Personal Data


If you leave comments on this site, the data shown in the comments form, along with your IP address and browser user agent string will be recorded to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your e-mail address (a hash) may be also be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service Privacy Policy is available here. If your comment is approved and made visible on the site, your profile picture (if supplied) will also be visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Data Sharing

Your comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service (Akismet). This requires the transmission of comment data to the third-party service for review.

Usage statistics are also captured and transmitted to the Google Analytics service. If you object to this tracking, you can install the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on which is available here.

Data Retention

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This enables recognition and approval of any follow-up comments automatically, instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

If you register, the personal information provided within your profile is also retained. You can see, edit, or delete this information at any time (with the exception of a change of username). The website administrator(s) can also see and edit this information.

Your Rights to Your Data

If you have an account on this site or have left comments, you can request an export of your personal data at any time. You can also request the removal of any personal data held in relation to you.

This does not include data that needs to be retained for administrative, legal, or security purposes.


If you upload images to this website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS). Other visitors may be able to download and extract this location data.

Embedded Content

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.) from third-party sites. Embedded content from other websites behaves in the way it would had you visited the site directly.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking content, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content. This includes tracking your interaction with the content if you have an account, and are logged in to that website.


If you leave a comment on this site you may opt in to saving your name, e-mail address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience to negate the need for you to 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 log in to this site, a temporary cookie will be set 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, several cookies will be created to save your login information and screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days. Screen options cookies last for one 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 content on this site, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie contains no personal data and simply indicates the ID of the article you have edited. It expires after one day.

Finally, cookies are used to analyse user activity – providing insights in order that the site can be improved through an understanding of user behaviour. This behaviour tracking is enabled via site integration with the Google Analytics service, referenced previously.