The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is a European privacy law effective from May 25, 2018. The GDPR regulates how individuals and organisations may collect, use, and retain personal data.
What is considered “personal data”?
Under the GDPR, personal data is any information about a specific person. This broad definition includes not only traditional personal data—e.g., dates of birth, names, physical addresses, email addresses—but location data, biometric data, financial information, and much more.
What information do I collect?
- Your name and email address is recorded when you sign up to my newsletter
- Your name, email address and email communication is recorded when you submit a form on my website
Anonymous analytics information is also collected via cookies on my website. This includes a users date and time of visit, the IP address, the referrer, the browser version and operating system being used. This is useful so that you are only asked to subscribe to The Stream once, not every time you visit, for example.
Why do we collect this information?
Your name, email address and email communication (if you submit a form on my website) is collected purely in order to respond to your enquiry. I do not categorise this information, your information is not passed on to any other organisations and this information is viewed only by me at The Stream.
I keep this information on secure email for varying time periods depending on the nature of your enquiry.
I do not directly pass any information on to third parties.
Right to amend or delete information
If you wish to unsubscribe from my newsletter you can find a link at the bottom of each newsletter from me. Should you have any problems doing that please contact me here so I can manually amend or delete your information within 30 days from your initial request.
Should you, having contacted me via the forms on this website, wish for me to amend or delete your information please contact me and I will deal with your request within 30 days.
For more information on GDPR and your individual rights please see the Information Commissioner’s Office website.
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.
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.
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.
This site may be using third-party cloud storage to store backups of its audit logs where personal information is collected.
This site creates and stores an activity log that capture the IP address, username, email address and tracks user activity (like when a user makes a comment). Information will be stored locally for 30 days and remotely for 1 year. Information on remote logs cannot be cleared for security purposes.