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Definition of Personal Data
“Personal Data” refers to any type of information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. This includes any individual to whom the data pertains, whether their identity is voluntarily disclosed or not.
“Personally Identifiable Information” denotes information that can be directly or indirectly linked to a specific individual.
Aggregated statistical data that no longer allows for the identification of specific individuals is not considered Personal Data or Personally Identifiable Information.
- Data Protection Directives from the European Union.
- The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) effective from May 25, 2018.
Protection of Minors and Personal Data
We collect and/or process personal data strictly when necessary. We assure you that we will not sell, distribute, rent or publicize your personal data in any manner.
Although the content of this Site is family safe, visitors or users under the age of 16 must obtain parental consent prior to using the services of this site.
Site Visitors/Users and Their Personal Data
Our site does not directly collect or utilize Personal Data or Personally Identifiable Information from its visitors/users.
- We do not directly collect or retain any personal data.
- We do not provide a method for user registration, subscription or membership, nor do we maintain a relevant database.
Personal Data Retention
The only personal data we directly collect from you is your email address and name, provided you voluntarily contact us through our contact form. These data are retained for a limited period and are promptly deleted in case of spam or upon conclusion of our communication, unless retention is legally mandated.
If you choose to contact us through the contact form, rest assured that the data you provide will neither be stored on this site nor transferred or processed by any third-party processor.
Third-party Content and Products Within Our Site
Some content and advertisements are provided by unrelated third parties. For instance, we may embed videos from providers like Youtube in our articles. When you view these videos, third parties may display ads and monitor your ad views and interactions for statistical purposes.
Encryption and Data Security During Site Navigation
All online traffic, including file and data transfer between this site and your browser, is encrypted and securely transferred using the HTTPS protocol with TLS (Transport Layer Security) and SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). This ensures that no intermediary can intercept or observe your use of our site’s pages or services.
Our site’s encryption and digital certificate are certified by COMODO CA Limited, providing 2048-bit secure encryption keys for enhanced security and privacy.
Data Breaches and Reporting
While our site does not store personally identifiable user data, we commit to reporting any unlawful breach of this site’s database to all relevant parties and authorities within 72 hours of the breach, given that it is evident that the potentially stolen data was stored in an identifiable format.
International Data Transfer
Your use of our site could potentially lead to the transfer, storage, and processing of anonymous data in countries outside of your residence, including the European Economic Area, the United States of America, and Canada. Data, such as Internet Protocol (IP), basic browser information, screen resolution, and other non-personal data, might be collected and processed in accordance with the GDPR-compliant Privacy Policies of third parties described herein, ensuring that you will not be directly identifiable.
Providers (Content, Add-ons, and/or Ads) on our site comply with international laws. Anonymous data that may be transferred, stored, and/or processed as per their Privacy Policies aligns with international laws, and is used solely for anonymous ad personalization, targeting, and general statistical analysis.
You have the right to request information clarification (if you believe we have it), correct inaccuracies, object to or request processing limitation, and request access, deletion, or portability of your information. Depending on the jurisdiction, we may reject requests that require disproportionate technical effort, endanger others’ confidentiality, are impracticable, or are not legally required.
If you believe your personal data processing by us infringes your rights or violates the law, please contact us to resolve the issue. Alternatively, you may file a complaint with the appropriate Supervisory Authority.
Like most websites, we collect and use data contained in the server’s log files, which are strictly secured from public access. This includes your IP address, browser type, visit time, visited pages, and the duration of your visit.
This data is kept for a limited period and used only by the site’s owner for statistical analysis, optimization, combating spam, malware, and other security-related concerns.
We use this data in an aggregate form, as a statistical measure, and not in a manner that would identify you personally. This aggregate data helps us understand the frequency of usage of various parts of our site, enabling us to analyze and improve them.
Cookies and Related Technologies
Our website, along with third parties providing content such as ads, add-ons, and videos, may utilize cookies, pixels, or beacons on specific pages of our site. These cookies help in identifying your site preferences, ensuring proper site functionality, personalizing displayed content, and collecting anonymous traffic statistics. Cookies are small text files stored in your browser that cannot read or modify any documents or files on your system.
