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privacy policy

This is an extract of the Terms of Use as at July 5 2020. The full terms, which may be newer than this, can be read in full at does not collect personally identifiable information about its users unless explicitly provided. However, some of our third-party partners may collect information through the use of single-sign on and tracking cookies.

DreamHost, our web host, logs your connection when you visit our websites. The logs are not accessed by DreamHost or unless required to by law and are deleted after three days.

We ensure that every connection to our websites are carried over the more secure HTTPS protocol.


If you are a citizen of a member state of the European Union, the European Economic Area, the European Free Trade Area, the United Kingdom, or Switzerland, you may reqyest that an personal information we hold about you be erased or returned to you. We may also consider similar requests made by citizens from outside the GDPR area on a case-by-case basis.

Please make such requests to Joey Mann by email at [email protected] with sufficient information to identify you including names, aliases and email addresses.


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.

We review all comments (see the comment policy) and we retain every single comment made on our website in perpetuity even if it is not eventually approved for display, unless a request to erase them has been made under the GDPR.

If you so chose, you can save the name, email address and URL you associate with your comments so that you do not need to re-enter this information when leaving additional comments. When you select this option, we place a cookie in your browser which expires after one year.

We also use reCAPTCHA in the comments for users who are not logged in to prevent spam. reCAPTCHA is provided by Google and use of it is governed according to the Google Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

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 Gravatar image (or a randomly generated image) may be visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Advertising, social media and related external cookies

We use Google AdSense for advertising, which uses several cookies (including tracking cookies) to serve relevant advertising based on your browsing history. We only serve ads (and thus, Google ad cookies) to visitors who are not signed in to the website. The ad code is not loaded if you are signed in. You can find Google’s privacy policy here and you can use these links to disable ad tracking cookies on Google and over 100 different ad networks.

Some videos on and are served with advertising from Dailymotion. Dailymotion mostly uses Google Ads for its advertising, but be sure to read Dailymotion’s privacy policy if you have any questions, which is available here.

Pages that embed social media posts may result in cookies or other tracking files being left in your browser. All such embeds (and their associated tracking cookies) are placed after the ‘read more’ tag of the respective post and are only loaded if you affirmatively choose to read an article.

Signed in users

This section only applies to users who are logged in to or with an account

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.

Our site uses the Jetpack extension from Automattic to deliver some functionality.

To deliver some functionality and record activities around site management, the following information is captured: user email address, user role, user login, user display name, and local user IDs, the activity to be recorded, the site ID of the site on which the activity takes place, the site’s Jetpack version, and the timestamp of the activity. Some activities may also include the actor’s IP address (login attempts, for example) and user agent.

While you are logged in to our sites, Jetpack collects the following information: Login attempts/actions, post and page update and publish actions, comment/pingback submission and management actions, plugin and theme management actions, widget updates, user management actions, and the modification of other various site settings and options. This data is retained for up to thirty days and only the twenty most recent events are accessible to administrators.

The following information is sent to Automattic’s servers to assist with managing our websites: Successful and failed login attempts, including the user’s IP address and user agent.

Users logged in to an account linked to a account

If you are logged in to or with a account, the following information is tracked by Automattic while you are signed in: IP address, user ID, username, site ID and URL, Jetpack version, user agent, visiting URL, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, country code. Some visitor-related information or activity may be sent to’s webmaster via this feature. This may include: email address, username, site URL, email address, comment content, follow actions, etc.

The following activities may also be tracked by Automattic: Sending notifications (i.e. when we send a notification to a particular user), opening notifications (i.e. when a user opens a notification that they receive), performing an action from within the notification panel (e.g. liking a comment or marking a comment as spam), and clicking on any link from within the notification panel/interface.

Email subscriptions

When you subscribe to or, or a comment thread on one of these websites, by email, the following information is used: subscriber’s email address and the ID of the post or comment (depending on the specific subscription being processed). In the event of a new subscription being initiated, we also collect some basic server data, including all of the subscribing user’s HTTP request headers, the IP address from which the subscribing user is viewing the page, and the URI which was given in order to access the page (REQUEST_URI and DOCUMENT_URI). This server data used for the exclusive purpose of monitoring and preventing abuse and spam.

Activity Tracked: Functionality cookies are set for a duration of 347 days to remember a visitor’s blog and post subscription choices if, in fact, they have an active subscription.

Copyright notice-and-takedown provisions

When you submit a notice-and-takedown request, all the information in the request is retained for the purposes of processing the request, and for four years after the request is submitted.