Effective date: August 10, 2018
TL;DR – I use Google Analytics to provide aggregated information about how and when the website is being used and the number of visitors. If you subscribe to this blog you will get updates via email. I will not share your email with anyone else but may use a third-party provider to send those emails (otherwise how would I send it myself, as a human, I do not talk SMTP)
Who I am
Marcin Gminski (“I”, “us”, “we”, “our” or “Site”) operates the https://marcin.gminski.net website (hereinafter referred to as the “Service”).
This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal data when you use our Service and the choices you have associated with that data.
We use your data to provide and improve the Service. By using the Service, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this policy.
What data I collect and why I collect it
We collect several different types of information for various purposes to provide and improve our Service to you.
While using our Service, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you (“Personal Data”). Personally, identifiable information may include, but is not limited to:
- Email address
- Cookies and Usage Data
How I Collect Data
We collect Data in the following ways:
- data is given to us by you; and
- data is collected automatically.
Data Given to us
- Follower and Subscriber Information: When you sign up to follow or subscribe to this site I will store your email address. I will only use your email for this purpose. I will not send you any marketing material. You may unsubscribe or opt-out at any time by using the unsubscribe links provided on emails.
- Contact forms: There are no contact forms on this website. I used to have a contact form a few years back and it seemed popular across spam bots but not human beings. My contact details are available on the contact page. If you decide to send me an email it will end up in my inbox and will not be stored or logged anywhere on this website. I will never use it for anything else than responding to your original query.
- Other Information Entered on the Site: We may also collect other information that a visitor enters on the Site – such as a search query
Site Registration and User Profile: This blog does not provide registration and user account creation option.
Data Collected Automatically from the Site
- Usage Data: We may also collect information on how the Service is accessed and used (“Usage Data”). This Usage Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol address (e.g. IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of our Service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.
Embedded content from other websites and social networks.
Articles on this site may sometimes include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, social media buttons, like buttons, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
Cookies and how they Benefit You
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites
This Site’s cookies help:
- Make the website work as you’d expect
- Improve the speed/security of the site
- Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook
- Continuously improve our website for you
- Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
- Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
- Pass data to advertising networks
- Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
- Pay sales commissions
You can learn more about all the cookies we use below
Cookies this Site sets
- Session Cookie: to remember your settings such as accepting the “Cookie Banner” (oh the irony)
- Security Cookie: provide the necessary performance and security provided by CloudFlare. They achieve this by setting the __cfduid cookie. The __cfduid cookie is used to identify individual clients behind a shared IP address and apply security settings on a per-client basis. https://support.cloudflare.com/hc/en-us/articles/200170156-What-does-the-Cloudflare-cfduid-cookie-do-
There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use my site.
Social Network Cookies
So you can easily “Like” or share my content on the likes of Facebook and Twitter I have included sharing buttons on each post.
The impact on privacy will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.
I do not run any advertising or targeting campaigns and I am not affiliated with social networks in any way.
Anonymous Visitor Statistics Cookies (Analytical/performance)
I use Google Analytics to achieve this. Google Analytics is a web analytics service offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic. Google uses the data collected to track and monitor the use of our Service. This data is shared with other Google services.
I use it in its simplest form to see how many visitors I get if any at all. This means it only collects aggregate information and not device identifiers or any other potentially personal data. I do NOT use Ad Sense or any other audience targeting options.
Cookies set by Google Analytics are: _ga, , _gat, _gat_gtag_UA_122729240_1
Turning Cookies Off
You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies (Learn how here). Doing so, however, will likely limit the functionality of our’s and a large proportion of the world’s websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites
It may be that you concerns around cookies relate to so-called “spyware”. Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. Learn more about managing cookies with antispyware software.
The cookie information text on this site was derived from content provided by Attacat Internet Marketing http://www.attacat.co.uk/, a marketing agency based in Edinburgh. If you need similar information for your own website you can use their free cookie audit tool.
Below is a list of the cookies that we use. We have tried to ensure this is complete and up to date, but if you think that we have missed a cookie or there is any discrepancy, please let us know.
How I use this information
I use the collected data for various purposes:
- To provide and maintain the Service
- To notify you about changes to our Service
- To allow you to participate in interactive features of our Service when you choose to do so
- To provide customer care and support
- To provide analysis or valuable information so that we can improve the Service
- To monitor the usage of the Service
- To detect, prevent and address technical issues
Or – to simply put it – I want to know how many visitors I have, to let CloudFlare protect and improve the performance of this site and to send you blog updates but GDPR made it all complicated.
Who I share your data with (Transfer Of Data)
Absolutely no one, I will never sell your data to anyone. It is as simple as that. However, your information, including Personal Data (email address), may be transferred to — and maintained on — computers located outside of your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ than those from your jurisdiction.
If you are located outside the United Kingdom and choose to provide information to us, please note that we transfer the data, including Personal Data, to the United Kingdom and process it there.
Disclosure Of Data
I may disclose your Personal Data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:
- To comply with a legal obligation
- To protect and defend the rights or property of Marcin Gminski
- To prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with the Service
- To protect the personal safety of users of the Service or the public
- To protect against legal liability
Security Of Data
The security of your data is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Data, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
We may employ third-party companies and individuals to facilitate our Service (“Service Providers”), to provide the Service on our behalf, to perform Service-related services or to assist us in analyzing how our Service is used. For example, to send Newsletter and Blog updates I may use a service provider like MailChimp or EmailOctopus.
These third parties have access to your Personal Data only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose.
How long I retain your data
If you do subscribe to my blog I will have your email address for as long as you wish to receive my Newsletter. You can unsubscribe at any point in time by clicking the unsubscribe link on the email. This will delete your email address.
What rights you have over your data
If you subscribe I will have your email address but you will have all the rights to this email. You can ask me to delete it, correct it or change it.
Links To Other Sites
We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third-party sites or services.