GDPR Privacy and all that stuff

Since May 2018 data protection has got a bit complicated thanks to new EU rules. This may, or may not be a good thing. Frankly, after trying hard to trawl through hundreds of pages of waffle without falling asleep, I lost the will to live. These people have never heard of keeping things simple.

What I do is write. I don’t try to sell you stuff. I don’t make any money whatsoever from this blog or advertise anything.

If you make a comment or send me feedback, I ask for your email address. This is to stop spammers and hackers (I have had some really bad experiences with the latter). This information is stored on the dashboard of my blog permanently.

If you subscribe to see future posts I also need your email address to notify you when a new post is published. You can unsubscribe whenever you like. I won’t be offended. I probably won’t even realise.

I don’t send you emails unless you require a reply to your feedback or you are a subscriber.

I don’t send any of the data from comments, feedback or subscribers to anyone else or use it for any marketing purposes. Frankly, I don’t even look at it, although I guess I could if I was so inclined. No one else can see it and I try to make my site as secure from hackers (who could possibly access it by stealth) as I can.  I do, however, use askimet to try to stem the steady flow of spam and stop worthless lowlife hackers. Askimet will therefore have access to your data. Details of what they do with it can be found here. I also use Jetpack who collect data about the number of visitors, their geographical location and any links they click. How they gather information and what they do with it can be found here.

Apparently, there are also things called cookies. How they get there is a mystery to me, as is what they do. Sadly, you can’t eat them but, if they bother you, you can stop them or clear them.

It’s up to you whether you read my blog, comment on my blog, subscribe to my blog or share it with your friends. If you don’t want me to see your details (not that I actually bother looking because life is too short) don’t comment, send me feedback or subscribe. If cookies bother you, follow the link to clear them and block them or, if you’re paranoid about clicking links, Google how to do it yourself.

Hopefully all of the above is a lot clearer than the official GDPR information but, if you have any questions, please feel free to comment or contact me, unless, of course, you’re worried about me seeing your information…