Privacy Policy

Who I am

My website address is: https://gjbarnard.co.uk.

What personal data I collect and why I collect it

This website runs WordPress.  By default WordPress does not collect any personal data about visitors, and only collects the data shown on the User Profile screen from registered users.

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site I 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: automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media

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 form

I am currently using wordpress.org/plugins/clean-and-simple-contact-form-by-meg-nicholas/ as a contact form.  The information entered ends up as an eMail to me.   To avoid bots, I have activated ‘Google reCAPTCHA‘ which has its own privacy policy: policies.google.com/privacy.

Cookies

This site uses cookies – small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping carts, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics.

As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers.

I am using the plugin ‘wordpress.org/plugins/uk-cookie-consent/‘ for this site which has details of privacy here: wordpress.org/support/topic/cookie-consent-and-gdpr/.

In line with UK Cookie Law, please see information on the ICO website, you have the option to opt in or out of accepting cookies using the cookie consent at the top of the page.

In addition, WordPress indicates this about cookies “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 have an account and you log in to this site, 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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.  Please refer to their respective privacy policies, such as:

Where possible I will provide a link instead of embedding so that you may choose to go to the given website.

Analytics

I have not enabled analytics for the site, however, it is hosted by 34sp.com which does collect data.  This is detailed, specifically under ‘What information does 34SP.com store about my site’s visitors?’ on www.34sp.com/securityandprivacy.

Who I share your data with

By default WordPress does not share any personal data with anyone.  I don’t personally share your data unless legally required to by a regulatory authority.  If you use the contact form then please see that for more information.  Please read the policy in full for other elements, such as the hosting company.

How long I retain your data

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 (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 may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Theme

Plum: en-gb.wordpress.org/themes/plum/

Other plugins used:

GB localisation: wordpress.org/plugins/en-gb-localisation/ – appears to store no user data.

Meta Slider: wordpress.org/plugins/ml-slider/ – wordpress.org/support/topic/is-your-plugin-gdpr-compliant/

Responsive Lightbox: wordpress.org/plugins/responsive-lightbox/ – wordpress.org/support/topic/gdpr-51/

SynHi: My own plugin incorporating Alex Gorbatchev’s very popular syntax highlighter, version 4.0.1 – github.com/syntaxhighlighter/syntaxhighlighter

Updraft Plus: wordpress.org/plugins/updraftplus/ – wordpress.org/support/topic/gdpr-data-protection-privacy-etc-statement/

YouTube Embed Plus: wordpress.org/plugins/youtube-embed-plus/ – this has a GDPR consent option in reference to YouTube’s privacy policy, if you consent then a cookie ‘ytprefs_gdpr_consent’ is used to store your decision.  For more details, please read: wordpress.org/support/topic/plugin-gdpr.