Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is: https://greatlakesrailfan.com. greatlakesrailfan.com is a personal blog website, established in 2014, to share photographs and commentary on transportation in the Great Lakes Region of the United States of America, although we have been known to venture away from the Great Lakes on occasion from time to time. In the past we would post photos and commentary on those photos onto different forum sites (which used software systems with different image sharing protocols). This website was established to collect all of those posts into a single site with a uniform photo sharing protocol, from which links could be shared to the various forum sites. The rise of social media has since rendered most of those forum sites irrelevant and redundant, but on this site our posts live on.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

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.

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.

Media

Visitors to the website are not allowed to upload media to the website, however if you do upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. All visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our 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.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you could edit or publish an article (you can’t), an additional cookie would be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

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.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

This is a personal blog site. We aren’t selling anything. Analytics tell us who you are, where you’re coming from and how long you spend on the page. We don’t care who you are or where you’re coming from, so analytics are useless for our purposes.

Who we share your data with

We use an automated spam checking service, but Big Data won’t pay us anything for your data and we don’t have affiliates who want to sell you stuff you don’t need. We don’t even have affiliates who can sell you stuff you do need.

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.

Users cannot register on our website, but if they could, we would also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If your intent is to spam the site, your comments will be edited to remove your personal information AND your spam content prior to being approved. If you have a question about something on the site, believe something that was posted is incorrect or have any other questions, comments or demands you can contact us at contact@greatlakesrailfan.com. You may attempt to contact us via the website, but contacting us via email will result in a much quicker response. We do not – and can not – guarantee you will receive a response if you attempt to contact us via the website.

If you have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. If you left spam comments, those were automatically deleted. 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.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

Contact us at Contact@greatlakesrailfan.com.

Additional information

How we protect your data

We don’t. We will not accept responsibility for any personal data you send to us. In fact, if you do send it, it will be deleted.

What data breach procedures we have in place

We don’t have data breach procedures. Please refrain from sending us your credit card or other personal information- we have no use for it and it will be deleted.

What third parties we receive data from

We don’t receive data from third parties. They think their data is worth something. We disagree.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

We use automated spam detection software. If you leave a comment using common spam words, your comment will be deleted.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

We are not aware of any regulatory disclosure requirements for a personal blog website.

We collect information about visitors who comment on Sites that use our Akismet anti-spam service. The information we collect depends on how the User sets up Akismet for the Site, but typically includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself).

Page last updated 10 April 2020.