Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is:

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 use our contact form, we will collect the following personal data:

  • Your name (howsoever you choose to provide it to us)
  • Your email address
  • Your phone number (if you opt to provide it)
  • The content of your message, which may or may not contain personally identifying information depending upon what you choose to submit

We collect your email address so that we can send you a single email to confirm the receipt of your message. This email will also contain a summary of the information you submitted to us for your records.


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.


We use Google Analytics third-party audience data such as age, gender, and interests to gain a better understanding of our customers. We work with companies that collect information about your online activities so that we can provide advertising intended to suit your interests and preferences.

The data we collect about your online activities does not personally or directly identify you.

Opting out of tracking

For an easy way to prevent any website that is using Google Analytics from tracking your visits you can install the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

To stop any website from tracking your activities at all we’d recommend using a web browser such as Firefox, which includes Tracking Protection as a standard feature when browsing in Private Browsing mode. Read more about Firefox Tracking Protection. This website will respect the preferences of any visitor who has enabled “Do not track” in their browser settings.

Who we share your data with

Website acceleration and security is provided by CloudFlare. Any information that you send to this website will in the first instance be handled by their systems in accordance with their privacy policy. Owing to the nature of the service they provide and the global nature of their network, your personal data may be transmitted outside of the EU and Switzerland. As a result, you may wish to view CloudFlare’s Privacy Shield certification.

Website endpoint security is provided by WordFence, who will collect the following data when you visit our site:

  • Originating IP address
  • Proxy IP address (if available)
  • URL accessed
  • HTTP header information
  • HTTP request body
  • Cookies (e.g., Google Analytics, WordPress authentication)

This data is collected solely for the provision of security, namely to identify website users who may be trying to bypass security measures in order to gain unauthorised access to this site or the web server it is running on. By collecting this data our service provider is helping to ensure the continued security of this site and web server software and any and all data processed thereof.

The data that is collected from your visit to this site will be transferred outside of the EEA, for which Defiant (the publisher of the WordFence software) currently has a Privacy Shield application pending. Until this application has been approved, a Model Contract Clause agreement has been entered into between ourselves and Defiant to ensure that all data transmitted outside of the EEA is done so in accordance with the requirements laid down by the GDPR.

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.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to enable you to visit other websites of interest easily. However, you should note that we do not have any control over those other websites.

This is why we cannot be held responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites, and these sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

What rights you have over your data

You may contact us at any time to:

  • Request a copy of the information that we hold about you.
  • Correct any information that we hold about you.
  • Delete any information that we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
  • Present us with any questions or concerns about how your data is being used.

Our contact information

You can contact us with any privacy-related questions in the following ways:

  • Phone: +44 (0) 7816 596 668
  • Email:

Your agreement

Finally, by continuing to use this website you are agreeing to the terms as set out in this privacy policy.