Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Who we are

The website address is: https://www.oregondivesites.com.

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.

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.

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

Data submitted through contact forms may be kept indefinitely.  The data will not be used for marketing purposes.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on 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 have an account and you log in to this site, 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.

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

This website uses Google Analytics, and WordPress.com analytics through JetPack.  In both cases, data is sent to the associated third party company.

Who we share your data with

Google Analytics, Google AdWords, and Google Maps API  are used on this website.  Data retention with Google Analytics, Google AdWords, and Google Maps API is indefinite.  WordPress.com, JetPack, and Automattic products are used on this website to improve user experience.  Data may be retained indefinitely via WordPress.com, JetPack, and Automattic.  We use CloudFlare to speed up website operation.  Data may be collected and retained by CloudFlare indefinitely.  We use VaultPress as a backup service where data is retained indefinitely.

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.

Data is retained in VaultPress, various Google products, various WordPress and Automattic products, and CloudFlare.

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.

Where we send your data

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

Data is sent to VaultPress, various Google products, various WordPress and Automattic products, and CloudFlare for automatic backup services, aggregated usage statistics, serving AdSense ads, augmenting the website with geo and map information, and speeding up the website.

Our contact information

You may contact us at [email protected]

Additional information

How we protect your data

Data is protected through encryption and security provided by my webhoster, Google, WordPress.com, Automattic, VaultPress, CloudFlare, and other plugins used on this site.  We store local backups on hard drives that are kept in a secure location.

What data breach procedures we have in place

If this website suffers a data breach, we will notify people who are affected by posting a message on the website.  We will email people whose email addresses we have access to.  We will remedy the data breach so that it does not happen again.

What third parties we receive data from

We receive data from Google and WordPress.com/Automattic.

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

We use an automated spam filter for all comments.  We also use CloudFlare to detect DDOS and other attacks, and automatically block malicious activity via CloudFlare.  Further automated action may be taken by my webhoster.

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