Privacy Policy Statement

With regard to Europe updating its new privacy laws effective May 25, 2018, the following is my privacy policy statement. It has been created to the best of my ability and will be updated as awareness of new information becomes available and changes occur.

While those of us with websites in the United States are not directly affected, it is important to me to comply with Europe’s laws for my followers and those visitors I have in Europe.


Source: “Plain Talk and Ordinary Wisdom” WordPress site

Updated September 5, 2018

Who we are

Website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


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: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


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

Information collected from contact forms (name, email addresses, website and comment text) is for internal review only, as well as providing a way for visitors to communicate with us privately without having to subscribe or post a comment. Contact form submissions are a service to visitors or subscribers and for feedback purposes only and deleted accordingly after review. The information submitted through them is never used for marketing purposes


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 subscribed 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.), though very sparingly. 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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Google Analytics is used to collect anonymous analytics data via WordPress plugin MonsterInsights: and

I have uploaded on my browser the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add On tool. For more information, see

Who we share your data with

Our site is not currently set up to receive money for products or services. There are pages with links provided to direct interested visitors to other sites for which I have products available for purchase. My https:// site has a SSL certificate mainly for security in lieu of business purposes.

Posts in this website are publicized in social media and may be considered as third party service providers that have their own privacy policies. The following are social media platforms where links to new posts are shared:

Plain Talk and Ordinary Wisdom Facebook Page – (Privacy Policy– Facebook)
My Google+ Profile, – (Privacy Policy – Google+)
Google+ Plain Talk and Ordinary Wisdom Page  – (Privacy Policy – Google+)
Plain Talk and Ordinary Wisdom Tumblr Page – (Privacy Policy – Tumblr)
Twitter Profile – (Privacy Policy – Twitter)
LinkedIn Posts – (Privacy Policy – LinkedIn)
Pinterest – (Privacy Policy – Pinterest)

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 subscribed to 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

Information collected on this site is stored with my host (Hostgator) and site (WordPress) both of which have updated their privacy policies to comply with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations). Visitor comments may also be checked through an automated spam detection service such as noted below in How We Protect Your Data.

Your Contact information

My name is Pat Ruppel and I am the Blogger and Administrator of “Plain Talk and Ordinary Wisdom”. If you have any specific privacy concerns, please contact us through any of the options listed below.

Email address: or

Additional information

How we protect your data

At this site we protect your data via Akismet, a product of Automattic. Here is Automattic’s privacy policy link:

Visitor activity is also checked by SiteLock, a spam detection service. SiteLock’s privacy policy is at

What data breach procedures we have in place

None at this time

what third parties we receive data from

Not applicable

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

Comments and/or via contact forms are a service to our visitors or subscribers and for feedback purposes only and deleted accordingly after review. The information submitted through them is never used for marketing nor profiling purposes.

industry regulatory disclosure requirements

Not applicable

Plugin: Smush

Note: Smush does not interact with end users on your website. The only input option Smush has is to a newsletter subscription for site admins only. If you would like to notify your users of this in your privacy policy, you can use the information below.

Smush sends images to the WPMU DEV servers to optimize them for web use. This includes the transfer of EXIF data. The EXIF data will either be stripped or returned as it is. It is not stored on the WPMU DEV servers.

Smush uses the Stackpath Content Delivery Network (CDN). Stackpath may store web log information of site visitors, including IPs, UA, referrer, Location and ISP info of site visitors for 7 days. Files and images served by the CDN may be stored and served from countries other than your own. Stackpath’s privacy policy can be found here.

Smush uses a third-party email service (Drip) to send informational emails to the site administrator. The administrator’s email address is sent to Drip and a cookie is set by the service. Only administrator information is collected by Drip.

Source: Really Simple SSL

Really Simple SSL and Really Simple SSL add-ons do not process any personal identifiable information, so the GDPR does not apply to these plugins or usage of these plugins on your website. You can find our privacy policy here.

Source: Akismet

We collect information about visitors who comment on Sites that use our Akismet anti-spam service. The information we collect depends on how the User sets up Akismet for the Site, but 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).


Privacy Policy original effective date: May 25, 2018

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