KNOTTY.EARTH takes privacy & security seriously. When you use this website, different types of data are collected for different reasons. Here is an explanation of the data collected and how that data is stored & used. While this site is not governed by it, KNOTTY.EARTH believes in & implements many aspects of the General Data Protection Regulation.
Which Data Is Collected
When you use this website, different types of data are collected for different reasons.
Some is data you provide – for example, when you leave a comment or use the contact form.
Some data is collected automatically to help secure this site. This data is used for things like blocking spam, moderating comments, and preventing unwanted logins.
Some data is collected automatically to help improve this site. This data includes things like what URL a visitor is referred by, what pages they view, which links they click, and what keywords are searched.
Some data is collected by 3rd parties used to deliver content – YouTube and Facebook are examples.
Some data is considered ‘personally identifiable’. On this site, personally identifiable data are your name, email address, and IP address.
Some data is not personally identifiable. This is generally technical info about your browser, operating system, and which pages are viewed
How Data Is Secured
KNOTTY.EARTH is powered by WordPress and served on Flywheel. A combination of WordPress & Flywheel features, along with standard Internet protocols & additional measures help keep this site & your data secure.
As a policy, KNOTTY.EARTH only collects the data needed to respond to inquiries, to keep this site secure, and to deliver content. Data is not collected or aggregated in any way that’s meant to personally identify individual site visitors.
KNOTTY.EARTH does not sell or share any personal information – such as your email address – with 3rd parties.
KNOTTY.EARTH treats all data as confidential. This site does not allow visitors to register or have user accounts. Access to data is strictly limited to a small number of people.
WordPress core software is inherently secure and audited regularly by hundreds of developers. A big part of securing this site is ensuring this site’s instance of WordPress is routinely updated.
Many of this site’s features are built using plugins that extend WordPress core. This site uses only plugins that are known to be performant, secure, and actively maintained.
Flywheel & this site are fully encrypted – meaning data is secure both in transit and while at rest (in storage).
Flywheel provides several layers of security at the server level. This site is actively monitored for and protected from things like malware, spam bots, and unauthorized logins.
More information about security on Flywheel is available here:
KNOTTY.EARTH uses Google Analytics, Google reCaptcha, and Google Fonts. These services are provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043,
The Google terms of service is available here:
KNOTTY.EARTH uses Google Analytics to understand how visitors arrive at and interact with this site.
Google Analytics uses ‘cookies’ – small text files that are stored on your computer. Data generated by the cookie is usually sent to a Google server in the USA and stored there.
Every major web browser provides ways to manage & block cookies and you can learn more here:
Alternatively you can stop Google Analytics tracking across all sites – including this one – by installing the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Addon available here:
Alternatively, you can opt-out of Google Analytics for this site only by clicking this link:Opt out of Google Analytics for this site
Google Analytics cookies are stored based on Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO. KNOTTY.EARTH has a legitimate interest in analyzing user behavior to optimize this site & the content delivered.
KNOTTY.EARTH uses Google reCaptcha to protect against automated attacks through the comment, contact, and subscription forms.
To do this, Google reCaptcha begins its analysis as soon as a visitor enters this site. Google reCaptcha analyzes information such as IP address, how long a visitor has been on the site, and mouse movements to help identify abusive behavior. As part of this service, data is forwarded to Google.
This analysis happens in the background and you may not be aware it’s happening – though there is a disclaimer on the site footer which is visible on all pages.
Data processing is based on Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO. KNOTTY.EARTH has a legitimate interest in protecting this site from abusive automated crawling and spam.
KNOTTY.EARTH uses Google Fonts to create a uniform and attractive website.
When you visit a page on this site, your web browser checks if you already have the needed fonts installed on your computer or stored in your browser’s cache. If so, those files are used. If not, the font files are downloaded and stored in your browser’s cache. This helps pages display quickly and correctly. For this to happen, your browser establishes a direct connection to Google servers. In this way, Google becomes aware that a page on this site was accessed via your IP address.
Not all browsers support web fonts and there are options for preventing web fonts from loading. In these cases, a standard font installed on your computer is used and no connection to Google is made.
The Google Fonts API is designed to limit the collection, storage, and use of end-user data to what is needed to serve fonts efficiently. Use of Google Fonts is unauthenticated. No cookies are sent by website visitors to the Google Fonts API. Requests to the Google Fonts API are made to resource-specific domains, such as
The use of Google Fonts is based on Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO. KNOTTY.EARTH has a legitimate interest in the uniform and attractive presentation of this site.
More information about the Google Font API and privacy is available here:
KNOTTY.EARTH 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.
When you click an Amazon link, KNOTTY.EARTH may earn a small advertising fee to help offset the cost of maintaining this site. This affiliation does not impact which products or vendors KNOTTY.EARTH recommends.
KNOTTY.EARTH uses embedded content from several popular platforms. Embedded content behaves the same way as it does on its native platform. Each of these platforms is governed by their own terms of service and privacy policies.
These services do collect data about you – for example, if you watch an embedded video, YouTube will check if you are signed in to apply your preferences and deliver advertising.
This site displays content from its Facebook page. If you interact with this content, your IP address is sent to Facebook servers. No cookies are used. This is necessary for actions such as ‘Like’, ‘Follow’, and ‘Share’.
The Facebook data policy is available here:
The Facebook terms of service is available here:
This site uses the Twitter API to display Tweets. If you interact with a Tweet, your IP address is sent to Twitter servers. No cookies are used. This is necessary for actions such as ‘Follow’ and ‘Retweet’.
The Twitter terms of service is available here:
This site has embedded YouTube videos. When you play a video, your IP address is sent to YouTube. If you’re signed in, YouTube will use the data they have about you to deliver in-video advertisements and suggested videos. No cookies are used.
The YouTube community policies are available here:
The YouTube terms of service is available here:
When you use this site’s contact form, you are providing personally identifiable information – specifically your name & email address.
When you submit the contact form, your information is stored on this site and forwarded to Google Gmail. Your data is encrypted & secured both during transit and once we receive it.
Administrative access for this site and the services used is strictly limited – only a small number of people have the ability to read and reply to your contact.
Contact form submissions are retained indefinitely. KNOTTY.EARTH will never use the email address you provide on the contact form to solicit you in any way. KNOTTY.EARTH will never share the data collected from the Contact form with 3rd parties.
When you leave a comment on this site, your screen name, email address, IP address, and browser user agent string are collected. This data is retained indefinitely and is used to automatically block spam and moderate comments.
When you leave a comment, an anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) is provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. If so, your Gravatar picture will be used and visible to the public in the context of your comment.
When you leave a comment on this site you can opt-in to saving your screen name and email address in cookies. These cookies are for your convenience – they automatically fill in your details each time you comment. These cookies last for one year and can be cleared via your browser at any time.
Request Your Data
You have the right to know which data this site stores and to receive a free copy in electronic format.
Your data is associated with your email address. If you’ve used more than one address on this site, please submit a separate request for each.
Request to be Forgotten
You have the right to be forgotten and to have your data erased (except information KNOTTY.EARTH required by law to keep, which is nothing).
Your information is associated with your email address. If you’ve used more than one address on this site, please submit a separate request for each.