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Use of collected personal data


When you leave a comment on our website, the data entered into the comment form, as well as your IP address and the user agent for your browser, are collected to help us to detect unacceptable comments.

An anonymised chain created from your email address (also known as a “hash”) may be sent to Gravatar to verify whether you use that service. Gravatar’s Privacy Policy is available at the following address: After your comment is approved, your profile photo will be visible to the public next to your comment.


If you’re a registered user and you upload images onto the website, you should avoid uploading images containing GPS-coordinate EXIF data. Visitors to your website can download and obtain location data from these images.

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If you post a comment on our website, you will be asked to save your name, email address and website in cookies. This is solely to make things easier for you, so that you don’t have to enter this information if you post another comment in future. These cookies will expire after one year.

If you have an account and you log into this site, a temporary cookie will be created in order to determine whether your browser accepts cookies. It will not contain personal data and will automatically be deleted when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will install a number of cookies in order to save your log-in information and your screen preferences. Log-in cookies have a lifespan of two days, while screen-preference cookies expire after one year. If you check the “Remember me” box, your log-in cookie will be saved for two weeks. If log out of your account, the log-in cookie will be deleted.

When you amend or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie does not contain any personal data. It simply indicates the user name for the article which you have just amended. It will expire after one day.

Embedded Content from Other Sites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (for example, videos, images, articles and more). Embedded content from other websites operates in the same way as if you were to visit this other website.

These websites could collect data about you, use cookies, have embedded third-party monitoring tools and monitor your interactions with this embedded content if you have an account on their website which you have logged into.

Statistics and Analytics

Use and disclosure of your personal data

Periods for storing your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata will be saved indefinitely. This enables us to automatically recognise and approve subsequent comments instead of leaving them awaiting moderation.

If users log into our site (should that be possible), we will also save the personal data that they have provided in their profile. All users may view, amend or delete their personal data at any time (except for their user name). The website managers may also view and amend this information.

Your rights over your data

If you have an account or you have left comments on the site, you may ask to have a file sent to you containing all the personal data which we have about you, including data which you have provided to us. You can also ask for personal data about you to be deleted. This does not include data saved for administrative or legal purposes, or for security reasons.

Disclosure of your personal data

Comments from visitors may be approved using an automated service for detecting unacceptable comments.

Contact information

Additional information

How We Protect Your Data

Procedures Implemented Should There Be A Data Breach

Third-Party Services Which Disclose Data To Us

Automated Marketing And/Or Profiling Initiatives Carried Out Using Personal Data

Posting Information Relating to Sectors Which Are Subject to Specific Regulations