Gameward Bound Privacy Policy

Understand the details of how the blog collects and uses personal data, as well as the length of time this data is retained.

Online privacy is an important element of the digital landscape. Gameward Bound takes this issue seriously and offers up transparency with a comprehensive policy. The following information provides information about what personal data is collected, where this data is shared, specific third-party details, and more.

Who We Are

Our address is¬†https://gamewardbound.com. For the purposes of this privacy policy, “we” and “our” refer to the blog.

The What and Why of Collected Personal Data

Personal data is collected from visitors and users in the following ways and for the listed reasons. Additionally, opt-out options are provided for more control over the use of data in advertising and analytics.

Comments

When a visitor leaves a comment on the blog, we collect the data shown in the comments form. Additionally,  we collect the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help detect and avoid spam.

An anonymized string created from a visitor’s email address, also called a hash, may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if it is being used. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of a comment, a visitor’s profile picture is visible to the public in the context of the approved comment.

Media

For users with the ability to upload images to the blog, every uploaded image should not include embedded location data (EXIF GPS). Visitors to the blog may download and extract any location data from images located on the blog.

Contact Forms

The information provided in a contact form is collected for communication methods and may include a visitor’s full name, email address, and message. There is also a required field to ensure that this privacy policy is understood.

Contact form submissions are retained for a period of up to 6 months. This data is only used for communication and is not shared. Any information submitted through a contact form is never used for marketing purposes.

Cookies

A visitor may opt-in to save a name, email address, and website in cookies when leaving a comment. These elements are for convenience to avoid retyping in the same information during a future visit. These cookies will last for 1 year.

For users who use our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if the user’s browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when the browser is closed.

When a user logs in, we will also set up several cookies to save login information and screen display choices. Login cookies last for 2 days, and screen options cookies last for 1 year. If a user selects “Remember Me,” the login will persist for 2 weeks. If a user logs out, the login cookies will be removed.

For users who edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in the browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article that was edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded Content from Other Websites

Articles on this blog may include embedded content, such as videos, images, and articles. Embedded content from another website behaves in the same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about visitors, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor interactions with that embedded content, including tracking a visitor’s interaction with the embedded content if that visitor has an account and is logged in to that website.

Analytics

The blog uses Google Analytics to collect data in conjunction with the plugin, Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights. The Google privacy policy is available here: https://policies.google.com/privacy. The MonsterInsights privacy policy is available here: https://www.monsterinsights.com/privacy-policy/.

We retain and evaluate information about recent visits to the blog and how users move around different sections of the blog for analytics purposes to understand how people use our website so that we can make it more intuitive.

Visitors may opt-out of analytics tracking through the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-On.

Advertising Options

Although the blog does not currently utilize any advertising, the following opt-out options are available.

Should we decide to add any advertising, this section will be updated with more information and other potential ways to opt-out. This may happen at any time, without any notice, but the change will be made transparent with this policy.

Data Protection Rights

We want to make sure you are fully aware of all of your data protection rights. Every user is entitled to the following:

The Right to Access

You have the right to request copies of your personal data. We may charge you a small fee for this service.

The Right to Rectification

You have the right to request that the blog correct any information you believe is inaccurate. You also have the right to request that we complete the information you believe is incomplete.

The Right to Erasure

You have the right to request that we erase your personal data, under certain conditions.

The Right to Restrict Processing

You have the right to request that we restrict the processing of your personal data, under certain conditions.

The Right to Object to Processing

You have the right to object to our processing of your personal data, under certain conditions.

The Right to Data Portability

You have the right to request that we transfer the data that we have collected to another organization, or directly to you, under certain conditions.

If you make a request, we have one (1) month to respond to you. If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact us through our contact form.

Privacy Tools

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How Long We Retain Data

If a comment is posted, 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.

Contact form submissions are retained for a period of up to 6 months. This data is only used for communication and is not shared. Any information submitted through a contact form is never used for marketing purposes.

For users that register on our blog, we also store the personal information provided in user profiles. All users can see, edit, or delete personal information at any time, aside from the one exception that usernames may not be changed. Administrators may also see and edit this information.

Rights Over Personal Data

For users who have accounts on the blog or visitors who have left comments, a request to receive an exported file of the personal data we have may be made. A request to erase any personal data we have may also be made. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where We Send Data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service, such as Akismet or reCAPTCHA.

Contact Information

Please use the contact form to get in touch with the blog about any privacy-related concerns.

Changes to the Privacy Policy

The blog regularly reviews this privacy policy and places updates here. It was last updated on September 11, 2020.