Privacy, Policy & External Links

An overview of my privacy policy (GDPR) and Links.

Thanks for looking at my website and for reading this. In short, I have in place automatic cookie programs, they are mostly used for information analysis (how many visitors there are). There are also automatic spam checkers and protection against programs trying to damage the site, hackers. I don’t give information to any entity and I don’t contact you unless you specifically indicate you wish it. I also have external links to websites that have their own GDPR and some that lead to products for sale, such as my books, I earn a small amount of income from this – at no cost to you. The long version follows.

I value your privacy, will not spam you, will try to protect my self against spam and hacking and use Cookies to obtain information about visits to my site.

 What personal data is collected and why

Comments (if available)

In the comments form all visitor’s IP address and browser user agent are automatically collected. This means that possible ‘spam’ is deleted (as the spammy IP address is checked) – so you don’t see spam and I don’t have to deal with it – as its automatically done.

If you make a comment, and after my approval of your comment, your comment is visible to the world and in the context of your Gravatar service, if you are using it, your public profile picture and other public information is visible to the anyone who reads the comment. This is automatic and based on your Gravatar service privacy policy – which is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/.

Cookies

If you visit the site, cookies (information code) are used to record the visit, this is automatic and I have no control over them as its part of the website coding. If you choose to leave a comment on our site you may opt in to – saving your name, email address and website. These cookies will last for one year. If you have an account on this site and you log in to this site, a cookie (a small piece of code used on all websites) is set. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

I also use various services to protect the site from hacking or other malicious damage; this is automatic because there are so many ‘hackers’ that try do this automatically and its best to protect before a problem than try and fix all the damage caused if the site is hacked.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. Youtube videos, images, articles, Twitter, Facebook etc etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if you are visiting the other website; I have no control over their privacy policy.

Analytics

These analyse automatically through cookies things like, how many people visit the site, pages visited and even things like page address for a page that dosnt exist, I do not share this data elsewhere.

How long I retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so subsequent visits are recognised. This may apply if I transfer the site to a different server or to a different domain name. If any user chooses to register on this website, it also automatically stores the personal information provided in their user profile. Other cookies are in some cases valid for a year.

Where your data is sent

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated ‘spam’ detection service and not permitted, I don’t want to spend time deleting spam (inappropriate comments etc) and I guess you don’t want to read it.

Your contact information

If you choose to leave contact information in comments it is not public . I don’t use the contact information to contact you by email and only reply back in the comment box – if you want to see my reply you need to enable that or check back later.

Contact forms

Naturally, the information you add on a contact form is collected and used by me to reply to you – which is done through an external email provider such as Gmail/Yahoo systems. If you sign up for a newsletter then you may receive emails and information from me in accordance with that sign up agreement. The contact information is not given to any organisation.

Additional information

Outbound links go to other websites so that you have additional information, especially if it is the information source and these will have different website policies over which I have no influence.

I also have some affiliate links, such as my Amazon book links, that help me earn some income if you click on them – and the price of any item purchased is not impacted by this  nor are any of my comments.

Some of the activities listed on this site may involve elements of danger and are included as informative only – not as a suggestion that anyone else undertakes them.

Always verify the most recent information as changes can and do happen.