Privacy Policy

This page contains the privacy and cookie-related policy for this website, https://swapnawrites.com.

Briefly:

  • We do not ask you for any personal data to use this site (name, address, etc.) The only data we gather is related to the way you use the site. We keep personal data collection to a minimum and only collect data to make user experience better. Wherever feasible, this data is anonymized.
  • We do not do any profiling for any targeted advertisements. No data is shared with any third party for advertising. No visitor data is used for any commercial purpose.
  • The site has some embedded content (like videos) where third party entities may create cookies and collect data like they would if you had visited those sites directly. Data may be gathered by these third parties when you are logged on to some social media account and do shares and likes on our site. We have no control on how these third party service providers may use the data or change their approach; you will have to see their privacy policies.

More details are shared below, along with ways you can opt out. Note that some such opting out may restrict how you can use the site.

Data used for analyzing site performance (Analytics)

Google Analytics is used to understand how visitors use the site. Google analytics is an extremely common way of analyzing site visitor data to improve sites. Analytics can show what pages you view within this site, how you arrived at this site and some basic information about your computer. We use this data to see how to improve content and navigation on the site. Analytics data is NOT used for any individual behavior profiling or for any targeted advertising.

The IP data is anonymized for Google Analytics using the plugin “All in One SEO”. Because of this anonymizing, we do not know who you are; just that somebody visited the site. Read the Google Analytics privacy page.

Google Analytics uses cookies. If you wish, you can opt out of analytics: See how to opt out using a browser add-on. Also, you can always delete any existing cookies in any browser (some resources for this are given below).

Data related to comments that visitors may leave

Comments are closed on this site. If you have left comments in the past, we will still be having that and its metadata.You can request for an export of the data we have, or ask 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.

If you are really curious and want more detail, you will find them as part of the page here

Embedded content from other websites

Pages 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 those other websites. 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.

Social media sharing and “likes” may also create cookies by the third party social media you are logged into. These third parties may use such data for their own targeting. You will need to check their privacy policies to see how they create, retain, and use data. If you are a user of these services, you have already consented to their privacy policies to continue to use the products. For example, persons with Google accounts (probably almost everyone) would have seen: Google Privacy & Terms (This, incidentally, includes Youtube). Similar detailed material is available for Facebook and other such very commonly used services/ accounts.

Some additional cookies

Site navigation and functionality is partly provided using the Jetpack plugin (owned by Automattic). Here are some cookies used for the features this site uses (See documentation at https://jetpack.com/support/for-your-privacy-policy)

  • Mobile version: Jetpack stores a visitor’s preference of viewing the mobile version of a site as a cookie for 3.5 days. This is for the convenience of the user.
  • Sharing button for Email (bottom of page): Jetpack uses the following information: sharing party’s name and email address, IP address and user agent (for spam checking), and email body/content. This content is checked for spam using Akismet (also owned by Automattic)

Some general resources

If you want to understand more about cookies and how you can use browser features to prevent storing cookies, or how you can delete existing cookies, see sites like aboutcookies.org or aboutcookies.org.uk. You can also see the browser settings/ options to see what is available. Deleting cookies is quite easy.