Who we are

Our website address is: https://ffla-monterey.org.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Who is collecting your data?

Our site is built using WordPress. By default WordPress does collect personal data from registered users of the site. Unless specifically noted, the privacy policies described here come from the WordPress privacy policy guide.  The information sourced from the privacy policy guide comes from automattic.com’s privacy notice.  WordPress sites, including this site, use plugins.  Here are the privacy related WordPress plugin guidelines.

The Forest Fire Lookout Association Monterey Chapter (FFLA-MRY) collects data via contact forms as described in the ‘Contact Forms’ section and through its web hosting service as described in the ‘Analytics’ section.


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: https://automattic.com/privacy/. 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

When visitors submit a message via our ‘Contact Us’ page FFLA-MRY collects the data shown in the form and the visitor’s IP address to help spam detection. We retain contact form submissions for administrative and service purposes. We do not use the information submitted through the contact form for marketing purposes.


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.

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.

More information for WordPress cookie policies here.

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.


FFLA-MRY’s web hosting service collects some anonymous analytics data to characterize traffic to the website. These anonymous data include counts of unique visitors and pageviews, visitors browsers and preferred search engines, as well as keywords that have been used to bring traffic to the website.

Who we share your data with

FFLA-MRY does not share your data with anyone.

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

Contact FFLA-MRY via our ‘Contact Us’ page at https://ffla-monterey.org/.