Who is Weird Travel Friend?
I’m Katie and I’m currently the Chief Executive Office, Chief Content Creator, sole decision-maker, and lady who gets far too little sleep because of the work she puts into WeirdTravelFriend.com and all its social presence.
Before we jump in, I want to make a note about collecting data from minors. I will never knowingly collect or store the data of a minor; and thus, I require that all persons under the age of 18 years of age refrain from sharing any personal information with the site (like leaving a comment). If you (a parent/guardian) suspects that a minor in your care has left a data footprint on the site, please contact me immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Personal data collected: Why and How
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.
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When you choose to leave a comment, I’ve got the help of a few applications. Gravitar is a service that helps auto-populate your information into comment sections. If you’re frequently commenting on blogs, this can save you a little time.
I also use Akismet to help determine if you’re a spam bot. This basically peeks at your IP address and figures out if it’s attached to spammy behavior and then segments the comment for my review.
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.
I don’t have any photo submission forms, but you should know that all photos you take contain something called “metadata.” This is embedded information that recalls the time, place, and sometimes location the photo was taken. This is fabulously helpful for a travel blogger who may forget addresses, but also something you should be aware of when sharing photos. You can find the metadata of your photos (on your phone, for example) if you select an image and click “details.”
I actually don’d have a contact form (wild, I know). If you’d like contact me, please feel free to email directly at email@example.com
If you leave a comment on this 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’ll put some more information about cookies below.
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.
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Who we share your data with
In laynman’s terms:
Google Analytics helps me see where my traffic is coming from and “who” likes to read my content. I’m not using it to hunt anyone down or find any particular user… I don’t think I could do that if I tried. But what I do use it for is the see what articles people like the most and get a sense of the demographics of my reader. For example, once I realized I have a lot of readers clicking in from non-English speaking countries, I tried to make sure my posts aren’t riddled with colloquialisms that might be tough to understand. Y’all also really like my Boston stuff, so I’ll lean into that. Having the info helps steer my content since I know what you like!
Akismet + Gravatar
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.
In layman’s terms:
This acts as a protective measure for myself and my readers – comments containing threats or hate-speech will not be tolerated, and having that little extra bit of information about the poster will help me make sure that I can be on top of managing any bad behavior.
What rights you have over your data
If you have left comments on this site, 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.
If you want to opt out of newsletters, please contact me and I’ll be happy to remove your information.
Where we send your data
A note about marketing
In order to monetize this site, I will occasionally share affiliate links and paid content/marketing materials. This will always be clearly disclosed in-post (at the top). If there are clickable ads in the sidebars or footers, I may make a small commission for any purchases made (at no additional expense to you).
These links and ads fall under the category of “embedded content” – and by interacting with those links/embedded ads, it’s as if you were interacting with that site directly. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with the privacy policies of those companies as the need arises.
As a side note: I will never knowingly work with an organization with unsound data practices. And for that matter, won’t share products I haven’t tried.
If you have any data concerns, please feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alright, let’s take a look at those cookies: