1) Who we are

Our website address is: https://valthorensguide.co.uk. The WordPress area of ValThorensGuide is at https://valthorensguide.co.uk/wp/.

2) What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the WordPress section of 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.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Comments on the main site are through a 3rd party service called htmlcommentbox.com. Comments will be dealt with by the 3rd party in accordance with their terms and privacy policy.

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

Cookies

If you leave a comment on the WordPress part of our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our WordPress login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Google AdSense and other 3rd parties

We have enabled Google Adsense adverts. Google uses cookies to help serve the ads that it displays. The cookies help determine which ads to serve based on your previous visits to this site or other websites.

If you consent to cookies, Google will have access to the data collected which it will use to personalise adverts. Please refer to Google’s Privacy & Terms site.

We also use Amazon Affiliate links. If you click on one of these links, Amazon may place a cookie on your device and use it to track the source of the link.

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

Analytics

This website is hosted by PAC Webhosting. The host collects information about pages visited which includes the IP addresses of visitors. This information is available to the website owner.

We are not currently using any Analytics plugins for the WordPress element of this site.

3) Who we share your data with

Data about website visits are available to the host of the website, PAC Webhosting.

ValThorensGuide displays Google Adsense adverts. Cookies placed on your device by Google can track your visits to this and other websites. To opt out of this, go to your Google account settings and turn off Ad Personalisation.

This website will also display a Google-generated cookie consent form to allow you to consent to or refuse cookies.

If you sign up for the ValThorensGuide Newsletter, your details will be added to our mailing list on Mailchimp and handled in accordance with Mailchimp’s Privacy Policy.

4) How long we retain your data

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

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

5) What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, 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.

6) Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

7) Contact information

If you have any questions about privacy you can contact us at info@valthorensguide.co.uk.

8) Additional information

How we protect your data

We use reputable companies for services such as web hosting, ad serving and mailing list.

Access to data held by ValThorensGuide is limited to one individual who runs the website.

What data breach procedures we have in place

Data breach procedures are generally relevant to larger organisations, and less so to a one-person website.

In the event of a data breach we will take all necessary and feasible steps according to the circumstances.

What third parties we receive data from

We are able to access some data collected by Google through its AdSense programme cookies.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

There is no automated decision making.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

N/A.