May 31, 2018

Privacy Policy

Filed under: by Branko Collin @ 2:10 pm

Who we are

24 Oranges is a website that publishes articles and opinions. Our website address is:

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, to contact you if we need a clarification and to enable you to discuss our articles.

An anonymised string created from your email address, also called a hash, may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. In the future, we may use this to display your profile picture near your comment (after approval of your comment).

Gravatar’s privacy policy:

When you subscribe to comments or posts, we collect and store your e-mail address and IP number.


If you are a guest writer and upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images that include embedded location data (EXIF GPS), as website visitors can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

When you contact us, we collect and store a name, an e-mail address, a URL and your message. You don’t have to send us these data. We will keep these data offline as source materials for our stories.


If you leave a comment on our site, you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. Cookies 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 one day.

Logging in

Former and current guest writers have accounts on the website. These include a name, an e-mail address and a password hash. We need these data so that stories can be published under the authors’ names.

When you attempt to log in without having an account on our website (i.e. if you are a hacker or computer criminal), we collect the IP number, username, e-mail address, and time and date of your attempt. We do this to prevent further hacking attempts.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this website 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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

It is not possible to exhaustively list every website we may embed content from. However, in the past, we have embedded content from YouTube and Vimeo.

YouTube’s privacy statement:

Vimeo’s privacy statement:

Advertisers may be able to read your IP address because advertisements are hosted externally.

If you are logged into Facebook while visiting our site, Facebook will collect its own data through our Like Box.

Facebook’s privacy policy:


Who we share your data with

We currently make use of Google Analytics and Analytics. As well, our hosting provider records your IP address, time of visit, and the page your requested, which is standard practice.

Google’s privacy policy:’s privacy policy:

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. Your comments are part of the discussion on this website, and we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users who are registered on our website (editors and guest writers), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see their personal information at any time. Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

We will keep subscription data for the duration of your subscription. Subscription data may remain in backups, which we keep for longer.

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 have about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we have about you that is not required to identify you as an author of articles or comments. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments and Mail-a-friend requests are checked through the automated spam detection service Akismet.

Akismet’s privacy policy:

Your contact information

You can contact us using the contact link shown in the main menu of this site.

Additional information

How we protect your data

Your data are stored only on the web server and in back-ups. These are not made available to anyone except the services outlined in this document or parties that we are legally required to share those data with. For security reasons we cannot not tell you where we store our back-ups, conform article 32 of the GDPR.

We actively discourage spamming and hacking attempts as outlined above.

What data breach procedures we have in place

If data is breached through our website or through any of the external services we use (e.g. spam filters, analytics), we will inform you through our website. We may first make sure that any breaches have been plugged before we inform you.

What third parties we receive data from

We do not receive personal data from any third parties.

What automated decision-making and/or profiling we do with user data

We do not make use of automated decision-making and/or profiling based on user data.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

We are unaware of any industry regulatory disclosure requirements pertaining to us.

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