Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is: https://theretailstop.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 anonymised 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

Submitting your details via our Contact Us form will send your details directly to us, and will not be passed to a 3rd party for processing. We only use your details for the purpose of that contact, and will not add you to our marketing communications unless you have specifically opted-in.

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 visit our login page, 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.

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

We use Google Analytics to track activity on the site. This data is used for our purposes only, and is not shared with 3rd parties. We use the analytics to help improve our website and services we offer.

Who we share your data with

We don’t share your data with anyone, although some 3rd party plugins on he site might use anonymised data to carry-out particular functions.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise 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. Further details of such services will be posted here, from time to time, to keep you informed.

Your contact information

We might keep your contact details for the purpose of identification and marketing, where you have opted in to our marketing communications.

Additional information

How we protect your data

Your data is as important as our own; we take every step to protect your personal data from leaving our site through malicious means, and do what we can to protect data at-rest.

What data breach procedures we have in place

We monitor the site regularly for signs of hacker or virus activity and use protective measures to prevent such a breach. In the case of a data breach, we will inform you as quickly as possible, along with details of what data has been compromised. In more severe circumstances, we will also inform the Information Commissioner’s Office (https://www.ico.org.uk) who oversees such breaches in the UK.

What third parties we receive data from

Data is not intentionally collected or sourced from 3rd parties. Should this practice change, updated details will appear here for your information.

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

No such tools are used on the site.