Privacy Policy

Aight, this is the legalese mumbo jumbo we all know and hate. TL;DR: we don’t do sketchy stuff with your data, we only collect what’s necessary and don’t sell it to any third party. Most of the time you remain completely anonymous to us.

Who we are

Our website address is: https://useguard.com. We also own https://privacyreader.useguard.com.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Training data

If you play our experiment located at https://privacyreader.useguard.com/play, we anonymously collect the result each pair match. We do not collect or store any data that will link this data to your identity. Optionally, we ask for you to provide some demographics and personal data, and this is stored independently from the rest of the data we collect, and it’s used only to ensure we’re ethically training the AI by not having any significant bias in the data we feed it. Some of this aggregated data (like the percentage of male vs female generated data) might be public at https://privacyreader.useguard.com/open, but that’s never personally identifiable data.

At all times, we anonymize the data we gather and handle it in the most ethical way possible, usually in its aggregated form and not as individual data points.

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 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.

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

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 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.

Analytics

Right now we’re using the infamous Google Analytics to measure the health of our website. Not having any analytics would make us blind. Google Analytics’ privacy policy applies. If you have any tracker blocker, such as UBlock Origin, you should be good and no data will be collected. We don’t send any kind of personally-identifiable event, though. We know GA is not the best option to track web usage, but it’s the only one that’s free and easy enough to use we’ve found so far. If you know of any better service we might use, please reach us at hi@useguard.com

Who we share your data with

Nobody.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment or take the test, the data and its metadata are retained indefinitely. In the case of comments, this is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue; in the case of the experiment’s data, it’s for science (we never know when we will have to rethink our hypotheses and have another look at the data)

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.