Privacy Policy

The “General Data Protection Rules” (GDPR) of the European Union are a good thing – they demand transparency on data usage. In the sections and paragraphs below, you can find out how your data is collected, used and stored when you visit this website.

Who I am

My name is Alexander S. Kunz, I’m a landscape and nature photographer in San Diego, California, and my website address is https://www.alex-kunz.com.

What personal data I collect and why I collect it

Comments

When you leave a comment on my site, data from the comment form such as your name, email address, optionally a link are stored with your comment, as well as your IP address. This is known as metadata.

The comment metadata is used to detect and filter comment spam, show a public profile picture from Gravatar (in case you’re using the service), and to add an email subscription to replies to your own comment (if you choose to receive follow-up comments by activating the checkbox under the comment form).

Comment subscriptions and notifications are handled by the Jetpack plugin for WordPress. Jetpack is run by a company called Automattic, which also maintains WordPress itself. Their privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/.

To detect and filter comment spam, I am using the Akismet plugin for WordPress. The comment data is transferred to Auttomatic’s servers for the actual spam check. Their privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/.

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. After approval of your comment, the profile picture you set on Gravatar is visible to the public in the context of your comment. Gravatar is run by Automattic. Their privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/.

The data stored along with your actual comment can only be removed by deleting the comment. If you wish to remove a comment or all comments you have left, please contact me.

Contact Forms

When you use the contact form to leave personal feedback, the data you provide in the fields of that form, and your IP address are stored on my site. To detect and filter contact form spam, I am using the Akismet plugin for WordPress, a service of Automattic. Their privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/.

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 be stored on your computer for one year unless your browser is configured to delete them earlier.

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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

E-Mail Subscriptions

When you subscribe to receive email updates from my site, the information you provided and selected in the sign-up form will be stored in the site’s database. The data remains stored here even when you unsubscribe. If you wish to remove this information altogether, please contact me.

Who I share your data with

I’m using the following external services and they may collect additional data when you visit my website:

How long I retain your data

Comments

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. This information can only be deleted by also deleting your comment. Please contact me if you wish to remove a comment you left, and I’ll take care of it.

EMail Subscriptions

The data associated with an email subscription (email address and optionally first and last name) are retained indefinitely, but can be deleted upon request. Please contact me if you wish to remove data associated with your email subscription, and I’ll take care of it.

What rights you have over your data

If you have a subscription or an account on this site, or have left (a) comment, 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.

Contact information

If you have any privacy-specific concerns please contact me.

Additional information

How I protect your data

Access to my site is encrypted with Secure Socket Layers (SSL) — your comments, your feedback and the data you provide in them are not transferred in unencrypted plain text. Access to the site administrator account is secured with two-factor authentication. The login URLs to the admin interface of the site have been obscured. The site is backed up and scanned for malware daily.

My hosting company GreenGeeks protects its servers, on which my site resides, with Imunify360, a Web Application Firewall (WAF) which blocks access from malicious visitors, bad bots, hacking attempts, and the likes.

How To Protect Your Own Privacy Online & Curb The Surveillance Economy

  • do NOT use ANY Google services, or software (Chrome, GMail, Maps, Google DNS, their phone apps, etc.)
  • DO use an independent browser like Mozilla Firefox; donate to the Mozilla Foundation
  • do NOT use Android-powered phones
  • do NOT use your ISP’s DNS services
  • DO use a DNS service that protects privacy (CloudFlare DNS, DNS.watch, etc.)
  • DO use an ad-blocker in your browser (recommendation: uBlock Origin)
  • DO use Disconnect Privacy Pro on your phone, tablet, etc.
  • DO use cookie auto-delete (and create exceptions only for banking sites etc.)
  • DELETE your Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp account; remove their apps from your phone
  • do NOT leave any apps on your phone that you don’t use
  • UNSUBSCRIBE from all email newsletters that you don’t actually read