Personal identification information
We may collect personal identification information from Users in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, when Users visit our site, register on the site, fill out a form, and in connection with other activities, services, features or resources we make available on our Site.
Users may be asked for, as appropriate, name, email address. Users may, however, visit our Site anonymously. We will collect personal identification information from Users only if they voluntarily submit such information to us. Users can always refuse to supply personally identification information, except that it may prevent them from engaging in certain Site related activities.
We also collect potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for users leaving comments on our blogs (and browser user agent string to help with spam detection). We only disclose commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that we use and disclose personally-identifying information, except that blog commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrator of the blog where the comment was left.
Non-personal identification information
We may collect non-personal identification information about Users whenever they interact with our Site. The non-personal identification information may include the browser name, the type of computer and technical information about Users means of connection to our Site, such as the operating system and the Internet service providers’ utilized and other similar information.
Web browser cookies
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to save 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.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, links, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
Many web hosting accounts collect some anonymous analytics data. Our website uses Google Analytics (GA), a service which we use to measure website traffic. GA does not identify individual users or associate your IP address with any other services. We use reports provided by GA to help us understand website traffic and webpage usage.
GA collects non-personal identification information and also utilizes web browser cookies.
We use the Antispam Bee plugin to combat comment spam. The plugin does not save private user data and is 100% compliant with GDPR.
How we use collected information
AfroCave may collect and use Users personal information for the following purposes:
- To run and operate our Site – We may need your information to display content on the Site correctly
- To personalize the user experience – We may use information in the aggregate to understand how our Users as a group use the services and resources provided on our Site.
- To improve our Site – We may use feedback you provide to improve our products and services.
- To send periodic emails – We may use the email address to respond to their inquiries, questions, and/or other requests, and also send newsletters to those who opt-in through our newsletter subscription form.
How we protect your information
We adopt appropriate data collection, storage, and processing practices and security measures to protect against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure, or destruction of your personal information and data stored on our Site. These include limited access to user information to only the administrator of this website and two-factor authentication for login requests to the website.
Sharing your personal information
We do not sell, trade, or rent Users personal identification information to others. We may use third-party service providers to help administer activities on our behalf, such as sending out newsletters or surveys. We may share your information with these third parties for those limited purposes provided that you have given us your permission.
How long we retain your data
We keep a record of contact form entries for not more than six months and analytics records for a year.
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
Website administrators can also see and edit any information left by users in the comments section.
What rights you have over your data
You can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us (if any). If you have left comments on this site, you can 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.
If User decides to opt-in to our mailing list, they will receive emails that include blog updates. We may use third-party service providers to help administer activities on our behalf, such as sending out newsletters or surveys. We may share your information with these third parties for those limited purposes provided that you have given us your permission.
This document was last updated on 23th July 2019.