Privacy Policy

What is Belfastentries.com

Belfastentries.com is a hobby website created to explore Belfast and the neighbouring counties by looking at our history, the people, stories and places of interest through a series of short posts. We hope that the information provided is of some interest to those visiting the site and that site visitors will take the opportunity to interact by way of feedback or suggestions for new topics or posts that may be of interest.

In coming months we hope to add more information on local community support & services, places to visit, eat or stay and to highlight local products available from small businesses (eg arts & crafts). As this is a hobby site, www.belfastentries.com has nothing to sell and has no commercial affiliation with any services or businesses listed. We may add advertisements to the site in future to cover site costs. All posts represent our own views based on personal experience/ research and are not sponsored.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

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 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. After approval of your comment, your Gravatar picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment. The Gravatar service Privacy Policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/.

Contact forms

Feedback and contact forms on the site will collect the details that you choose to enter and email these to us for information, action or reply. We will not share such information with any third parties or add anyone to our email subscription list without a specific request to do so.

Cookies

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.

As Belfast Entries is primarily a hobby website we have no interest in collecting your personal information and do not try to identify visitors. Cookies may be set by the WordPress software used to build the website and by WordPress plugins offering enhanced functionality (see Embedded Plug-Ins and Links). We have no control of 3rd Party cookies and have no access to the information collected. The section below includes links to their Privacy Policies.

Avoiding Cookies

As we have no interest in identifying you we would encourage you to avoid cookies if you wish. Feel free to visit this site and any others you frequent in an anonymous “guest” or “incognito” browser mode or even download a browser dedicated to your privacy – examples include “Duck Duck Go” and “Brave” with others such as Firefox also offering enhanced cookie protection.

See Information About Cookies

Embedded Plug-Ins and Links

Articles on this site may occasionally include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, links 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.

We have no control or access to these websites. In addition to the common social media sharing widgets the list below identifies the third party utilities used in this website to provide security, improve search, display images and maps, send emails and push notifications along with hyperlinks to their individual cookie/ privacy policies

Analytics

We use anonymised analytics on the website to monitor website traffic. The analytics module does not identify website visitors but does look at their interactions on the site to give us a better idea of what posts and stories are of most interest to visitors eg

  • number of website visitors
  • country of origin
  • how did they get to the site (eg google search, clicking a link on another website or social media)
  • the device used (eg smartphone, tablet, pc)
  • pages visited
  • time spent on the website
  • new or returning visitor
  • which pages attract the most viewers (and, conversely, which pages are of little interest)

The information obtained will hopefully allow us to improve your enjoyment of the website by focussing on the topics of most interest to most visitors.

How long we 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.

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 to protect the integrity of the website. Outside of the unavoidable use of third party plugins to build the website (listed above with their privacy policies) we have no relationship with any third party and do not sell or disclose information such as email addresses etc to anyone.

This is a hobby site intended to provide “coffee-break” stories that may be of interest. Enjoy!

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