Privacy policy

Email addresses

We only receive your email address when you voluntarily give it to us in one of the following ways:

  1. Via the Contact Form
  2. When you leave a comment underneath a post.
  3. When you subscribe to receive email updates when a new post is published or a new comment left.

In all cases, we keep your email address secure and will only use it to respond to you on the matter contained in the contact form or in the comment, or to send you the updates you have requested by subscribing. In the case of comments, we will only respond via email rather than via another comment under the blog post if the response contains personal information which it would be inappropriate to post in a public forum.

So the only time you will get emails from us is in response to your specific request, or where that’s the best way to help you while keeping your information secure.

Note that when you subscribe to receive blog posts or comments into your email inbox, you are also providing your email address to WordPress.com. They manage the blog subscription service for sites such as LKL that run on their software platform. You can unsubscribe from receiving those email updates at any time by following the link at the bottom of the email.

We will not forward your email address to any third party except with your express consent (other than as noted above in respect of subscriptions, or below in respect of spam detection).

We do not maintain a list of email addresses for mailshots. So if you want to receive periodic information about Korea-related events in London or elsewhere in the UK, please join the LKL Facebook Group or sign up for blog posts below:

Email subscription

I have read the privacy policy and want to receive email updates when a new post is published on this site

Comments

When you leave comments on this site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also your IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. That spam detection process may involve the data being may be checked through an automated third party service such as Akismet.

When you first leave a comment it is subject to moderation to protect against spam and inappropriate content. If you complete the email address field, that is used when you subsequently comment: the blog checks if you’ve had a comment approved before, and if so your subsequent comments get automatically approved. If you do not leave your email address, every comment you make will need to be separately approved.

While in general we respect your right to express your views freely and openly, we will not allow offensive or impolite material to be published on this site. Your comments may therefore be edited or completely deleted at our sole discretion.

Media

If as a contributor 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.

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.

Google ads

We use a third-party advertising company (Google) to serve ads when you visit our website. Google may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. The buzz-phrase for this is “interest-based advertising”. Interest-based advertising allows advertisers to show ads based on a your previous interactions with them, such as visits to advertiser website and also to reach users based on their interests (e.g. “sports enthusiast”). To develop interest categories, Google will recognize the types of web pages you visit throughout the Google content network. As an example, if you visit a number of sports pages, Google will add you to the “sports enthusiast” interest category.

The data they use is gleaned from cookies – the DoubleClick DART cookie. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having Google use this information, click here.

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 you had 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.

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.

You can contact us via the contact form.

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