Privacy and Cookie Policy

This policy sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us. Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it. By visiting our site you are accepting and consenting to the practices described in this policy.

Under the Data Protection Act 1998 and, as from 25th May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) we have a legal obligation to protect your personal information. We take appropriate security measures to safeguard your data and prevent any unauthorised access to it. We gather as little information as necessary and undertake to hold your information only for as long as is necessary for providing a service to you.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

This website is built using WordPress. WordPress does not collect any personal data from general site visits.

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

Media

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

You may give us information about yourself by filling in the contact form on our site or by corresponding with us by e-mail.

Cookies

Cookies are small pieces of text data which are placed on your device (for example, computer, tablet or mobile phone) through your browser when you visit a website.

The cookies used by our site provide essential functionality and retain the user’s preferences. The cookies themselves do not collect data and cannot be used to identify you personally.

For general website visits we will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

Registered Users

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 visit our login page, 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.

We do not place any cookies for third parties, for example to deliver advertising or other services, or to analyse our readers’ use of our website.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos). 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. Please read the policies on their site for more information.

Links to external websites

Our website may display links to third party websites, who may set their own cookies for advertisements and user preferences. We do not control or accept any liability for the installation of cookies and data storage by third-parties.

Disabling Cookies

Whilst we advise that you allow the installation of cookies on your browser or device when using our website, you are not obliged to do so and you can choose to reject cookies by adjusting the settings for your browser or device. You can also delete those which already exist using the settings on your browser and/or device (however, this may interfere with your use of our website and adversely affect your browsing experience).

The website http://www.aboutcookies.org contains a wealth of information about cookies and detailed instructions on how to configure your web browsers’ handling of cookies.

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.

Access to Information

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.