Privacy Policy

Who we are

Dante the Magician is a not-for-profit website operated in the U.S. by Michael S. Green. Our website address is:

What data we collect and why we collect it

Some data is collected through the use of code snippets called “cookies.” We collect basic user information from people who register on our site, which is necessary to create user profiles, access user forums, leave comments on blog posts, etc. We also use Google Analytics to help us understand how visitors use our website. Additional information on cookies and analytics appears below.


When visitors comment 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 may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

We may collect different types of data from visitors depending on whether they are registered users or “guests” using third-party services to leave their comments. We have no control over how your data is collected or used by third-party services.

We use a Facebook Comments plugin to allow you to leave comments at our website using your Facebook account. This plugin may collect your IP address, your web browser User Agent, store and retrieve cookies on your browser, embed additional tracking, and monitor your interaction with the commenting interface, including correlating your Facebook account with whatever action you take within the interface (such as “liking” someone’s comment, replying to other comments), if you are logged into Facebook. For more information about how this data may be used, please see Facebook’s data privacy policy:


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 contact forms to help connect with our readers. In addition to the visitor’s name, email address and other content submitted on the form, we may receive the IP address from which the form was sent.


If you leave a comment on our site, you may opt-in to save 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.

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 one day.

The web browser(s) you use most likely contains management tools to identify and remove unwanted cookies. You should periodically review and remove any cookies from domains you don’t recognize.

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 place a code snippet from Google Analytics to help us identify how visitors use our website. This aggregated data creates reports that contain no personally identifiable information. Our website does not enable data collection for Display and Search Remarketing purposes, nor for personalization or reporting of advertising features.

Read Google’s Privacy Policy.

Who we share your data with

We don’t share your data or information with anyone, except in limited circumstances when we work with a third-party web host or web service to debug or fix a technical problem with our website. We will never sell your data to anyone for any purpose.

Registered users of the website may choose to share data or other information with each other through comments, forums, etc.

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, 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.

Google Analytics data may be retained for up to 14 months, although in aggregated form that is not personally identifiable.

This website does not retain any information sent by comment form. However, that form sends information to a separate email account, where it may be retained for up to one year.

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. Contact the webmaster at http://dante-the-magician/contact.

Where we send your data

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

Your contact information

If you send us a contact form, or register for a user account, you will be prompted to provide an email address so that you can be contacted. In some cases, visitors may wish to provide a mailing address or FTP server to facilitate communication with the website. Your contact information remains private in all instances.

Additional information

How we protect your data

Your data is protected in two primary ways: 1) The diligent use of content management software and secure servers, and 2) by the intentionally limited functions of the website. No advertising, marketing or e-commerce activities occur here by design.

What data breach procedures we have in place

This website creates automated backups that include limited data for registered users, including their email accounts. Registered users will be promptly notified in the unlikely event of a data breach. However, the potential impact of any such breach is limited because no financial or sensitive information is ever collected from users.

What third parties we receive data from

We may receive aggregated visitor data and other data from third parties including Google,, and MediaTemple, our hosting provider.