1) Introduction

In order to inform you of my policies and activities with respect to the collection, use and transfer of personal data on this website, I am providing you with an electronic copy of this Policy. In this Policy, “Personal Data” means information which relates to an individual and which identifies that individual, either directly or indirectly (together with other information that is reasonably likely to come into my possession), such as your name or e-mail address.

2) Collection of Personal Data

Generally, you can visit this website without providing any Personal Data about yourself. However, for accessing some parts of this website, such as joining the discussion and leaving comments on articles, or in connection with another specific purpose, I may need to collect Personal Data from you. Providing Personal Data to me in these events is voluntary. If you do not provide Personal Data to me, then you will not be able to benefit from the respective functionality offered by this website, such as joining the discussion and leave comments on articles. The purposes, for which your Personal Data is collected, are described below, along with a brief description of how your Personal Data may be handled in each case.

  • Communicating with you. I may follow up on comments and other requests that you submit to me through this website, such as online queries or comments on articles. This may include communicating with you via email, Facebook or Twitter.
  • Discussions. If you choose to participate in the discussion, you will be required to register certain details, such as your name and email address. You should also be aware that your comments may be made broadly available to others, inside or outside this website, depending on which particular discussion you are accessing. Note that it is also possible to log-in using your Facebook or Twitter credentials. This website and I are unable to view or modify your Facebook or Twitter data; the option has been made merely available for your convenience.
  • Maintaining the website. We may use your Personal Data in order to maintain and improve this website.

3) Cookies and clicktrails

Sometimes cookies are used to assist you in reaching the appropriate information and to tailor your visit to your individual preferences. For example, a cookie can be used to remember your login information if you choose the “Remember me” option while signing in. If you do not want to receive a cookie from our website, you may set your browser to refuse cookies or to notify you when you receive a cookie, which you may then refuse upon such notice. To understand how to do this, please consult your browser’s help section. However, refusing the cookies may prevent you from accessing some parts of this website. The website does not use cookies to monitor and/or analyze your surfing behavior, nor does the website store clicktrails.

4) Disclosure of Peronal Data

I do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer your Personal Data to outside parties. I may disclose your Personal Data in order to enforce this website's Terms of Use or in urgent circumstances to protect personal safety, the public or this website. It is also possible that I may be required by law to disclose your Personal Data pursuant to judicial or other government subpoenas, warrants, or orders, potentially, in any country where this website is accessible.

5) Sensitive Personal Data

As a general rule, I do not collect “Sensitive Personal Data” through this website. “Sensitive Personal Data” means Personal Data concerning racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade-union membership, or concerning health or sex life. By volunteering unsolicited sensitive Personal Data to us (e.g., by submitting a comment to one of the articles containing personal details), you expressly consent to your Personal Data being used as described in this Policy.

6) Accessing, correcting, updating and deleting Personal Data

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this Policy, or would like to request a copy of your Personal Data, then please contact me. Also, if you consider your Personal Data to be incorrect or wish to have it deleted, then please either log-in and update or correct your profile on this website or contact me so that I may make any necessary updates, corrections and/or deletions.

7) Data security and integrity

This website uses various technological and procedural security measures in order to protect the Personal Data I collect, use or transfer from loss, misuse, alteration or destruction. However, you should be aware that, due to the open and unsecured character of the Internet, I cannot be responsible for the security of transmissions of the Personal Data over the Internet.

8) Third-party websites

This website may provide links to third-party websites. I do not make any representations or warranties with respect to such third-party websites. You should be aware that the owners and operators of such third-party websites might collect, use or transfer personal data under different terms and conditions than this website. Upon linking to a third-party website, you should inform yourself of the privacy policies of such third party websites. You should also be aware that third-party websites may use cookies.

9) Notification of changes to this Policy

In order to check updates to this Policy, please consult this page on a regular basis. The last time this policy was updated is stated above.