Who am I? An independent UK writer.


My contact address is: https://www.writerandauthor.com/contact. Below is the standard WordPress site Privacy policy, as this is a standard WordPress site. (If you’re looking for engaging prose, you’re on the wrong page.) NOTE: as this is standard WordPress blurb, the “we” referred to below is of the royal variety. (Non-UK readers should substitute “I”.) The information below is not complete, but I’m not up to anything nefarious, honest. :) I’ll finish if I remember – this a blog not your personal banking website. Subscribe, we keep your email; comment and we post it or delete it if it’s Spam. If you want to see what information will be displayed if you leave a comment, read other comments. This stuff isn’t rocket science. Contact me above if you want a comment taken down, but I reserve the right to replace it with my own editorial snippet if you catch me on one of my opinionated days.

Don’t post any personal identifiable information you wouldn’t want strangers to know, and don’t post anyone else’s either or your comment WILL be deleted. If you try to post something illegal and nasty like child porn I’m liable to report you to the police, send them a copy of what you sent me and then delete it from the site. Just try and be a decent human being and we’ll get along just fine. If you want to know what WordPress have to say about data privacy, it’s below. Knock yourself out…

What personal data this site collects and why…


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 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: https://automattic.com/privacy/. 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 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 we share your data with: Google Analytics (as per most sites on the Web) and WordPress Jetpac (as per most WordPress sites – good grief, this is dull… Why are you still here?).

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise 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 will be checked through an automated spam detection service: Akismet.

Your contact information

Additional information

How we protect your data

What data breach procedures we have in place

What third parties we receive data from

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

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements