Privacy Policy

This site was last updated on the 10th of February, 2021.

1 Who we are

Ilmiö is a web publication popularising sociology, published by The Westermarck Society. Our web address is

2. What personal data we collect and why

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.

2.2 Cookies
This site uses cookies – small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping carts, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics. As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better.

However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser (e.g. check: ChromeMozillaSafari) or taking a look at this Wikipedia article.

2.3 Embedded content and links to other websites
Our website may link to external sites that are not operated by us. Please be aware that we have no control over the content and practices of these sites, and cannot assume responsibility for their treatment of your personal information. This privacy policy only covers our website and privacy practices.

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. SoundCloud tracks, videos, images, 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.

2.4 Analytics

We employ a third-party service for our website analytics, Google Analytics (read more about their privacy policy). Google Analytics retains aggregated data for a period of 26 months.

3. 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.

4. Changes to our Privacy Policy

At our discretion, we may change our privacy policy from time to time. Any changes will be reflected here, so we encourage you to visit this page regularly. Your continued use of this site after any changes to this policy will be regarded as acceptance of our practices around privacy and personal information.

5. Additional information

How we protect your data
Our website is using Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) and a combination of security practices to protect your data.

Data breach procedures
In the case of a personal data breach, we shall without undue delay (not later than 72 hours after having become aware of it) notify the personal data breach to the supervisory authority, unless the personal data breach is unlikely to result in a risk to the rights and freedoms of natural persons.

Personal data from third parties
We do not collect personal data from third parties.