The Dreaded Privacy Policy


The law relating to data protection changed on 25th May 2018 when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force. It is a new piece of EU legislation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) that replaced the Data Protection Act 1998 and remains in force in the UK until the new Data Protection Act (DPA), applies post-Brexit although any business in the UK which collects and/or processes data belonging to any EU citizen will still be required to comply with the GDPR irrespective of the provisions of the DPA.

Under the GDPR, organisations are required to provide individuals with information about the use and processing of their personal data. Note 1: ‘Personal data’ means any information relating to an individual who can be identified from that data. This note is intended to help you understand how you can maintain control of your information. GDPR is about protecting individuals and their rights in respect of their personal information. It is designed to ensure that an individual can maintain control over their information. Under GDPR you can:

  • Request access to, deletion of, or correction of your personal data.
  • Request your personal data be transferred to another person.
  • Complain to a supervisory body.

Who I Am

My website address is:

What Personal Data I Collect And Why I Collect It

I don’t collect personal data, largely because this is just a space for me to rant. Posts are usually linked to Facebook; if you come to this site to read them you can leave your name and email address, in which case read the ‘Comments’ section below. If you don’t then Facebook has responsibility for any personal data they collect.


When visitors leave comments on the site I 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. Also, don’t be surprised if images are deleted out of hand—storage space and bandwidth is expensive.

Contact Forms

There aren’t any.


If you leave a comment on this 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 exactly the 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 I Share Your Data With

Properly, “With Whom I Share Your Data”.

Nobody. Unless someone has made a comment of sufficient worth to share with my wife.

How Long I Retain Your Data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so that I can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on my website (you can’t, but that may change in the future), I 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 or have left comments on this site, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data I hold about you, including any data you have provided to me. You can also request that I erase any personal data I hold about you. This does not include any data I may be obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where We Send Your Data

Visitor comments are checked through Akismet, an automated spam detection service.

Your Contact Information

See ‘Comments’ above.

How I Protect Your Data

If there’s nothing collected, there’s nothing to protect. However, this site is secured behind the WPMU ‘Defender’ firewall which is a very effective measure of protection for this website and for any data of any kind which may be stored on it. In the unlikely event of website data being downloaded by me, my computer is encrypted and also behind a firewall. There is no long-term storage of personal data taken from this website as, from my point of view, there’s no point.

What Data Breach Procedures We Have In Place

See above paragraph.

What Third Parties I Receive Data From


What Automated Decision-making And/or Profiling We Do With User Data

None. Like I have the time…