Privacy Policy (fun?)

Who we are

A really “Old Wet Cat” with a blog

Our website address is: https://oldwetcat.com

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

Notice: The reference to “cat or cats” in this statement refers to both the species “Felis Catus”  and “Homo sapiens”.  If you happen to be a real cat (felis catus) surfing the web…. That Is Very Cool!!!  If you are a human reading this, the term “cat” applies to you as well here at the Cat’s Meow.

Comments can be left by clicking on the title of any post, then scrolling down to the bottom of the post. This requires a name (a real name,a first name, a nickname, your scent mark) any of these are OK with this Cat. But we do need a real email address. This is to keep the bad cats out! 

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. No personal information is requested or required and the big cat recommends not leaving such information within a comment. Visitors will only see the “name” provided on comment form, no other data is visible to other visitors. 

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. If you have no Gravatar that’s cool with us cats, some cats are very, very shy.

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 (which is a bit scary and more than a bit “Orwellian”). Cats like everybody to play safe so please no images with embedded location data will be permitted.

Contact forms

I am a very private cat, that comes with being a cat. The contact form on my site requires a name and as stated earlier(a real name,a first name, a nickname, your scent mark) any and all of these are OK with this Cat. We do however require a real email address, this is done to avoid spammers and “trolling”. Again we are honorable cats and respect the privacy of other cats and will never keep, store or publicly display your email address or any other personal information without your consent.

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.

This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

There is no “log-in” on this site, we invite all to come and read and there are no memberships required. This policy may change if comments become abusive and we end up having problems with silly comments. Or if we find to many comments that belong in the “Kitty Box”.

Embedded content from other websites

We do not knowingly allow embedded content on this site, nor will we allow any comment containing embedded content to be posted. Embedded content is a nasty bit of software that can be embedded in a picture, hyperlink or video. It attaches cookies to the browsers of our visitors allowing a person’s movement on the web to be tracked and recorded. When you leave this cats place no one is allowed to follow you for any reason. The Old Wet Cat respects privacy and as with most cats really does not care where you go when you leave our company.

 

Analytics

Who we share your data with

Nobody at all, we do not collect data or allow any plug-in, link or widget to do so. If we did this (we don’t!) but if we did it would still not be shared with any person or entity, privacy is important to us cats. Your data and info is yours and will stay that way unless you leave it in a comment. If there is personal info (yours or any other cats) in any comment the cat in charge may not post it.  Comments about comments are restricted to two per cat to avoid cat fights.  We cats try to keep other cats safe as we are very social creatures.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata may be retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. If at any time you wish to have your comment removed (hey, who knows maybe your views have changed?), please use the contact us option and the comment as well as the thread will be removed as soon as the Big Cat can get to it.

 

Where we send your data

We do not send any data anywhere! Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. This program scans for certain nasty words as well as known spammers or “trolls” and “bumps” those comments to a moderation queue. This software is located on this site and will not collect, store or send any personal data, it simply scans for bad cats! A bit like keeping a “big friendly dog” around who keeps all the bad cats away.

Your contact information

Is limited to an identifier (again this can be a nickname, first name, an X or whatever) and a valid email address and is used for the purpose of keeping spammers and trolls away…. period. If you wish to send a personal or private message to any of the cats running this site please use the “contact us” button and email us. Comments are comments and may be viewed by all visitors.  If you want to contact the Old Cat privately please use the “contact us” option.

Additional information

How we protect your data

We Don’t!!

We don’t collect any data! If we don’t have it we cannot share it… nor would we! Therefore there is no need to worry about protecting it. Cats have better things to do.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

None, you are a private cat, I’m a private cat. We personally review and approve all comments, no machine is involved in this process. Cats are generally distrustful of machines (can openers being an exception!) so none are used by us cats. We do however have automated spam detection installed. It works by looking for known spammer emails or for certain “bad” words or phrases in any comments. These are then held in a moderation queue until reviewed. That “Big Friendly Dog” theory we mentioned earlier.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

There are none that we know of, being a Cat with a blog is hardly considered an industry. We do strive to be industrious cats on occasion but hardly require that of other cats. Chasing mice, birds or dreams is a personal choice…. we respect that. Laying about in the sun is also a pleasant endeavor, but none of these activities are regulated by any laws as far as we know. Not yet anyway!