Who We Are

At this point – there is no “We”.  “TOEFL Excellence” is a service of GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!, which is run by one person.  However – it is common, in “Legal Speak”, to use language that is anonymous, passive, and in-direct.  Therefore, I will use the same standards for this policy, with my own alterations and additions.

The website address is: https://toex.givemesomeenglish.com.  (But you should already know this, because you are reading this ON the same website.)

Comments

“We” do not allow anyone to make public comments on this site.  If we should ever decide to allow visitors to make public comments on this site – the software that this website is made with collects the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address & browser user agent string, in-order-to help with spam detection.  This is standard practice for ALL websites on the internet.

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.  (Gravatar is the name of a service created by a the same company that created the software used to make this website.)  The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here:  https://automattic.com/privacy/.  After approval of any comment – a profile picture is visible to the public in the context of the comment.

Media

“We” do not allow anyone to upload any media to this site.  However – If we should ever decide to allow visitors to do-so – it would still be advised that no one should upload any images that have embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included.  Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.  This is not because we “let” them – it is because that is the nature of how ALL websites on the internet work.

Cookies

As stated above – “We” do not allow visitors to leave comments on this site.  If we should ever decide to allow visitors to make comments on this site – and if someone were to leave a comment on our site – that person may opt-in to saving his or her name, email address, and website in “cookies”.  These are for the sake of convenience, so that one does not have to fill in his or her details again when he or she leaves another comment.  These “cookies” will last for one year.  This is not because we decided to do it this way.  It is because that is the way it has been set up by the makers of the software that was used to create this site – based upon the standard practices of ALL websites on the internet.

When a user of this site logs in to the site – the software that is used to create this site sets a temporary cookie to determine if that user’s browser accepts cookies.  This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when the user closes his or her browser.  This is true with literally every website on the planet.

If someone were to log-in – the software that was used to create this site would also set up several cookies to save that person’s log-in information and screen-display choices.  Log-in cookies last for two days, and screen-option cookies last for 1 year.  If one selects “Remember Me” when logging-in – that log-in will persist for two weeks.  If that user logs-out of his or her account – the log-in cookies will be removed.

If someone were to edit or publish an article (which is not possible, because there is only one person who publishes and edits articles on this site) – an additional cookie would be saved in that (non-existent) person’s browser.  This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article that was just edited.  That cookie, then, 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 that 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 one has an account and is logged in to that website.  This is just the that websites work.

Who We Share Your Data With

“We” do not share anyone’s data with anyone else.  If a user were to request a password reset – the software that was used to create this website will include that person’s IP address in the reset email.  This is so that he or she can verify that it was, in-fact, that person who requested the password reset, and not someone else.  Obviously – this is for that person’s protection.

How Long We Retain Your Data

“We” do not retain your data at all.  The heading above (which was suggested by the makers of the software that was used to create this website) implies that it is an intentional action, and that we “took” the data from someplace, and “put” that data somewhere else, for the purposes of “keeping” it for some reason.  This is not the reality of the situation.  The software that was used to create this website stores certain data automatically.  So ultimately it was the maker of this software who created that situation – but it was for the purposes of functionality, and not for any nefarious reasons.

If someone were to leave a comment (which is not allowed on this site) – that comment and its “metadata” would be retained indefinitely.  (But it isn’t, so it won’t be.)  This would be so that the software could recognize & approve any follow-up comments, automatically – instead-of holding them in a moderation queue.  This would also done automatically by the software used to create the website; not by “Us”.

For users who register on this website – the software used to create the website also stores the personal information they WILLINGLY provide in their user profile.  All users are able to see, edit, or delete their own personal information at any time – excluding their username, which can not be changed (this is due to the way the software works – not because of any decision by “Us”).  Website administrators can also see and edit that information.  However – the administrators of this site can NOT see any stored passwords, and there is NO credit card, PayPal, or Banking information of any kind stored on this site.

All data of any nature about the users of this site is provided WILLINGLY by the user.  It is not “taken” by “Us”.  “We” do not even find very many humans on this planet to be interesting enough to do such a thing.

What Rights You Have Over Your Data

If anyone has an account on this site – or if comments were allowed, and that person left a comment (which they can not) – that person can request to receive an exported file of the personal data that we the software that was used to create this website “holds” about the user (as described above) – including any data that you would have provided to “Us” WILLINGLY and intentionally.  Any user can also request that we erase any personal data that we the software used to create this site holds about that user.  This does not include any data that we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes (such as all that has been described so-far).

Where We Send Your Data

“We” do not send your data anywhere, or to anyone – ever.  Visitor comments (which are not possible on this site) could be checked through an automated spam detection service.  That is yet another thing that happens automatically by the software, and is not “done” by “Us”.  Once-again, this is something that is standard practice and is done by ALL websites on the internet.  It is not “done” because of some decision by the people in a business (except for the people in the business who created the software that was used to make this site – because of the decisions by yet other people that made it necessary for the makers of the software to make it that way…  All such decisions are and have-been made outside the purview of the makers of this site – referred to throughout this page as “We” or “Us”).

Have An Excellent Day!

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