We value the engagement of our visitors, and when you leave comments on our site, we securely collect the data provided in the comments form, including your IP address and browser user agent. This helps us effectively detect and prevent spam, ensuring a safe and pleasant user experience.

Additionally, to enhance your interaction, we may utilize Gravatar service. By generating an anonymized hash from your email address, we can verify if you are associated with a Gravatar profile. Rest assured, your privacy matters to us, and any profile picture displayed with your comment is only visible within the context of the comment itself.


We encourage you to share your boating experiences through images on our website. However, we recommend avoiding images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) to safeguard your privacy. Visitors to our platform can download and view images without any embedded location data.


Your convenience is paramount to us. Hence, when you leave a comment on PaybyPlateMa, you have the option to opt-in for saving your name, email address, and website in cookies. These cookies have a lifespan of one year, eliminating the need to repeatedly fill in your details for future comments.

Should you visit our login page, we will place a temporary cookie in your browser to determine cookie acceptance, which is discarded once you close your browser. Upon logging in, we use cookies to retain your login information and screen display preferences. Login cookies remain active for two days, while screen options cookies last for a year. Selecting “Remember Me” ensures your login persists for two weeks, but logging out automatically removes these login cookies.

Furthermore, when you edit or publish an article, a non-personal data cookie, which merely indicates the post ID, is saved in your browser and expires after one day.

Embedded Content from Other Websites

As part of our commitment to providing valuable content, our articles may include embedded content such as videos, images, or articles from other websites. It is essential to note that these external websites may gather data, use cookies, and employ third-party tracking to monitor your interaction with the embedded content, especially if you are logged in and have an account with those websites.

Who We Share Your Data With

Your privacy is of utmost importance to us, and we adhere to strict policies to safeguard your personal data. In the event of a password reset request, your IP address will be included solely in the reset email for verification purposes.

Data Retention

To maintain a seamless user experience and efficiently handle follow-up comments, we retain the comments and their metadata indefinitely. This practice enables us to recognize and approve subsequent comments automatically, eliminating the need for moderation queues.

For users who choose to register on PaybyPlateMa, we securely store the personal information provided in their user profile. You have the right to access, edit, or delete your personal information at any time, except for your username, which remains fixed. Our website administrators also possess the ability to view and edit this information.

Your Rights Over Your Data

At PaybyPlateMa, we respect your data rights. Should you have an account or have previously left comments on our website, you are entitled to request an exported file containing the personal data we hold about you, including any information you have provided. Furthermore, you can exercise your right to request the erasure of your personal data, excluding any data we are legally obligated to retain for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where We Send Your Data

To ensure the highest level of security and protect our visitors from spam, visitor comments may be subject to automated spam detection services. Rest assured, these measures are taken to maintain the integrity of our platform and provide a safe browsing experience for all users.

Really Simple SSL

At PaybyPlateMa, we prioritize the protection of your personal information. As such, we implement the use of Really Simple SSL and Really Simple SSL add-ons, both of which do not process any personally identifiable information. Therefore, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) does not apply to these plugins or their usage on our website.