Here is the big picture when it comes to privacy on my site:
- I never rent or sell personally identifying information to anybody. By personally identifying information, I mean names, email addresses, IP addresses, information on the devices with which users access the site, or credit card payment and billing address information.
- Likewise, I never disclose personally identifying information to anybody unless legally required to do so.
- Site admins and I have access to some of this personally identifying information. I detail below what this data is, how it’s stored, and how and why we would access it.
- I work with third parties to provide advertising and payment services, and these all collect data as well, some of which I (though not other site admins) have access to. I list these services below.
To get into more detail:
Data I directly control. The Comics Curmudgeon is hosted on a server that is in turn hosted by Digital Ocean, and I have administrative access to that server, as do site admins who work for Digital Ocean or who I employ to write posts or make technical upgrades to the site. Like virtually all web servers, mine keeps a server log recording every visit to my website. If you visit my site, my server records the IP address of your device along with its user agent, which describes certain technical details about your device, including your operating system and browser. This information is used for security and troubleshooting purposes, and is discarded after 28 days.
All the public-facing content on the Comics Curmudgeon site is created and formatted using WordPress software. WordPress stores all its data in a SQL database; for the Comics Curmudgeon, that data is stored on my server with Digital Ocean, not with WordPress.com or any other third party. When you leave a comment on the Comics Curmudgeon, you are inputting some information into that database:
- The contents of your comment and (if you choose to include them) a display name and URL, which are immediately made public; and
- The IP address of your device and (if you choose to include it) an email address, which are never made public, but which I and other site admins can access.
Site admins and I may use any email addresses given as part of a comment post to contact commenters about technical or other concerns. IP and email addresses may also be used to identify and block users who are behaving abusively. Comments remain public for a 20 days after they have been posted, after which time they are removed from the public site. However, they are still stored in the WordPress database indefinitely, as this helps me track down abusive users and helps my antispam software distinguish real users from spambots. If you would like your comments removed permanently from the site and from the database, please email me at email@example.com with as much information about the comments in question as you have available.
Users who choose to become a Comics Curmudgeon supporter in order to see an ad-free version of the site will have a user account created on my WordPress installation via the PaidMembershipPro plugin. Site admins and I have access to the following information after you enter it during the account creation process:
- Your full name
- Your email address
- Your billing address and phone number
This information is stored in the WordPress database indefinitely, even if you cancel your paid subscription. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like your user account and the information associated with it permanently deleted from the database.
Actual payment processing is handled by Stripe (see below for more), and no credit card numbers are ever stored in any database or server under my control. No site admin other than myself can access any data about user credit cards beyond what’s outlined above; the data I can access is outlined in the section on payments below.
Data collected via third parties. I use a number of third parties for several purposes, and all of these collect data to one extent or another. I’ve broken them down by category here, explained what kinds of the data that they collect that I have access to, and provided links where you can find out more about their policies. Any data described below is accessible only to me, not to other site admins.
Payment processing. As noted, if you are a Comics Curmudgeon supporter, your recurring credit card payments will be processed by Stripe. Stripe gives me access to the name, billing address, credit card type (AmEx, Visa, etc.), and the last 4 digits of the credit card number of subscribers; in addition, I will be informed if an attempted charge to a credit card has been declined. All of the actual payment and subscription information is held by Stripe; for more information, see Stripe’s security and privacy policies.
This is the list of my advertising partners circa September 2019, along with links to their privacy policies:
I use both session cookies and persistent cookies on the site. The session cookies keep track of you while you navigate the site; the persistent cookies enable the site to recognize you when you revisit.
Session cookies will be deleted from your computer when you close your browser. Persistent cookies may remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach a specified expiry date. Any cookie can be deleted whenever you choose to delete it. Find out more about how to delete cookies from your browser.