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Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy (Draft under revision)

This privacy notice discloses the privacy practices for Positive Psychology News. This privacy notice applies solely to information collected by this website. We have legal requirements to notify you of the following:

  • What personally identifiable information is collected from you through the website, how it is used and with whom it may be shared.
  • What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data.
  • The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information.
  • How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.

Information Collection, Use, and Sharing

We only have access to/collect information that you voluntarily give us via email or other direct contact from you. We will not sell or rent this information to anyone.

This site collects only the following limited information about people:

  • For people who write articles that are published on our system, we collect name, email address, password, role (editor, author), headshot, and a short bio authored by the individual. We use this information in articles to identify the authors. The information is provided by the author directly and can be changed or removed on request. Our authors are never required to log in to the system.
  • For people who comment on articles, our spam filter collects the email addresses to aid in distinguishing real comments from spam. People can request to have specific comments removed or edited. See the cookie session below about how cookies are used to make the experience of commenting easier.
  • For other readers, no other information is collected or maintained.

We do not collect or store any financially sensitive information such as credit card numbers about anybody.

Cookies

WordPress, the platform on which Positive Psychology News, is built, uses cookies for authors, editors, and commenters. It does not use cookies for general readers.

From the WordPress Codex site:

When visitors comment on your blog, they too get cookies stored on their computer. This is purely a convenience, so that the visitor won’t need to re-type all their information again when they want to leave another comment. Three cookies are set for commenters:

comment_author_{HASH}
comment_author_email_{HASH}
comment_author_url_{HASH}

The commenter cookies are set to expire a little under one year from the time they’re set.


The actual cookies contain hashed data, so you don’t have to worry about someone gleaning your username and password by reading the cookie data. A hash is the result of a specific mathematical formula applied to some input data (in this case your user name and password, respectively). It’s quite hard to reverse a hash (bordering on practical infeasibility with today’s computers). This means it is very difficult to take a hash and “unhash” it to find the original input data.

For any users that log into the system, meaning primarily editors, WordPress includes the following information in cookies:

  • User name
  • A double-hashed copy of password

Users should be able to turn off cookies or clear cookies in their browsers without affecting their experience reading Positive Psychology News at all. Commenters with cookies disabled need to type in their email address and screen name every time they choose to comment. Editors need to log on every time they open the system.

Article Subscription

Readers may choose to subscribe to emails of articles. The email list is maintained in Feedblitz, The privacy policy of Feedblitz controls the storage and usage of this information.

Any reader can choose to unsubscribe at any time using the unsubscribe link that comes in each emailed article. Readers may change the email address they use with Feedblitz for our site by unsubscribing and resubscribing with a new email address.

Further Information

Please contact us at [email protected] if you have questions about our privacy policy.