Privacy and Cookie Policy

Who we are

Our website address is: http://blog.ut.ee.

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

You have an option to sign up for a monthly newsletter. This is mediated by Mailchimp. By unsubscribing from Mailchimp your information will be automatically deleted. The ‘unsubsribe’ link is provided at the end of every newsletter that you receive.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Google Analytics uses cookies to identify and track visitors, their usage of the website, and their website access preferences (see more in the “Analytics” section).

Our visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using our website, with the drawback that certain features of the website may not function properly without the aid of 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.

Our site is hosted by WordPress which belongs to Automattic and therefore the following information cookie policies also apply: https://automattic.com/cookies/.

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 (e.g. Facebook).

Analytics

We use Google Analytics.

Google Analytics mainly uses first-party cookies to report on visitor (aka. user) interactions on Google Analytics customers’ websites. Users may disable cookies or delete any individual cookie. Learn more.

Where a site or app uses Google Analytics for Apps or the Google Analytics for Firebase SDKs, Google Analytics collects an app-instance identifier — a randomly generated number that identifies a unique installation of an App. Whenever a user resets their Advertising Identifier (Advertising ID on Android, and ID for Advertisers on iOS), the app-instance identifier is also reset.

Google Analytics also collects Internet Protocol (IP) addresses to provide and protect the security of the service, and to give website owners a sense of which country, state, or city in the world their users come from (also known as “IP geolocation”). Google Analytics provides a method to mask IPs that are collected (detailed below) but note that website owners have access to their users’ IP addresses even if the website owners do not use Google Analytics.

If you wish to opt-out from Google Analytics, you can use the following browser plugin.

Read more about Google Privacy Policy and Google Analytics’ data practices.

Who we share your data with

Any information you provide will not be used for other commercial purposes and will not be sold, rented, leased or forwarded to any third party. The data gathered by Google Analytics will also be used by google as anonymous data in the ways specified in google privacy policy about how google uses information from sites of apps that use their services. Data given to Mailchimp for newsletter will be used according to their privacy policy.

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.

Google Analytics has been set to retain your data for 26 months since your last interaction. The period resets with every interaction within 26 months period.

Your email address entered to subscribe for the newsletter through Mailchimp is retained indefinitely or until you unsubscribe.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive a 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.

For the rights over your data concerning Google Analytics, see Google Privacy Policy and Google Analytics’ data practices.

You have a right to unsubscribe from Mailchimp. See their Privacy Policy.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. Data gathered by Google Analytics will be processed by Google Analytics but gathered by Google only as non-personalized data. Your email entered to receive the newsletter is processed by Mailchimp.

Your contact information

We collect your contact information through the newsletter subscription form by Mailchimp.

Additional information

How we protect your data

We take guidance from the University of Tartu Data Protection Policy. This blog and its electronic personal data are stored in the university’s central servers, which are located in the university’s server rooms in the territory of the Republic of Estonia. The central servers comply with the Information Technology Standard established at the university.