Who we are
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.
This website uses Titan Security to monitor comment entries and block comments that it deems them to be spam. You can view more information about how Titan Security works by visiting their website.
Spam comments are saved and retained by this website and may be approved by the website owner if they’re deemed to not be spam. Spam comments are periodically deleted by the website owner, though some may be retained if the website owner believes they need to be investigated or passed on to authorities if we’re legally obliged too.
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.
If you get in touch via a contact form on this website you’ll be asked to provide an email address for us to reply to. Your email address and contents of the message will not be shared with anyone else without your permission unless we’re legally obliged too.
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. You can delete these cookies manually in your web browser settings or update your web browser settings to block cookies altogether – however please be aware this could effect the functionality of parts of this website.
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.
Affiliate links and affiliate widgets (Advertising cookies)
When you subscribe to this website you’ll receive an email automatically when a new article is published containing a copy of the article or a snippet with a link to view the full article on this website. The email address you provide for this subscription service won’t be used for anything else. If you decide at anytime you’d like to unsubscribe from these emails there’s a link at the bottom of every email to do so. Alternatively, contact [email protected] with the email address you’d like to unsubscribe.
Data Used: IP address, WordPress.com user ID (if logged in), WordPress.com username (if logged in), user agent, visiting URL, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, country code. Important: The site owner does not have access to any of this information via this feature. For example, a site owner can see that a specific post has 285 views, but he/she cannot see which specific users/accounts viewed that post. Stats logs — containing visitor IP addresses and WordPress.com usernames (if available) — are retained by Automattic for 28 days and are used for the sole purpose of powering this feature.
Security Logs (iThemes Security)
The IP address of visitors, user ID of logged in users, and username of login attempts are conditionally logged to check for malicious activity and to protect the site from specific kinds of attacks. Examples of conditions when logging occurs include login attempts, log out requests, requests for suspicious URLs, changes to site content, and password updates. This information is retained for 7 days.
Who we share your data with
Any personal information or data provided to us, for example if you win a competition or giveaway which requires your postal address, will only be shared in order to fulfil the prize after receiving your permission. A separate page detailing the terms and conditions will be available for each competition or giveaway.
This site is scanned for potential malware and vulnerabilities by the iThemes Site Scanner. We do not send personal information to the scanner; however, the scanner could find personal information posted publicly (such as in comments) during the scan.
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.
Security logs are retained for 7 days.
What rights you have over your data
Right to access: 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 by emailing [email protected].
Right to amend: If you have left a comment on this website and later decide you’d like to remove your comment, please contact [email protected] or select ‘delete’ under the comment itself if available. Please be aware any edits you make to one of your existing comments may need to be approved again by the website before republishing. Please notify us if you’d like us to amend the contact information we hold on you, i.e. changing the email address of your subscription.
Right to be forgotten: 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 are checked through an automated spam detection service, you can view this here (external page).
Your contact information
The contact information you provide is not shared or sold to a third party.
Please do not disclose any personal information, views or opinions on this website that could compromise your online security, identity, image or reputation.
How we protect your data
We will not sell or disclose your personal information to third parties or copy it to a database online or offline. We monitor our website security and perform checks to ensure the website is secure.
What data breach procedures we have in place
Should we become aware of any breach of data, we’ll notify the persons effected through the contact information they’ve provided if we’re legally obliged too.
Should you have any other concerns or questions about your privacy or data held by this website, please contact [email protected]
Previous version update: 23/08/2019, 19/11/2020 and 23/11/2020.