Privacy Policy

Howdy!

This website, https://lorengrace.com, hosted by WordPress, collects little bits of information, most of which I (nor you) will never see or even know about. Most of these pieces of data are collected for the sole purpose of you visiting, reading, and commenting on this website, and for this website to function properly.

In my opinion, the most important information for you to be aware of is found under the heading “Comments” and “Contact Me,” and are bolded in blue font for your easy reference. But here is all the pertinent legal information  for you to peruse, in alphabetical order.

If you have any concerns/questions about our policies, this website, or your information, please contact me via my “Contact Page.” (https://lorengrace.com/contact/)

 Loren Grace ♥


Notes on Increasing Your Internet Privacy

⇒ To reduce tracking by this or any other website, I (Loren Grace) recommend a search engine such as https://duckduckgo.com/spread.

⇒ To surf the web more anonymously, I (Loren Grace) recommend using a VPN (Virtual Private Network). This website (https://www.groundedreason.com/what-is-a-vpn-and-how-to-chose-the-best-one/) explains about VPNs and lists some options on VPNs to try.


Cookies

If you leave a comment on this website, 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, a temporary cookie will be set 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, several cookies are also set up 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.

COMMENTS

Comments are submitted via Jetpack, and Jetpack collects the commenter’s name, email address, and site URL (if provided via the comment form), timestamp, and IP address. This information is stored in cookies. Learn more about these cookies.

Additionally, a jetpack.wordpress.com IFrame receives the following data: WordPress.com blog ID attached to the site, ID of the post on which the comment is being submitted, commenter’s local user ID (if available), commenter’s local username (if available), commenter’s site URL (if available), MD5 hash of the commenter’s email address (if available), and the comment content.

Akismet (also owned by Automattic) is also enabled on this site, and the following information is sent to the service for the sole purpose of spam checking: commenter’s name, email address, site URL, IP address, and user agent. (See also in this privacy policy: Spam Checking.)

My Notes on Commenting

If you post in the comments of a blog post on this website or anywhere on social media, any personally identifiable information you have chosen to publicly share is visible to others. (Your email is required in order to post a comment, but it is not automatically shared publicly on this website.) This information that you submit to any social media forum can be read, collected, or used by other individuals to send you unsolicited messages. I (Loren Grace, and LorenGrace.com) am not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these forums.

Please assume that any comment you submit on this website or on my affiliate pages (such as my other website and other social media pages) is being or will be posted publicly.

By posting any comment, you are giving me (Loren Grace and LorenGrace.com) permission to use your comment in any way I see fit. For instance, I may choose to address your comments, either in full or in part, in an upcoming blog post.

Although this blog does collect certain information (see above) in order for you to comment, I will not use that information collected by this blog to contact you without your permission (for example, I will not contact you via email if you choose to comment on this blog), nor will I sell or give away such information, except in the case of a security threat. For example, if your comment is deemed to be threatening the life or safety of myself or another, the information collected about you by this website will be given to the proper authorities.

See also: Comment Policy.

CONTACT ME

(See also in this privacy policy: Spam Checking)

Akismet is enabled on the site, and the contact form submission data — IP address, user agent, name, email address, website, and message — is submitted to the Akismet service (also owned by Automattic) for the sole purpose of spam checking. The actual submission data is stored in the database of the site (LorenGrace.com) on which it was submitted and is emailed directly to the owner of the form (i.e. the site author who published the page on which the contact form resides, which is myself, Loren Grace). This email will include the submitter’s IP address, timestamp, name, email address, website (if submitted in the contact form), and message.

My Notes on Contacting Me

If you send me (Loren Grace, and LorenGrace.com) a message via any of the contact forms on any of my websites, I will have access to the name you provide, the email address you provide, the website address you provide (if any), the actual content of the message, and the IP address from which you are accessing the internet, and the timestamp. I will keep a copy of this message indefinitely, but I will not sell this information to anyone for any reason.

I also will never give away such personal information, except in the case of a security threat. For example, if your message or email is deemed to be threatening the life or safety of myself or another, the information collected about you by this website and by the contact form and/or email correspondence will be given to the proper authorities.

However, if you choose to contact me (Loren Grace) via email or via the contact form on this website, I may, at my discretion, choose to address relevant and important questions or comments in a subsequent article on any of my websites or social media. Your real name, your email address, your website address, your IP address, and any other information that is considered by me and/or stated by you to be of a private, personal nature, will not be shared, however, except in the case of a security threat, as mentioned in the above paragraph.

