Who we are

We are a personal blog covering data literacy, analytics, and engineering with a special focus on small and medium organizations. We present information as accurately as possible and will never spin information to fit a political agenda.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch at contact@xyzology.com. Information related to our ICANN registration can be found here.

What Personal Data We Collect and Why We Collect It

This blog is hosted by WordPress. By default, WordPress does not collect any personal data about visitors, and only collects the data shown on the User Profile screen from registered users. We also do not collect any personal information directly.

This blog makes an effort to only use plugins that collect anonymized personal data (if any information is collected at all.) We are continuously monitoring our plugins to ensure that they are respecting your (and our) privacy. However, we do not have total control over those plugins and the plugin developers are ultimately responsible for ensuring they are operating ethically and within the law. The following plugins are currently active on this site:

As data professionals, we understand the importance of keeping sensitive data safe. We often work with highly sensitive personal information in our professional roles and we will do our utmost to considerately handle treat any data you might voluntarily share with us in our mutual interactions.

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.

Cookies

WordPress and web browsers collect cookies. These are generated from your interactions as you browse the site. You can find more information on the cookies generated by your browser and WordPress here. Information related to cookies implemented by our Jetpack plugin can be found here. Information related to cookies implemented by the WordPress platform and affiliates can be found here.

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.

Advertisements

Ads appearing on our website may be delivered to users by advertising partners (such as WordAds or Google Adsense), who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Xyzology and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

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.

Google Analytics Disclosure

This site uses Google Analytics.

Google Analytics mainly uses first-party cookies to report on visitor (aka. user) interactions on Google Analytics customers’ websites. Users may disable or delete any cookies. Learn more

In addition, Google Analytics supports an optional browser add-on that – once installed and enabled – disables measurement by Google Analytics for any site a user visits. Note that this add-on only disables Google Analytics measurement.

Where a site or app uses Google Analytics for Apps or the Google Analytics for Firebase SDKs, Google Analytics collects an app-instance identifier — a randomly generated number that identifies a unique installation of an App. Whenever a user resets their Advertising Identifier (Advertising ID on Android, and ID for Advertisers on iOS), the app-instance identifier is also reset.

Where sites or apps have implemented Google Analytics with other Google Advertising products, like Google Ads, additional advertising identifiers may be collected. Users can opt-out of this feature and manage their settings for this cookie using the Ads SettingsLearn more

Google Analytics also collects Internet Protocol (IP) addresses to provide and protect the security of the service and to give website owners a sense of which country, state, or city in the world their users come from (also known as “IP geolocation”). Google Analytics provides a method to mask IPs that are collected (detailed below) but please note that website owners have access to their users’ IP addresses even if the website owners do not use Google Analytics.

Google operates as a data processor for Google Analytics. This is reflected in our Ads Data Processing Terms, which are available to all Google Analytics customers with direct contracts with Google. Learn more

Amazon Associates Disclosure

This site participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

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.

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.

We collect information about visitors through our Akismet anti-spam service. The information we collect 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).

Our Contact Information

The operators of this blog can be reached at contact@xyzology.com

Information related to our ICANN registration can be found here.

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