Privacy Policy

This is a general privacy policy for this blog; I’ll update it in the future if I make any changes. It goes over the various services we use on this website.

Please note, however that I’m implementing a GDPR plugin which will generate its own policies. Some of those pages sound strange — “Do not sell my information,” for instance, is the verbiage in California’s CCPA law.

Under that, a “sale” of information includes things like using analytics, running personalized ads, etc. I do use Google Analytics and Adsense, while my primary goal in blogging is not to earn a big income, it does take some time and money and I need to earn SOME from my projects so my husband doesn’t feel like I’m taking from our retirement fund so I can distribute my needless thoughts around the Internet.

Who we are

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When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form.

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.


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

Suggested text: 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 tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


I do use the invisible Google reCaptcha on this website because my experience tells me that comment and contact forms are prone to spam and that boxes where you need to identify all of the buses are annoying (and sometimes difficult)!

The invisible reCaptcha gives a score based on user behavior and will produce a challenge if the score is under a certain threshold. It is subject to the the invisible reCAPTCHA is subject to the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.


I do like to see, on occasion, how many people are visiting this website and which pages seem to be the most interesting. To do that, I’m using Google Analytics.

Contact Forms

You provide us with any information we choose

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 (I’m thinking quarterly).

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

Who we share your data with

We do not sell your data!

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.

At the point I’m writing this, DukkhaGirl is a single-person blog and I plan to keep it mostly that way, but I may be open to accepting certain guest posts in the future. I’m also adding a little glossary here so I can add various terms and data, kind of like a Wiki. This portion of the blog does accept user submissions and edits. However, to do either a guest post or adding/editing a glossary term, you’ll need to register and log in. I think the reason, here, is obvious: my experience has been that doing otherwise leads to tons of spam.

If you register an account, you are providing whatever information you provide. I may add “membership” features at some point. No, not to have “members,” per se, but because I’ve found some things in that regard that have been effective in reducing spam. If I do, you are choosing to share with others what you enter there (other than your password or any other items clearly marked as for your eyes only). You can delete your account at any time from your account tab.


I use Google Adsense ads on this website. If you live in a GDPR country, they should be blocked prior to consent.

How long we retain your data

Suggested text: 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.

What rights you have over your data

Suggested text: 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.

YouTube, Social Sharing, Maps, etc.

Items like video, social sharing buttons, and maps can all add their own tracking codes to a website. The sharing buttons we’re using right now are very lightweight (and limited) and do not track your IP. However, you should already be aware that by social sharing, you’re sharing data with whatever site with which you share.

We do not use Google Maps on this website and likely will not in the future.

We do, however sometimes share YouTube videos on this website. YouTube has tracking of its own. If you’re viewing a YouTube video and you are logged into your Google account, you are sharing some information with Google (who owns YouTube, in case you haven’t figured that out).

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