Privacy Policy

Who we are

Consider that a royal “we”, as this website—https://samusumi.com—is owned only by me, Sharonda Woodfin. (I also, and more frequently, answer to “Sam”. Just FYI.) I’m leaving most of the plural pronouns intact because some of the information you read here will pertain to not just me, but other entities, like  Automattic (which also covers Gravatar) and Jetpack; i.e., the folks who make WordPress, and make it function, or function better. I’ll link to their individual privacy documents at the end of this document, in case you’d like to learn more about how privacy is handled, on a broader scale, by the people making the software that I use when making this website.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

When visitors leave comments on Samusumi.com, 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.

Contact Form

Data Used: Contact form submission data is stored in the database Samusumi.com and is emailed directly to me, Sharonda Woodfin. This email will include the submitter’s IP address, timestamp, name, email address, website, and message.

Data Synced: Post and post meta data associated with a user’s contact form submission.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on Samusumi.com, 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.

Gravatar Hovercards

Data Used: This feature will send a hash of the user’s email address (if logged in to WordPress.com — or if they submitted a comment on the site using their email address that is attached to an active Gravatar profile) to the Gravatar service (also owned by Automattic) in order to retrieve their profile image.

Jetpack Protect

Data Used: In order to check login activity and potentially block fraudulent attempts, the following information is used: attempting user’s IP address, attempting user’s email address/username (i.e. according to the value they were attempting to use during the login process), and all IP-related HTTP headers attached to the attempting user.

Activity Tracked: Failed login attempts (these include IP address and user agent). We also set a cookie (jpp_math_pass) for 1 day to remember if/when a user has successfully completed a math captcha to prove that they’re a real human. Learn more about this cookie.

Data Synced: Failed login attempts, which contain the user’s IP address, attempted username or email address, and user agent information.

Comment Subscriptions

Data Used: To initiate and process subscriptions, the following information is used: subscriber’s email address and the ID of the post or comment (depending on the specific subscription being processed). In the event of a new subscription being initiated, we also collect some basic server data, including all of the subscribing user’s HTTP request headers, the IP address from which the subscribing user is viewing the page, and the URI which was given in order to access the page (REQUEST_URI and DOCUMENT_URI). This server data used for the exclusive purpose of monitoring and preventing abuse and spam.

Activity Tracked: Functionality cookies are set for a duration of 347 days to remember a visitor’s blog and post subscription choices if, in fact, they have an active subscription.

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.

What rights you have over your data

If you have left comments on Samusumi.com, 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.

Updates

Things change, a lot. This page will be updated when/if privacy-impacting changes are made to Samusumi.com.

Get in touch!

If you have questions, comments, or requests regarding your data and  Samusumi.com, you may contact the site owner through this contact form, or by sending an email to sam@samusumi.com.

(Constructive criticisms of this page are also welcome.)


And, those other privacy documents—which go beyond the scope of Samusumi—that I mentioned up top:

Automattic’s Privacy Policy
Jetpack Privacy Center