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Use of personal data collected
When you leave a comment on our website, the data included in the comment form, as well as your IP address and your browser’s user agent, are collected to help us detect undesirable comments.
An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a ‘hash’) may be sent to the Gravatar service to check if you are using your email address. The confidentiality clauses of the Gravatar service are available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After your comment has been validated, your profile photo shall be visible to the public next to your comment.
If you are a registered user and you upload images onto the website, we advise you to avoid uploading images containing EXIF data with GPS coordinates. Visitors to your website can download and extract location data from these images.
If you post a comment on our site, you will be asked to save your name, email address and website in cookies. This is so that you do not have to enter this information again if you post another comment later. These cookies expire after one year.
If you have an account and you log onto this site, a temporary cookie shall be created to determine whether your browser accepts cookies. It does not contain any personal data and shall be automatically deleted when you close your browser.
When you sign in we set up some cookies to save your login information and your screen preferences. The lifespan of a login cookie is two days. A screen option cookie lasts for one year. If you tick the “Remember me” box, your login cookie shall be retained for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookie shall be deleted.
When editing or posting a publication, an additional cookie shall be saved in your browser. This cookie does not include any personal data. It simply indicates the ID of the publication you have just edited. It expires after one day.
Embedded content from other websites
The articles on this site may include embedded content (for example videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other sites behaves in the same way as if the visitor were to visit that other site.
Statistics and audience measurement
Use and transmission of your personal data
Storage times of your data
If you post a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This makes it possible to automatically recognise and approve subsequent comments instead of leaving them in the moderation queue.
For users who register on our site (if this is possible), we also store the personal data indicated in their profile. All users may view, change or delete their personal data at any time (with the exception of their username). The site’s managers may also view and modify this information.
Your personal data rights
If you have an account or if you post comments on the site, you may ask to receive a file containing all the personal data we hold about you, including any information you have provided. You may also request that your personal data be deleted. This does not include data stored for administrative or legal purposes or for security reasons.
Transmission of your personal data
Visitor comments may be verified using an automated service for detecting undesirable comments.