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Who we are

Our website address is: https://indieauthorgroup.com.  We also own http://twirl.indieauthorgroup.com, http://shoestring.indieauthorgroup.com.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

When you visit our page, we do track IP addresses, via our AWstats (server) package, and JetPack tracks anonymized stats.  If we add Analytics, this will be updated to reflect this.

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

Our contact form, when active, and like our comments, provides your email address.  Unless required to for auditing purposes, we delete all queries via our contact form after 30 business days, if not before.  We, therefore, recommend that you keep your own copy if you need the answer, as we might not be able to offer you the reply again.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to save 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

As mentioned before, Analytics such as AWstats, and JetPack, plus any sharing information is used to anonymously track our traffic.  Google Adwords and any other third party services that we use may also have analytics attached.

Who we share your data with

Outside of the targetting required, the signups passed to, or other items, we do not share your data with anyone.  We do not sell our data at all – if you receive an email talking about other services, we’ve sent them.  You do not allow others to access the list, the site, or otherwise.
Our guet posts are submitted via a form, and these posters are not logged in.

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 may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

Additional information

How we protect your data

We use several plugins to protect against hacking, but if your data could be compromised, we will let you know within 3 working days.

What data breach procedures we have in place

Should our site be hacked, we’ll let you know the expected breach and recommend, if required, what you should do.  As we don’t allow people to hold accounts here, we will often simply notify you if we’ve been potentially breached, so you know to look out for odd emails, such as potential spam harvesting actions.

If one of the services that we use as a third party system is breached, we will also inform you, as best we can.

What third parties we receive data from

We allow logins via various social networks, which is securely handled via handshake between servers etc, and we do not intervene.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

We use automated spam detection and automatic decisions on various blocking systems that protect you and your data.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

We use various affiliate systems – Adwords, Adsense and other selected affiliate programs.

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We welcome your comments and thoughts on our posts, but they are moderated.  This is to prevent spam, but we also ask that any comments you make are respectful, professional and, if applicable, constructive. 

We reserve the right to decline comments.  If you need to contact us about the content itself, for reasons other than commenting, please use our Contact form.

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