Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is:

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. We use the Akismet service, and  the contact form submission data — IP address, user agent, name, email address, website, and message — is submitted to the Akismet service for the sole purpose of spam checking.

The submitted data is stored in the database of the site on which it was submitted and may be emailed directly to the owner of the site who, at least until 31st March 2019, will manage it in accordance with EU regulations.

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 are logged in via, user email address, user role, user login, user display name, and local user IDs, the activity to be recorded, the site ID of the site on which the activity takes place, the site’s Jetpack version, and the timestamp of the activity may be shared with the owner of this site. Some activities may also include the actor’s IP address (login attempts, for example) and user agent.


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.


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.


This site uses Google Analytics to allow me to collect outline information about site visitors, but with only a limited set of features enabled.

Google Analytics advertising and campaign features are not used by this site.

Who we share your data with

We routinely share data, as described herein, with Google and Automaatic.

We will comply with any lawful requests for information from the authorities in the UK, EU and United States (locations of owner, data processing and servers), with UK law taking primacy in the event of any conflict between these systems.

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.

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.

Where we send your data

The server on which this website runs is located in the United States, and the site is managed from the United Kingdom.

Data collected via cookies is processed by Google Analytics and Automaatic.

Your contact information

In the event of any privacy issue, the site owner can be contacted on The site owner is located in the UK, and has a day job, so posters should be aware that while I aim to respond within 24 hours, this cannot be guaranteed.

Additional information

How we protect your data

We use a reputable hosting provider with good update and security policies. All passwords used for administrative purposes are generated from random sources and are checked from time to time against known sources of leaked passwords to ensure no match.

We are reliant on the underlying security of WordPress and of our hosting provider in general, but ensure that updates which are under our control are performed regularly (automatically where possible)

What data breach procedures we have in place

In the event of a data breach, we will display information about the breach prominently on the front page of the website for at least a month following the breach, after which it may be moved to a different location on the site.

We will e-mail all registered users on the provided e-mail address as soon as possible after the breach has been discovered.

What third parties we receive data from

We receive analytic and administrative data from Google and Automaatic.

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

Comment spam detection is performed automatically.

We collect limited information about our users – most Google Analytics advertising and campaign/demographic features are not enabled, for example – which is mainly to satisfy my curiosity about where my readers are.