Privacy Policy

Our website address is: This policy sets out we use and protect any information you give us when you visit this website. Any information you give us will only be used in accordance with this privacy policy. If we change our policy we will update the information on this page. You should check this page from time to time to see if you are happy with these changes.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments and Spam Detection

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, the commenter’s name, username and email address (the latter not shown publicly), and to help protect us from spam, the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL. We use Akismet as our spam detection service. Akismet is owned by Automattic. Here is Automattic’s privacy policy for more details.

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.

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 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.

A cookie (akm_mobile) is stored for 3.5 days if you visit our site to determine whether or not you wish to view its mobile version.


We use analytics services provided by Jetpack, which uses cookies. Website analytics refers to a set of tools used to collect and analyse usage statistics, enabling us to better understand how people use this site. For more details, please refer to Jetpack’s cookie policy. Jetpack is provided by Automattic. Here is Automattic’s privacy notice, which also explains further how data is used by Jetpack.

Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but you may alter the settings on your browser at any time to decline cookies. More information about cookies can be found at

Our use of Jetpack also means that if you are logged into then your WordPress user ID and your WordPress username may also be tracked by Jetpack.

Analytics information is also available to us via Google Analytics. This also provides us with information about how people use this site. Data collected will be held for 14 months. If you do not want your information collected, Google has a browser add on which can be found here.

More information about Google Analytics and privacy can be found here.


If you initiate a subscription to blog posts or comments, via Jetpack we will collect the subscriber’s email address and the ID of the post or comment (depending on the specific subscription being processed). We also collect some basic server data, including all of the subscribing user’s HTTP request headers, the IP address from which the subscribing user is viewing the page, and the URI which was given in order to access the page (REQUEST_URI and DOCUMENT_URI). This server data used for the exclusive purpose of monitoring and preventing abuse and spam. Functionality cookies are set for a duration of 347 days to remember a visitor’s blog and post subscription choices if, in fact, they have an active subscription.

You can unsubscribe from email subscriptions at any time by clicking the ‘unsubscribe’ button on the emails you receive.


We use the AddToAny plug in to enable visitors to share our content on their social media channels. By default, AddToAny does not store any personal data. AddToAny technology vendors are GDPR compliant, and may temporarily store an IP address and set a client cookie for security purposes only. For more information see here.

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.

Who we share your data with

We have not sold and will never sell your personal data to any third party. Beyond the circumstances already laid out in this policy we will not share your data with third parties unless required to by law.

What rights you have over your data

If you 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.

Our contact information

If you have any questions related to this privacy policy and the use of your personal information, then please contact us at

Privacy policy effective from 25th May 2018