Effective Date: July 26th, 2023


Welcome to WinterBiking.ca! This Privacy Policy outlines how we collect, use, and safeguard your personal data when you visit our website. By accessing and using our website, you consent to the practices described in this policy.

Information We Collect:

When you visit WinterBiking.ca, we may collect certain data from you:

  1. Comments: When you leave a comment on our site, we collect the data entered in the comments form, your IP address, and browser user agent string. This information helps us identify and prevent spam.

  2. Gravatar: If you use Gravatar, an anonymized string (hash) created from your email address may be provided to the Gravatar service to check if you have a profile picture associated with it. Upon comment approval, your profile picture will be visible to the public alongside your comment.

  3. Media: If you upload images to our website, please avoid including embedded location data (EXIF GPS), as visitors may download and extract this information from the images.

  4. Cookies: We use cookies for a better user experience. If you leave a comment, you have the option to save your name, email address, and website in cookies for future convenience. These cookies will last for one year. Additionally, when you visit our login page, a temporary cookie is set to check if your browser accepts cookies. This temporary cookie does not contain any personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we set cookies to save your login information and screen display choices. Login cookies remain active for two days, while screen options cookies last for a year. Choosing “Remember Me” will keep your login information for two weeks, and logging out will remove the login cookies. An additional cookie will be saved in your browser when you edit or publish an article, containing no personal data and only indicating the post ID of the edited article. This cookie expires after 1 day.

Embedded Content from Other Websites:

Articles on our site may include embedded content (e.g., videos, images, articles) from other websites. Embedded content behaves similarly to when you visit the source website. These external websites may collect data, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in on their website.

Data Sharing:

If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email to enhance security.

Data Retention:

Comments and their metadata are retained indefinitely to facilitate automatic recognition and approval of follow-up comments, avoiding the need for moderation.

For registered users, we store the personal information provided in their user profile. All users have the ability to view, edit, or delete their personal information (with the exception of the username). Website administrators also have access to this information for management purposes.

Your Data Rights:

If you have an account on our site or have left comments, you may request an exported file containing the personal data we hold about you, including any information you have provided. You also have the right to request the erasure of your personal data, except for data we are required to retain for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Data Transmission:

Visitor comments may undergo automated spam detection through a service we utilize to ensure the security and integrity of our website.

Contact Us:

If you have any questions or concerns about our privacy practices, please contact us.

Updates to This Policy:

We may update this Privacy Policy from time to time. Please review it periodically for any changes.