Privacy Policy


This is a boilerplate privacy notice with some fields filled in by a layperson who is not a lawyer, much less one familiar with European privacy laws. If you see any shortcomings or flaws in the policy please feel free to contact me so I can improve it. Thanks.

Who we are

Our website address is:

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: 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.

Contact forms

If you submit information in a form on this website, we will hold that information and use it only for the purposes described in the form in which it was submitted. For example, if you give an email address and ask a question, we will send any reply to that email address.


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 have an account and you log in to this site, 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

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.


We use Google Analytics and may use other similar services to collect information about our users’ activity on the site. This information is used to evaluate the performance of different pages on the site. The information is anonymized and will not be sold or otherwise shared with any other entity other than the one(s) that collect the information.

Who we share your data with

We do not share your data with any other entity except where clearly disclosed on the site.

How long we retain your data

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

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 we send your data

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

Your contact information

We may collect an email address from users to track user accounts and to be able to send email replies. We do not collect other kinds of contact information on users.

Additional information

How we protect your data

Data is saved on a private server on Amazon Web Services, and the operating system and other software on that server is kept up-to-date to reduce the likelihood of vulnerabilities. No credit card or other highly sensitive information is collected or kept on the system. Backups are copied from there to a personal computer at home. Reasonable security measures are followed to minimize unwanted access.

What data breach procedures we have in place

If there is a data breach we would shut down the server until we can determine what the problem is, fix the problem, and start it up again. There is no uptime guarantee as a result.

What third parties we receive data from

Google Analytics provides data and similar analytics companies may be used from time to time.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

Information collected from users is not shared with any outside entity.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

None apply that we are aware of.