Who we are

Our website address is: http://dirkwriter.com.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

We will only collect, process and use your personal information with your explicit stated permission and if you submit your data voluntarily.

We only store and use your personal information if it is required in our legitimate interests, in order to comply with legal obligations, and whenever it is permitted because you have given your explicit consent to us.
Our legitimate interests include keeping our system and website secure and prevent fraud, as well as analyzing our audience size and the popularity of certain articles and topics to further improve our editorial offering.

Anonymous Data Collection

You can use our website anonymously and without disclosing any details about who you are. We do not collect any personal data during your visit. We only collect statistical data on a technical basis in a way that cannot be traced to you. This type of information includes: web pages you have visited, browser and operating system used, date and time of access, search engines used, name and size of files downloaded, web server status and your IP address.

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

When you reach out to us by using the contact form, we collect personal data only to the extent to which an individual voluntarily supplies this information. Your email address is only used to respond to your inquiry and never used for marketing, newsletter or any other communications unless we have obtained specific permissions for these use cases. The information you submit is only stored for processing your request, or if necessary, follow-up requests, and deleted once it is no longer required, as long as no legally binding obligations oppose the deletion.

Data Collected from Emails Sent to Us

When you contact us via email, we collect any email communications, including attachments, which you send to us.

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.

Visitors from Outside the United States

If you are located outside of the United States, please know that information we collect will be transferred to and processed in the US. By using the website or voluntarily providing us with information, you consent to this transfer and processing of your information in the United States.

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

Use of WordPress Tool Stats

This website uses the WordPress Tool Stats to statistically evaluate visitor access. The tool is provided by Automattic Inc., 60 29th Street #343, San Francisco, CA 94110-4929, USA. WordPress Stats uses so-called cookies which are stored on your computer and enable the analysis of the use of the website. The information generated by the cookies about the use of our website is stored on servers in the USA. Your IP address will be anonymized after processing and before storage. You can adjust your browser to be informed about the placement of cookies and to individually accept, to individually or generally exclude cookies as well as to activate automatic deletion of cookies when closing the browser. On deactivation of cookies the functionality of the website might be impaired. You may object to the collection and use of your date in the future by clicking this link to place opt-out-cookies in your browser. When you delete the cookies from your computer, you need to place the opt-out-cookies again. 

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.

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.

Additional information

How we protect your data

Please know that the internet is, by nature, not a secure medium. We implement both technical methods and company processes to safeguard your personal data, including firewalls, password protection, and limited access to personal information.

Please note: Personal data sent via e-mail or entered in contact forms on our website is transmitted in an unencrypted format. For this reason, we cannot rule out that this data may be accessed by unauthorized third parties. If you ever need to send us confidential information, please rely on post, encrypted e-mail or other safe channels.

Imperfect Security

While we do our best to take security precautions, we cannot warrant or guarantee the security of information you send to us. Any transmission of your information is carried out at your own risk.

What data breach procedures we have in place

In case our security systems have been breached, we will remedy this situation as soon as possible and notify you of any breach affecting or compromising your personal data.

Consent to the Policy

By submitting your personal information, you consent to the use of that information as stated in this Privacy Policy. The Policy may be revised occasionally and we will provide notice of the new policy.

What third parties we receive data from

This website may include content from third-party websites, including for example videos from the YouTube or Vimeo platforms, map content from Google Maps as well as Instagram posts, RSS feeds or other material from external websites.
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.
These third-party services regularly track the IP-addresses of website visitors in order to transmit content to their browser. The IP-address is required for the display of this third-party content. We aim to only use content from providers who limit their use of IP-addresses to the display/delivery of content.
Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website. Please understand that we have no control over whether third-party services store IP-addresses for statistical and other use cases.

Links to External Websites

Our website contains links to other websites. Please know that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of these other sites. When you visit other websites from this site, please proceed with caution and read the respective privacy policies of these websites.

Transfer of Personal Data

The owner of this website will not sell or market your personal data to third parties. We exclusively use your data to provide services on this website and related services such as newsletters or emails to which you have given explicit permission. We will only transfer your personal data to government institutions and authorities if we are obliged to do so by law.