Privacy Policy

No personal data will be sold, shared, or otherwise distributed to third party vendors. We understand the responsibilities required to keep your data safe. We never receive credit card or bank information and only collect extraneous personal information if provided specifically by the user.

How we protect our users

Our server is includes bank grade security with a PCI certified hosting provider
Administrator access is strictly controlled through our small technology team
Our platform is built on proven, existing technologies

GDPR User Information Data Deletion Instructions

If you would like to remove personal data from our servers, please contact us.

Our Privacy Policy Quick Read

We hate spam just as much as you do. Our Privacy Policy reflects our commitment to keep your information safe and only use your data to provide the best possible experience on our platform.
We do not sell, share or distribute user data to anyone. Period.
We only collect data required to login when you register or sign in with a social account. Your gender, location, birthday, and other personal information is none of our business.
We use PayPal Standard for processing subscription payments. We never see your credit card or banking information, and we prefer it that way.
We collect user IP Addresses to be able to protect our services against any malicious actions.
By default,  we will only send you emails related to new account registration, subscription status, security alerts, and notifications of similar nature. Subscribe to our mailing list for more communications. You may unsubscribe at any time.

The Fine Details

Who we are

SmugBits is a personal site for a passionate web developer. Visit our contact page to get in touch.

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.

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 visit our login page, 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.

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.

Who we share your data with

We do not share, sell, or distribute any collected user information.

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.

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.