Without cookies, websites would be boring and extremely frustrating places to visit. Cookies help websites remember your preferences and settings so that you don’t have to keep re-entering them every time you visit (or even go to a new page on the same site). But, because unscrupulous sites exist, I am now obliged to gain your consent for this site to leave a few cookies on your computer’s hard drive. Meanwhile, Governments around the world are happily trawling through your emails, phone calls and browsing habits.
In plain English
Anyway, the upshot is that
- This site does not track you as an individual
- If you email me (via the Contact Me page), then I will receive your email address and name (well, duh). I will keep this information private and only use it to contact you to follow up on your original message. You will not be added to any mailing lists (I don’t have one yet) unless you request it.
- If you comment on a blog post, then some information will be stored by the commenting system, depending on how you log in. No private information will be subsequently used, sold on or displayed.
- This site connects to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr and Disqus. Mostly this is to display content related to me, so does not contain any information about you. If you use those sites yourself, then you’ll have loads of their cookies, anyway. And there’s Google Analytics, of course. Again, everyone has that; all it does is help the site owner find out how the site’s used. No biggy.
Or, to put it more simply
- I’m not going to do anything that you wouldn’t want me to do.