Privacy Policy

Who we are

Shocked & Applaud is a bi-weekly Podcast with co-hosts Lydia Malcolm and Naomi McQuade, and audio engineer Jonathan McQuade.

This website is intended to provide you with scary things, but our privacy policy is not supposed to be one of them.

If you have concerns regarding the privacy of your interactions with Shocked & Applaud, its messaging and content, or its staff, please e-mail

Our website address is:

The ‘s’ in ‘https’ means ‘secure’.  Shocked?

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


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. Trust us, we get spammed, too.

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.


We don’t have the staffing capabilities to allow you to add your own content at this time.  So, the media on this website is all property owned by Shocked & Applaud.  If we could manage your media better, we’d do it, and it would still be yours, right down to the geotag embedded in your image.


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 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

We use Google Analytics ( and a few WordPress plugins to internally review site metrics, such as what kind of devices are used to browse to the website and length of time browsing.  You data is never shared or sold by Shocked & Applaud or Independent Web Consulting (our website builder) to anyone or any company without your consent.

We don’t run ads.  We’re 100% listener supported through Patreon.

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.

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.

For users that register on our website, 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.

Where we send your data

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

Your contact information

Privacy specific concerns can be sent to

Additional information

How we protect your data

We utilize several industry standard levels of encryption on this website. This includes HTTS/SSL data transfers with up-to-date, registered certificates.

How we protect your data

In this section you should explain what measures you have taken to protect your users’ data. This could include technical measures such as encryption; security measures such as two factor authentication; and measures such as staff training in data protection. If you have carried out a Privacy Impact Assessment, you can mention it here too.

What data breach procedures we have in place

We use custom WordPress plugins to ensure every login is real and accounted for as an Applauder or anyone else providing Shocked & Applaud with personally identifiable information. In the event that data was stolen and/or modified during a breach, we restore from a backup, then determine if further action requiring prosecution is warranted.  We believe in prosecuting to the full extent of the law when we can validate that a true data breach has occurred.

What third parties we receive data from

We use a number of WordPress plugins, analytics tools and social media accounts together, and there may be additional third-party URLs loaded when you visit  We use these tools to make smarter hosting, retention and marketing decisions internal to Shocked & Applaud. We do not use third parties to personally identify anyone, unless we have asked permission, such as a request for you to log into

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

All decisions currently made by Shocked & Applaud staff are done organically — meaning, we use our brains.  We do not harvest user information for aggregation or profiling, except on the basis of 1) technology and demographic data used to visit our online properties and 2) Patreon tiered access to content.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

Look, we’re a small-budget U.S. show. There are a lot of law nerds out there.  We’d prefer to be friends with those nerds in particular. If you find something lacking in how we present this website and our brand, or in how you view website or content regulation, please give us constructive feedback by emailing

Patreon features in this website

In order to enable you to use this website with Patreon services, we save certain functionally important Patreon information about you in this website if you log in with Patreon.

These include your Patreon user id, Patreon username, your first, last names and your vanity name. Additionally, the id of your campaign at Patreon and your campaign’s Patreon URL are also saved.

If you request that your data be deleted from this website, this data will also be deleted and Patreon functionality will not work. You would need to register on this website and log in to this website with Patreon again in order to re-populate this data and have Patreon functionality working again.

We are Anti-Spam

We collect information about visitors who comment on Sites that use our Akismet anti-spam service. The information we collect depends on how the User sets up Akismet for the Site, but typically includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself).