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Definition of Personal Data
“Personal Data” means the various types of information relating to the direct subject of such data, such as any natural person to whom the data are referenced and whose identity is voluntarily given or not known or can be ascertained.
“Personally Identifiable Information” means the various types of information that is directly related to the subject of the information and from which the subject can be identified directly or indirectly.
Aggregated statistical data from which a person can no longer be identified are neither Personal Data or Personally Identifiable Information.
- European Union’s Data Protection Directives.
- General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force on May 25, 2018.
Protection of Minors and Personal Data
Personal data are collected and / or processed only when absolutely necessary. If given, we will not sell, distribute, rent, or publicize in any way your personal data.
Visitors / users whose age is under 16 years must have the consent of their parents before visiting / using the pages / services of this site.
Visitors / users of the Site and their Personal Data
This site does not collect and does not use Personal Data or Personally Identifiable Information directly from its visitors.
- It does not collect any personal data directly and does not keep such data.
- It does not provide directly a way for user registration, subscriber or membership and does not contain a relevant database.
Personal Data retention
The only personal data we collect directly from you is the email address and the name, only if you voluntarily contact us by sending us an email through our contact form and only for a limited period. The email and its content will be deleted immediately if it is spam-related or after the end of our communication, unless it is strictly necessary to maintain it (for example: legal reasons).
If you choose to contact us by using the contact form, none of the data you provide will be stored on this site or will be transferred or processed by any third party processor.
Third-party content and products within our site
Part of the content and the advertisements are provided by third parties not related to our site. For example, in some of our articles, we give you the ability to watch videos provided by content providers like Youtube. When you enter these articles and watch the videos, third parties may show ads and / or, as a statistical measure, monitor what ads you see and how you respond to them.
Social Sharing Add-ons
We let you share some of our site’s pages with others, through third-party social networking services such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. These third parties may collect or receive certain information about your use of their services on our pages, through cookies, beacons, pixels, and / or similar technologies. This information may be collected by the mentioned third-parties over time and may be combined with information collected in the same way through other websites you visit or have had visited.
If you are signed in to one or more of the mentioned social networks, your use of their services on our site may be shown on your corresponding social network’s account or profile, depending on your settings in these accounts. Specifically, if you interact with the Add-ons, for example by using the “Like”, “Follow ” or “Share” options, or use the Facebook’s comments Add-on to leave comments under our articles.
Information about social networking providers and their add-ons
If you are a registered member of one or more of the following Social Networks and you do not want your social network to analyze or link the data related to your navigation on our site with member data already stored by them, you must log-out from the corresponding social networks before using our site’s pages / services.
For more information about the mentioned providers and their Privacy Policies, read:
Encryption and Data Security when navigating our site
All online traffic (file / data transfer) between this site and your browser is strictly encrypted and securely transferred from our server to you and vice versa, through the HTTPS protocol using the TLS (Transport Layer Security / SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) so that no intermediary can intercept or observe any use of the pages / services of our site by you.
The Encryption and the Digital Certificate on our site are certified by COMODO CA Limited, using 2048-bit secure encryption keys, providing you with utmost security and privacy for your data.
Data Breaches and Reporting
While our site does not store personally identifiable visitor / user data, we will report any unlawful violation of this site’s database to all direct (legal) stakeholders as well as the authorities within 72 hours of the violation if it is obvious that the potential personal data that is stored in an identifiable format has been stolen.
International Data Transfer
Your use of our site, in some cases, may lead to the transfer, storage and / or processing of your anonymous data in other countries, through Add-ons and / or Ads. These countries include countries in the European Economic Area, the United States of America and Canada. In particular, through our site (through the Add-ons and Ads it contains), data such as Internet Protocol (IP), basic information about your browser, resolution / screen size of your system and / or other relevant non-personal data from which you, based on the GDPR compliant Privacy Policies of the third parties described herein, will not be directly identified as a person in any way.
Providers (Content, Add-ons and / or Ads) appearing on our site, referred to in the above paragraphs as well as in the following paragraphs, comply with policies that are compatible with international laws. Anonymous data that may be transferred, stored and / or processed, according to their Privacy Policies is compliant with international laws and the goal of the data is only anonymous ad personalization / targeting and / or analysis of general statistical interactivity with their content.
You have the right to request clarification of the information we collect about you (if you believe it exists) and ask us to correct inaccuracies in this information, to oppose or request limitation of processing, and to request access, deletion or portability of your information. Under certain jurisdictions, we may reject the processing of unnecessarily duplicated requests, requests that require a disproportionate technical effort, requests that jeopardize the confidentiality of others or are impracticable or are not otherwise required by law.
If you believe that there is possible processing of your personal data by us and it offends you or violates the applicable law, please contact us to resolve the issue, or you may file a complaint with the appropriate Supervisory Authority.
As with most other websites, we collect and use the following data contained in the server’s log files (strictly secured from public access).
The information in the log files include your IP address (Internet Protocol) as given by your ISP (Internet Service Provider), the type of the browser that you have used to visit our site (such as Chrome, Firefox, etc), the time you visited our site, which pages you have visited, and the amount of time you have been on the site or a specific page of it. Our site’s server receives and records that information from your browser when you interact with our site.
