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Who we are
Our website address is: https://truemeritocracy.com. You can contact us by using the contact form.
What personal data we collect and why we collect it
If you dislike websites collecting data on users, we advice you stop using this website. We collect data in order to tailor and improve the user experience. We also rely on third-parties that also collect data on our users, e.g. Google. This website collects data visitors submit by using the contact form. Cookies are also collected. We also analyse data to better tailor our content with what our users want. We also use various plugins to make the site better for users, and some of those plugins collect data.
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.
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.
Any information you decide to send to us by using our contact forms is stored in order to address your inquiry. The data is sent to Google Gmail, which is our email client of choice, and is stored on their servers until its manually deleted. Such data is only deleted at the request of users.
What is a cookie? A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed. Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies. Cookies can be used by web servers to identify and track users as they navigate different pages on a website and identify users returning to a website.
WordPress cookie: 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 have an account and you log in to this site, 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 edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will 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.
We use Google Analytics and Bing Webmaster, and you can read their policies here: https://policies.google.com/privacy and https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/privacystatement
Who we share your data with
We use plugins and services from various companies, and you can read their privacy policies below:
iThemes Security: https://ithemes.com/privacy-policy/
Yoast SEO: https://yoast.com/privacy-policy/
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. Information sent to us using the contact forms is also stored until the user requests its deletion. Analytics records are also retained indefinitely unless a user requests its deletion.
For users that register on our website (if any), we 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 you have an account on this site, or 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. 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. See the section above called “Who we share your data with” to see the third-parties we use, and their privacy policies.
Here is information pertaining to commercial aspects of this website.
How we protect your data
This website is protected with a commodo positive SSL encryption, which is superior to the free SSL certificates many websites use (e.g. Let’s Encrypt). We also use a security plugin called iThemes security, and our name server is with the security company Cloudflare. Our host, HostGator also have their own security measures in place. Beyond that, the PC’s used by the webdesigner and manager of this website is protected with Bitdefender, which is a world-leading security company.
What data breach procedures we have in place
Our security solutions are set-up to detect any data breach or other malicious activity on this website. In the event of a breach, these companies will take appropriate measures.
What third parties we receive data from
We use marketing and analytics solutions from Google, Bing, and Facebook. See the section above called “Who we share your data with” to see the third-parties we use, and their privacy policies.
What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data
Various plugins are used to improve the user experience. You can contact us to request the deletion of information this website has collected about you.
Industry regulatory disclosure requirements
This website is not involved in an industry affected by regulations that go beyond that mentioned above.