Privacy Policy

Welcome to the privacy policy for DukkhaGirl. Privacy policies are such an exciting read!

All but the most basic of websites use cookies. We like the chocolate chip kind but tolerate the online kind.

You probably know what cookies are but if not, very simply, they’re bits of information saved to your browser so, for instance, you can return and your login will be saved. That’s just one use for cookies. Of course, cookies are placed by lots of other services as well. Website analytics, personalized ads, etc. will set cookies. That’s how, for instance, Facebook and Google know which ads to show you.

My cookie notice on this website is very minimal now as I’m not running a lot of third-party scripts. I’ve eliminated personalized ads, for instance. I’m tired of all the social-media-ing, etc. that goes with “running a blog” and wanted this to just be a place where I could write what I want without trying to create a Pinterest doohickey or an Instagram post every dang time I want to write something.

So, read on, for more information about the cookies I still have here.

Who we are

Suggested text: Our website address is: It’s run by a woman in the US who goes by Perplexity and prefers not to post her real name all over the blog as she sometimes writes about real people with fake names and prefers to attempt to protect their privacy regardless of why they might be appearing in one of her blog posts.

Comments (and Stuff About ReCaptcha)

I have comment forms on all posts.

Because I am tired of SPAM – both the canned meat variety and the insidious email variety — I use Google ReCaptcha on comments. The invisible kind, not the kind that asks you to identify all the various trucks, planes, and buses or the kind that asks you to identify a string of numbers and letters that may just be unreadable to those of us who are not getting any younger. Google’s reCaptcha assigns a score based on user behavior — thus, through use of cookies stored in your browser. You can read here for more information about reCaptcha.

Comments may use Gravatars for your user icon if you have one. 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: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

You can comment as a guest, if you’d like. If you’d like to reply to comments, follow comment authors, etc, you must log in and form an account. Whatever you choose to divulge in comments is your own business and you agree not to hold me responsible for stuff you choose to disclose.

I reserve the right to not publish a comment or to remove a comment at any time.


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.


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.

Embedded content from other websites

You may find embedded content from other websites here — for instance, embedded YouTube videos, perhaps an embedded Tweet, maybe a GIF in comments. YouTube videos, etc. often come with their own set of cookies and are subject to the privacy policies of the site the embedded content is from.


I like to see where you’re coming from. So I use Google Analytics as it’s the best free analytics tool out there. I cannot see who you are (unless, of course you interact in comments or something like that) or track you down. At least on the non-AMP portion of my site, I have IP addresses anonymized in analytics.

Contact Forms

In contact forms, you choose which data you share. Forms on our website are also protected by Google ReCaptcha.

Email Newsletters

I use MailChimp as an email newsletter provider. Do I do this because this blog provides any sort of critical information? No, but I enjoy notifying people of new posts who want them. Right now, I’m not breaking down the list into any specific categories. If you sign up, you get full-on Dukkha, including any personal essays I choose to post. However, you can opt-in for frequency. A weekly digest of any new posts is the default, but you can get notified of every post or just an occasional newsletter.

If you’ve had enough email Dukkha, you can unsubscribe at the bottom of any email newsletter.

Mailchimp may use IPs for account security. I’m not really sure. I know that in other Mailchimp lists I’ve run I could use IP for geolocation to send people stuff specific to this area. But this is a blog and I’m in no way utilizing IP or geolocation information for the purposes of this blog.

Who we share your data with

“Sharing” of data is with providers of analytics mentioned in this privacy policy.

I do not sell any email list or list of users I collect.

If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email. I do not peruse or collect this email.

Creating an account and adding content.

I have an “account” feature on this blog as there’s the option of logging in for comments, and I want to keep people from accessing the back end of this website. It also makes it possible for people to self-delete their accounts if they want.

It also will make it possible, in the future, if I ever decide to add, again, more user “features” to this website (such as guest posting), for people to use those features without accessing the admin portion of the website. However, I think someone should slap my hand if they catch me doing this.

If you register for an account, your password is, of course, private. You will, however, have a public profile. If you choose to add a bio, social media, etc, to your profile, that will be public.

You can delete your account at any time from your account tab.


I experimented with Google Adsense for a while. But I have decided not to run ads, at least not personalized ones, and probably not any, on this website.

Guest Posting

In case you’re wondering about guest posting here…currently, I am NOT accepting guest posts. If I decide to at some point, I’ll add a form for that purpose. I am NOT interested in sponsored posts here, nor will I add your link in an existing post on this website. I will not respond to emails asking about guest posting.

How long we retain your data

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 profiles. 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.

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

Information is sent through Google Analytics for analytics purposes.

Google Fonts

We use Google fonts on this website.


While I anonymize IP addresses in regards to analytics, I do use a security system that monitors for blacklisted IP addresses. I do not retain IP data on this website, however.