Privacy Policy

Who we are

Erratic engineeress found at https://erraticengineeress.blog. / (“Website”) is governed by the following privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”).

We respect your privacy and are committed to protecting it. The purpose of this Privacy Policy is to inform you what personally identifiable information we collect and how it will be used. This statement only applies to this Website.

What personal data we collect and how we use it

This Website runs on WordPress – WordPress Privacy Policy is available here https://wordpress.org/about/privacy/. By default WordPress does not collect any personal data about visitors, and only collects the data shown on the User Profile screen from registered users.

Information You Voluntarily Submit to the Website

We can collect personal information from you such as your name, website or email address, if you submit it to the website. For example, you may voluntarily submit information to the Website by leaving a comment, subscribing to receive email notifications of new posts, or submitting a contact form. By leaving a comment, subscribing or submitting a contact form you consent to sharing this information with us and we will use it in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Comments

When you submit a comment through the Website we collect the data shown in the comments form: your name, e-mail address and the comment itself. We also collect the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. We will not use your information to send you anything except any administrative communications, such as confirmation emails, technical notices, policy changes or security alerts if necessary.

You may choose to receive notifications of new comments on the post you commented on or notifications of new posts (see the Subscription section below) when submitting a comment. The opt-in options are located under the comment form. If you choose to opt-in to receive any notifications, your information will only be used to send you the notifications you selected and any administrative communication necessary. All email notifications will include information on how to opt-out of future mailings or you can contact us at erratic.engineeress@gmail.com and request to be removed from our mailing list at any time.

When you submit a comment an anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) will be provided to the Gravatar service by WordPress to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service Privacy Policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/.

Information We Can Collect From Others

We can receive information about you from other sources when you submit a comment or like a post. You may link your WordPress, Google or Apple account when liking a post. The Like button is located at the end of each post. If you choose to link your WordPress, Google or Apple account to like a post, we will receive your name and profile picture. Your profile picture will be displayed next to the Like button.

You may link your WordPress, Facebook, Twitter and/or Google accounts when making a comment. If you choose to link your WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, and/or Google accounts to your user profile, we will receive your name, email address and profile picture. Your profile picture will not appear in the comments.

This Website uses the Aksimet service to protect from spam, the Aksimet Privacy Policy is available here https://akismet.com/privacy/ and in the notice displayed under the comment form on this Website. The information collected by Aksimet includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself).

Contact form

When you submit a contact form through the Website under the “Contact me” section here https://erraticengineeress.blog/contact/ , we collect your name, e-mail address and the submitted message itself. By submitting a contact form you are not subscribing to anything and your information will only be used for the purpose of answering your message by us and for any other administrative communications, such as confirmation emails, technical notices, policy changes or security alerts if necessary. It will not be used for marketing purposes. The information is retained for up to 2 years as part of our records, but it may be retained longer by the third party services associated with submitting the contact form (listed below).

The contact form is generated by Jetpack, which is part of Automattic, their privacy policy is available here https://automattic.com/privacy/.

When you submit a contact form we receive your message by email. The Website email account is at erratic.engineeress@gmail.com, which is operated by the Gmail service and all our received emails are subject to their Privacy Policy. The Gmail service is part of Google and their privacy policy is available here https://policies.google.co/privacy?hl=en#infocollect.

Subscription

When you subscribe to receive notifications of new posts through the “Subscribe to stay updated form” in the sidebar or the footer widgets, we collect your email address and also receive your name associated with this email address. By subscribing you consent to receiving an email notification every time we post a new blog post and any other administrative communications, such as confirmation emails, technical notices, policy changes or security alerts if necessary.

The email notification contains the blog post title and excerpt. Each email notification will provide information on how to opt-out of future emails or you can contact us at erratic.engineeress@gmail.com and request to be removed from our mailing list at any time. We will not use your information to send you any other promotional material or advertisement not associated with this Website.

Automatically-Collected Information

We automatically collect certain information about you and the device with which you access the Website through our hosting provider WordPress, their Privacy Policy is available here https://wordpress.org/about/privacy/ . For example, when you use the Website, they will log your IP address, browser type, referring website or search engine if the information is accessible, pages you viewed, and the dates/times when you accessed the Website. They also collect information about actions you take when using the Website, such as links clicked.

