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Privacy, a Disappearing Commodity

We live in an increasingly interconnected world. The moment we go online, whether it is through the antiquated desktop, the stylish laptop, or the ubiquitous smartphone, we tacitly provide information to the sites we visit, whether we know of any data-collection taking place.

In fact, your every move has been tracked the moment you step onto the streets, since facial recognition technology is no longer the stuff of science fiction. Paranoid? Go hide in a cave.

And since we’re online 24/7 through our smartphones, I must say that we’re supplying more information about ourselves than any other time in the history of mankind.

As a website, Top 5 Gifts (https://top5gifts.xyz) is no different from any other site on the internet.

This Privacy Policy document will outline the different types of information that are collected and recorded by Top 5 Gifts (https://top5gifts.xyz) and how we use them.

First, the Log Files

First things first, what are log files?

Log files are files that log visitors when they visit websites. All hosting companies do this and this is an industry-wide practice with regard to data analytics.

And since Top 5 Gifts (https://top5gifts.xyz) is hosted on a rather cool webhost, you can trust that we (or rather the webhost) will follow a standard procedure while using log files.

The information collected by log files include internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), date and time stamp, referring/exit pages, and possibly the number of clicks.

As we can see, none of the aforementioned information is personally identifiable (unless of course your identity is tagged to any of the above).

The purpose of the information is for analysing trends, administering the site, tracking users’ movement on the website, and gathering demographic information.

(Inedible) Cookies and Web Beacons (of Hope)

In normal day-to-day existence, cookies are what we put into our mouths. But in the internet worlds, cookies are used to store information including visitors’ preferences, and the pages on the website that the visitor has accessed or visited.

The information is used to optimise the user’s experience by customising web page content based on a visitor’s browser type and other information relevant to his or her surfing history.

Because I have explained so much, you can surmise that Top 5 Gifts (https://top5gifts.xyz) uses cookies, just like any other website on the internet.

DoubleClick DART Cookie

As a website created by a lone wolf, Top 5 Gifts (https://top5gifts.xyz) has very few third-party vendors.

Google is one of the very few third-party vendors on this site. As the biggest tech giant around, I can hardly ignore the existence of this miraculous entity that has its beginnings in my youth.

Anyway, Google uses cookies, known as DART cookies, to serve ads to our site visitors based upon their visit to Top 5 Gifts (https://top5gifts.xyz) and other sites on the internet.

Visitors may choose to decline the use of DART cookies by visiting the Google ad and content network Privacy Policy at the following URL: https://policies.google.com/technologies/ads.

If You Leave a Comment

All websites function on some kind of interaction. Due to the nature of this Top 5 Gifts (https://top5gifts.xyz) website, some form of intercourse – not sexual intercourse – is to be expected.

Do check the actual meaning of the word ‘intercourse’ if you don’t understand.

If you leave a comment, your comment will naturally be collected. That goes without saying – only a moron won’t understand that.

But what goes with saying is that your IP address and browser user agent string will also be tagged to help spam detection.

For Gravatar Users

If you are using Gravatar to comment on Top 5 Gifts (https://top5gifts.xyz), 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 we (I) approve of your comment, your profile picture will be made visible to the public in the context of your comment. So if you don’t want your face to be shown, don’t comment using the Gravatar service.

Comment Cookies

If you leave a comment on the Top 5 Gifts (https://top5gifts.xyz) website, 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 Log In to Our Site

If you have an account and you log in to this Top 5 Gifts (https://top5gifts.xyz) website, 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.

Data-Related Issues

If you leave a comment on the Top 5 Gifts (https://top5gifts.xyz) website, 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 Top 5 Gifts (https://top5gifts.xyz) website, 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

There are many assholes around in the world who won’t think about spamming this or any other website with useless comments, insults and shameless backlinks that do not – in any way – add value to your surfing experience.

Of course, I don’t assume you to be one of these useless scumbags.

To prevent this website from getting bogged down by worthless spams, many of your comments will be checked through an automated spam detection service.

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.

Our Advertising Partners

Some of the advertisers on our site may use cookies and web beacons.

Third-party ad servers or ad networks use technologies like cookies, JavaScript, or Web Beacons that are used in their respective advertisements and links that appear on Top 5 Gifts (https://top5gifts.xyz), which are sent directly to the user’s browser.

They automatically receive your IP address when this occurs. These technologies are used to measure the effectiveness of their advertising campaigns and to personalise advertising content you see on websites you visit.

Top 5 Gifts (https://top5gifts.xyz) is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

To read Amazon’s Privacy Policy, click here.

Kiddie Protection

Another priority of ours is adding protection for children who use the internet. We encourage parents and guardians to observe, participate in, monitor and guide their online activity.

Top 5 Gifts (https://top5gifts.xyz) does not knowingly collect any personally-identifiable information from children under the age of 13.

If you think that your child has provided this kind of information on our website, we strongly encourage you to contact us immediately and we will remove such information from our records.

(But seriously, that should be the least of your worries. If they have provided their information to us without your knowing, one wonders who or what they have provided to websites of a more disputable nature.)

Online Privacy Policy Only

This privacy policy applies only to our online activities and is valid for visitors to our website with regard to the information that they have shared on Top 5 Gifts (https://top5gifts.xyz). This policy is not applicable to any information collected offline or via channels other than this website.

Consent

Well, you’ve pored over a rather lengthy online document. The fact that you’re still hanging around Top 5 Gifts (https://top5gifts.xyz) means that you consent to our Privacy Policy and agree to its Terms and Conditions.

If you have additional questions or require more information about our Privacy Policy, do not hesitate to contact us (me) through our(my) contact form here.

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