Who we are
This website’s address is: https://daily-philosophy.com.
This is a personal project of one philosophy professor, Dr A. Matthias, and not a big, corporate site. Therefore, your data will not be used for anything besides sending you my newsletter if you have subscribed to it. I might in future include ads to make this site pay for itself, but I will never give personal data that you have entrusted me with (e.g. to email address) to others.
Amazon Associates (affiliate) program
Daily Philosophy is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.
What this means is that you will occasionally find book recommendations on this site that link directly to Amazon. If you click on those and make a purchase, I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. These so-called affiliate links are clearly marked in the text and enclosed in their own box that sets it off from the surrounding page. All other links on this site clearly show where they will lead you if you hover over them. No link shorteners are used.
What personal data Daily Philosophy collects and why
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.
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 collect the data you enter and send them to me in the form of an email.
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.
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Additional cookies used by plugins on the site:
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Embedded content from other websites
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Like almost every site on the Internet, we are using Google Analytics to track the growth of the site and to see which articles are popular and what content you would like me to write more about. Google Analytics only provides me with total numbers of users accessing a page on this site and a breakdown by country and other population statistics, not with individual data about any particular user.
Abuse and security incidents
If you engage in abuse on the site (e.g. try to guess passwords or access internal scripts and pages) then your IP address will be registered by the security plugins and other mechanisms in place that monitor security incidents. Your IP address and any additional data about the incident may then be used to identify you and engage in legal proceedings resulting from the illegal activity on the website.
Who we share your data with
Generally, this site is not doing anything different from every other WordPress-based site on the Internet. If you’ve been accessing any big, commercial site in the past half hour, you’ve probably been exposed to more breaches of privacy than you will be by being here. I have no interest in your data, except for what you explicitly supply to me (your email address if you subscribed to my newsletter, for example, or comments that you leave on the site’s posts), but I cannot prevent the Internet’s infrastructure from doing its thing in the background, which I neither endorse nor understand in detail.
How long we retain your data
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.
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.
Subscriber information is retained in the local database indefinitely for analytic tracking purposes and for future export.
Data will be exported or removed upon users request via the existing Exporter or Eraser.
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.
If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.
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I use affiliate marketing: when you buy something through links on this site, I may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. This does not influence any of my recommendations, but helps me to keep the site running.
Thanks for reading all this :)