That information is being kept only for a limited period and used only by the site’s owner and only for statistical analysis for optimization, fighting spam, abuse, malware and other security aspects of the site’s and server’s general health.
We use this data in aggregate form only, that is, as a statistical measure, but not in a manner that would identify you personally in any way. This type of aggregate data also enables us to figure out how often individuals use parts of this site so that we can analyze and improve them.
Cookies and related technologies
Types of cookies
The types of cookies that may be used on our site, as well as on most other sites, are described below:
These are temporary cookies that remain in your browser’s cookie file only during your visit and are deleted as soon as you close your browser.
Persistent or permanent cookies remain on your system until they are deleted by you or expired. The expiration period depends on each cookie separately and its duration may vary from a few months to years. They are necessary because they store the (anonymous) choices of visitors / users so they do not have to choose them every time they enter the site.
They are installed on your system only by the site you visit. They include a unique identifier (to be able to separate you from other visitors) for anonymous tracking of your navigation within the site and for aggregated statistical measures only.
They are used by third parties such as (possibly) some ads and / or social add-ons and / or third-party content to track your visits to their content and sites, typically for ad targeting (personalized ads) and / or for aggregated statistical measures.
Related cookies that may be used on our site from third-party content, services, and / or products:
Embedded videos via Youtube
They can place cookies on your system if you watch on our site videos provided by third parties such as Google’s Youtube. If you choose to disable these cookies (as described in the section “Ability to delete and / or prevent cookies” below), you may not be able to see the embedded videos.
Google’s reCAPTCHA security system for contact form abuse management
Uses necessary cookies from Google, with unique identifier for anti-bot security and abuse tracking purposes. reCAPTCHA is a free service from Google that helps protect websites from spam and abuse.
Google Fonts API
Our site may use Google Fonts in its template, Google Fonts logs records of the CSS and the font file requests, and access to this data is kept secure.
For more information on Youtube’s, reCAPTCHA’s and Google Fonts API’s cookies and privacy policies, read:
Google Analytics cookies
Our site uses Google Analytics by using only first-party cookies with basic anonymous data to see and analyze statistics of traffic on its pages. We see these statistical data in aggregate form only, that is, as a statistical measure, but not in a manner that would identify you personally in any way. The IP addresses of all visitors analyzed by Google Analytics are automatically anonymized.
Names and descriptions of the Google Analytics cookies used by our site:
Name: _gat | Duration: 1 minute | Description: Used to limit the rate of automated requests for statistical measurement.
Name: _gid | Duration: 24 hours Description: Used to anonymously divide visitors / users of the site into statistical metrics.
Name: _ga | Duration: 2 years Description: Used to anonymously divide visitors / users of the site into statistical metrics.
While not recommended, you can also install a browser add-on from Google into your browser, to opt out of Google Analytics cookies if you use Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari or Opera. This will prevent this and other websites from collecting data for statistical purposes from Google Analytics: Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on
Advertisement related cookies
This site may use first and / or third party cookies for “personalization of ads” to display ads through Google’s “AdSense” service, which (as well as the selected third-party Advertising Technology Vendors who are advertising through that service) can place first and / or third party cookies on your system when you are browsing the internet and visit sites that use personalized ads from these vendors, such as our site. The cookies, in some cases, are used to display ads that relate to you and your interests. The following paragraph explains how this is possible:
Ads can be targeted based on past or historical data collected to determine or influence ad selection, including past search queries, activity, site or app visits, demographic information or location. For example, if you visit sites with information for visiting New York, you may see New York hotel ads when viewing an other site that uses personalized ads.
Table of selected Ad Technology Vendors who may advertise through the Google AdSense network on our site:
Below is a table with the selected Advertising Technology Vendors and the relevant pages in their sites containing the Privacy Policies of these approved advertising vendors, who may, where appropriate, display ads on our site through Google’s AdSense as third parties, who may also use (if you have visited other sites that contained ads provided by one or some of the vendors and you acquired relevant cookies from them) and / or install third-party cookies to see statistics and target their ads to you in a better way:
If you would like to get more information about personalized ad cookies and how to exclude or disable them, check the following links:
- How Google uses information from websites or apps using its services
- Disable (or enable) personalized ads and check the information that Google uses to show you ads
- www.youronlinechoices.com (Settings and a Guide to behavioral advertising and privacy on the Internet)
You can also install a plugin from Google on your browser to always keep the “personalization of ads” on the Google Network always turned off: Chrome plugin | Firefox plugin | Internet Explorer plugin
Ability to delete and / or prevent cookies
The setting can be done through your browser settings. Although, if you select that you do not wish to accept any cookies, you may encounter malfunctions in the appearance of this site and other sites also.
Browser manufacturers provide help pages about managing cookies in their products. See below for more information per manufacturer:
For other browsers, consult the documentation provided by the browser manufacturer.
Revocation of consent to cookies
Deleting cookies with one of the above ways will also delete / revoke your consent to cookies from our site (if you clicked on the “OK” button in the message that appeared when you entered our site) because your consent is stored through a cookie (name: cookieconsent_status) on your system, so that our site recognizes your choice the next time you re-enter it, so that it does not display the message again.
Change of terms
Effective (Date/Month/Year): 12/6/2018
Last revised (Date/Month/Year): 4/9/2020