Privacy Policy

Who we are

GoldenDNA is a volunteer-run organization that collects user-submitted Golden Retriever DNA test results, verifies them, and displays them on our website. In the course of doing so, we collect personal user information. This page will provide you with information regarding that information and how it is used, stored and shared.

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What personal data we collect and why we collect it

As you use our website, there are points at which we request personal information. This information includes your name, email address, and information about your dog. The majority of this information is used to display your dog’s DNA results and provide site user’s a way to contact you about your dog. We do not actively share your information with others, except as displayed on the site pages and the following exceptions.

Dog Page

Each dog’s page on this site displays information about that dog, the names of the owners (as provided by the submitter), and if requested, the owner’s email. Any email address displayed on a page could potentially be harvested by spammers. However, our site converts all characters of an email address to HTML entities before output to the page to block spam bot code from automatically harvesting it from the page’s code.

Display email?

Choose no to hide your email address.

If you do not want your email address displayed, you can choose not to display it on you’re dogs submission form. You can change this setting at any time by logging in and going to your dog’s page.


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 displayed on the website.

Contact forms

The information you provide through the contact form—and other forms on the site—is both stored in the site’s database and emailed to the administrators. This information is not used in any manner except to contact you and/or display your dog’s information on the site.


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

As noted above, specific pieces of your data are shared with companies, like Automattic (WordPress), for specific uses such as spam detection. It is only shared as required to operate this site or to follow existing laws.

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. Users can see and edit their dogs’ information, as well, but can not edit or delete any DNA test results that have been submitted themselves.

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 or your dog. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

How to contact us

If you have questions or concerns about the information you’ve provided to this site, please contact us. You can reach us through our contact form or results(at)