Privacy Policy & GDPR


This section clarifies what information is obtained from your use of this site, how it is used, its retension period and how it can be removed.

This sites GDPR policy

GDPR is the General Data Protection Regulation aimed at protecting all data regarding EU citizens.

This website and its owners take a proactive approach to user privacy and ensure the necessary steps are taken to protect the privacy of its users throughout their visiting experience. This website complies with all UK national laws and requirements for user privacy.


Who am I?

My name is Dave Richardson and I am an "IT Manager" by profession in the Education sector, based in the United Kindom.

My website address is


The basis of this site:

As a blog and a forum for members to post comments, it is deemed essential and forms the basis of this site, to collect and publicly display certain aspects of data collected, such as username, comment text, attachments (including pictures) and any links included; this data will be in the public domain.

Data this site collects:

The site collects the minimum amount of information that is necessary to operate this service and provide information for statistics on how its users use this service, as well as information required to secure the service and provide information to law enforcement agencies if required to do so. There are non-mandatory fields within this service that this site will collect only if the user enters the data and is considered "optional".

Through Browsing:
  • Your IP address
  • Your browser agent
  • The pages visited
  • Your previous site/pages
  • Search queries

Whilst you browse this website, it will collect data about your browsing session. This data is anonymous; it cannot be used it to relate your browsing session to you personally. The kind of data it collects includes the pages that you visit, the number of times that you visit them, your operating system, your screen resolution, the version of your web browser and the country you’re visiting from.

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.

Use of Cookies:

This website uses cookies to better the users experience while visiting the website, such as storing display preferences. Where applicable this website uses a cookie control system allowing the user on their first visit to the website to allow or disallow the use of cookies on their computer/device. This complies with legislation requirements for websites to obtain explicit consent from users before leaving behind or reading files such as cookies on a user’s computer/device.

Cookies are small files saved to the user’s computer's hard drive that track, save and store information about the user’s interactions and usage of the website. This allows the website, through its server to provide the users with a tailored experience within this website.
Users are advised that if they wish to deny the use and saving of cookies from this website on to their computers hard drive they should take necessary steps within their web browsers security settings to block all cookies from this website and its external serving vendors.

If you leave a comment on My site you may opt-in to save 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 have an account and you log in to this site, it 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, it 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.

Google Analytics:

The site uses a tool called Google Analytics to collect statistical data. All of the data is stored securely on Google’s servers. In order to track your browsing across sessions, Google analytics will place a ‘cookie’ on your machine (a small text file that websites use to track and remember information across several browsing sessions). You can tell your web browser not to accept cookies if you don’t want this site to do this (refer to your web browser’s help file for more information). For further details on Google Analytics and the Google Analytics privacy policy, please visit the Google Analytics web site.

Through Membership:

In addition to the above; the following information is also collected:

  • Your email address
  • Your username <for this site>
  • Your First name (if given)
  • Your Lastname (if given)
  • Your profile picture (if uploaded)
  • Your own website or a nominated website (if given)
  • Your AIM (if given)
  • Your Yahoo IM (if given)
  • Your Jabba or Google Talk username (if given)
  • Your biographical information (if given)
  • Your password for this site
  • Your movement and activity on this site
Through participation:

In addition to the above; the following information is also collected:

  • Comment Text
  • Attachments (including pictures)
  • links

When visitors leave comments on the site it 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.

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.

Newsletter & emails

If you have subscribed to My newsletter or if you are a member of My website (you can log in) or if you have purchased on My website, there is a good chance you will receive emails from me.

I will only send you emails which you have signed up to receive, or which pertain to the services I provided to you.

To send you emails, I use the name and email address you provide me. My site also logs the IP address you used when you signed up for the service to prevent abuse of the system.

This website can send emails through the MailPoet sending service. This service allows me to track opens and clicks on My emails. I use this information to improve the content of My newsletters.

No identifiable information is otherwise tracked outside this website except for the email address.

Data Collected to Manage Your Membership

At checkout, I will collect your name, email address, username, and password. This information is used to setup your account for My site. If you are redirected to an offsite payment gateway to complete your payment, I may store this information in a temporary session variable to set up your account when you return to My site.

When logged in, I use cookies to track some of your activity on My site including logins, visits, and page views.

