personal data we collect and how we use, share, and protect that information. By using our website, you consent to the practices described in this policy.

  1. Personal Data We Collect and Why We Collect It

Comments: When you leave comments on our website, we collect the data you provide in the comments form, as well as your IP address and browser user agent string. This information is collected to help prevent spam and ensure the proper functioning of our website.

Gravatar Service: If you choose to use the Gravatar service, an anonymized string (hash) may be created from your email address and provided to Gravatar to check if you have a profile picture associated with your email address. Gravatar’s privacy policy is available at https://MonicaFayeHall.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture will be visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media

If you upload images to the website, please ensure that they do not include embedded location data (EXIF GPS). Visitors to the website may be able to download and extract location data from these images.

Contact Forms

When you fill out contact forms on our website, we collect the information you provide to respond to your inquiries or requests.

Cookies

We use cookies to enhance your user experience. If you leave a comment on our site, you may choose to save your name, email address, and website in cookies to avoid re-entering this information when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year. Additionally, temporary cookies may be set when you visit our login page to determine if your browser accepts cookies. These cookies contain no personal data and are discarded when you close your browser. When you log in, we use cookies to save your login information, screen display choices, and preferences. Login cookies last for two days, while screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me,” your login will persist for two weeks, and logging out will remove the login cookies. If you edit or publish an article, a cookie with the post ID will be saved in your browser, which expires after one day.

Embedded Content from Other Websites

Articles on our site may contain embedded content, such as videos, images, or articles, from other websites. These embedded elements behave in the same way as if you had visited the other website and may collect data, use cookies, and track your interactions with that content, particularly if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

We may use analytics tools to collect information about how you use our website to improve its functionality and content.

  1. Sharing Your Data

If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email for security purposes.

  1. Data Retention

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata will be retained indefinitely to facilitate the automatic approval of follow-up comments. For registered users, we store the personal information they provide in their user profile. Users can view, edit, or delete their personal information at any time, except for their username, which cannot be changed. Website administrators may also view and edit this information.

  1. Your Rights

If you have an account on our site or have left comments, you have the right to request an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request the deletion of your personal data, except for any data we are required to retain for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

  1. Data Security

We take the security of your personal data seriously and employ industry-standard measures to protect it from unauthorized access, loss, misuse, or alteration.

  1. Third-Party Websites

Our website may include embedded content from other websites. Please be aware that these websites have their privacy policies and practices, which may differ from ours. We encourage you to review their policies before interacting with their content.

  1. Automated Decision Making and Profiling

We do not engage in any automated decision-making processes or profiling based on user data.

  1. Industry Regulatory Disclosure

We comply with applicable industry regulations and legal requirements regarding the handling of personal data.

For any inquiries or concerns about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at 202.539.6747.