Privacy Policy

Who I am

The Dots Connection is a consultancy based in The Netherlands, property of Paola Ragnoli. It also a branch called ‘I Viaggi Della Druida’, that is a personal blog on the Blogger platform.

KvK nummer and contact details are stated in the footer below. The website is www.thedotsconnection.com. This website runs on a WordPress platform, its theme is Artwork + MotoPress Content Editor Lite.

What personal data I collect and why I collect it

Personal data is not just created by a user’s interactions with this website. Personal data is also generated from technical processes such as contact forms, comments, cookies, analytics.

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. However, this website uses the following plugins: Yoast SEO, Jetpack and Askimet Anti-Spam. This website is also linked to Google Analytics, and it has a contact form. While Yoast SEO in specifically to support the SEO and Askimet is a spam detector, with JetPack I can see how many views and subscriptions my website have, and which are the top pages. I do not see personal details of anyone via JetPack. As for Google Analytics, please refer to the paragraph below.

As for the data collected via the contact form, please refer to the paragraph below.

I do not have any transactional data, such as purchase information, because I do not sell via website.

Collecting data help me understanding better my public, in order to send newsletters, adapt my communication and have a better interaction with you. I do sell your data to third parties.

Comments

When you leave a comment, I 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 anonymised 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.

Visitor comments are checked through an automated spam detection service, called Askimet Anti-Spam. Comments are allowed upon approval.

Media

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.

Contact form

By default, WordPress does not include a contact form. However, I have enclosed one in this website. This contact form collects your name and email as mandatory; you are free to leave the url/the name of your website/blog, if you have one. I collect your name and email for customer service purpose, with no expiry date. If you wish not to be in my database, send me an email at thedotsconnection@outlook.com and write in the subject “please unsubscribe me”.

I do not sell your data to third parties.

Optional data are those you decide voluntarily to share with me in the message/as a comment/via email. However, I do not keep them.

Cookies

This website collect cookies, which are – easily speaking – files automatically created when you visit a website and/or when you leave a comment; the browser on your computer/phone memorizes them. These are for your convenience so that the website becomes faster next time you’ll be visiting it and/or you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. The cookies last for one year. You can delete cookies from your computer/phone whenever you want.

The cookies on this website are the ones that WordPress installs by default.

This website does not require log-in to be visited. No page is hidden and/or accessible only by log-in.

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.

Analytics

By default, WordPress does not collect any analytics data. However, I use Google Analytics. With Google Analytics, I can have access to the following information as for the last 26 months: number of visitors, visitors’ behaviour on my website, type of public (sex, age, location, personal preferences). I use these information just to better understand my audience.

Do I share your data with anyone?

By default WordPress does not share any personal data with anyone. I do not share any personal data with anyone.

How long I retain your data?

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. Data collected via Google Analytics expire after 26 months. Data collected by contact form never expire, unless you ask for cancellation by sending an email to thedotsconnection@outlook.com, writing in the subject “please unsubscribe me”. Data collected by WordPress plugins

What rights you have over your data

If you have left comments, you can request that I erase any of them. If you subscribed by filling the contact form, you can request to be unsubscribed. These actions do not include any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

This website has a hosting service, which is called Siteground and is based in Spain, EU. This means that all the data are retained in the European Union. If you leave a comment, your data are checked by the antispam plugin Askimet, offered by WordPress and installed in this website.

How I protect your data

I keep your data safe not sending them/not showing them to anyone. I am the sole person working in The Dots Connection as this is a consultancy, not a company. Your data are collected and retained by third parties as explained above: by the hosting service and by the antispam plugin, by WordPress, via Google Analytics, via contact form, via comments. This website does not sell anything online, it is just a vitrine.

What third parties we receive data from

This website does not receive data about third parties.

Contact information

You can contact me anytime by sending me an email at thedotsconnection@outlook.com. To get in touch with me with other methods, please check the page ‘Contatti’ as for the Italian language, ‘English version’ as for English speaking people, and the footer of this website.

Additional information

This website runs under the Dutch law and is written both in English and Italian because I intend to offer my services mostly to Italian speaking people. For a summary of this page in the Italian language please refer to the About page. English speaking readers can also find a short summary of the privacy policy in the English Version page.