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Smart Home Matters website is operated and maintained by EasyGates Ltd.


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.


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.


Information we may collect

We may collect information from you in several ways, including:

  1. Information you give us: When you fill out a form on our website, contact us via email, phone, or social media, or provide us with photographs or other content, we may collect personal information such as your name, email address, phone number, and descriptions.
  2. Information we collect about you: We may automatically collect certain technical or practical information about you when you visit our blog, such as your IP address, browser type, and operating system.
  3. Information we receive from other sources: We may receive information about you from third-party sources, such as social media platforms or other websites.

How we may use your information

We may use the information we collect from you in the following ways:

  1. To fulfill our obligations to you: We may use your information to respond to your inquiries, process your requests, and provide you with the services you have requested.
  2. To improve our blog: We may use your information to improve our blog, including analyzing how users interact with our content and making changes to enhance your experience.
  3. To send you information: We may use your information to send you newsletters, updates, and other information about our services.
  4. To personalize your experience: We may use your information to provide you with customized content and advertising.
  5. To comply with legal obligations: We may use your information to comply with applicable laws, regulations, and legal processes.

How we protect your information

We take reasonable measures to protect your personal information from unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure.

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer your personal information to third parties without your consent, except as described in this policy. We may share your information with our service providers who assist us in providing the services we offer.

Your rights

You have the right to access, update, and delete your personal information. You may also opt-out of receiving marketing communications from us at any time. To exercise these rights or if you have any questions or concerns about our privacy practices, please contact us at

Changes to this policy

We may update this privacy policy from time to time to reflect changes in our practices or for other operational, legal, or regulatory reasons. We encourage you to review this policy periodically to stay informed about our privacy practices.

By using our blog or forum, you agree to this privacy policy and the collection and use of your information as described herein.

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.

Who we share your data with

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

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 your data is sent

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