Terms & Privacy

Terms Of Use

You are welcome to comment on this site as long as you are polite and do not swear, discriminate or otherwise use harmful language.

Privacy Policy

Comments

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 anonymized 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: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Contact forms

Information sent via contact forms on the site are not stored in the database. The only copies that exist go to the site admins inbox, and a copy to yours.

Cookies

This site, in common with all websites, uses cookies to manage essential functions.

If you comment, a cookie will be used during the process of checking if it could be spam.

If you login to an account, a cookie will be used to manage the session, telling the server you are logged in.

Cookies are used for gathering site usage statistics, through WordPress.com.

WITHDRAWING CONSENT:

Clicking on the “Accept” button of the site demonstrates your consent to accept cookies as part of using the features of this site.

If you do not consent by declining, essential site functions will fail. So non-consent essentially means you will not be able to use this site.

Legally there must be an opt-out option offered. Our only realistic opt-out option is to suggest you do not use the site, and to delete cookies from this site in your browsers settings.

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 tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

We use stats to monitor site usage. This is anonymous data that is not stored in our database. IP addresses are anonymised and hashed prior to processing, so no identifiable information is ever collected or stored in our database.

Who we share your data with

This site does not share any personal information you submit.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize 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.

However, if a request is made to delete some personal data, we will simply delete your entire account, removing all your data, as we don’t have the time to go through it all.

Where we send your data

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

Data Security

No information system is ever completely secure. However, we take the following precautions to ensure the risk is minimised as much as is reasonable:

  1. We use https (128bit SSL) to protect data transferred during use of the site.
  2. We anonymise and hash IP addresses for collecting usage stats (analytics data).
  3. We use third-party processing of payments, so no card details are ever stored on our server.
  4. Our site server is not on shared hosting and is hardened to make it as secure as possible.
  5. We use security software that uses a firewall and is always monitoring (and notifying site admins) if any breach or file change is detected.