Privacy Policy

## Who We Are

Our website, DrivewaysWatford.com, serves as a digital platform for our local service business in the UK, offering driveway solutions to our clients.

## Comments

When you leave comments on our site, we collect the data displayed in the comments form, your IP address, and browser user agent string to assist in spam detection.

An anonymized string (also known as a hash) may be generated from your email address and shared with the Gravatar service to verify if you are using it. The Gravatar service’s privacy policy is available at [Automattic’s Privacy Page](https://automattic.com/privacy/). Upon your comment’s approval, your profile picture becomes publicly visible alongside your comment.

## Media

Should you choose to upload images to our website, it’s recommended to remove any embedded location data (EXIF GPS) to protect your privacy. Other visitors can extract this location data from images on the site.

## Cookies

Opting to leave a comment on our site allows you to save your name, email address, and website in cookies for convenience, so you don’t have to re-enter your details for future comments. These cookies are stored for one year.

Visiting our login page triggers a temporary cookie to check if your browser accepts cookies, containing no personal data and removed when you close your browser.

Logging in sets several cookies to remember your login information and screen display choices, with login cookies lasting two days and screen options cookies lasting a year. Choosing “Remember Me” keeps your login active for two weeks. Logging out removes these cookies.

Editing or publishing an article places a cookie in your browser indicating the post ID of the article you’ve edited, expiring after one day.

## Embedded Content from Other Websites

Our articles may feature embedded content (e.g., videos, images, articles). This content from other websites behaves as if you visited those sites directly, which might collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction, especially if you’re logged in to those websites.

## Data Sharing

Your IP address is included in the reset email if you request a password reset.

## Data Retention

Comments and their metadata are kept indefinitely to auto-recognize and approve follow-up comments. For registered users (if any), we store the personal information provided in their profiles. Users can view, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (username changes are not permitted). Website administrators can also view and edit that information.

## Your Rights

Should you have an account or have left comments on our site, you can request an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided. You may also request the deletion of any personal data we have about you, excluding any data we are mandated to retain for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

## Data Transmission

Visitor comments may be screened by an automated spam detection service.