The basics

Technically Motivated is a free, publicly accessible, community-focused blog and social platform for reading and discussing tips, latest news, software reviews, informative articles and various other publications all centered around he topic of Technology, We believe technology should be easy to understand by everybody; and that everyone should be able to find information on whatever they want to know.

Use of Technically Motivated's website, located at https://www.technicallymotivated.com is completely free, and no account is required to read articles, or post comments on said articles where such options are available. Accounts may be required to access other services provided by Technically Motivated, such as our Forum, for which we may require the user to provide some personal data for the purposes of providing the service, and to allow a user's postings to be associated with tha user for the purposes of attributing credit and allowing the user to make changes to their submissions at a later ta, among other features.

The following constitutes our Privacy Policy, which explains the times we may collect personal data from our users and the purposes for that data. Should you have any questions, feel free to Contact Us.

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

We provide a simple contact form for contacting us via our Contact Us page, located at https://www.technicallymotivated.com/support/contact/ or under "Social" in our top navigation. This provides an equivalent function as sending us an email directly to webmaster@(our domain) and, as such, should be treated as equivalent for the purposes of user privacy.

As part of contacting us via this form, you are required to provide a name and email address. This is to allow an appropriate member of our team to reply back (via email) if we feel your query warrants a response from us. We may not always respond to all correspondence; and you can opt out of receiving a reply by simply requesting such in your message. We do not store these details on our servers; however, please remember that, as use of the contact form is equivalent to sending us an email, these details WILL be attached to any message you send and processed by our email provider.

Write for Technically Motivated

As part of our commitment to being the technology blog anyone can contribute to, Technically Motivated allow our users to write and submit their own articles for our consideration via our Write for Technically Motivated page, located at https://www.technicallymotivated.com/write-for-tm/ and also referred to as "Write for TM!" or "Try writing an article". These submissions are then screened and proofread by our Editors, who will ensure the suitability of the article content for our site; and minor alterations may be made to the original text for clarity and readability. If we deem a submission to be suitable for publication the article will then be posted to the site with credit to the original author, whose name appear in the article's "by" line.

In order to provide this service, when a user submits an article for our consideration, we collect the name and email address provided to us as part of the submission form. We collect these details to verify the submission was made by a legitimate person (as opposed to an automated service or spambot); and to be able to provide credit to the submitter should the article be approved and published. On rare occasions, we may use the email address provided to contact the submitter in relation to their submission.

When an article originally submitted through this process is published, the submitter's name (or the name provided by the submitter at the time of the original submission) will be used as the article's author and appear in the article's "by" line for the entire lifetime of that article being publicly visible on Technically Motivated. In the event an article submission is rejected by us, all details of the submission including any personal details will be immediately removed from our servers. In either case, your email address will not be retained.

Note: We accept pseudonyms as well as real names for article submissions. For this reason, we cannot verify a name that appears on an article is genuine. If you believe someone else has impersonated you in an article submission, feel free to contact us – we will consider any such claim on a case by case basis. If you have submitted an article yourself, but later wish to withdraw your name from the publication, we will not be able to consider your request without strong proof that you were the original rights-holder of the content.

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 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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

Our website uses Google Analytics to provide us with information on page visits, including how users come to visit our site, where they go while on there, and when and how they leave. We do not use this information to personally identify any of our users; and Google anonymises all requests as per their corporate Privacy Policy. However, should you object to your visits to our site being tracked in this way, you can opt out by installing the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on provided by Google. You can find this at: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

Who we share your data with

As part of our commitment to user privacy and ensuring Technically Motivated remains free and open to everyone, we do not and will never share or sell your personal data with anyone.

We may occasionally provide links to giveaways, promotions and other services from other companies or individuals, as part of an article or Forum Post. These services may be governed by their own Terms of Services and Privacy Policy (or that of the hosting party); and may not provide the same level of protections as us. Technically Motivated provides these links for informational purpose only; and does not have any affiliation with the individual(s), company or companies in question unless stated otherwise. You agree not to hold Technically Motivated liable for any and all activities that occur on sites linked to by us.

When you click a link that leads to these external sites, we may send the company a referral ID letting them know you came to them from us. This referral ID does not contain any personally identifying information.

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, Forum Posts and article submissions may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

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