Privacy notice

In the spirit of eating my own dog food, this privacy notice has been drafted using the tool which shipped in WordPress 4.9.6, which I helped to develop. Yes, that feels as weird as you think.

If you’re looking for assistance drafting your own privacy notice, use the guide within the WordPress privacy policy tool.

Who am I
This policy pertains to and which are personal sites operated by Heather Burns, a sole trader. My ICO registration number is ZA383373. This notice was last updated in June 2020.
What personal data I collect and why I collect it


When visitors leave comments on articles or post, the site collects 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.

Contact forms

If you fill in a contact form, the form will note the IP you sent the form from for security purposes.


If you leave a comment on the 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.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos from YouTube and, tweets, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These services may collect your IP Address, your User Agent, store and retrieve cookies on your browser, embed additional third party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including correlating your interaction with the content with your account with that service, if you are logged in to that service. I recommend exercising your privacy rights directly through the services using the links above.

This site uses Google Fonts. If you’re curious about the privacy implications, their FAQ is helpful.


This site uses Statcounter analytics to display userful statistical data about the past 25,000 pageviews. No cookies are deposited, IP addresses are masked, and no personal data is collected or retained by the service. Statcounter does not share visitor data with third parties. Statcounter is awesome. also uses Jetpack stats to show me a straightforward list of what pages are popular. No personal data is collected or transmitted by these stats.

Who I share your data with
No personal data is shared with third parties.
How long I retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely.

Contact form information is stored on the database for one year or until no longer needed.

All data pertaining to personal abuse, stalking, and harassment are kept indefinitely.

What rights you have over your data
If you have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of them. You can also request that I erase any personal data held about you on this site.

This does not include any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes, including stalking and harassment.

Where I send your data
This web site is hosted and backed up within the European Union.
Get in touch
For issues related to this notice write