No personal data is handled by this site at all, unless you join in the conversations by using the comments. As this site is driven by WordPress, I can see the following:
- Your E-mail Address
- Your IP Address
These are stored on a server, provided by a trusted, established company. These servers have strong password protection and other security measures designed to keep these details safe.
Google Analytics Cookies
In order to understand my visitors, how you interact with the site is recorded anonymously and cannot be linked to your details mentioned above. This helps me to see which kinds of content are most popular so I can continue to write stuff you actually want!
If you come through a Google/Bing search and are using HTTPS, I don’t know the keyword you use before landing on my site as this is encrypted and not transmitted by these search engines.
Google AdSense Cookies
In order to try and cover some of my costs as well as help my income a tiny bit (my capacity for earning limited by Fibromyalgia) there is an ad in the sidebar. You can block these cookies to prevent ads showing. I think I currently manage about $5/month. So trust me when I say I’m not getting rich by these ads. But every dollar really helps me.
If you click these ads, I may, at Google’s discretion gain a few cents for your click.
Your use of this site is not limited in any way if you block these ads. As per EU Law, I have had to update my site to request your permission to use these cookies and you are free to refuse them (and I honestly won’t be offended – in fact, I won’t know!).
EU Cookie Law Compliance
When you first come across the site, you will be informed that cookies may be placed for the above purposes. I am following the EU’s method called ‘Implied Consent’. This means by continuing to read this blog or participate in discussions, you’re happy for me to use these cookies. By using implied consent, my web stats are more accurate, allowing me to know what content is most frequently read so I can produce more of that kind of stuff!
I discovered that the old comments system was not honouring any opt-out requests. I have therefore changed my comment system. I will have to see how it works out in term of SPAM protection but in terms of protecting your privacy, this set-up is much better as it stores precisely zero cookies.
If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail [email protected].