Photo by Allef Vinicius.

Your Personal Data and Why We Collect It

When you leave comments on The Brancatelli Blog, we collect the data in the “Comments” form along with your IP address and browser to help detect spam. An anonymized string created from your email address (a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. See Gravitar for its privacy policy. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to this blog, for your own protection avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS). Anyone visiting the site can download and extract location data from your images.


When you log in, we set up cookies to save your information and screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, screen-option cookies for one year. If you select “Remember Me,” your login will last for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed. If you leave a comment, you may opt-in to save your name, email address, and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so you don’t have to do it again when making another comment. These cookies last for one year. If you reach a login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie does not contain personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

Embedded Content from Other Websites

Posts on this site often include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles). Embedded content from websites such as YouTube behaves the same way as if you had visited the other website directly. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction. This includes tracking your interaction if you have an account and are logged into that website.

How Long We Keep Your Data

When 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 queue. If you subscribe to The Brancatelli Blog, we will store your information in a user profile. You can see, edit, or delete your information at any time (except for username). Blog administrators can also see and edit that information.

What Rights You Have Over Your Data

If you have subscribed to this blog or left comments, you can request an exported file of the data we hold about you, including data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase data about you. This does not include data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where We Send Your Data

Your comments are checked through an automated spam detection service (i.e., Akismet).

For Further Information

Use Contact in the navigation bar above. We are located in the Pacific time zone (USA/CAN).