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Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

Who we are

Actually, that should be “Who I am” since Stuttering is Cool is run only by me, Daniele Rossi. Yes, this is a one-person operation! I create, write, draw, produce, record the podcast, handle your Franky Banky merchandise orders, everything all by my little self.

What personal data I collect and why I collect it

Actually, I don’t collect any personal data. Even if I wanted to, I wouldn’t have the time or any money to deal with and maintain such a database. When visitors leave comments on my website, they are displayed as per the visitors consent and I don’t do anything else after that. All I do is approve or disapprove comments. As I understand, WordPress, the technology this website is built upon, records your IP address and browser user agent string to help detect spam when comments come in. I don’t go to the trouble of saving any of that information. I don’t even need it in the first place. It’s all WordPress’ way of dealing with spam.

The WordPress theme I’m using says “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.”

This is the same for your data on any of the sites I use for my Stuttering is Cool stuff (for example, Etsy, social networks). I leave all correspondence on those sites. They have their own privacy policies that you can read.

Embedded content from other websites

Sometimes I embed content (for example, videos and audio from YouTube, Vimeo, and Soundcloud) from other websites. This content behaves in the exact same way as if you visited the other website. Thus, 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 I share your data with

Nobody! Because I’ve got better things to do with my time like making more Franky Banky comics. And I hate how other companies are selling my data. So why would I turn around and do the same?

How long I retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so WordPress can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. To be honest, I don’t even know if there’s a way for me to remove your info after your comment has been approved. Maybe I go back and edit your name, etc. but what for? I’ve got better things to do with my time. Like drawing Franky Banky comics.

If you contact me over email, the various Stuttering is Cool social networks, Etsy, etc., please know that I keep all my correspondence forever because I have the memory of a what was I talking about again? Why am I typing this? Oh right, the privacy policy page. I like ice cream. As I’ve said earlier, I don’t do anything with your information because I want to draw more Franky Banky comics than be shady and export your data to who-knows-where. If you send me email, a tweet, a private message, whatever, my only goal is to read it, reply if appropriate, and go back to drawing Franky Banky comics. And maybe go for ice cream.

Where I send your data

Nowhere! Because, you guessed it, I’ve got better things to do with my time than participate in the shady world of privacy invasion. The WordPress theme I am using says WordPress may run your comments through an automated spam detection service in order for it to tell me “Yup, I think this may be spam”.

On the Etsy shop, social networks, and anywhere else I may have a Stuttering is Cool channel, don’t leave any personal sensitive information. I don’t see your credit card or PayPal details on Etsy or Square. If you do, I may not realize what it is and then BOOM! it’s live on the website. As mentioned a few times earlier, I’ve got other things to do like drawing Franky Banky comics.

How I protect your data

Um… I use strong passwords for my email and logging into WordPress. I’d like to say that I have security guards being bouncers around my laptop but I don’t have that kind of money. I do lock my doors at night and have encryption on my wi-fi router.

Use of my comics and illustrations

First off, thank you! I am honoured and touched that someone in the world not only likes my work, but wants to use it as well. A lot of work goes into each comic and cartoon I draw, every blog post I write, and every podcast episode I produce. Thinking, planning, recording, editing, drawing, cleaning, scanning, etc. for the purpose of encouraging my fellow stutterer and spread much needed stuttering awareness.

Here are the rules for using my work that I post anywhere on the Internet including Google Images:

  1. Ask me for permission. Especially if you’re planning on using something I created for commercial use.
  2. Do not make money with my stuff without asking for my permission first.
  3. Do not crop or edit out my copyright information. Nice try but thanks to Google Images, I caught a few people who did that.
  4. Always, always, always credit me along with a link to my website, and it must be legible. Something like this: “Copyright Daniele Rossi” with the link clickable if possible.

Printing my stuff for personal use

Yes. That’s “fair use”. Even for use in speech therapy sessions! Wanna hang that picture of Franky Banky in your locker at school? Sure! Wanna place a picture of Franky Banky on your desk at work to use as a conversation starter to help you advertise your stuttering? Please do!

Just don’t sell my work or do something nasty like make prints of my book and give them away. Like I said, I spent many, many hours creating that book. Almost a year. You wouldn’t be happy if that happened to you, right?

Not required but please consider letting me know if you do make use of my work for personal use because I love hearing about people who enjoy my work! For instance, the very first time I posted a Franky Banky comic many years ago, I received an email from someone in India who said he printed it out to hang in his cubicle at work. My mind was blown away. My comic is hanging on someone’s wall somewhere in India!