What personal data we collect and why we collect it

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 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

If you contact us via a contact form on this website you will see a tick box asking if you give us permission to store your details. This is to ensure that any messages sent are logged and acted on appropriately.

We keep these message for 12 months before deleting them.

We also have a mailing list which has a double opt-in process in place. You can also easily opt-out


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.

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.

Security Logs

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 180 days.


We use Google Analytics to track usage on this website. It has been configured so it does not contain any Personally Identifiable Information (PII).

In addition, your IP address has been anonymized so you can’t be identified using it.

Who we share your data with

We share usage data with Google using their Google Analytics software platform. For more details see their privacy policy https://policies.google.com/privacy

We share usage data with Statcounter using their Analytics software platform. For more details see https://statcounter.com/

We also share your email address and name with MailChimp, who run our email lists on our behalf. For more details see their privacy policy https://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/.

How we protect your data

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

What third parties we receive data from

We receive data from Google in the form of adverts that are displayed on some of the pages on our website.

User interaction information is sent to a third party

This site monitors what content is visible in a visitor’s browser and sends that data to Google Analytics so that we can improve our content and layout.