Types of Cookies
Our site and most others employ the following types of cookies:
These temporary cookies 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 stay on your system until you delete them or until they expire. Each cookie has a specific duration, which can range from a few months to years. These cookies are necessary as they store anonymous user choices, eliminating the need to select them each time you visit the site.
First-party cookies are installed on your system only by the site you are visiting. They include a unique identifier to track your anonymous navigation within the site for aggregated statistical measures.
Third-party cookies are used by third-party entities, such as ads, social add-ons, and third-party content providers. They track your visits to their content and sites, primarily for personalized ad targeting and aggregated statistical measures.
Related Cookies from Third-Party Content, Services, and Products
Embedded Videos via YouTube
If you watch videos provided by third parties like Google’s YouTube on our site, they may place cookies on your system. Disabling these cookies, as described in the “Ability to Delete and/or Prevent Cookies” section below, may prevent you from viewing embedded videos.
Google’s reCAPTCHA Security System for Contact Form Abuse Management
This security system uses necessary cookies from Google with unique identifiers for anti-bot security and abuse tracking purposes. reCAPTCHA is a free service from Google that protects websites from spam and abuse.
Google Fonts API
Our site may utilize Google Fonts in its template. Google Fonts logs records of CSS and font file requests, and access to this data is securely maintained.
For more information on cookies and privacy policies related to YouTube, reCAPTCHA, and Google Fonts API, please read:
Google Analytics Cookies
Our site utilizes Google Analytics, which employs first-party cookies with basic anonymous data to analyze traffic statistics. We view this statistical data in an aggregate form only, without personally identifying any individuals. 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 categorize visitors/users of the site into statistical metrics.
Name: _ga | Duration: 2 years | Description: Used to anonymously categorize visitors/users of the site into statistical metrics.
Although not recommended, you can also install a browser add-on provided by Google to opt out of Google Analytics cookies. This add-on is available for Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Opera. It prevents websites, including ours, from collecting data for statistical purposes through Google Analytics. Get the add-on here: Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on
This site may utilize first-party and/or third-party cookies for “personalization of ads” through Google’s “AdSense” service. This service, along with selected third-party advertising technology vendors, may place cookies on your system when you browse the internet and visit sites that use personalized ads from these vendors, including our site. These cookies may display ads relevant to your interests. The following paragraph explains how this works:
Ads can be targeted based on past or historical data collected to determine or influence ad selection. This data includes past search queries, activity, site or app visits, demographic information, or location. For example, if you visit sites with information about visiting New York, you may see New York hotel ads when viewing other sites that use personalized ads.
Table of Selected Ad Technology Vendors
Below is a table displaying selected advertising technology vendors and relevant pages on their sites containing the privacy policies of these approved advertising vendors. These vendors may display ads on our site through Google’s AdSense as third parties. They may also use and/or install third-party cookies acquired from other sites you have visited to improve ad targeting and gather statistics:
To learn more about personalized ad cookies, how to exclude or disable them, please refer to the following links:
- How Google Uses Information from Websites or Apps Using Its Services
- Disable (or Enable) Personalized Ads and Manage Information Used by Google to Show You Ads
- www.youronlinechoices.com (Settings and a Guide to Behavioral Advertising and Privacy on the Internet)
You can also install a browser plugin provided by Google to always disable “personalization of ads” on the Google Network. Install the plugin for your browser: Chrome | Firefox | Internet Explorer
Ability to Delete and/or Prevent Cookies
You can configure your browser to delete cookies selectively or collectively, receive warnings about cookie usage, or refuse to accept cookies altogether.
You can adjust these settings in your browser’s preferences. However, if you choose not to accept any cookies, you may experience malfunctions in the appearance and functionality of our site and other sites as well.
Browser manufacturers provide help pages on managing cookies in their products. For more information, refer to the following links by manufacturer:
For other browsers, consult the documentation provided by the browser manufacturer.
Revocation of Consent to Cookies
Deleting cookies using the methods mentioned above will also revoke your consent to cookies from our site. This is because your consent is stored through a cookie (name: cookieconsent_status) on your system. Our site recognizes your choice the next time you visit, ensuring that the cookie consent message does not appear again.
Changes to Terms
Effective Date: 12/6/2018
Last Revised: 18/5/2023