👨💻 Important Information and Who We Are
This is the privacy statement for The Cyber Solicitor. This statement tells you what personal data we collect about you and what we do with it. References to “we”, “us” and “our” in this statement means The Cyber Solicitor.
If you have any questions about this privacy statement or how your personal data is used, please send us a message using our contact form.
📁 The Data We Collect About You
Personal data means any information about a person from which that person can be identified. It does not include data where the identity has been removed (anonymous data).
The types of personal data we collect includes:
Contact details. Your name and email address
Follower information. If you have a WordPress.com account, your WordPress username, profile picture, website and the date you followed our website.
Technical data. Your IP address, browser type, unique device identifiers, language preference, referring site, the date and time of access, operating system, mobile network information and other information about the devices you use to access our website.
The types of personal data that we do not collect includes:
Sensitive data. Details about your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union membership, information about your health, and genetic and biometric data. Nor do we collect any information about criminal convictions or offences.
Data from children. This website is not intended for children and we do not knowingly collect data from children.
📥 How Your Personal Data is Collected
The ways in which your data is collected includes:
Send Us Message. You give use your contact details and some technical data when you send us a message through our contact form.
Follow Our Website. You provide us with follower information when you follow our website with your WordPress.com account.
Access Our Website. As you use our website, we automatically collect technical data. We collect this data using cookies (see 🍪Cookies section).
⚙️ How We Use Your Personal Data
We only use your data for particular purposes. The table below details the ways in which we use your data.
|Activity||Type of Data|
|Checking for spam when|
you send us a message
|– Contact details (including the content and time of your message)|
– Technical data
|Responding to your messages||– Contact details (including the content and time of your message)|
– Technical data (only your IP address)
|Seeing who follows our website||Follower information|
|Operating our website||Technical data|
|Viewing statistics and insights||Technical data|
To check for spam, we use an automated spam filter called Akismet that is operated by Automattic.
We cannot see or access the technical data used for operating our website — this information is stored in cookies (see the 🍪Cookies section).
We also cannot see or access the technical data that Automattic use to produce statistics and insights for our website. For example, we can see how many views a particular article has, but we cannot identify which specific visitors viewed that article.
🕵️ We Do Not Track You
When you visit our website, we do not track you as you browse other websites. If you do not believe us, then check for yourself using Blacklight.
📡 Who We Share Your Personal Data With
Since we use the platform provided by Automattic to host our website, your data will be shared with Automattic. Otherwise, we do not share your data with any other third parties unless we have your consent to do so or we are legally required to do so.
🗄️ How Long We Keep Your Data For
If we do not hear back from you within 6 months after we respond to one of your inquiries, then we will delete the data that you provided to us in connection with that inquiry.
We will be able to view your follower information until you unfollow our website.
Some of your technical data will be stored in cookies we use on our site (see the 🍪Cookies section). Other technical data will be stored for statistics and insights for 28 days.
Some of your technical will also be stored by Akismet for spam filtering. This data will be kept for up to 90 days.
🔗 Links to Other Websites
Sometimes our content may include links to other websites. For example, our articles may contain links to sources that we have used in our research to write those articles.
In doing so, we cannot control the personal data that may be collected about you by the websites that we may refer you to. The best that we can do is encourage you to read the privacy policies of those other websites when you visit them.
⚖️ Your Rights
For questions about exercising your rights under the relevant data protection laws, please contact Automattic.
What are Cookies?
A ‘cookie’ is a small text file delivered by our website onto your device when you visit our website. Those cookies can then be accessed and used by our website at a later time. These cookies collect technical data.
We use ‘session’ cookies which delete themselves when you leave our website. We also use ‘persistent’ cookies which remain on your device for a certain time period even after you leave our website.
How You Can Block Cookies?
If you do block or delete cookies, certain parts of our website may not work properly. Nevertheless, you can block and delete cookies using your browser settings. The following links explain how to access cookie settings in various browsers:
What Type of Cookies Do We Use?
On our website, we use the following types of cookies:
Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website.
The table below sets out in detail the cookies that we may use on our website.
|Service Provider||Cookie Name||Info|
|Automattic||wordpress_test_cookie||Type: Strictly Necessary|
Purpose: Tests whether or not the browser has cookies enabled
Period of Storage: Session
|Automattic||eucookielaw||Type: Strictly Necessary|
Purpose: Remembers whether the visitor has closed the cookie banner
Period of Storage: Persistent (6 months)
Please note that Automattic and other third parties may use other cookies, over which we have no control.
✅ Change Log
Below is a list of the major changes that have been made to this Privacy Statement over time.
- 14 February 2021 – We added a section called ‘We Do Not Track You’ which very simply explains that we do not track you as the browse the web. You can use Blacklight, a real-time website privacy inspector built by The Markup, to verify this.
- 22 December 2020 – We changed the description in the ‘How Your Personal Data is Collected’ section for better clarity.
- 16 December 2020 – We added information about the automated spam filter that is used for our contact form. This can be found in the ‘How We Use Your Personal Data’ section and in the ‘How Long We Keep Your Personal Data For’ section. This information was also added to the short-form notice on our Contact page. Some information about accessing links to other websites was added to the Privacy Statement as well.
- 11 October 2020 – We added new short-form notices for the Privacy Statement and the Contact Page. This is so that it is easier and quicker for you to understand how we process your personal data.
- 28 August 2020 – The table in the ‘How We Use Your Personal Data‘ section was amended to include the activity of WordPress users following our site and the data that is processed when this happens. The activity of visitors “liking” articles on our site was removed from the table as this feature is not in place on our site.
- 24 July 2020 – The Privacy Statement was first published.
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