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.
What personal data is collected and why
Comments (if available currently they are turned off.)
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 visit the site, cookies (information code used on almost all websites) are used to record the visit, this is automatic and I have no control over them as its part of the website coding; your own computer is set to choose how you want these to be dealt with. These cookies will last for one year. If you choose to leave a comment on the site you may opt in to – saving your name, email address and website. If you have an account on this site and you log in to this site, a cookie is set and contains no personal data.
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
These analyse automatically, through cookies, things like, how many people visit the site, pages visited and even things like page address for a page on my site that doesn’t exist but people tried to visit (perhaps I deleted it), I do not share this data elsewhere.
How long I retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata (information) are retained indefinitely. 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, the site 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 if considered spam are 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 from comments 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.
Naturally, the information you add on an email 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. The contact information is not given to any organisation and I dont use it after the email conversation is finished. If you sign up for a newsletter then you may receive emails and information from me in accordance with that sign up agreement; you will be able to unsubscribe.
Outbound links go to other websites so that you have additional information, especially if it is the key information source and these will have different website policies over which I have no influence.
I may 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 (such as my visits to Yemen or travelling through the desert)- not as a suggestion that anyone else undertakes them; if they do them it is at their own risk
Always verify the most recent information on anything noted in this website as changes can and do happen.