Privacy Policy

Welcome to one of the most boring and least read pages on the internet.  It’s the privacy notice thingy that we’ve all had to waste a ton of time and money on because of “GDPR”. It is now a requirement to have one of these pointless pages because a bunch of people who don’t understand how the internet works decided that they should introduce a bunch of legal red tape in a thing they like to call GDPR – (General Data Protection Regulation), the DPA (Data Protection Act) and the PECR (Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations).

In a nutshell it’s a bunch of law to protect consumers that no consumer would ever ask for unless they are a paranoid snowflake who gets offended at the mere thought of being offended.

Our website address is: https://thisisgreat.info.  It’s run by a bunch of flower power people who are so old fashioned that we actually care about the happiness and joy in life of our readers (a rare thing these days…;).  

If we sometimes use tracking code on our website, it is because we don’t understand all this technical stuff.  But if we are informed correctly it is to follow you around and pop ads in your face for things you might be interested in.  If you sign up for our email list you’re probably going to hear from us. If you ever want to unsubscribe from this there are links in every email, etc.  If they are in the footer it’s because it makes no sense to place them in the header, and for those who are too stupid to click a button then GDPR aint gonna save them anyway.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

Blog comments are handles by Disqus. You can read their dull as shit policy at https://help.disqus.com/terms-and-policies/disqus-privacy-policy  When visitors leave comments on the site we might 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 anonymized 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.

Cookies

If you don’t know what a cookie is, it’s a big part of how all websites and internet tracking works.  It’s what remembers logins, it’s what tracks affiliate sales and tons of other stuff.  Your internet experience is crap without cookies and we use them. If you don’t want cookies then you can disable them in your browser.  Just don’t start whining when the internet doesn’t work very well for you anymore, as you shouldn’t have turned it off. It’s just a stupid option from a body of regulators trying to spend your tax money and control everyone under the pretend of protecting you.

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.  If that is a shock to you then maybe you should read a couple of books on how the web works.  Most normal people don’t give a s*%t. These external 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.  If you don’t like the thought of this I refer you back to the section above about disabling them in your browser.

We is tracking you!

Google Analytics, Facebook tracking pixels and probably some stuff I don’t even know is happening like web tracking stats done by the server. You can read the appropriate privacy policies on their pages, they are probably written in more legal speak than this and they will almost certainly bore you senseless. If you don’t want Facebook tracking pixels then do your own research about how to block them or whatever if that scares you.  It shouldn’t though… None of these things store any really personal data about you.  They probably get your IP address which apparently is now considered “personal data”  but as far as I’m aware knowing your IP is pretty useless.

Data Storage

Guess what? If you submit your email to us to sign up for a list, it is stored somewhere.  In our case this is either on our server, or with one of three mailing list providers (at the time of writing).  They are Sendiio, Convertkit and MailChimp and they do the data storage. If you buy a product or obtain a gift via XX% discount coupon then you are going through a cart system.  Ours is WooCommerce and again they have their own dull policies you can read if you really have no life. 

Payment details.

When you buy stuff from us, you will either pay through Stripe or PayPal. The only payment-based jibber jabber we keep on our site is how much you’ve spent and whether you paid with Stripe or PayPal. No bank or card details are stored by us!  We don’t have them.   Stripe and Paypal have their own GDPR compliant statements.

Subscribing to my email list.

Now if this comes as a shock to anyone, they really should not be allowed to use a computer, but… If you sign up for our email list you will get emails from us.  Some will be content, some will be promoting a product, service or application. All emails have an unsubscribe link in them.  If you ever want to stop getting our emails, just click the link rather than being a j*%@k and hitting a spam button. We never spam, and we never send an email to an email address that didn’t request us to be on that list.

Your right to be forgotten/deleted/exterminated.

Well GDPR does not give us any extermination rights but you can ask to be forgotten.  To do this you email us at “admin [at} thisisgreat.info” and we’ll delete all the info we can find on you.  If we write “admin [at] thisisgreat.info” rather than using the @ in the email address, it’s because some jerks have spend time creating robots to scrape email addresses from pages like these and spam our email box. Just so you know WE HATE SPAM AS MUCH AS YOU DO. When you unsubscribe yourself from our email list, you won’t be able to access anything you purchased from us via the web anymore because the member systems we use need to have your name and email. Just keep in mind if you ask us to forget you, you cannot contact us later and ask for access. 

Social Media.

We use social media a shed load.   If you find and talk to us on one social platform we might reach out and say hello on another.  That’s not us being j*%@ks (well we might be but generally we aren’t), it’s just being nice and friendly. It’s up to you if you follow us on social media, just keep in mind the social media platform is probably tracking the bejeebus out of you. You can read full, legal sounding bollocksy terms and conditions on our legal page here: https://thisisgreat.info/legalpages (no idea why you would want to though, its dull and tedious nonsense from our legal people)