Privacy Policy

What this is about

This document is a standard privacy policy offered by WordPress, as of June 2018, which all WebMasters are invited to add to their site. Clearly this is to do with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
So far, I have only added this first title and paragraph. I have noticed that quite a few of the headings below are blank.
Basically if you leave a comment then it is visible. My underatanding is that your email address will not be visible. Anyway, I would never, knowingly, pass on other peoples contact details. If you post a comment and then want to alter it or even retract it then let me know and we can sort it out.
At the bottom of each of my posts it says “This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.” Askimet is what is called a “plugin”, basically add-on software to improve the functionality of websites. In this case it improves website security. The askimet notice contains a link to their own privacy policy:-
My website is hosted by HostGator, My understanding is that HostGator has its own security features‎.
Any links to other sites, including through clickable pictures, may contain web addresses beginning http:// rather than https://. This will make the post containing that link show up as “not secure”, even though the url for the post itself does begin https://. I am gradually working through my posts to (A) check if I can’t just access the external site through https:// in any case or, if that doesn’t work, to (B) change to something different altogether.
I try my best to make things safe, as, I guess we all do, regardless of the GDPR directive.

Thank you. John

Who we are

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What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we 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.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms


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 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.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select "Remember Me", your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

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


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 is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

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.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

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

Your contact information

Additional information

How we protect your data

What data breach procedures we have in place

What third parties we receive data from

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements