This is my personal blog. The About page tells you who I am.

This blog doesn’t do anything fancy or interesting with data, personal or otherwise.

I use a log analysis tool to collect basic stats about visits to this blog: overall visitor numbers, browsers used, IP addresses and approximate geographical location (to city/region level, inferred from IP address). I use data from MaxMind to help with that. I collect that information just so I have a rough idea of how the site gets used. I won’t have the slightest idea who you are unless you say so in a comment.

Speaking of which, if you post a comment then I will look at it to moderate it, and if I allow it to be published then anything you included in that comment will be published on the blog.

I use a third party service called Akismet to help stop spam comments. So, if you post a comment, Akismet will see it too. So far as I can tell they don’t do anything with it except use it to get better at stopping spam. Their privacy notice explains in more detail.

This blog is hosted in the UK by Zen Internet . Yes, I know, Brexit. But if you’re getting your undies in a bunch about Chapter V transfers in the context of a blog like this then you really, really need to get out more. Yes, even you, Max. Especially you.

I do all of this because it’s in my legitimate interests to do so: that is, I have thought about how best to handle the limited personal data involved in a blog like this, and I have concluded that what I do is reasonable, proportionate and doesn’t harm anyone.

This blog has a separate dialog to explain the cookies it uses and to ask for your consent for those which aren’t essential to the operation of the site. The only non-essential cookies are – ironically – those used by the YouTube nocookie service to store technical preferences and session information. If you decline those, then embedded YouTube videos won’t work.

If the UK Data Protection Act 2018 and/or GDPR applies to you, then – assuming that those laws apply to personal blogs (a question on which I have yet to reach a settled view) – you have rights to access a copy of your personal data, have it corrected if it’s factually inaccurate, have it deleted (sometimes), and a few other rights which probably aren’t relevant here. You’ll have to prove your identity first.

If you’re in the UK and you don’t like something about this then you have the right to complain to the UK Information Commissioner’s Office. If you’re not in the UK, you can complain to your local supervisory authority.

That’s it, basically. I last updated this on 11 October 2019. If you have questions or want to exercise your rights, send an email to privacy at hedders dot me.