Our Privacy Policy

WHO WE ARE

Our website address is: http://Hallowfields.com/

This website is owned and published by Fiona Broome. Her other websites include Ghosts101.com and HollowHill.com, plus hobby sites FaerieMagick.com and – the site that (amazingly) went viral: MandelaEffect.com.

WHAT PERSONAL DATA WE COLLECT AND WHY WE COLLECT IT

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

Though we use a Contact form from time to time, the fastest way to get a personal reply is to leave a comment at this website. It’s best not to include personal information – like your phone number or address – in any comment or Contact form entry.

We do not publish anyone’s private information without their clear consent. In fact, unless someone specifically asks us to post their contact information, we never do so.

In general, Fiona is a very private person, and expects that many of her friends, readers, students, and fans share her attitudes.

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. That includes Fiona’s video tutorials from YouTube, and any podcasts via Libsyn.

Those websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

We are very selective about which services we use for embedded content, keeping your privacy in mind.

ANALYTICS

We do not gather analytics or mine anyone’s personal data.

We may review raw data – how many visitors arrived here, and what articles they read while they were here, etc. – through Google Analytics or the stats our hosting service provides. But, that’s never connected with named (or otherwise identified) individuals.

WHO WE SHARE YOUR DATA WITH

No one. What you say here, stays here.

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.

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

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. Feedburner provides the free update service, but – unless we go to Feedburner for that information – we never see who’s signed up for email updates.

YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION

That remains confidential, unless you reveal it in the text of your comment, or in email.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

HOW WE PROTECT YOUR DATA

Fiona Broome and her staff – only a few trusted people who’ve worked with her for over a decade – have access to this site’s behind-the-scenes data.

WHAT DATA BREACH PROCEDURES WE HAVE IN PLACE

Our hosting service does a tremendous job of protecting all the websites on their servers. As a precaution, we also use Wordfence. In tandem, those provide about as much protection as any individually owned website.

If there is a breach, we’ll let our readers know, immediately.

WHAT THIRD PARTIES WE RECEIVE DATA FROM

We collect no data from third parties. None, not even from Feedburner, which is where some readers have signed up for site/course updates and news.

WHAT AUTOMATED DECISION MAKING AND/OR PROFILING WE DO WITH USER DATA

None. Absolutely none. Fiona and our team make privacy a high priority. We’re already dealing with a volatile and controversial topic – ghost hunting – and we are mindful of what people tell us in confidence.