Privacy Policy

Who we are

I’m Amanda, the voice behind Hide the Cookie Jar. I’m the author, editor and creator of all the content you see here (unless otherwise stated, of course).

Our website address is:

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

We use a contact form, where you the reader can subscribe to receive various email, usually on a monthly bases. There may be other emails for special events or announcements. Your personal information is store securely and only used to contact you and for analytic purposes. You can unsubscribe at anytime, by simply clicking the “unsubscribe link” at the bottom of any email.


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.


We use analytics tracking as part of our website. Through Jetpack, we track information for analytic purposes. This allows us to create better content for you!

Who we share your data with

We only share overall analytic data (how many daily vistors, number of vistors from each country, etc) with select sponsors. Personal information about any of our readers is kept in strict confidence. We do not share or sell any personal information.

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

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

Your contact information

If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact me:

Amanda Ostrander

Additional information

How we protect your data

We use encryption, and various other security features to protect your data.

What data breach procedures we have in place

If there is ever a breach of you will be contacted within 72 hrs. We have various security features in place to protect your data.

What third parties we receive data from

We do occasionally receive data from a third party. These advertisers and affiliate marketing companies send us their data and we use it to make our time on our website better. If you can questions or concerns about ads and affiliate marketing, please see our disclosure here.