Who we are
Linux Smartphones is a website dedicated to covering the emergence of smartphones designed to run free and open source software (FOSS). Our website address is: http://linuxsmartphones.com.
We value your privacy. We may ask for some personal data when you leave a comment or use our contact form to send us a message.
On this page, we explain the types of data collected and how it’s used.
We are also working toward GDPR and CCPA compliance, allowing users ways to opt out of data collection. Logged-in users can manage their account by visiting their profile page to change their settings or delete their accounts.
EU visitors can opt-in to data collection for analytics and advertising purposes using the widget that appears when they first visit the site. And you can always change your data collection preferences to opt-in or opt-out at a future date by clicking the button on our consent page.
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.
When you use our contact page to send us a message, we ask that you enter a username and email address. These will not be shared with third parties, and will not be saved in our database. But they will be visible to Linux Smartphones administrators who may want to get in touch to follow-up on news tips or respond to questions.
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 visit our login page, 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.
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.
That data includes:
- Your IP address
- The name of the page visited
- The date and time of that visit
- Your browser type and version
- Your operating system
- A referring URL, if applicable (the page you’d previously visited)
This data helps us track response to articles, understand the demographics of visitors to this site, and generally do a better job of understanding and serving our audience.
Who we share your data with
Linux Smartphones also works with several third-party advertising and affiliate revenue services. These companies may use information about your visits to this web site and others in order to provide advertisements about goods and services that may interest you.
Our advertising partners include:
We also serve affiliate links (where we get a commission if you click a link and then buy a product through the following services:
- Amazon Affiliate Program – Amazon Privacy Notice
- eBay Partner Network – Privacy
For example, Skimlinks automatically converts some links to internet retailers on this website into affiliate links. In order to do that, Skimlinks captures IP addresses, generates a unique cookie ID and stores devices IDs for cross-device matching. But users can opt-out from the Skimlinks cookie by visiting optout.skimlinks.com and changing their preferences.
Users can also opt-out from personalized Google AdSense advertisements.
You can also find out more about how Google manages user data for analytics and advertising in Google’s privacy documentation.
While these companies may employ cookies and clear GIFs to measure advertising effectiveness, this information generally doesn’t identify you by personal attributes such as name, email address, or other personal information unless you supply it in response to an ad or email message.
How long we retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize 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 rights you have over your data
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
Your contact information
You can reach us by sending a message through our contact page.
What data breach procedures we have in place
In the event of a data breach, we will do our best to notify users within 72 hours by posting an article on the front page of Linux Smartphones and sending an email to all registered users to alert them to the issue and offer suggested next steps.
What third parties we receive data from
Through Google Analytics and WordPress Stats, we may receive some (mostly anonymized) data about searches that brought users to Linux Smartphones, pages visited, time spent on the site, and the geographic region and browser and operating system technology employed by users.
This policy will be updated from time to time in order to address changes to features offered to users, third-party services utilized by this website, or updates necessarily to comply with privacy regulations.