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This Privacy Policy outlines the information and policies we collect from you when you interact with shayspeare.com (“This Site”). Currently at This Site, manual user registration is disabled and is not available to the general public to use. In some cases, part of your identifying data may still be collected and stored in our database system


When you leave comments on This Site, data shown in the comments form is collected, and also your 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.

Social Login

You agree to the terms to sign in to your social accounts using the connectors we provide on This Site.

What is a social login?

Social login is a form of sign-on that uses existing login information from a social-networking service such as Facebook, Google or Twitter  to sign in to a third-party website (in this case, The Site) instead of creating a new login account specifically for that website. It is designed to simplify logins.

Why does The Site offer social login?

Social login makes it easier for you to log in and connect with other people on This Site without directly providing your personal information to us. It utilizes the existing account information you provided to the social sites to sign into This Site. When you choose to use social login, you will link your account on The Site with a third-party social networking site. These social networking sites verify your identity, allow you to log in to The Site and share personal information you allow us to collect.

What information do the social-networking sites collect or use?

Third-party social networking sites gather information when you visit This Site so they can personalize your experience on their sites, and they might target ads based on the information they collect about your use on our site. Social networking sites also may notify your connections about your use of our site.

What information does The Site collect when I use social login?

When you choose social login, you will be asked to agree to the terms of the information the social networking sites may share with us. If you confirm, we will collect your information as per the social login connector you choose to connect to. The information that will be collected is presented on the screen, including but not restricted to email address, first name & last name, gender, birth date (month and year), place and photo. We do not store and use the names of your friends or followers even if they are given to us by a social login service in the login process.

You can control what data you would like to make public and share through the privacy controls and settings on some third-party social-networking sites. We encourage you to review the privacy policies and terms of use on these third-party social networking sites and to explore how to customize your privacy settings.

How does The Site use the data it collects when I use social login?

We will use the information we are allowed to collect from your social networking sites to repopulate some data fields on your account and profile pages. For example, your avatar used on your social networking sites will be used on The Site as your profile picture.

  • Your email address will be used to send you newsletters and other communications if you opt in for them
  • Your name and photo will be displayed on your public profile page and next to any reviews or comments you post on our site
  • Your gender, birth date, and location information will not be publicly displayed on our site but may be used for aggregate demographic reporting so we can better understand our users and improve the user experience on our site
  • We may also use your gender, birth date, or location information to send you targeted newsletters and communications and to display certain content based on what other users similar to you like on our site


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.


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 at most.

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 log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

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.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

We also store the personal information your provide in your user profile and this form of data is retained indefinitely. You may be registered into our user system with your name and email address so each commenter is uniquely recognized. Website administrators can also see and edit your information.

What rights you have over your data

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 may also request to have your user data removed at any time. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

However, it will not stop the system from collecting your data when you interact with This Site again.

Last updated in 2021