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.

Gravatar Hovercards

This feature will send a hash of the user’s email address (if logged in to the site or WordPress.com — or if they submitted a comment on the site using their email address that is attached to an active Gravatar profile) to the Gravatar service (also owned by Automattic) in order to retrieve their profile image.

Infinite Scroll

In order to record page views via WordPress.com Stats (which must be enabled for page view tracking here to work) with additional loads, the following information is used: IP address, WordPress.com user ID (if logged in), WordPress.com username (if logged in), user agent, visiting URL, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, country code.

Page views will be tracked with each additional load (i.e. when you scroll down to the bottom of the page and a new set of posts loads automatically).

Likes

(These features are only accessible to users logged in to WordPress.com.)

Comment Likes: In order to process a comment like, the following information is used: WordPress.com user ID/username (you must be logged in to use this feature), the local site-specific user ID (if the user is signed in to the site on which the like occurred), and a true/false data point that tells us if the user liked a specific comment. If you perform a like action from one of our mobile apps, some additional information is used to track the activity: IP address, user agent, timestamp of event, blog ID, browser language, country code, and device info.

Post Likes: In order to process a post like action, the following information is used: IP address, WordPress.com user ID, WordPress.com username, WordPress.com-connected site ID (on which the post was liked), post ID (of the post that was liked), user agent, timestamp of event, browser language, country code.

Mobile Theme

A cookie (akm_mobile) is stored for 3.5 days to remember whether or not a visitor of the site wishes to view its mobile version. Learn more about this cookie.

Protect

In order to check login activity and potentially block fraudulent attempts, the following information is used: attempting user’s IP address, attempting user’s email address/username (i.e. according to the value they were attempting to use during the login process), and all IP-related HTTP headers attached to the attempting user.

Failed login attempts (these include IP address and user agent) are tracked. WordPress also sets a cookie (jpp_math_pass) for 1 day to remember if/when a user has successfully completed a math captcha to prove that they’re a real human. Learn more about this cookie.

Any of the visitor-chosen search filters and query data is used by this website in order to process a search request on the WordPress.com servers.

Spam Checking

Akismet is enabled on this site, and the contact form submission data — IP address, user agent, name, email address, website, and message — is submitted to the Akismet service (also owned by Automattic) for the sole purpose of spam checking. The actual submission data is stored in the database of the site on which it was submitted (LorenGrace.com), and is emailed directly to the owner (Loren Grace) of the form. This email will include the submitter’s IP address, timestamp, name, email address, website, and message.

Video Hosting

For video play tracking via WordPress.com Stats, the following information is used: viewer’s IP address, WordPress.com user ID (if logged in), WordPress.com username (if logged in), user agent, visiting URL, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, country code. If Google Analytics is enabled, video play events will be sent there, as well.

WordPress.com Stats

For the purpose of tracking statistics pertinent to this website, WordPress uses the following data for each user: IP address, WordPress.com user ID (if logged in), WordPress.com username (if logged in), user agent, visiting URL, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, country code.

Important: I, Loren Grace, as the site owner, do not have access to any of this information via this feature. For example, I can see that a specific post has 285 views, but I cannot see which specific users/accounts viewed that post. Stats logs — containing visitor IP addresses and WordPress.com usernames (if available) — are retained by Automattic for 28 days and are used for the sole purpose of powering this feature.

For the purpose of tracking statistics pertinent to this website, WordPress also uses the following data: post and page views, video plays (if videos are hosted by WordPress.com), outbound link clicks, referring URLs and search engine terms, and country. When this module is enabled, Jetpack also tracks performance on each page load that includes the Javascript file used for tracking stats. This is exclusively for aggregate performance tracking across Jetpack sites in order to make sure that our plugin and code is not causing performance issues. This includes the tracking of page load times and resource loading duration (image files, Javascript files, CSS files, etc.). The site owner has the ability to force this feature to honor DNT settings of visitors. By default, DNT is currently not honored.


If you disagree with any part of this privacy policy, do not comment on LorenGrace.com, or on any of my affiliated websites or social media pages, and do not contact me at all, whether it is via the contact form on any of my websites, or directly via email.

I reserve the right to update this policy at any time. By using this website after I post any changes, you agree to accept those changes, regardless of whether you have reviewed them or not.

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