Your privacy is very important to us. At Hamilton’s Thoughts we have a few fundamental principles that we follow:
- We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it. (We can’t stand services that ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason.)
- We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.
- We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of our site.
It is our policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating the website.
Who we are
This is a personal blog run by David Hamilton. The website’s address is: https://hamiltonsthoughts.com. Contact can be made via the contact form on the website.
What personal data we collect and why we collect it
Like most website operators, Hamilton’s Thoughts collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Hamilton’s Thoughts’ purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how our visitors use our website. From time to time, we may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
Hamilton’s Thoughts also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on our blogs. Hamilton’s Thoughts only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.
We collect information about visitors who comment using our Akismet anti-spam service. The information we collect 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).
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.
The contact form requires your email address and name so that you can be replied to.
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving 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.
This website uses the functions offered by the web analytics service Google Analytics. This service Google uses text files (called “cookies”) which are stored on your computer and enable the analysis of your use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. No information able to personally identify you is collected.
More information on how Google Analytics processes user data can be found in the Google privacy statement: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245
Objection to data collection: Should you wish to prevent Google Analytics from collecting your data there are browser add-ons that enable the deactivation of Google Analytics.
Subscription Email service
Those who wish to receive Hamilton’s Thoughts updates via email require us to collect their email addresses. This information is for the sole use of the website and users can opt out whenever they want.
Who we share your data with
Any data collected is for the sole purpose of the use and running of this website. However, data may be disclosed as required by a law, regulation or pursuant to the decision of a competent regulatory or judicial authority.
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.
How we protect your data
This website has a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate which establishes an encrypted connection between the user browser and the server hosting the website. This prevents any malicious intercept of the data you provide to the website.