Hi there! Alex here (the owner of Log & Mitten). Data privacy matters a great deal to me when I’m online. So, I’d like to take a moment to tell you how your data is handled when you interact with this website.
Log & Mitten is my digital craft supply brand.
To run this website, I naturally use a service providers, namely WordPress.com.
When you choose to send me an email, after getting my email off my contact page, naturally I use an email service provider to receive your email and that’s Fastmail.
If you choose to interact with this website, you’d typically do so in 4 ways:
- Browse & interact with the website and blog
- Follow the blog
- Comment on blog posts
- Send me an email direct from your personal mailbox after getting my email address on my contact page
- Click links on the website (some of which are affiliate links)
At any point in time, in accordance with GDPR, the new data protection law, you have a right to:
- Enquire into what data is being used
- Enquire into why your data is being used
- Enquire into who is using your data
- Enquire into how your data is being used
- Enquire into how long your data is being used for
- Request that your data be deleted from where they are stored (this won’t cost you a thing; it’s a legal requirement under the GDPR)
To enquire into how we use your data or send a deletion request, please drop me a line at logandmitten(at)veryfast(dot)biz and I’ll be more than happy to answer your questions and/or action your deletion request.
To run and manage this website, I use the following service providers:
- WordPress.com – website provider
These third-party service providers operate under their own respective privacy and cookie policies:
Note: WordPress.com operates under the trading name of Automattic and Gravatar is a service offered by Automattic.
OTHER THIRD PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS
I do not, at this stage, use anything else on this website, meaning no plugins, google analytics, email building list service such as Mailchimp, ads and other third-party service providers.
And I do not sell your data neither.
The Follow Blog section in the website’s footer is an integral part of the service provided by WordPress.com. All it does is collect your email, display it on my WordPress.com dashboard under my follower section and send you an email notification each time this blog has a new post. This in-built WordPress.com feature is NOT an email newsletter system.
EMAIL ADDRESS Left During Blog Subscription Process
When visiting a WordPress blog, whether logged into your WordPress account or logged out, you have the choice to follow other WordPress blogs. When you choose to do so, you choose to make part of your identity visible to the blog owner. That’s how WordPress works.
This identity will be one of the below:
- Your WordPress profile data and image
- Your email address
I, as a blog owner, choose to keep followers because that’s in the nature of blogging and I wish to build a community around my blog/website.
As part of its service, WordPress.com makes website followers visible to website owners in the form of a list. There are 2 types of Follower lists:
- Those who are already WordPress users, therefore have a WordPress profile and Gravatar profile and can, as a result, easily follow a blog by the click of a button
- Those who subscribe to blogs via email
If you are a WordPress.com user, you’ll appear on the Follower list as the profile image you picked for yourself if you followed my blog.
If you chose to follow the blog with an email address, that email is the piece of data that will show up in the Email Follower list.
This latter list of followers is downloadable as csv file. I do not use this csv download feature at the moment. In other words, your follower data always stays on my dashboard on WordPress.com.
All I do is regularly visit my Follower lists simply to have an idea of who follows the blog. But I do not write nor download this list for marketing activities.
Last but not least, when you choose to follow my blog via email, it is the regular WordPress.com email subscription feature being at play. Meaning, it is not an email newsletter subscription service provided by a third party. This means, your email stays on WordPress.com on my account.
If, at any point, you’re no longer happy with me seeing your email, you have 2 choices:
- Unfollow my blog
- Drop me an email to request that I delete you as a follower
If you email me, I’ll be more than happy to action your request upon receipt.
EMAIL Sent to my Mailbox
When you choose to send me an email, the email reaches my Fastmail mailbox with the following data:
- Name (the one associated with your email address)
- Email address
- Subject line
- Content of email
- Time and date the email was sent to me
- Email file size
The reason I allow others to contact me via email, therefore my receiving your email data in my mailbox, is to be of value to my audience, should have any questions about what I do on the blog.
Then, what do I do with your email?
I read your email and treat it the following way:
- Your email does not require a response. In this case, I will delete it as soon as I’ve read it
- Your email requires a response. In this case, I will respond first then delete the email
If at any point you’re no longer happy with having your email, therefore personal data, sitting in my mailbox, you need to drop me another email to request that all your emails be immediately deleted and I’ll be more than happy to oblige.
COMMENTS On Blog Posts
When you leave a comment on my blog posts, I and everyone else who see the post will see the following data that you left:
- The date your comment was left on the post
- The content of your comment
I keep your comment on on the blog post indefinitely because it’s all part of community building and bringing value to the community. Your comment, as much as my content, brings value to the community built around my blog.
If at any point you’re no longer happy with your comments being visible on my blog, drop me an email to request that I delete them and I’ll be more than happy to oblige. It’s important that you feel comfortable with the information you put online, so don’t hesitate to let me know if you need your comments deleted.
GRAVATAR PRILE & WORDPRESS PROFILE INFORMATION
When you sign up for a WordPress account, you’d typically get a WordPress Profile and a Gravatar Profile that you are free to configure as you see fit. Be sure to configure these in a way that suits you because some of this information is public. This means if you ever follow blogs on WordPress and/or comment on WordPress blog posts, some of this personal data will show up against your comment or follow entry on the blog owner’s account. For instance, your profile photo will show up, if you choose to add your blog to your profile, this may show up too.
If you are no longer happy about WordPress.com showing me your information – under your gravatar/ WordPress profile – when you follow this website or leave a comment, you need to do one of the following:
- Amend your WordPress profile and Gravatar profile accordingly
- Request that I delete your comment
- Request that I delete you as a follower
This website is hosted and operated by WordPress.com, meaning security is solely the responsibility of WordPress.com. And they are very good at security.
The same applies to Fastmail, also a major player in their respective industry.
In addition, I also follow good practices in terms of security when working with both Fastmail and WordPress.com.
Like I said above, if you’re no longer happy with you personal data ending up with me and being used the ways described above, drop me an email to request that your data be deleted from my mailbox or WordPress.com blog and I’ll action your request upon receipt.
I’m reachable at logandmitten(at)veryfast(dot)biz.
ENQUIRING INTO HOW YOUR DATA IS USED AS YOU INTERACT WITH THIS BLOG
Contact me at logandmitten(at)veryfast(dot)biz if you wish to enquire about the data (what data is being used by who, where, how, for how long and why).
Last updated: May 2021
YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE GDPR
Under the GDPR, the new data protection law, you have the following rights:
- Your right of access – You have the right to ask us for copies of your personal information
- Your right to rectification – You have the right to ask us to rectify information you think is inaccurate. You also have the right to ask us to complete information you think is incomplete
- Your right to erasure – You have the right to ask us to erase your personal information in certain circumstances
- Your right to restriction of processing –You have the right to ask us to restrict the processing of your information in certain circumstances
- Your right to object to processing –You have the the right to object to the processing of your personal data in certain circumstances
- Your right to data portability –You have the right to ask that we transfer the information you gave us to another organisation, or to you, in certain circumstances
You are not required to pay any charges for exercising your rights. If you make a request, I have one month to respond to you.
INFORMATION COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE
You can also contact the Information Commissioner’s Office at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF or by phone on 0303 123 1113.