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Who We Are

Our website address is: https://thenewleafjournal.com.

General

We are committed to respecting the privacy of our visitors. For that reason, we do not use anything that collects personally identifiable information about visitors. As we explain below, we have disabled native comment functionality on our site, and users cannot upload their own content. We explain in detail the privacy settings of our guestbook plugin and our contact form plugin.

Our privacy policy page was last updated on February 8, 2022. I will always note the most recent revision of the page in this section.

Hosting: Hetzner Cloud

The New Leaf Journal was hosted at Bluehost from April 27, 2020 through February 5, 2022.

On February 5, 2022, we switched from Bluehost shared hosting to an unmanaged Cloud VPS plan with Hetzner, a German-based hosting provider (our server is located in the United States, however). Thus, The New Leaf Journal and its content are hosted on Hetzner’s servers.

Analytics: Koko Analytics

We use an analytics plugin called Koko Analytics to track the number of visits we receive to our website. Koko Analytics only collects information about when a visitor visits a page and, when applicable, where the visitor was referred from. Koko Analytics does not collect IP addresses or send information to any third party. No personal information or anything that could lead back to a specific visitor is tracked. It respects “do not track” requests.

We have configured Koko Analytics to not set cookies at this time. If we change that policy or anything about our analytics collection in the future, we will update this Privacy page accordingly.

Learn more about Koko Analytics below:

  • WordPress Plugin page: https://wordpress.org/plugins/koko-analytics/
  • Official Website: https://www.kokoanalytics.com/

Contact

You may contact us via email. You will find our email addresses on our Contact Page. This site does not store any user email addresses. We host our New Leaf Journal email accounts with Purelymail. We use your email addresses for the sole purpose of replying to your message.

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.

(We seldom embed content from other sites. A small of our older articles have embeds from YouTube and Vimeo. We no longer embed videos from those sources. We do often use embeds from Open Street Maps – which appear to contain no trackers. We occasionally embed videos from LBRY and Odyssee.)

Security Plugin: Blackhole for Bad Bots

We use a plugin called Blackhole for Bad Bots to protect this site from bad bots. The following text about what the plugin collects comes from its official WordPress plugin page:

Privacy

User Data: This plugin automatically blocks bad bots. When bad bots fall into the trap, their IP address, user agent, and other request data are stored in the WP database. No other user data is collected by this plugin. At any time, the administrator may delete all saved data via the plugin settings.

Services: This plugin does not connect to any third-party locations or services.

Cookies: This plugin does not set any cookies.

More information about Blackhole for Bad Bots can be found here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/blackhole-bad-bots/

Search

We began using the Relevanssi search plugin to improve our site’s onboard search. Relevanssi allows administrators to log searches and the IP addresses connected to those searches. However, those features are disabled by the default. We are leaving all search logging functionality disabled.

No CDN

The New Leaf Journal does not use a CDN.

Questions?

You may contact us if you have any questions about this document.

Updates

Last updated on April 4, 2022 to note that we are no longer using a Contact Form.