How this data is used:

The data collected helps to:

  • Manage your account on this site
  • Track usage for auditing and security
  • Plan for future site developments
  • Identify and better promote most popular content, and likewise, the less popular content
  • Gauge the success of marketing campaigns
  • Identify periods of heavy site usage, to help forecast when is best to perform maintenance work
  • To email you notifications regarding new or updates posts, comments, pages, newsletters and service status

The "Through participation" data is used to:

  • Form the basis of this site for sharing information through comments, pages and posts.

This website uses any information submitted to provide you with further information about the products/services it offers or to assist you in answering any questions or queries you may have regarding the site's content.

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

Cancelling your account (or allowing your account to expire):

If this site no longer fits your needs, you can cancel your account by:

  1. Logging in to this website
  2. Going to Accounts
  3. Under "My Memberships" and "Level" clicking "Cancel"
  4. Confirm your cancellation
  5. Your account will be internally marked for deletion

By cancelling your account:

  • Your account and Membership will be cancelled and deleted from the site's database within 30 days, however, backups will remain in place in accordance with the sites retention policy (see below)
  • Access to the website's membership required content will be removed
  • No refunds on unused or partially used membership payment cycles
  • Any of your posts and comments will be attributed to "Anon"; However, the IP address used to post those items will remain in place for legal requirements

By allowing your account membership to expire:

  • Your account will be deleted from the site's database within 30 days, however, backups will remain in place in accordance with the sites retention policy (see below)
  • Access to the website's membership required content will be removed
  • Any of your posts and comments will be attributed to "Anon"; However, the IP address used to post those items will remain in place for legal requirements

Until your account is deleted you may still receive service messages regarding your account or subscriptions and notifications you have signed up for.

If you have an account on this site or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data it holds about you, including any data you have provided it. You can also request that it erases any personal data I hold about you. This does not include any data it is obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Data retention:

Database & Server Backups:

Information is stored in the site's database and retained as follows as part of the site owners Data Recovery Plan:

  • Site Internal backups are taken every day and retained for 7 days (Automated process)
  • Server backups are taken every day and retained for 1 month (Automated process)

Backups are tested regularly, any restored data is removed immediately after successful confirmation.

Google Analytics:

Starting May 25, 2018, user and event data will be retained for 26 Months; Google Analytics will automatically delete user and event data that is older than this retention period. Note that these settings will not affect reports based on aggregated data. The site owner has set this retention period for this data so that two years can be compared, to spot trends and content functionality and usefulness to its users.


If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so I can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on My website, it also stores 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.

Further Privacy Information

External Links

Although this website only looks to include quality, safe and relevant external links, users are advised to adopt a policy of caution before clicking any external web links mentioned throughout this website. (External links are clickable text/ banner/image links to other websites, similar to; Folded Book Art or Cottages in Pembrokeshire.)

The owners of this website cannot guarantee or verify the contents of any externally linked website despite their best efforts. Users should, therefore, note they click on external links at their own risk and this website and its owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned. If it is brought to the attention of the site owners regarding a concern about the destination of a link, the link will be investigated and removed where appropriate.

Adverts and Sponsored Links

This website may contain sponsored links and adverts. These will typically be served through the site's advertising partners, to whom may have detailed privacy policies relating directly to the adverts they serve.

Clicking on any such adverts will send you to the advertisers’ website through a referral program which may use cookies and will track the number of referrals sent from this website. This may include the use of cookies which may, in turn, be saved on your computers hard drive. Users should, therefore, note they click on sponsored external links at their own risk and this website and its owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.

Social Media Platforms

Communication, engagement and actions taken through external social media platforms that this website and its owners participate on are custom to the terms and conditions as well as the privacy policies held with each social media platform respectively.

Users are advised to use social media platforms wisely and communicate/engage upon them with due care and caution in regard to their own privacy and personal details. This website nor its owners will ever ask for personal or sensitive information through social media platforms and encourage users wishing to discuss sensitive details to contact them through primary communication channels such as by telephone or email.

This website may use social sharing buttons which help share web content directly from web pages to the social media platform in question. Users are advised before using such social sharing buttons that they do so at their own discretion and note that the social media platform may track and save your request to share a web page respectively through your social media platform account.

Shortened Links in Social Media

This website and its owners through their social media platform accounts may share web links to relevant web pages. By default, some social media platforms shorten lengthy URLs [web addresses] (this is an example:

Users are advised to take caution and good judgement before clicking any shortened URLs published on social media platforms by this website and its owners. Despite the best efforts to ensure only genuine URLs are published many social media platforms are prone to spam and hacking and therefore this website and its owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any shortened links.

Resources & Further Information

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