Analytics

The information listed above is used to track and analyse the traffic on the Website and help us provide better content in accordance with the user statistics. The collected user information is processed to determine how many views the Website attracted in a day, which posts and pages were viewed and which country the views were logged in to better understand our user demographic. We cannot and do not attempt to identify the individual user.

The user statistics are analysed and processed by Jetpack, which is part of Automattic and their Privacy Policy is available here https://automattic.com/privacy/ .

Cookies

WordPress (the hosting provider) logs information using cookies, which are small data files stored on your browser by the Website. They use both session cookies, which expire when you close your browser, and persistent cookies, which stay on your browser until deleted, to provide you with a more personalised experience on this Website. When you click “Close and accept” on the Privacy and Cookies banner displayed at the bottom of the Website, you consent to the use of cookies. Your consent is saved in the form of persistent cookies and expires after 1 year or when the cookies are deleted from your browser.

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt in to saving your name, email address and website in the 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 or until deleted from your browser.

You may, at any time, prevent the setting of cookies by this Website by using a corresponding setting of your Internet browser and may thus permanently deny the setting of cookies. Furthermore, already set cookies can be deleted at any time via your Internet browser or other software. This is possible in all popular Internet browsers. However, if you deactivate the setting of cookies in your Internet browser, some functions of this Website may not be entirely usable.

Embedded Content From Other Websites

Posts on this Website 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 that website and their Privacy Policies apply.

Who we share your data with

We do not share your personal information with anyone unless you explicitly authorise us to do so.

This Website uses third-party service providers to service various aspects of the Website. Each third-party service provider’s use of your personal information is dictated by their respective Privacy Policies.

By default WordPress by which this Website is hosted does not share any personal data with anyone and their Privacy Policy is available here https://wordpress.org/about/privacy/ .

This Website currently uses the following third-party service providers (some had already been listed and their data collection explained in more detail in the previous relevant sections):

Jetpack: this service adds certain features on this Website, handles comments, subscription and contact forms and also analyses the user statistics. Their Privacy Policy is available here https://automattic.com/privacy/ .

Smash Balloon Social Photo Feed: this plugin allows us to display the Erratic engineeress Instagram feed. Information on the plugin is available here https://wordpress.org/plugins/instagram-feed/.

Scroll Top: this plugin allows visitors to navigate back to the top of the page. Information on the plugin is available here https://wordpress.org/plugins/scroll-top/.

Aksimet: this automated spam detection service protects us from spam (unwanted comments), their Privacy Policy is available here https://akismet.com/privacy/.

Gravatar: a global service which associates an image (avatar) with the user’s email address if they are using this service. Their Privacy Policy is available here https://automattic.com/privacy/.

At this time, your personal information is not shared with any other third-party applications. This list may be amended from time to time in the Website’s sole discretion.

Except when required by law, we will not sell, distribute, or reveal your email addresses or other personal information without your consent.

How long we retain your data

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

If you submit a contact form your information will be retained up to 2 years by us as part of our records, but may be retained longer by the third party services associated with the contact form submission, as explained in the contact form section. If you subscribe to receive notifications of our new posts we will retain your information until you cancel the subscription, but it may be retained longer by third party services associated with the subscription process.

What rights you have over your data

If you have subscribed to this Website, have left comments or submitted a contact form, 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.

Additional information

Advertising – Retargeting ads

From time to time, this Website may engage in remarketing efforts with third-party companies, such as Google, Facebook, or Instagram, in order to increase the reach of this Website. These companies use cookies to serve ads based on someone’s past visits to the Website and their Privacy Policies apply.

Sensitive Personal Information

At no time should you submit any kind of sensitive personal information to the Website. This includes your passport or identity document details, information regarding race or ethnic origin, health information, criminal background, trade union memberships… If you elect to submit such information to us, it will be subject to this Privacy Policy.

Children’s information

The Website does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 16. If a parent or guardian believes that the Website has personally identifiable information of a child under the age of 16 in its database, please contact us immediately at erratic.engineeress@gmail.com and we will do our best to promptly remove such information from our records.

Contact information

Please contact us at erratic.engineeress@gmail.com for questions related to this Privacy Policy at any time.