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Koulutus ja konsultointipalvelu KK Mediat, later on Service Provider or We or Us, is committed to respecting Your personal information and protecting the privacy of all individuals who use stampcollectingblog.com (later on Service). This page outlines how We collect and handle information you provide with us and our partners when visiting and using the Service.

EU (European Union) ePrivacy Directive 2002/58/EC obliges us to inform that our website uses cookies (small text files that are stored and read by your browser every time you visit our site) and other similar technologies. These cookies are used to remember/identify your login as well as for other functional purposes. No cookies are set for unregistered visitors.

In addition we collect statistics about your use of this site. No information about your use of this site is shared with third parties.

Please note that by continuing to access and use the Service, it shall be construed that you have agreed to the terms of this Privacy Policy.

Why we collect information about You and Your use of service?

The below information is collected for a)statistical purposes, b) maintenance purposes, and c) functional purposes.

The information we collect helps us to build and maintain a Service that functions on devices that You and other readers use.

The information we collect helps us track what kind of contents is popular and what is not. Based on this information we can produce new articles and advertising on topics that interest majority of our readers.

The information we collect helps us to provide faster and better service. For example by knowing from which geographical you are from, we can sometimes serve some or all of our content from location near you.

How We Protect Your Privacy?

Your data will be treated in accordance with relevant European Union and Finland legal provisions. Your information will not be disclosed to anyone outside of Service Provider without your consent with following exceptions:

a) We may publish general statistics about the usage of website, such as the number of visitors per day/week/month; number of visitors by country etc.

b) We may share generalized information about site visitor patterns with partners or other parties in such a way that individual visitors can never be identified.

We reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable information if we believe in good faith that an applicable law, regulation, or legal process requires it, or when we believe disclosure is necessary to protect or enforce our rights or the rights of another user.

We will use reasonable efforts to comply with this Privacy Policy and will take prompt corrective action when we learn of any failure to comply with it.

You have the legal right to request once a year what information is held about You, and correct any inaccuracies. Any such requests must be delivered by signed and registered letter including at least two different proofs of identity.

What information about your visits we collect?

We collect following information about all visits:

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  • Client User-Agent (ie.browser) string and behaviour of client user-agent.
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  • Time and length of visit
  • Requested files

When participating discussions we additionally record information about your:

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        • Email address
        • IP address used for login (in hashed format)
        • Device fingerprint (in hashed format)
        • List of accessed pages
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        • What information is available to third parties?

          Some parts of our Service may include features provided provided by third party service providers such as Google (Youtube videos) or FaceBook (like buttons). You are advised to familiarize yourself with the privacy policy of these services, and if necessary opt-out of their data collecting.

          How we and our partners use cookies?

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          Miscellaneous information

          We may provide links to other sites and services in context of articles and discussions. We are not responsible for the content, security, or privacy practices employed by other sites.

          More questions about privacy?

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2 responses on “Privacy policy”
  1. Roy says:

    Hi there Keijo

    I’m afraid you’re putting off many potential subscribers with your inconsistent view on copyright and unjust copyright policy.  You just lost one subscriber for sure. I totally miss the reason to why you claim rigid copyright protection but deny your visitors that same privilege.  I consider  my or anybody else work to be as valuable as yours. C U

  2. Keijo says:

    So that everybody understand what Roy is talking about, below is a copy of SCB’s copyright statement (which can be found on the footer of every page):

    “All original content and images of this blog is under copyright protection; any kind of reproduction of full contents without permission of the owner is hereby denied. All Rights Reserved © Keijo Kortelainen, 2009-2016. All photos of stamps in this blog are enlargements or reductions of original stamps from private collection of author of the blog (unless otherwise stated). The designs of stamps and postmarks are copyright of issuing postal authorities and their designers. The comments / discussion on this blog are copyright of their retrospective authors, and represent the opinion of their authors. When submitting content of any type to this Website, you agree that you assign to this Website and its successors perpetual and unlimited license free of charge to host, store, publish, reproduce, publicly display or otherwise use any content and materials of any type provided or contributed by You. Catalog numbers (Scott, Michel, SG etc) are the copyrighted property of their publishers.”

    So @Roy…. Could you please elaborate what part in there is inconsistent or unjust?

    If you are talking about ” When submitting content of any type to this Website, you agree that you assign to this Website and its successors perpetual and unlimited license free of charge to host, store, publish, reproduce, publicly display or otherwise use any content and materials of any type provided or contributed by You.”, it is THE THING that allows commenting/discussion system to work. For example pretty much every service by Google (be it Blogspot/Blogger or Gmail) are based on similar policy. Same applies for all the forums, boards, chats etc. out there. When you are a ‘guest’ on a system that you don’t own (like I own SCB), then you have to grant very ‘unlimited license’ so that your details can be dealt and worked with. For example something as simple as backing up your comments would not be possible without this statement. Or moderation. Or even publishing it to others.

    The above statement does also mean that if you for reason or another wanted to remove all your comments, SCB does not have any kind of legal responsibility to do so. But to date I have deleted all the comments where author has required so (sure it leaves ‘crippled’ discussions, but so what?).

    So the bottom question is Why would I want to piss off readers, or make them angry with unjust copyright statement?

    If you don’t see a similar statement on websites you frequent, maybe it is time you started asking the same question on those other places. Because any website having user generated content (be it comments, be it photo uploads etc) CANNOT work without a statement like above, or else they are telling you a modified version of the truth.

    -k-

    PS. And sorry if I sound annoyed. It’s around 0.30AM on this side of the globe, and I’d much rather read something stamp related on this hour. Hope you do understand (with all respect).

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All original content and images of this blog is under copyright protection; any kind of reproduction of full contents without permission of the owner is hereby denied. All Rights Reserved © Keijo Kortelainen, 2009-2016. All photos of stamps in this blog are enlargements or reductions of original stamps from private collection of author of the blog (unless otherwise stated). The designs of stamps and postmarks are copyright of issuing postal authorities and their designers. The comments / discussion on this blog are copyright of their retrospective authors, and represent the opinion of their authors. When submitting content of any type to this Website, you agree that you assign to this Website and its successors perpetual and unlimited license free of charge to host, store, publish, reproduce, publicly display or otherwise use any content and materials of any type provided or contributed by You. Catalog numbers (Scott, Michel, SG etc) are the copyrighted property of their publishers. | See our privacy policy