Who we are

Our web address is: https://giannisftaras.dev

This address is used solely for viewing information as well as posting articles on technology, IT security, and more.

Which personal data we collect and why

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 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.

Media

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.

Contact forms

Contact forms within the site may require information such as your full name, company name, contact information, and other personal data that are used exclusively for communication between the publisher and any interested party.
During form submission, information such as the IP address and the page from which the entry was made are also collected to control and prevent any unwanted messages from automated systems.

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.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, 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

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. This also applies to certain contact and newsletter forms.

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.

Analytics / trackers

Google Analytics libraries are used to analyze site traffic and popularity. These libraries collect data such as IP address, time spent on the page, visiting pages, geographic location, etc.

This type of data is collected after you explicitly give your consent on your first visit to the site by accepting the privacy  and cookies policy. Otherwise, our site does not collect analytics data on you. The identifiable data collected is anonymized once sent to the Google servers to better protect your privacy.

The site is also protected by the automated system, reCAPTCHA and is subject to Google’s privacy policy and terms of use. This system may collect information such as IP address, number of clicks per page, method of movement, input rate, etc. This happens on all pages of the site in order to prevent unwanted automated robots and tools from sending spam messages through contact forms.

Who we share your data with

Some of your data is shared with third-party applications that only serve for the better and easier operation and management of the site.

Your analytics data is shared with Google using the Google Analytics library.

Data you enter in newsletter forms are shared with the SendInBlue service, which serves in sorting them and for better newsletter management. If you would like to unsubscribe from our mailing list you can click here. In case you want to just update your preferences or profile details you can do so by opening one of our newsletters and clicking on the corresponding link at the bottom. The SendinBlue Automation service is also used in order to analyze user preferences and viewing habits regarding our posts – articles and for serving more relevant content on newsletters and marketing promotions. For further information about their data usage you can review the SendinBlue Privacy Policy.

A chat platform called Tidio is also used that connects users with customer support. We are collecting email addresses and names only with the consent of the users, in order to start the chat. The messages and data exchanged are stored within the Tidio application. For more information, please refer to their Privacy Policy.
We are not making use of these messages or data other than to follow up on users’ registered issues or inquiries. IP addresses are also transmitted to the Tidio application once the end user initiates the chat. Your personal data will be processed and transmitted in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and California Privacy and Protection law (CPP).

OneSignal is a marketing engagement application which delivers web-push notifications to users regarding several topics of our website such as news, latest articles, updates, etc. The application collects data which is not PII (Personally Identifiable Information) and does so after the user gives explicit consent by accepting our cookie and privacy policy as well as when the subscription is accepted. The terms under which the information and data we provide to OneSignal and is being processed can be found at their Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. If you wish to subscribe / unsubscribe from these notifications you can do so at the paragraph below. Notice: for the aforementioned paragraph to be visible you will have to enable and accept our 3rd party cookies.

For a faster and safer distribution of giannisftaras.dev, cloud servers are used as intermediaries from the Cloudflare service. This service, in order to perform the redistribution function properly, may collect browser data from the user / visitor that comprise but are not limited to: IP address, requested page, geographic location, etc. This data is collected and processed under the Cloudflare Privacy Policy.

The data obtained may be also shared with judicial, police and other administrative authorities upon their legal request and in accordance with the applicable legal provisions. The user / visitor has, within the framework of telecommunication protection legislation, the rights to information and disagreement provided by applicable law articles.

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, 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

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.

In case you wish to delete your data from our servers or for any other technical reason, you can contact the webmaster at the email address [email protected]

If you want to change your cookie preferences you can do so by clicking here or using the gear icon at the bottom right corner of each page.

Where we send your data

The data and information we retain or you provide to us are stored on servers within the European Union as well as the United States, always with respect for your privacy and personal data protection regulations.

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Our contact information

You can get in touch with us for any technical or administrative reason at [email protected]

Additional information

How we protect your data

All data passing through to and from our servers as well as the servers of the third-party affiliates, are transferred using the secure HTTPS protocol. This protocol guarantees that your personal information is kept secure and encrypted during transmission. We also have frequent security audits and updates in place that protect your personal information. The passwords stored in our database throughout our servers remain encrypted for even greater security. All of our services are managed everyday in order to insure the highest availability possible. If you have any issues you can check our status page for any possible downtimes.

What data breach procedures we have in place

All management accounts that have access to your data are secured with strong passwords and two-factor authentication. Our servers are also monitored daily for their flawless functionality and security to avoid any spyware and data breaches. In case such a breach occurs, a thorough investigation will take place in order to identify the affected accounts and all users will be notified. The notification content will depend on the severity of the account affected.