Privacy Policy And Data Protection

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This page is a work in progress.  The basic policy is in place and it is not expected to change drastically, but some further information might be added to some sections and therefore it is recomended that you return to read it regularly.

Most websites these days collect some information about visitors, and this website “Blog Crefftau MAES MIERI Crafts Blog” (website address http://blog.maesmieri.org.uk) is no different.

By reading, commenting on, or clicking through on links provided in any part of this blog you accept what is contained in this basic policy document. By commenting you do so in the knowledge that your name, comment, blog address and occasionally photograph, are visible to all who visit this blog and thereby consent to the use of that personal information for that specific purpose.

Basic Blog Information

This is a personal blog that is used mostly, as the name suggests, to show the crafting that I do to the world (with occasional work by other family members, or comments by me about my thoughts on online things or life in general).

This site is not used to sell anything, therefore has no need to collect lots of personal information, addresses, payment methods, or anything like that (However I do provide links to sites that sell some of the things I use in my crafting and if you choose to visit those sites you will need to check with them what information they collect, where they store it, and what they do with it, especially if you choose to go ahead and purchase items yourself from them. I make no promise that anything I use is still available or that the links will work after the time of posting.)

The photographs of crafted creations as well as the written information that you will find on this blog are my work, unless stated differently on the post concerned (contact me at E-mail address given below, with details, if you think differently about anything).  As I say elsewhere on my blog – I upload items for people to “see, not to steal”, therefore, while you are free to put up links to posts that interest you, you do not have permission to download copies of anything, or to place copies of anything up on other sites, which includes Pinterest. I may do so myself or give permission for others (for example craftsUprint) to do so at my discression, such as to Facebook, or blogs or websites of companies that I have used their material in the makeing of my crafts, but the fact that I have done this does not mean that others can do so without my concent.

Commenting

Personal information collected, such as names, E-mail addresses, and blog/website addresses, are limited to what you supply when commenting, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection, and is only stored on the server of the web space provider.  I have no reason to download them or store them elsewhere.  Name, comments left, and blog address (if you choose to input one – you don’t have to) and occasionally photographs, will be displayed on this website with the blog post they are connected with. An anonymised string created from your e-mail 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. E-mail addresses supplied is only there to help prevent Spam and is not displayed.  None of what you supply is sold or shared with any other website or company. The only time I ever use the E-mail address you put in is if you need a reply, or if I’m running a giveaway and need to contact the person drawn to get address to post to.

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely.

If you wish a comment to be deleted at any time then please E-mail – crefftau@maesmieri.org.uk with details of post and comment and I will “bin” the comment.

If you wish to send me a comment, or ask a question, about a post, that you do not wish to be published in the comments section of this blog website, then please do contact me via the same E-mail address.

Other Data Collected By The System Behind This Blog

In addition to personal information you provide being collected, other data is collected behind the scenes, such as the visitors IP address and the browser you are using. IP addresses collected are used to help manage Spam, as addresses that Spam messages come from are placed in a black list and comments from them are automatically bined.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies kept on your device. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. I am given to understand that these cookies will last for one year, however, you can manage and delete these cookies in your Internet browser settings if you want to get rid of them.

Embedded content from other websites

Suggested text: Articles on this site may include embedded content (at the moment this embedded content is only my own YouTube videos, but could include other videos, images, articles, etc. In the future). 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.

Other Services Involved Behind The Scenes Of This Blog

As well as the comments and associated information, that is integrated into WordPress hosting system provided by IONOS, there are other services at work behind the scenes of this blog.

Analytics

I use services outside my blog WordPress host system to give me some analysis of visitor numbers, etc. I have no access to any of the raw data they collect and only receive limited reports on visitor numbers.

This site uses cookies from Google to deliver its services and to analyse traffic. Your IP address and user agent are shared with Google, together with performance and security metrics, to ensure quality of service, generate usage statistics and to detect and address abuse. Again, I have no access to any of the raw data they collect, they can’t identify individual people who visit, only the fact that somebody has visited from a certain IP address using a particular browser from a particular country.  I can only access limited reports on visitor numbers.

You will see, in the panel on the left hand side of my blog site, the following:

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Crafty Blogs

Number Of Visitors To Site:

StatCounter - Free Web Tracker and Counter
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Crafty Blogs is a site that lists craft blogs in the UK that are registered with them, ranked according to visitor numbers.  This service doesn’t collect any personal information on visitors to my blog that will identify you personally (unless you choose to register with the site yourself).  It does use cookies, and it does collect information in the background such as IP address, type of browser used, landing page on my blog, leaving page if you clicked on my blog to go elsewhere, etc., and information such as these are used to determine number of visitors, whether each visitor has visited my site lately or are new (or unique) visitors, etc. Crafty Blogs has its own Policy statement about how it collects information and what for, and you can read it – Here.

I have no access to the actual raw data collected by Crafty Blogs, but can see the charts they produce about visitor numbers – Here.

StatCounter is a site that offers more services to do with Website/Blog visitor analysis.  I only use the free version therefore do not get all the detailed reports. This service collects details of visitors to my site in much the same way as Crafty Blogs does.  No effort is made to identify individuals without their knowledge. This site also has its own Policy section that you can find – Here.

Following This Blog

I use the Bloglovin’ system to follow blogs and also offer a button on my blog posts for others to use the system to follow me.

Follow on Bloglovin

A look at the bloglovin’ section in the left hand panel of my blog will show the numbers of followers who follow me using bloglovin’, but bloglovin’ doesn’t collect any information on my site about any visitors unles you choose to click through to that site to use their service.  You should then check their Privacy and Data Protection policies with regards to any information you supply them with.

Monetising Links To Other Sites

Where I can, I try and provide links to suppliers of materials I have used when crafting (Create and Craft, Amazon, CraftsUPrint, etc.), or services that I use (such as the company who’s services I use for my blog space and interface, as well as personal E-mail accounts).  Most of these are just orinary links, but a few are “affiliate” links (in other words, some will give me a small commission if you click on the link and some will give me a small commission if you go on to buy from the site – chooseing to click on these links does not cost you anything).  Should I get any commission in any given month it just goes towards the cost of my crafting and running my blog and websites – though, if you are a crafter, I am sure you will realise that I spend far more on my hobby than I could possibly make back in pennies of commission.

I try and make sure that every link I provide to items used are to active pages when any blog post is published, but I do not go back and monitor links after that, so many old links are likely to be out of date and no longer working.

This policy is subject to change without notice.