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Privacy Policy

Who we are: richardapena.com

Our website address is https://richardapena.com

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Contact Forms


As of June 15, 2018, the Blog Comment Box and associated text boxes have been disabled as a security precaution.  Prior to June 15, 2018, when visitors left comments on Blog postings, 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 or malicious users or bots.  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/.  We do not reply to users comments, compile, or share users information as a business objective, and we permanently delete all users’ comments in the comment queue within 48 hours.  There as above this policy also applies to messages sent from the Contact form.


We do not allow users or visitors to upload images to the website.  Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website but all images and music are copyrighted and cannot be used without written permission.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to save 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.

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. 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.


Who we share your data with:

We (richardapena.com) do not share your information with third parties, with exceptions to comply with legitimate administrative, legal, or security purposes.

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 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.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service

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 if any exists, 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.  Again, we do not reply to users comments, compile, or share users information as a business objective, and we permanently delete all users’ comments in the comment queue within 48 hours.