Your privacy is important to me, that’s why I want to be very transparent about what data I do and do not collect.
Who I am
This website (maxvancollenburg.com) is managed by me, Max van Collenburg.
The purpose of me using this software is to understand my website traffic in the most privacy-friendly way possible so that I can continually improve my website and business. The lawful basis as per the GDPR is “Article 6(1)(f); where my legitimate interests are to improve my website and business continually.” As per the explanation, no personal data is stored over time.
When visitors leave comments on the site I collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
I try to minimize the cookie on this website as much as possible.
Here are the cookies being used.
If you leave a comment on my 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.
I use RightMessage to personalize my website to make it’s content more relevant to you. I hide opt-in forms if you are already subscribed to my email list, and will swap out some sentences to make content more relevant.
For my email marketing I’m using ActiveCampaign. When you’re subscribed, a cookie will be placed so that I can track which pages you visit on my website.
I use this to see what you’re interested in and to prevent sending you emails about articles that you’ve already read.
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.
Who I share your data with
How long I retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so I can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
If you subscribe to my email list, I will store your first name & email address indefinitely, even if you unsubscribe. This is to ensure that if you ever resubscribe, I will know which emails you have already received from me.
What rights you have over your data
If you have left comments or joined my email list, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data I hold about you, including any data you have provided to me. You can also request that I erase any personal data I hold about you. This does not include any data I are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
If you’re subscribed to my email list, you can opt-out of marketing communications at any time by clicking the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of the email.
Where your data is sent
Visitor comments are checked through the automated spam detection service of Akismet.
Email addresses from new email subscribers will be collected with RightMessage or ActiveCampaign and checked for validity with NeverBounce.
How I keep your data safe
While I’m not a cyber security expert, I do my best to keep your data out of the hands of hackers.
The main way I do this is by keeping software up-to-date, and by using two-factor authentication with a specialized hardware security key wherever I can.
Questions about this policy?