Privacy policy

Who I am

I am an individual board game enthusiast, running this blog for entertainment purposes only.

My blog is hosted at this address: https://boardgameyarns

I also have a presence on social media sites where I also share my thoughts on board games and tabletop.

What personal data I collect and why I collect it:

Comments

When you leave comments on the site I need to collect the data you complete in the comments form so that I can respond to you.

By leaving a comment you are choosing to provide the information submitted within the comment form.

Your IP address and browser user agent string are also collected 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. This comes with signing into WordPress if you choose to do so on this site.

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

When visitors contact me via the site, I collect the data shown in the contact form (i.e. your name, email address and your comment or message). You have to actively submit this information by submitting a contact request. I do not obtain this information in any other way.

I will not use the information you submit for any marketing purposes and I will not sell this information onto any third parties.

The only reason I collect information in contact forms is to facilitate conversations between you and I. You have to initiate these conversations, and by doing so, you choose to submit your details. I do not obtain your information without your consent.

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, it 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, it 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 tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

I use Google Analytics with anonymised IP so I can tell if my blog is reaching readers and if so, how many.

The IP anonymisation feature in Google Analytics anonymises the last digits of the user’s IP.

I do not use Google Analytics for sales and marketing purposes as this is a non-profit blog for entertainment purposes only.

Who I share your data with

Other than Google and the WordPress plugins used to monitor Google Analytics, the analytics data will not actively be shared by me and I will not sell your data to any third parties.

How long I retain your data

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

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 I hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that I erase any personal data I hold about you. This does not include any data I are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where I send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

I do not actively send your data anywhere.

My contact information

As I operate this site as an individual and not as a business or company entity, I choose not to share my personal address, phone number etc for privacy reasons.

However, you can contact me by email at: bisonator@boardgameyarns.co.uk which is an inbox reserved specifically for communications relating to this blog and is not my main personal email address.