Privacy Policy

What personal data is collected, why and for how long?

Comments and Likes

When visitors leave comments on the site, the data shown in the comment form is collected in addition to the visitor’s IP address and the browser’s user agent string. This is to help facilitate detection of spam.

An anonymized string created from your email address can be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The privacy policy of the Gravatar service is available here . Your profile picture (or the standard image in the case of anonymous comments) is visible to the public along with the actual comment left.

WordPress users can also leave a like on a post. In these cases, the username of each person that leaves a like will be stored and displayed on the post, along with their profile picture. This remains indefinitely, or until the user removes their like.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on the site, you can choose to save your name, email address and website in cookies. They are used for your convenience so you do not have to re-enter your data when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for a year.

If you have an account and access this site, a temporary cookie will be set to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie does not contain personal data and is deleted when you close the browser.

When you log in, several cookies will be set to save your login information and screen display options. The access cookies last two days while the cookies for the screen options last one year. If you select “Remember me”, your access will persist for two weeks. If you exit your account, access cookies will be removed.

Content embedded by other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (such as videos, images, articles, etc.). Content embedded by other websites behave exactly the same way.

These websites may also collect data about you, use cookies, integrate additional third-party tracking, and monitor interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website. Each site should have its own cookie policy and privacy policy available for you to view.

Analytics

The site owner has access to various analytical points. These include details of the number of viewers for each page or post on any given day, week, month or year, as well as a breakdown of the country of origin of visitors, the number of likes or comments received, which sites directed readers tot eh site, and what search terms were used to find the site where applicable. Although the actual content of the comments remain publicly, the other listed information is available only to the site owner and the host, and is anonymised. These stats remain indefinitely.

Who do we share your data with?

The data mentioned above is automatically shared with the webhost (WordPress) and the owners of the tools used to power the site (Automattic). This is used in line with their practices in relation not advertising and the upkeep of the service.

Their full policies can be viewed at the following links:

Privacy policy

Cookie policy

What rights do you have on your data?

If you have an account on this site, or you have left comments, you can request to receive a file exported from the site with the personal data we have about you, including the data you have provided. You can also request to delete all personal data concerning you. This does not include data that we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal or security purposes.