Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is: https://gratitude.blog.

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 anonymized 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

If you fill in a contact form we store (possibly forever) whatever information you submit. This means we will store your name and email on our secure servers. However, we do not share data with third parties. If your message has to do with site support and we feel like your question could help future visitors or members, we might share your question publicly but we will not tie your name to it and we never publicly display email addresses. Never submit super sensitive information in our contact form or any form on our site. We never need or will ask for credit card, date of birth, ID numbers, etc.

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

Analytics

Due to our love for privacy we use a very minimal analytics system called Tiny Analytics. It only tracks how many visitors we receive and the top websites people are coming from, and that’s it. It’s all anonymous.

Who we share your data with

We never share your data with others. Your data is stored on secure servers. But, even the biggest websites get hacked. So, it could happen. We can’t guarantee that your data will never be compromised. No website can promise that. However, we collect very little from you.

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 may download the personal data we hold about you. 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.

If you are a member, you may also request to receive a copy of all of your gratitude journal entries. If you have already made this request recently, within the current month, we reserve the right to deny your request. It is not feasible or reasonable to fulfill these requests from the same person multiple times a month.

You cannot request an export of any resources you submit or request that they be deleted. Any gratitude or positive resource you submit by using our main resource submission form becomes the property of gratitude.blog. By submitting a resource you are helping us build a website where people will be able to visit and find gratitude and positive resources for years to come. Therefore, we would not want to remove any of the wonderful resources you have submitted. However, if you are a member all of your submissions are on your dashboard so you have easy access to them at any time. You could potentially go to your dashboard, go into each resource and save or print that page.

You also have the option of deleting your account at any time. If you delete your account then any posts or data we have related to you that is not deleted, is anonymized. Meaning your name, username, and email is removed from public view and from our database. In other words, after deleting your account you will still see posts that you submitted on our site, but they will not be tied to you in any way.

To recap:

  • Members and non-members may download what “personal data” we have about them. Which would be information such as your name, username, email, IP address, etc.
  • Members may request an export of their journal entries, but not resource submissions. Members may delete their journal entries, but we will not delete any resources submitted. If you delete your account, any remaining personal data is anonymized.

We care a lot, seriously, about privacy and you being able to access your personal data, so feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Here are links to the options you have around collecting or deleting your data:

Download basic personal data we have about you or delete your account

Submit a journal entry export request or contact us for any other reason

Where we send your data

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

Contact information

Get in touch with us here. As far as your contact information goes, if you have provided any, we will not share it. 

Additional information

How we protect your data

Data is transferred encrypted. Your password is encrypted/hashed. Our web host is a major web host who has many security features in place to protect your data. If you ever want more information just contact us.

What data breach procedures we have in place

If we learn about a data breach we will email all members.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

We operate out of the U.S., therefore if you need to file a compliant you may contact the U.S. FTC. https://www.ftc.gov

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