Privacy Policy

Who I am

My name is Sharon Villines. I am the author, editor, and publisher of this website, a Deeper Democracy. I can be contacted through the contact form on the website.

My website address is https://adeeperdemocracy.com.

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 with 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.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on my site, you may opt-in to allow me 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, I 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, I 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 those websites.

Who I share your data with

I don’t share data with anyone, in fact, I don’t even know who or how I would share it.

How long I retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so I can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on my website, I store the personal information they provide in their user profile. Website administrators can also see and edit that information. Users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time—except they cannot change their username. To change your username, delete your account and re-register with a new username.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site or have left comments, you can request an exported file of the personal data stored on the site, including any data you have provided. You can also request that we erase this personal data. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where I send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. No other data is shared with anyone.

protecting your data

We have the normal security measures in place—some installed by our Internet Service Provider (ISP) and some on the website itself. The software is updated automatically when there are new security upgrades.

automated decision making and/or profiling

I don’t do any automated decision-making or profiling on user data.