Privacy Policy

Who we are

Herbary is a personal weblog written by Dafydd Monks. Our website address is: http://www.herbary.co.uk.

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 spam detection.

An anonymised 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.

Contact forms

We host a contact form in order to provide a private and secure way for visitors to contact us. This form collects your name and contact information. This information is used explicitly for the purpose of sending an email to the site administrators.

Cookies

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.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

Visotor data is shared with Google Analytics for the purpose of better understanding what our visitors are reading, what is popular and what is not.

Webmentions

Webmentions are an explicit feature of your content management system: by sending a webmention to the webmention endpoint of this website, you request the server to take notice of that referral and process it. As long as public content is concerned (i.e. you are not sending a private webmention), such use of this website’s webmention endpoint implies that you are aware of it being published.

You can at any time request the removal of one or all webmentions originating from your website.

Incoming Webmentions are handled as a request to process personal data that you make available by explicitly providing metadata in your website’s markup.

An incoming Webmention request is by design a request for publishing a comment from elsewhere on the web; this is what the protocol was designed for and why it is active on your website

The Webmention plugin processes the following data (if available):

  • Your name
  • The profile picture from your website
  • The URL of your website
  • Personal information you include in your post

Who we share your data with

Any data you voluntarily share with this site is not passed to any other third parties. It is retained on this site and nowhere else.

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.

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.

Your contact information

We gather your contact information when you subscribe to our newsletter or leave a comment on this site. This is never publically displayed or shared with third parties.

Additional information

How we protect your data

Your data is stored secuerly by TSOHost ltd. (Our web hosting providor). All passwords are hashed and salted. In the event that a data breach occurrs we will notify those affected and inform the ICO.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

None. This website is a huma-scale blog and aims to be free of such things.