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When visitors leave comments on the site we can track the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help control and detect spam.

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.


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 can last for one year.

If you visit our login page, a temporary cookie is set 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,  several cookies are set up to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies can 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 tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics: Who your data is shared with

If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.

How long your data is retained

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 your data is sent

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

Your contact information

Categories of Personal Data that we collect and process

We may collect and process the following types of Personal Data about you:

  • Contact data and Business Contact Information: name, company details, postal address, email address, other contact information, including your business contact information and any data that would enable us to maintain our business relationship with you.
  • Targeted data: age, interests, any postings, comments, or other content you upload or post on our websites and webpages, movements and behavior on our webpages, websites, and online systems.
  • Automatically collected data: IP addresses, information about your browser, operating system, and other Personal Data that are relevant and necessary for the use of the service.

If you contact us, we may keep a record of the correspondence. Furthermore, we may ask you to complete surveys that we use for research purposes, although you are not obliged to respond to them.

Although we do not generally seek to collect sensitive or special categories of Personal Data about you, we may do so in some instances where we have the legal right to do so or where you have expressly consented.

If you provide us with any Personal Data of another person, you are responsible for ensuring that such person is made aware of the information contained in this Global Privacy Policy and that the person has given you his/her consent for sharing the information with us.

Except for specific information required by law, your decision to provide any Personal Data to us is voluntary. Therefore, you will not be subject to adverse consequences if you do not wish to provide us with your Personal Data. However, please note that if you do not provide certain information, we may not be able to accomplish some or all the purposes outlined in this Global Privacy Policy. You may not be able to use certain tools and systems that require the use of such Personal Data.

The processing activity:

Through our webpages and websites, we collect and process Personal Data about you in two ways:

(1) direct processing – occurs when you provide your Personal Data through a login action on a PBDR webpage, website, prompted to and complete a form(s) online, or when you provide PBDR with information, for example, needed to sign up for a PBDR newsletter, register to comment on a forum, webpage, or website; and

(2) indirect processing – from certain third parties (for example, through website analytic technology). Such third parties may include but are not limited to: our affiliates, public authorities, public websites, social media, suppliers, and vendors.

Direct processing

Our websites and webpages may automatically collect certain information, such as the type of PC device or operating system you use, the amount of time you spend on our websites and webpages, and information about how you use the webpages of our website. Our websites and webpages may also use specific analytics software to better understand how our website and webpages’ functionalities work to improve them. Our websites and webpages do not knowingly collect Personal Data about any person under 18 years. However, please note that we will retain any previous usage information collected from the website according to this Privacy Policy’s retention section.

Targeted data and marketing communications

The majority of the Personal Data we collect and use for marketing purposes relates to our customer’s and vendors’ employees and other companies with an existing business relationship. We may also obtain contact information from public sources, including content made public at social media websites, to make initial contact with a relevant individual at a customer, vendor, or other company.


We send commercial emails to individuals at our customers, vendors, or other companies with whom we want to develop or maintain a business relationship under applicable marketing laws. Our targeted email messages typically include web beacons, cookies, and similar technologies that allow us to know whether you open, read, or delete the message and links you may click. When you click a link in a marketing email, you receive from PBDR, and we will also use a cookie to log what pages you view and what content you download from our websites, even if you are not registered at or signed into our site.

Additional information

How we protect your data

We place great importance on your right to privacy and the protection of your Personal Data. We want you to feel secure that your Data are in good hands when you deal with us. Therefore, we protect your Data in accordance with applicable data privacy laws and our data privacy policies and principles. Further, we have implemented appropriate organizational and technical security measures to protect your Personal Data against unauthorized or unlawful processing and accidental loss, alteration, disclosure or access, or accidental or unlawful destruction of or damage thereto. We maintain organizational, physical, and technical security arrangements for all the Personal Data we hold. We have protocols, controls, and relevant policies, procedures, and guidance to maintain these arrangements considering the risks associated with the categories of Personal Data and the processing we undertake. We store Personal Data on servers with limited access located in secured facilities, and our security measures are evaluated on an ongoing basis.

What third parties we receive data from

Websites use cookies. A cookie is a small text file, which is stored on your computer in order to recognize your computer at recurring visits. The cookie may transmit information via your browser to authenticate or identify the computer (via, e.g., the IP address) or the user. Cookies may contain information such as registration data and user preferences. When a server receives a request from a computer that stores a cookie from the website, the server can use the cookie’s information in combination with the data stored on the server. A cookie cannot collect information from your computer and cannot carry viruses or other damaging files.

Consent for using our services

By using our services, websites and webpages, you are consenting to our processing of your Personal Data and information, including the use of cookies and other tracking technology, as well as the potential transfer of your Personal Data to our international divisions, subsidiaries, joint ventures, affiliated companies, as outlined in this Privacy Policy.