Privacy Policy/Cookies

Privacy Policy/Cookies

A Personal Comment…

Below is a “generic” Privacy Policy. Just to make sure all the points are covered. However, here at Cybernet Books, our policy is to not use big advertising networks that data mine your personal info to give a more “personal” MARKETING experience. I know what “I” want when I go shopping and I’m sure “you” know what you want when you go shopping. I don’t want anyone telling me what I should want. So, whatever advertising you might see at Cybernet Books, it won’t be personalized. It will be the same for everyone. You search for what you want. You get what you search for if we have it. And that’s the way it should be.

Also, on the subject, Cybernet Books uses DoNotTrack software, meaning we block our third-party website themes and plugins (software that performs website functions) from putting any tracking cookies in your browser and on your computer. If you sign up for a Cybernet Books account, to post comments or download books, there will be a cookie (a bit of software) to log you in, and keep you logged in from page to page, but there should be nothing more. You can do a lot to protect yourself by clicking the DoNotTrack settings on your browser (Opera, Firefox, Slimjet, etc., do an internet search for how if you don’t know…) as well as adding privacy add-ons or extensions to your browser. Your browser should also have a way to block third-party cookies to prevent websites from saving and reading cookie data not on the originating domain. Go search for it… save yourselves! LOL Also, be aware, Google Chrome and Chrome are NOT the same browser. Google took the Chromium based browser, flipped some switches off (like privacy) and slapped its name on it to ride the coattails of the awesomeness of Chromium. The actual Chromium browser is very secure. The other is not.

Traffic analytics are only ever done on our servers, meaning there is no huge data mining farm (I’m looking at you, Big G) that gets your personal information to pick apart and parcel out for what can be used and sold third-, fourth-, or fifth-party. If you use your browser add-ons or extensions to block ads or DoNotTrack settings, it may skew the analytics for Cybernet Books, but that is a small price to pay for your security.

REMEMBER:

Roger Kay, principal analyst with Endpoint Technologies, is less forgiving of consumers’ passivity and, like Hyers, notes that a shift has taken place.

“The information object that represents you only gets more complex—it never shrinks,” said Kay, sounding like the concerned father he is. “Your address might change or an old one might drop out, but your data object is busy assembling itself as we speak. The citizenry need to educate themselves and think for themselves.”

He offered a darker scenario than effective marketing.

“It’s not that we have a fascist government now, but we could have one in five years, or 25 years,” he said, “and they won’t need to collect [your information]. You’ll have already done it for them.”

Maisto, Michelle. “Online Privacy Is a Serious Matter, So Why Do Few People Care?” www.eweek.com, QuinStreet Enterprise, 13 Jan. 2015, www.eweek.com/security/online-privacy-is-a-serious-matter-so-why-do-few-people-care.

List of Cookies (Used on Cybernet Books)

Cookie NameCookie CategoryDescriptionDuration
wordpress_2WordPress cookie for a logged in user.session
wordpress_logged_in_2WordPress cookie for a logged in usersession
wordpress_test_2WordPress cookie for a logged in usersession
wordpress_test_cookie2WordPress test cookiesession
wp-settings-1Wordpress also sets a few wp-settings-[UID] cookies. The number on the end is your individual user ID from the users database table. This is used to customize your view of admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface.1 year
wp-settings-time-2Wordpress also sets a few wp-settings-{time}-[UID] cookies. The number on the end is your individual user ID from the users database table. This is used to customize your view of admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface.1 year
PHPSESSID1To identify your unique session on the websitesession
SESS1To ensure that you are recognised when you move from page to page within the site and that any information you have entered is remembered.session

Cookie categories

Wp, wordpress and sess are cookies for the actual Cybernet Books website, login, and internal page-to-page tracking. Slimstat, afs, and _aa_main are analytic cookies. Slimstat also pops up the “opt-out for cookies” notice, hence the “tracking” part of its cookie, to remember you said yes or no. Wfwaf is a security cookie against spam and hackers.

Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is: http://cybernetbooks.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. (Cybernet Books only collects and searches for spam from our own server. Unfortunately, spam is always a big problem for any website.)

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. (Cybernet Books blocks Gravatar, a third party avatar service.)

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. (This is good advice for any media you upload anywhere.)

Contact forms

(This is kind of obvious. Of course, whatever you fill out in a form is collected and saved because we use the info to either answer your questions or create an account for you. 😉 )

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. (Unless you are in the habit of clearing your Internet browser cache all the time. A good idea. Do an Internet search. Learn how to do it. Save yourselves… 😉 ) 

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. (Self-explanatory, eh?)

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. (Interesting to know, eh?)

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. (This is a hard one. Cybernet Books can block anything from our servers, but not anything from other website servers. If a malicious link is in a comment or embedded content, and the “link” itself is fine, however, when you click it, you are  then led down the rabbit hole and taken to a site with malicious content, the only protection is self-protection. This would be why you need to practice safe browser security and use browser DoNotTrack and browser privacy extensions and add-ons.)

Who we share your data with

(No one? Cybernet Books does not purposely share any of our members data. And we try to block everything else! LOL If we find a leak somewhere, we hunt it down and squash it like a bug! 🙂 ) 

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. (Because website comments are a conversation with the Internet World! 🙂 )

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 own 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. (Cybernet Books will have little data to return to you because we keep so little.)

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. (Remember, spam is a problem for every website and why data info has become such big business. Those spammers are trying to A.) get a link on Cybernet Books, or B.)trying to get an “in” to Cybernet Books to hack the system and your data. Spammers are seriously frowned upon!)

Your contact information

If you have any questions, click About Us page or make a comment below.

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