Privacy Policy

Who I am

For details about me, read the ABOUT page on this website. The home address for the site is:

What personal data is collected and why


When visitors leave comments on the site it will collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised 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.


Please don’t upload images to the website. If you do, be warned that other visitors to the website can download and extract metadata embedded in those images that might reveal your location (EXIF GPS), details about your camera or phone and its settings, and maybe even personal information. I can’t prevent other visitors from downloading, re-using and mis-using your pictures either.

Contact forms

Contact me using the contact form on this site. It asks for your name and an email address (so that I can reply to you), and provides a text field into which you type your message. When you click the Submit button, your message will be delivered directly to me by email. Your message will be checked through an automated spam detection service.

If this is a cause for concern, use a fake name and a temporary email address, and don’t type any sensitive information in the message. If you want me to delete your email and contact form record, tell me and I will comply. Please note that if your message is too curt and mysterious, it will probably end up in my spam folder without me ever seeing it.


Bloody cookies. I’m not interested in your data. I don’t harvest it. I don’t sell it on. However, all modern web sites cache different kinds of time-limited (i.e. harmlessly self-destructing) cookies as a means of accelerating site performance if you choose to revisit.

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 for some reason you stumble across my login page, the site 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.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites is likely to behave in the exact same way as if you had 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 tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

For this reason, I suggest you keep your usual ad blocker plug-in enabled when visiting my web site. It won’t interrupt site performance as I don’t run ads, trackers or malware.


Basic site analytics let me know which pages and blog posts get read. Use a block-everything secure browser by all means. Or feel free to entertain me by using your VPN to pretend to be a repeat visitor from Venezuela or always appearing to arrive via a click-through from a butt-plug online store.

Who we share your data with


How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This does not mean “forever”: it means “until it gets deleted”. The retention is for legal reasons, sure, but mostly for my everyday convenience when dealing with any follow-up comments. If this bothers you, don’t post a comment, or you can delete your own comment, or you can ask me to delete it for you.

What rights you have over your data

I might choose to keep count of visitors to this site but I don’t request or hold any personal information about you. If you have left comments, you can request to receive an exported text file of those comments and any name and contact information you provided with them.

If this bothers you, use a fake name and don’t share your contact info. If it’s too late, you can still ask me to erase any of your personal data that the site may hold about you. This does not include any data I may be obliged to keep for administrative or legal purposes, so you really are better off keeping it to yourself.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments are checked through an automated spam detection service. Basic anonymised analytics are recorded as a matter of course – unique visits, from which country, that kind of thing – but none of it is shared with anyone.

Your contact information

How we protect your data

I am not gathering any personal information beyond what you volunteer should you choose to post a comment or send me a message via the contact form. This is an https WordPress site protected by conventional certificate verification and non-frivolous admin passwords. No information about you over and above what it already publicly visible to other visitors is stored online or offline.