Your privacy is critically important to me. Accordingly, I have developed this Policy in order for you to understand how I collect, use, communicate and disclose and make use of personal information.
I am committed to conducting business in accordance with these principles in order to ensure that the confidentiality of personal information is protected and maintained. I have a few fundamental principles:
- I don’t ask you for personal information unless I truly need it. (I can’t stand services that ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason.
- I don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop my products, or protect my rights.
- I don’t store personal information on my servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of my services..
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.
This site uses the Akismet anti-spam service. Akismet collects information about visitors who comment on this site. This 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).
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.
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.
If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.
Like most website operators, Maurice Phillips collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Maurice Phillips’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Maurice Phillips’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Maurice Phillips may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website. Maurice Phillips also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments. Maurice Phillips only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.
Certain visitors to Maurice Phillips’s websites choose to interact with Maurice Phillips in ways that require Maurice Phillips to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Maurice Phillips gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. In each case, Maurice Phillips collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Maurice Phillips. Maurice Phillips does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
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.
This site utilizes caching in order to facilitate a faster response time and better user experience. Caching potentially stores a duplicate copy of every web page that is on display on this site. All cache files are temporary, and are never accessed by any third party, except as necessary to obtain technical support from the cache plugin vendor. Cache files expire on a schedule set by the site administrator, but may easily be purged by the admin before their natural expiration, if necessary.
We may use QUIC.cloud services to process & cache your data temporarily. Please see https://quic.cloud/privacy-policy/ for more details.
Maurice Phillips may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, Maurice Phillips may monitor the most popular posts or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. Maurice Phillips may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Maurice Phillips does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Google Analytics is a web analysis service provided by Google. Google utilizes the data collected to track and examine the use of www.mauricephillips.me, to prepare reports on its activities and share them with other Google services. Google may use the data collected to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network. AdWords Remarketing is a Remarketing and Behavioral Targeting service provided by Google. It connects the activity of www.mauricephillips.me with the Adwords advertising network and the Doubleclick Cookie.
Maurice Phillips discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Maurice Phillips’s behalf or to provide services available at Maurice Phillips’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Maurice Phillips’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Maurice Phillips will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Maurice Phillips discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Maurice Phillips believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Maurice Phillips, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of a Maurice Phillips website and have supplied your email address, Maurice Phillips may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Maurice Phillips and my products. I primarily use my various product blogs to communicate this type of information, so I expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send me a request (for example via a support email or via one of my feedback mechanisms), I reserve the right to publish it in order to help me clarify or respond to your request or to help me support other users. Maurice Phillips takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
Frequently asked questions
Can cookies pass on my personal information to others?
Do cookies compromise my security?
The cookies I use are completely safe. In fact, many of them are used purely to provide important security features such as protecting your data.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are sent to and stored on your computer, smartphone or other device for accessing the internet, whenever you visit a website. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognize a user’s device.
More information about cookies can be found on allaboutcookies.org.
How cookies make my website safer and easier to use
Cookies can also allow us to tailor the content of my website to suit your interests. For example, instead of displaying promotional messages about products you already have, they let us show you other services you may be interested in.
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.
If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
Finally, i use ‘analytics’ cookies to help us make my website better for those who visit it regularly. They help us work out what users like and don’t like and how I can improve things for you.
When I include links to other websites, please bear in mind they will have their own privacy and cookie policies that will govern the use of any information you submit. I recommend you read their policies as I am not responsible or liable for their privacy practices.
How I work with trusted third parties
Third parties are trusted suppliers to me. They include partners who provide important functionality to my website, such as my live chat service, and partners who help us improve my website, such as Google Analytics and Adobe, who provide statistics about which pages are visited most frequently.
The only time cookies would enable us to share personal information such as your name, address, telephone or email is when you have given us express consent to pass it on to a trusted third party.
We may show advertisements for 3rd party companies. Some of these will be general campaign-related adverts but others will be tailored to your likely interests based upon previous web browsing activity – these can be easily identified as they feature a small blue AdChoices icon in the corner of the advert. If you want to opt-out of receiving targeted adverts from me, too bad.
How I improve my email
I use email analytics and reporting tools to see how many of my emails are opened and which links receive the most clicks. Knowing which articles and topics my customers like and which they don’t like helps us improve my content and make my emails more relevant.
I maintain strict security standards and procedures to prevent unauthorized access to information about you. I will never contact you by email or otherwise to ask you to validate personal information such as your user ID, password, or account numbers.
If you wish to unsubscribe from marketing emails, please click on the link located in the footer of any marketing email you’ve received from me.
Below is a table of cookies used on my site, in line with the guidance given by the ICO.[cookie_audit]
If Maurice Phillips, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Maurice Phillips goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Maurice Phillips may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.
- certain information about our collection, use, sale, or disclosure of your personal information
- deletion of your personal information collected or maintained by us
- to opt-out of the sale of your personal information
You also have the right to not receive discriminatory treatment for exercising these rights.
If you choose to exercise these rights, we ask you to provide sufficient information, including the products and services you have used in the past, your state and country of residence, and contact information, in order for us to verify your identity and process your request. Depending on the types of requests, additional information may be requested.
You may use an authorized agent to submit a request on your behalf related to your personal information. If you choose to use an authorized agent, you should supply your agent with written permission to act on your behalf in relation to your request, and your agent must provide us with proof of such authorization before we process your request.
By selecting this checkbox, scripts on this site that collect personal information that may be sold is disabled.[wt_cli_ccpa_optout]
If you are a California resident, California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits you to request information regarding the disclosure of your personal information by Maurice Phillips to his afﬁliates and/or third parties for their direct marketing purposes.
To make such a request, please send an email with your ﬁrst name, last name, mailing address, email address and telephone number to [email protected]. Please include “California Privacy Rights” in the Subject line of your email.
You may also make such a request by writing to me at:
RE: California Privacy Rights
95 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005
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.
Questions or comments regarding this Statement should be submitted to [email protected].
- 9 August 2016: Policy posted.
- 25 June 2020: Updated Formatting.
- 20 November 2020: Updated broken links & Information pertaining to opting out of cookies.