Dalek Zone

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Privacy info

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By accessing and using this website , you are deemed to accept and agree to Dalek Zone‘s privacy policy, which is stated below.

It’s a bit verbose, although the language is fairly simple. But Dalek Zone is required to have one of these by law.

Dave publishes a private blog (‘private‘ meaning ‘not associated with any kind of commercial business‘) on the Dalek Zone domain (https://dalek.zone, hereafter referred to as ‘Dalek Zone‘).

Dave may also grant an email account to people he personally knows and/or trusts, on the mail server he also operates on Dalek Zone, but that service has its own privacy policy and terms of use, to which there will be a link on the appropriate login page. If you don’t see such a link there currently, it’s because there are no such user accounts hosted at the present time, apart from Dave’s own.

Dave does take people’s privacy very seriously. This privacy policy you’re now reading outlines the types of personal information that is or might be received and collected, and how it is or might be used.

This privacy policy is reviewed and revised from time to time. You might like to re-read it periodically.

If you continue to visit the site, you are considered to accept its privacy policy and terms of use.

Blog user account information

Dave may allow site visitors to register for a user account. In that case, you will be required to provide your name and an email address. Optionally, you will be able to provide other information in your user profile.

All the information you enter can be consulted, rectified and deleted by you at any time, from your user account page.

You also have the ability to delete your user account by your own action, at any time. Once your account is deleted, all your personal data recorded in that user account is also permanently deleted from Dalek Zone‘s database.

However, any comments you have submitted and any articles or other content that you might have published may remain undeleted. If you want those items erased as well, please contact Dave (dave@dalek.zone), and he will delete them for you. You will be able to verify the deletion of previously-published content by its absence from Dalek Zone‘s pages.

If you have deleted your user account, you won’t be able to log in and verify the deletion of whatever content that hasn’t been previously published, but Dave will always comply with a request to delete such content, and it will not be subsequently published or used.

Dave can also delete all data associated with a user account. If you would like that done, please ask him (dave@dalek.zone) and he will do it for you.

In compliance with the European Union GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and other similar legislation in various countries, if you would like an exported archive of all your personal data held on Dalek Zone, please ask Dave (dave@dalek.zone) and he’ll provide you with one.

Information from sales transactions and donations

Dave doesn’t sell anything on Dalek Zone. So no commercial transactions (such as purchases or registration for a payable download) currently take place on Dalek Zone. Therefore, no data from such transactions is collected or held at the present time.

At some point in the future, you may have the possibility of making a voluntary donation to the hosting costs of operating Dalek Zone services. That is not presently the case, but Dalek Zone‘s legal and privacy info will be updated if the situation changes.

Passively-collected information

Personal data can feasibly also be collected from things such as contact forms, comments, cookies, analytics software, and embedded third party content. The paragraphs below cover that subject.

Contact form

To send Dave a message via the contact form at https://dalek.zone/contact, you have to enter your name, your email address, a subject line and a message. None of that information is stored on the blog at Dalek Zone. It just gets emailed to Dave, and thereafter resides in his mailbox until such time as he deletes the message.

Dave does not share your email address or any information from your message with any third party whatsoever (unless obliged to comply with a legal injunction—please see below). Nor does it transit through the services of any third party. It all stays in Dave’s email account on the mail server until such time as he deletes it. Dave’s server is currently located in the United Kingdom.

Comments on site content

When you leave a comment on Dalek Zone, you are required to enter your name, your email address and the text of your comment. Optionally, you can enter a website address (your own blog, for instance).

You can choose to have your info remembered in a cookie for the next time you post another comment.

You do that by clicking or pressing the checkbox labelled “.

That cookie gets stored by your Web browser, and you can delete it in your browser’s settings.

Your publicly-visible IP [Internet Protocol] address and your Web browser’s user agent string are also recorded to help detect spam comments. That information is processed by the Akismet anti-spam service provided by https://akismet.com. You can read more about Akismet‘s privacy policy at https://akismet.com/privacy.

During the handling of your comment, an anonymized string created from your email address (referred to as a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar (Globally-Recognized Avatar) service to see if you have an account there. If you do, your gravatar is retrieved and will be displayed next to your comment once it has been approved (which may be automatic, or may require manual acceptance by Dave).

Once your comment is published, your gravatar profile picture will be publicly visible alongside your comment.  The Gravatar service privacy policy is published at https://automattic.com/privacy.

Uploaded media

If you have a user account and you upload images to Dalek Zone, you might want to avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to Dalek Zone can download and potentially extract any location data from images on the website. So you might want to ensure that all such revealing information is removed from any content you upload.

If you are worried about content you have already uploaded, please contact Dave (dave@dalek.zone) and he will help address your concerns.

Browser cookies

Dalek Zone uses cookies to store information about visitor preferences and actions, and possibly to record user-specific information about visits and pages you view, so as to give you a personalized experience.

With regard to cookies set by third-party websites (such as YouTube, for instance), Dave has no access to or control over those cookies. You should read the respective privacy policies on such third-party websites, for more information regarding their practices, and to learn how to opt out (if you so wish).

If you want to disable cookies, you can do so through your Web browser settings. For instructions about how to do so, and for information about other cookie-related management, please read the online help of your Web browser or visit its associated website.

