Privacy Policy

Who we are

Danny’s The Sims Website is owned and operated by Danny Cox at website address https://thesims.dannycox.me.uk.

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.

Contact forms

When visitors submit a message via the contact forms we collect the data shown on the form, and the visitor’s browser agent string. The browser agent string is collected only to give us a better idea of which browsers are used by visitors, while the response to “How did you find my website?” is collected only to give us a better idea of how visitors find the website. In the case of the Contact Me form, the other data is only used to reply to the message, with the name, country and message published on the appropriate Previous Messages page only if the tick box requesting this is not done is left empty, and the email address if provided only used to send one email with the reply. No data is passed by us to anyone else or used for marketing purposes.

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

Analytics

Google Analytics is used so we can get an idea how visitors reach the website and what pages they look at (and for no other purpose). Cookie(s) are used to track visitors movements around the website for this. Data is not passed by us to anyone else. Google’s privacy policy can be found here: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en-GB.

Login

Visitors should not be attempting to login to this website as only the owner has an account. However, 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. A cookie (jpp_math_pass) is set for 1 day to remember if/when a user has successfully completed a maths captcha to prove that they’re a real human. Learn more about this cookie.

How long we retain your data

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

Data submitted using the contact forms (Contact Me and Feedback), including the browser agent string, may be retained indefinitely.

Analytics data associated with user identifiers is retained for 26 months as of 25th May 2018 (i.e. any data from before that date will be retained until 26 months after it, data after that date will be retained simply for 26 months).

What rights you have over your data

If you have left comments or submitted messages via the Contact Me form, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. 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.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through automated spam detection service Akismet. The information they collect typically includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself).

The website is hosted by HostPapa, so visitor comments are stored in a database on their servers on our behalf, and if an email address is specified in the Contact Me form, a reply will be sent from an email account hosted by them. Read HostPapa’s Privacy Policy.

Data submitted using the contact forms (Contact Me and Feedback), including the browser agent string, is processed by www.snaphost.com and sent to the website owner’s personal Google Gmail email account. Visitor comments are also sent to said email account (in addition to being stored in the database as explained above). Read Google’s Privacy Policy.

Failed login attempts, which contain the user’s IP address, attempted username or email address, and user agent information, are synced to WordPress.com servers.

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