Privacy & Cookie Info

Privacy Policy 


When visitors leave comments on the site, we collect the data shown in the comments form, as well as the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string, to help detect spam.

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: 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.



We use cookies and tags on our website to enhance your experience and ensure that it functions properly. Cookies and tags are small text files that contain information and are downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. They help personalise your experience, remember your preferences, and track your usage of the website, which in turn allows the website to improve and cater to your needs.

If you’re in the EU, we must obtain your consent before sending cookies and tags to your device unless they are necessary to provide services to you. When you visit our website, you can set your cookie and tag preferences. You can also withdraw your consent to our cookies at any time, even if you’ve previously consented unless the cookie is necessary.

The table below explains the cookies and tags we use, why we use them, whether they’re necessary or another type of cookie/tag (such as “functionality” or “performance” cookies/tags), and whether they’re persistent or session cookies/tags.

Persistent cookies/tags remain on your device between browsing sessions and are activated each time you visit the website that created them. For example, if a website uses a persistent cookie/tag to remember your login details, you won’t need to enter them each time you visit that website.

Session cookies/tags are temporary and are deleted once you close your browser. They enable website operators to link your actions during a browsing session, which starts when you open the browser window and ends when you close it.

    Strictly Necessary

    Strictly necessary cookies/tags are essential to enable you to receive a service on a website. For example, cookies/tags to operate online shopping baskets, do your internet banking or to comply with the law (e.g. such as to keep your information safe). We would not be able to operate our website without using the “strictly necessary” cookies/tags listed below.


    Performance cookies/tags collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance, which pages visitors go to most often and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies/tags do not collect information that identifies a visitor. We only use such information to improve our website and gain insights as to how it is being used i.e. popularity of specific content.

    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 visit our login page, 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

    Suggested text: 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 tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

    Who we share your data with

    Suggested text: If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.

    How long we retain your data

    Suggested text: If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize 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

    Suggested text: 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 your data is sent

    Suggested text: Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.