Privacy Policy

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

To help spam detection all visitor’s in the comments form IP address and browser user agent are collected – this means 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 visable to the world and you profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment by Gravatar service if you are using it. This is automatic and based on your Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/.

Contact forms

Naturally, the information you add is collected and used by me to reply to you.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies (small codes that note your visit) . These are for your convenience (and mine to protect the site) 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.

I also use various services to protect the site from hacking or other malicious damage; this is automatic.

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 the you are visiting the other website; I have no control over their privacy policy.

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.

Analytics

Things like how many people visit the site 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 we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. This may apply if I transfer the site to a different server or to a different domain name.

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.

Where we send your data

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

Your contact information

Is only available privately to me if you choose to leave it in comments (I don’t use them to contact you and only reply back in the comment box – if you want to see my reply you need to enable that or check back later) or use the contact form in which case of course I use them when I email you.

Additional information

Outbound links are to other websites and these will have different policies over which I have no influence. I also have some affiliated links that help me earn some income if you click on them – such as my Amazon book links (the price to you is not impacted by this).