Privacy Policy Rm Harrington Short Stories

Who we are

Our website address is:

Our purpose is to help authors and readers come together while also providing access to Free-To-Read science fiction short stories, fantasy short stories and what we would call ‘calm’ horror stories. We accept submissions for consideration of publish on our website and in various Kindle-based short story collections.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When authors submit new science fiction, fantasy, horror or related article content, we will collect your email and what data you provide in the associated information boxes. We will read your content. If we choose to publish said content, we will include you author pen name and a brief bio on the published content. Content will be published on Rm Harrington Short Stories and may be used in one of our published Kindle short story collection issues.

In  the event that we do not purchase your submission, we will delete all related data except your user name and email which we retain and use as a means of further evaluation of your writing skills. This evaluation to be used when ranking you in our submissions reading order.


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

When visitors relate with Rm Harrington Short Stories via our contact forms, we collect the data shown in the fields of that form. We 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 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.


Who we share your data with

We do not share your user information with exterior agencies. However, we do track and share basic Internet analytics.

In the event that we purchase a SUBMISSION from you, we will share that as a published article, both electronically and in paper print. This means that we share with the public any non-financial content associated with said SUBMISSION. However, we only share an author’s email when provided with express authorization.

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.

As to SUBMISSIONS…. The content of your submission will be shared according to the signed contract associated with each individual SUBMISSION.

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.

Rights associated with SUBMISSIONS are defined in each specific contract.

Where we send your data

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

Your contact information

In the even that you made direct contact with us via our Contact Us resource page, we do capture and store the extent of that message, including your personal contact information. We do not share you contact information with any third-party players.

Additional information

Any additional information not previously mentioned within this privacy party that is collect by Rm Harrington Short Stories will be addressed according to the nature of that information. However, please understand that we do not share customer, client or visitor data with any third party. However, any information that you provide via our open-access comment lines is fully available to all traffic that passes through this site.

How we protect your data

As a single person operation, we collect very limited user data. However, such user data as we may collect from time to time remains in absolute control of each individual user. We use standard login security features, and we retain no private data other than that which is necessary for login and contact purposes. Any details provided concerning author bios and such are considered for public posting and are therefore also considered public information freely shared by the posting author.

What data breach procedures we have in place

We utilize personal daily monitoring. We also take advantage of breach controls offered via our website hosting provider.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

Rm Harrington is not involved with any automated decision making processes, nor do we profile users based upon any collected data.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

Rm Harrington Short Stories is not a member of a regulated industry nor are we subject to associated additional privacy laws.

Source: WP Smush

Note: Although we do sometimes enable the WP Smush plugin for brief periods, this product does not function as a routine component of Rm Harrington Short Stories. However, for the sake of completeness, we provide our users with the following information:

Smush sends images to the WPMU DEV servers to optimize them for web use. This includes the transfer of EXIF data. The EXIF data will either be stripped or returned as it is. It is not stored on the WPMU DEV servers.

Smush uses the Stackpath Content Delivery Network (CDN). Stackpath may store web log information of site visitors, including IPs, UA, referrer, Location and ISP info of site visitors for 7 days. Files and images served by the CDN may be stored and served from countries other than your own. Stackpath’s privacy policy can be found here.

Smush uses a third-party email service (Drip) to send informational emails to the site administrator. The administrator’s email address is sent to Drip and a cookie is set by the service. Only administrator information is collected by Drip.