What are cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of code or data stored in text files on a website visitor’s browser. They allow sites to store useful information while the visitor is on the website and for when they return. They do things like keep you logged into Facebook. And keep a list of items in your shopping cart when using an eCommerce site.

Will my site use them?

More than likely. Even if you do not have e-commerce or a secure login area, you will have at the very least Google Analytics (or a similar analytics package) which will require cookies.

Is it important to comply?

Yes. Is your site hosted or visited by persons located in Europe? If the answer is yes (which will be most websites sites), it makes sense and is a straightforward process.

What do I need to do?

You will need two things at the very least. First, you will need a privacy cookie policy added to your website’s legal’ pages and terms of site usage. If you do not have pages, ask your web developer to add them.

You will also need to have either a strict or implied cookies consent mechanism. This is usually in the form of a simple popup on your web pages that informs the users that you will be using cookies, allows the to click and read your privacy policy and close the popup.

What my web designer will do?

Ask your web designer to add your privacy/cookie policy pages to your site. Ask them to also add a cookie consent popup. This will go a long way to making your website cookie compliant.


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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.


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 visit our login page, 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.

Who do we share your data with

If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.

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 do 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 your data is sent

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


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