Privacy Policy Counting Owl (website)

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect 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.

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

Contact forms
If you leave your email on one of our contact forms on the website you will not be opt-ed in for an email list. Your personal information will only be used to send you emails related to the message you send us.


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

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Leaving a comment

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.


For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

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


Counting Owl got different email segments you can opt-in to. These email segments include things like: personal stories, tips & tricks, offers, discounts and other marketing related content. Each email segment has separate content that you can sign up for. You can opt-in for different segments.


Most opt-in’s will tell you what you opt in for. If that’s not the case we will work according to the rules of the GDPR en ask EU users for explicit consent. The email addresses are not sold to any advertisers. We will always try to place the ads in a nice and positive way. You can unsubscribe from our list or change your preferences via the links at the bottom of all our emails.

Google Analytics

A cookie is a small piece of text sent to your browser by a website that you visit. It helps the website to remember information about your visit, like your preferred language and other settings. That can make your next visit easier and the site more useful to you. Cookies play an important role. Without them, using the web would be a much more frustrating experience.


We’re using Google Analytics to keep track of the user behaviour on our website. Google is saving cookies to let us know how you’re using our website. We use this information to improve the user experience on our site. Information such as your IP address, the time you’re spending on our website and other details are transferred to Google and saved on their servers in the United States of America. You can read the privacy policy of Google Analytics here.


Google uses this information to create reports they give to us to improve the user experience. Google may share this information to third parties if legally required. We have no influence on this.

If you want to opt-out for Google Analytics on our website click here.


Our privacy policy may change from time to time. You can always find the latest version of the privacy policy on this page.


If you have any questions about the privacy policy of Counting Owl, you can always contact us via


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