Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy of (personal blog by Author Simon Greaves)

Effective from 6th October 2018

1. Personal Statement (by Simon Greaves)
Simon Greaves “I” (“us”, “we”, or “our”), owner, operator and blog author for this website (“service”, “site”, “blog”) take your privacy very seriously.

2. Summary
The purpose of this privacy policy is to inform “you” (“visitor”, “user”, “consumer”) of the service, the nature, scope, and purpose of the personal data we collect, use, and process. Furthermore, processing of personal data, which includes “your” (“you”) name, address, email address, and IP address will be in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). You are informed, by this privacy policy of the rights to which you are entitled.

In order to provide this service to you, the following statements in regard to the privacy policy and usage terms are provided.

Personal Data is collected for the following purposes and using the following services:

Wordpress Stats, JetPack Stats and Google Analytics
Personal Data: Cookies and Usage Data

Content commenting
Comment system managed by JetPack
Personal Data: First name, Last name, IP address and website (optional)
Anti-spam service by Akismet (Automattic)

3. What information is collected about you

a) Contact Form
The commenter (“you”) name, email address, and site URL (if provided via the comment form), timestamp, and IP address. Additionally, a IFrame receives the following data: blog ID attached to the site, ID of the post on which the comment is being submitted, commenters local user ID (if available), commenters local username (if available), commenters site URL (if available), MD5 hash of the commenters email address (if available), and the comment content.

The contact form submission data — IP address, name, email address, website (optional), and message — is submitted to the owner of this website (“I”, Simon Greaves) and Akismet for the purposes of anti-spam. This email will include the submitter IP address, timestamp, name, email address, website (if provided), and message content.

Please read the Akismet privacy policy to learn how your comment data is processed when using the comments form.

Please read the JetPack cookie policy to learn how your cookies are processed and to control use of them.  Alternatively disable cookies in your browser settings.

b) Google Analytics
Please refer to the appropriate Google Analytics documentation for the specific type of data it collects. Also refer to the Google Privacy Policy:

c) Security and Access
In order to check login activity and potentially block fraudulent attempts, the following information is used: attempting user’s IP address, attempting user’s email address/username (i.e. according to the value they were attempting to use during the login process), and all IP-related HTTP headers attached to the attempting user.

Activity Tracked: Failed login attempts, which contain the user’s IP address, attempted username or email address, and user agent information.

d) Sharing
When sharing content using the buttons available on this site (LinkedIn, Twitter, Google, or Reddit) the following information is used: sharing party’s name and email address (if the user is logged in, this information will be pulled directly from their account), IP address (for spam checking), user agent (for spam checking), and email body/content. This content will be sent to Akismet (also owned by Automattic) so that a spam check can be performed.

e) Stats
Data collected for website usage statistics include: IP address, user ID (if logged in), username (if logged in), user agent, visiting URL, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, country code. Important: “I” the site owner does not have access to any of this information via this feature. For example, a site owner can see that a specific post has 285 views, “I” cannot see which specific users/accounts viewed that post. Stats logs — containing visitor IP addresses and usernames (if available) — are retained by Automattic ( for 28 days and are used for the sole purpose of powering this feature.

Post and page views, video plays, outbound link clicks, referring URLs and search engine terms, and country. Jetpack also tracks performance on each page load that includes the JavaScript file used for tracking stats. This includes the tracking of page load times and resource loading duration (image files, JavaScript files, CSS files, etc.).

4. Cookies
What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small file that is sent to your web browser and stored on your device (E.g. Mobile phone, tablet, laptop, computer) that allows us to identify and remember “you”. When you visit this site, information may be collected automatically through the use of cookies.

Do Not Track (DNT) is a feature in some web browsers that asks advertisers and other web software providers not to track user browsing habits. Using the WordPress plug-in WP-DoNotTrack ( this site honours any visitors with DNT enabled and will not track their activity (i.e. post and page views)

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