If you leave a comment on Dalek Zone, you can opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These cookies are placed on your device (computer, smartphone, tablet, etc.) for your convenience, so that you don’t have to fill in your details repeatedly each time you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have a user account on Dalek Zone and you log into the site, a temporary cookie will be set to determine whether your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data, and is erased when you close your browser.

If you log in to the Dalek Zone blog, several cookies are also set, to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for one year. If you select “Remember me“, you will stay logged in for two weeks. If you log out of your account, those login cookies will be removed.

If you are a site contributor and you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data, and simply contains the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after one day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles published on Dalek Zone may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from another website behaves in the exact same way as if you had visited the other website.

These websites may (and probably do) 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.

As a guiding principle, Dave prefers to avoid including content that tracks you, but to provide rich and relevant content that is in keeping with current trends and interests, it’s sometimes hard to avoid.

Advertising

Dalek Zone carries no advertising, and Dave has no plans to show advertising. So you won’t be irritated by ads and you won’t be tracked by advertisers.

Nonetheless, you may see mentions or promotions of products or services that Dave recommends or uses himself, although Dave doesn’t receive any kind of remuneration or payback from the said companies or individuals.

Web traffic analytics

Dalek Zone does not use Google Analytics or any tracking services from Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Also, Dalek Zone does not currently use WordPress’ Jetpack service and/or analytics/statistical software such as Piwik.

So your visits to Dalek Zone are  tracking-free.

However, software such as Awstats is used to analyse the server logs, for an aggregated information about traffic on Dalek Zone is attracting.

You should take account of the statements above concerning embedded content from other websites).

Web server log files

The Web server that hosts Dalek Zone maintains log files. They are fairly essential. A server’s logs are one of the main tools for protecting security and troubleshooting problems.  The information in the Web server log files can include:

  • your publicly-visible IP (Internet Protocol) address;
  • the type of Web browser you are using;
  • your ISP (Internet Service Provider);
  • the date and time of your visit;
  • the referring and exit pages (the external Web page that linked to Dalek Zone, and whatever link on Dalek Zone you clicked on before surfing off to another site);
  • sometimes, your user name, if you were obliged to authenticate via HTTP authorization or if you were logged into a user account on Dalek Zone.

Usually, this information does not render you personally identifiable or make your visits practicably trackable. All information in the server logs is seen by Dave alone.

Apart from that, server log information is never made available to any other party, unless by obligation for compliance with legal injunctions.

The Web server logs aren’t counted as personal information, and are stored indefinitely until Dave decides they serve no further useful purpose.

How long your personal information is retained

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so that your comments can be displayed, and so that any follow-up comments can be reviewed and approved automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

If you register for a user account on Dalek Zone (if this possibility is allowed), the personal information you provide in your user profile is retained indefinitely until either you delete the information and/or your account, or until Dave deletes your account. When a user account is deleted, all the associated user profile information is also deleted.

If you send Dave email, your message and the associated information or attachments will be retained until Dave decides to delete them.

The Dalek Zone server is backed up at regular intervals. Users’ personal data is included in those backups. Backups are kept for as long as Dave considers it technically wise and useful.

Unfortunately, it is not reasonably feasible to delete a user’s data from past backups. So, even if your account is deleted, data associated with your account may still continue to exist in past server backups, until such time as those backups are discarded.

How your personal information is protected

Dave does his best to protect and preserve the security of Dalek Zone, the services provided, and all stored data (personal information and other data).

To try and achieve that, Dave may personally monitor the site, may use various software and configuration measures, and may use outside services.

Even so, there can be no guarantee that the Dalek Zone server will not be penetrated and accessed illegally, or become temporarily or permanently unavailable.

Like most servers on the Internet, Dalek Zone and the services it provides are attacked multiple times practically every day.

Generally, such attacks are effectively countered. But attackers can range from lone individuals, to criminal organizations, or to richly-financed government agencies of various nations.

Therefore, service is provided on a best-efforts basis, with no warranties of any kind, and is subject to Dalek Zone‘s terms of use.

As with any service on the Internet, please be appropriately careful and cautious about information you disclose about yourself, and any content you upload.

Legal injunctions

Dave adheres to principles of great respect for personal privacy and confidentiality.

However, like everyone else, Dave is required to comply with law, and may be forced to disclose information if obliged by legal authorities.

Opt-in newsletters

At some time in the future, you may be given the option to subscribe to a newsletter by providing your name and email address in order to voluntarily receive email communications from Dalek Zone.

If you do not voluntarily opt in, you will not receive any unsolicited mass communication (bulk mail) from Dalek Zone.

In the event that Dave publishes a newsletter (which is not currently the case), a secure voluntary opt-in subscription system will be used.

Subscribers will be able to unsubscribe anytime, and every email delivered will contain an “Unsubscribe” link allowing you to opt out at any time.

However, if you do have a user account on Dalek Zone, Dave and/or the Dalek Zone website may email you spontaneously for administrative needs (like sending you instructions about how to recover a lost password, informing you of particularly-important changes to the site’s privacy and legal information, and other such purposes).

Email service

At Dave’s discretion, you may be provided with an email address on the mail server installed on Dalek Zone.

Privacy information about that is yet to be drafted. Work in progress.

Privacy policy updates and further information

If you want more information or have any questions about this privacy policy, please feel free to contact Dave by email at dave@dalek.zone, or via the contact form. You are also welcome to post a comment below.

This privacy policy was last updated on: December 1, 2019.

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