Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is http://themissingandthelost.com. For further information on who we are, please take a look at our About Us page. You can find the page, here.

TMTL team want the privacy of our followers, visitors and guests of the site to be kept private. We don’t want your visit to the site to be a negative experience as you are here to read true crime stories which we hope you will help us spread awareness.

We want you to feel secure that any details of yours are kept safe and secure. So much so, that the TMTL owner has doubled up on internet security for the site to ensure the site is secure as possible.

As you may be aware under the new GDPR Law that was introduced in May 2018 we have an obligation to advise you of the personal information that is collected or that you provide to us is kept secure.

We have done a lot of research (well Nicole has!) on data protection. Nicole has over 10+ years experience in Human Resources a big chunk of which she spent researching Employment Law. In 2018 it was Nicole’s job to look at the personal information held in files, online and in general within the business she worked in so she has a working knowledge of GDPR.

Nicole introduced this page to ensure that the followers, visitors and guest posters on the site knew their rights, knew what data we collect and why we collect it.

The use of any personal data is to improve the visiting experience of the visitors to our site. By using this website, you agree to the collection and use of information under this privacy policy.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site, we receive 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.

Voluntary Information

While you are visiting TMTL site, there may be an opportunity for you to leave comments (as mentioned above) or to subscribe to our email communications whether it be in the form of a newsletter, email update on new TMTL posts or updated news from TMTL team.

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the site can download and extract any location data from pictures on the website.

Contact forms

We use a submission form where visitors to our sites can leave suggestions on future cases. For the structure, we ask for specific personal information such as name and email addresses to contact the individual about the case. Your data will not be sent to third parties or used in any other way other than to contact you about the case you want to be covered. If you are approached by any member of the team out with this, please contact the owner of The Missing & The Lost, Nicole. You can reach her, here.

Newsletters

At the time of writing (March 2019) we do not have a newsletter. However, we include this section under the pretense that we may add a newsletter for our followers in the future.

By choosing to subscribe to TMTL providing your first name and email address, this personal information may be used to contact you with notifications, monthly newsletters, case updates, or updates from TMTL team and website.

At present we use MailChimp as our marketing automation platform. By subscribing through our MailChimp sign-up form, you are acknowledging that the information you provide will be transferred to MailChimp for processing by their Privacy Policy which you can find, here. You will also be agreeing to their Terms, which you can see here.  Your email address will never be used or passed on to any third party for any other purpose than what has been specified.

TMTL team is committed to ensuring your email address will not be used to spam you, send you unsolicited marketing emails or passed on to any third parties for them to spam you or send you unsolicited marketing emails.

We take pride in the cases we research and cover and are over the moon that our readers want to keep up to date with the articles and cases we post. We work hard, and as followers of blogs ourselves, we hate spam to the point where the owner of TMTL website, Nicole changes her email address if the spam gets out of control.

Any communication sent to our readers, followers, guest posters from TMTL will provide you with clear links to update your preferences for email communications and unsubscribe from further emails should you feel inclined. We will, of course, miss you, but we won’t take it personally!

You will find a link to unsubscribe from TMTL site on all footer sections of emails we send you.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site, you may opt-in to save 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 continue 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 indicates the post ID of the item you just edited. It expires after one day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Integrated material from other websites behaves in the same way as if the visitor has visited the other site.

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.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are maintained 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 view 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 information we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also ask that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any information 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, Askimet.