Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy2018-08-12T15:32:17+00:00

We take your privacy seriously. This privacy policy describes what personal information we collect and how we use it, as well as details of relevant disclaimers.

Who we are

Skies & Scopes is a website all about astrophotography & astronomy. Our website address is https://skiesandscopes.com

More information can be found on the About us page of this website.

The Editor-in-Chief is Anthony Wallace who can be reached at [email protected]

We can also be contacted via the Contact us page of this website.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Routine Information Collection

All web servers track basic information about their visitors. This information includes, but is not limited to, IP addresses, browser details, timestamps and referring pages. None of this information can personally identify specific visitors to this site. The information is tracked for routine administration and maintenance purposes.

Cookies and Web Beacons

Where necessary, we use cookies to store information about a visitor’s preferences and history in order to better serve the visitor and/or present the visitor with customized content. By continuing to use the service, you agree to our use of cookies.

Advertising partners and other third parties may also use cookies, scripts and/or web beacons to track visitors to our site in order to display advertisements and other useful information. Such tracking is done directly by the third parties through their own servers and is subject to their own privacy policies.

Controlling Your Privacy

You can change your browser settings to disable cookies if you have privacy concerns but note that disabling cookies may interfere with your use of some sites.

Consult your browser documentation for instructions on how to block cookies and other tracking mechanisms. 

Special Note About Google Advertising 

This website presents some advertising served by the Google Adsense platform.

Any advertisements served by Google Inc. and affiliated companies may be controlled using cookies. These cookies allow Google to display ads based on your visits to this site and other sites that use Google advertising services. Learn how to opt out of Google’s cookie usage. As mentioned above, any tracking done by Google through cookies and other mechanisms is subject to Google’s own privacy policies.

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.

We also use the plugin Akismet, which is an anti-spam service. Akismet collects information about visitors who comment on this website. The information collected typically includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself).

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

When visitors submit feedback via the contact form on the Contact us page of this website we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address.

This information is kept indefinitely for customer service purposes, but we do not use the information submitted for marketing purposes.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to save 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.

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

This site uses Google Analytics, which uses first-party cookies to report on visitor (aka. user) interactions.

Google Analytics also collects Internet Protocol (IP) addresses to provide and protect the security of the service and to give website owners a sense of which country, state, or city in the world their users come from (also known as “IP geolocation”).

Who we share your data with

We will not sell or share your personal information with third parties. If you enter your email address to receive updates from us then from time to time, we may contact you about new content, products, services or events that are relevant to your interests.

Visitor comments may also be checked through an automated spam detection service.

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 website, 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.

Contact information

If you would like to get in touch regarding privacy-specific concerns, please submit this via the Contact us page of this website.

How we protect your data

We make every effort to protect users’ data. This website uses best practice security practices and policies.

Data breach procedures

Any reported data breaches will be investigated immediately. If a breach has occurred, action will be taken to resolve the issue and affected users will be notified as soon as possible. Once resolved, an investigation and steps will be taken to ensure the breach cannot occur again.

Disclaimer: Amazon Associates

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.

Skies & Scopes is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.co.uk.