What Personal Data We Collect and Why We Collect It

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. We use cookies to help us identify and track visitors, their usage of the website, and their website access preferences. Visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using the website, with the drawback that certain features on the website may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

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.

Subscribe Form

When visitors submit a subscribe request on the site, we collect the data shown in the subscribe form. When an email notification is sent to a subscriber, some email providers (i.e. Shaw, Telus, Gmail, etc.) may provide a validation confirmation. This only means the email address you provided is valid, it does not provide any details on whether the email was actually delivered to your inbox, opened or read, or if any links within that email were clicked.

Contact Form

When visitors submit a contact request on the site, we collect the data shown in the contact form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

Third Party Services

Like most website operators, spam is a constant and annoying reality that has to be dealt with. We utilize third party services to prevent and manage that threat. The information supplied to them is covered in their privacy policies.

Invisible reCAPTCHA is utilized on our site for the Contact and Subscribe forms to confirm a real users is using that form. Your use of this is subject to the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Akismet is an industry leading spam detection service created by Automatic used on the Comment forms to prevent spam. Please review their privacy policy and details on the service.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

We only discloses potentially personally-identifying information to contractors that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on our behalf (i.e. spam control, troubleshooting, etc.), and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using our website, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. We will not rent nor sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. If you are a subscribed user of the website having supplied your email address, we may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on. We take all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

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 subscribed users we also store the personal information provide in your user profile until such time as you request it to be deleted.