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Privacy is an essential right of every ape and transparency is a core value for our democracies. This page was created to answer your most common questions about the data we collect and the privacy on our website: http://talkingwithapes.com

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Our team at Talking With Apes values your privacy and we take data protection very seriously. However we also want to provide you with an interactive experience and thus we have to collect a minimum of data and cookies to provide you with the full experience.

How we protect your data

Our site is fully encrypted so no one can see what you are doing on our site.

Who we share your data with

Your data is yours. We value your privacy and want to stay independent. This is why we will not share your personal information with any third parties. Be aware however that your comments will be visible on the site.


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: https://automattic.com/privacy/. 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 & newsletter

When you fill in the contact form you may opt into subscribing to the newsletter. If you do we will collect your name, email address and year of birth and also your IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. The same applies when you subscribe to our newsletter directly. Once you are subscribed to our newsletter we will keep your data to provide this service to you until you tell us to delete your data and unsubscribe from our newsletter. You can do this by sending us an email.

If you don’t wish to subscribe to our newsletter we will not store your any data given to us via contact form longer than it takes to answer your question or help you with your request.


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 visit our login page, 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.


We currently do not use any analytics.

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.

Also see the section on contact forms & newsletter for information specific to these.

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.

Any further questions about your data?

Feel free to send us an email: talkingwithapes@gmail.com