The following documentation explains when, how and why the administration and owners of Damsel magazine ( would collect and/or use personal data and what is done with it afterward.

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.

Comments may, or may not, be allowed on any particular article. When comments are allowed, they are moderated by site admin to exclude profanity and spam. Unapproved comments are deleted and expunged during cache refreshes. Approved comments remain visible to the public until admin decides to delete them or the associated article (which would remove associated comments). Again, deleted comments and data associated with them are removed from servers during cyclical cache refreshes, typically done on a daily basis.


If and when Damsel admin permits uploading of 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. Credit will be given when provided by the individual uploading the media.

Images and other media inserted into articles or uploaded to the Damsel site by Damsel admin and/or owners will have appropriate credit to original creators when such information is available.

Contact forms


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


Who we share your data with

Visitor data is tracked by Google Analytics for reporting purposes and to allow Damsel admin and owners to learn more about our target demographics to better serve them. No personal data is knowingly or intentionally rented out, sold, or shared by Damsel admin or owners.

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 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 may be checked through an automated spam detection service. Visitor IP addresses are caught by Google Analytics to determine user location and site interest. Damsel does not see the IP address or personal data, only the pages viewed, location viewed from (i.e. United States, etc.) and duration of stay on the website.

Your contact information

Visitors contacting admin through the contact form are providing personal information so Damsel can provide a reply if necessary. No data submitted through the contact form is shared publicly. If and when a user chooses to share personal information in the comments section, and such comment is approved by the moderators, the user has taken it upon his or herself to share such information with the public. To delete such information, the user must request admin delete the comment.

Additional information

How we protect your data

Data is stored on an external, offsite server managed by Linode. Admin does not access or view data outside of comments and contact forms.

What third parties we receive data from

Google Analytics tracks visitor IP addresses, duration of site visit, pages visited, and location viewed from and reports this information to Damsel for demographic tracking purposes. Damsel uses this data to tailor content to the audience that frequents the website.