When you leave comments on our site, we collect the data shown in the comments form, along with your IP address and browser user agent string to help us in identifying and preventing spam.

If you’ve opted to use Gravatar, an anonymized string created from your email address may be provided to the Gravatar service to fetch your profile picture. You can learn more about Gravatar’s privacy policy [here](https://automattic.com/privacy/). Once your comment is approved, your profile picture will be visible to the public alongside your comment.

Should you upload images to our website, please ensure they don’t contain embedded location data (EXIF GPS). Visitors to our website can download and extract any location data from images on the site.

When you leave a comment on our site, you have the option to save your name, email address, and website in cookies. These cookies are for your convenience, eliminating the need to fill in your details every time you leave a comment. They will last for one year.

Upon visiting our login page, a temporary cookie is set to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie doesn’t contain any personal data and is discarded once you close your browser.

Upon logging in, several cookies are set up to save your login information and screen display preferences. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you choose “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. Logging out of your account removes the login cookies.

Editing or publishing an article triggers the saving of an additional cookie in your browser. This cookie contains no personal data and only indicates the post ID of the edited article. It expires after 1 day.

**Embedded Content from Other Websites**
Articles on our site may include embedded content (e.g., videos, images, articles) that behaves in the same way as if you visited the source website. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

**Who We Share Your Data With**
In the event of a password reset request, your IP address will be included in the reset email.

**How Long We Retain Your Data**
Comments and their metadata are retained indefinitely to facilitate automatic approval of follow-up comments and prevent spam.

For users who register on our website (if any), the personal information provided in their user profile is stored. All users can view, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except for the username). Website administrators can also access and edit this information.

**Your Rights Over Your Data**
If you have an account on our site or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file containing the personal data we hold about you, including any information you’ve provided to us. Additionally, you can request the deletion of any personal data we hold about you, with the exception of data we’re obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

**Where Your Data Is Sent**
Visitor comments may be screened through an automated spam detection service.