Privacy Policy

Who we are–This blog grew out of my “spasmodical” e-zine called Ernstraud Magazine. Articles appear Tuesdays and Fridays. Subscribers receive email notices of articles as they are published. –Kent V. Busse, J.D., solopreneur

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on this site, WordPress collects 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: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment. (This paragraph refers to a function of WordPress.)


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

Contact forms

You leave your email address when you upload a post or a comment, enabling you to follow (subscribe to) the thread. Subscribing to the blog using the subscription form triggers an email to you where you have to click a button to opt in to receiving further notices. In either case, we may send you occasional notifications, messages, or surveys to accomplish the mission of this blog.


If you leave a comment on this site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies on your computer. 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.

Currently there are no log-in accounts on this site.

Embedded content from other websites

This site includes links to articles within the site and to external references. Clicking a link to an external source takes you out of the control of this site.

Articles on this site could in the future 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.


Google Analytics, if used on any pages, record bulk statistics rather than personally identifiable data. The site currently collects bulk statistics using WordPress Jetpack.

Data sharing

This site does not share data.

Retaining your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely by WordPress. This helps to recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

Your rights over your data

See “COOKIES” and “RETAINING YOUR DATA” above if you leave comments.

See “YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION” below if you use the bog subscription form.

Sending your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service (Akismet).

Your contact information

The information, if any, that you supply on the blog subscription form (name, email address, and email frequency) is stored indefinitely at ConvertKit for sending you notices of blog posts. None of the information is shared in any way. There is no affiliate marketing. Each email to you allows you to unsubscribe or change your name and email address information. To change the email frequency, or to have your subscription information permanently purged, please reply to one of the emailed notices from this site.

Additional information

The following headings are in the WordPress template and are not applicable to the site at this time (June 2020).

  • How we protect your data
  • What data breach procedures we have in place
  • What third parties we receive data from
  • What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data
  • Industry regulatory disclosure requirements
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