What personal data we collect and why we collect it

We collect personal data to help us understand our readers and to provide better content and a more unique experience in the future. We will not share your data with anyone including advertisers and we will never sell your data to any third party. Data collected is used to identify you such as name, email and IP address.

Data is collected via:

  1. Our contact form: Name, email and message.
    To tell us who is contacting us and to whom we should reply to.
  2. Comments: Name, email and comment.
    To identify the person making the comment and to link your Gravatar profile picture if you have one.
  3. Newsletter signup: Email.
    To send occasional emailers about new products/content, offers and other exciting news.

We collect this information to learn more about what our readers like and how we can improve our website for our audience. When collecting data through a form, you will always be asked for your consent when you supply your information.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our website 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. Find out more about Cookies by reading our Cookie Policy.

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.

Newsletters

We use third party software so that we can send you the occasional newsletter via email telling you about exciting new products and updates. We only ask for your email address and you can unsubscribe at any time. Our newsletter campaigns are sent using MailChimp.

Analytics

WordPress and other third party plugins and software used to operate this website may use information about visitors for analytics purposes. This may include your location, pages viewed, how you came to the site and any files you may downloaded. These are just website stats and are used anonymously. This is to better understand our audience, see what articles are popular and improve our content.

Advertising & Affiliate Programs

Our website contains targeted advertising and affiliate links which may use technology such as cookies and Javascript to help them personalise the advertising content which you see on the website. The advertising partners and affiliate programs we used are:

These partners/affiliates have their own Privacy Policies for their sites which you should check.

How we protect your data

Our website has a SSL Certificate which means it is safer for you to use. In you browser, you should see a padlock symbol before the web address which has https:// before the URL. This means that any data you enter into our site is processed with a secure SSL certificate through our hosting company 1&1 Ionos.

How long we retain your data

We keep personal data for different periods of time depending on how it has been collected.

  1. Comment: Indefinitely as the comment stays visible for other users to see.
  2. Newsletter: Indefinitely or until user unsubscribes.
  3. Contact Form: Emails from forms are kept for a maximum of 2 years.

What rights you have over your data

If you have left comments on this website or have signed up for a newsletter you can withdraw your consent at anytime. You can request to see what personal data we hold and request it to be erased. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

You can also stop our emails by using the Unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email which will withdraw your consent.

Compliance with Laws

We may collect, use, retain and share your information if we believe it is reasonable necessary to:

  1. respond to a legal process or government requests
  2. enforce our agreements, terms and policies
  3. prevent, investigate and address illegal activity, security or technical issues
  4. protect the rights, property and safety of our visitors, newsletter subscribers etc.

Where we send your data

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

Data Breach Policies

Although we do not store sensitive user information, if we become aware of a breach, we will notify by email the impacted users promptly. We will take all necessary and proper steps reasonably available to us to secure the site from further intrusion.

Privacy Concerns, Contacting Us, Complaints:

You can contact us here with any concerns or questions about this privacy policy or your personal data.