Cookies and GDPR Compliance
As a small business owner I rely on analytics data to monitor the performance of my website and business. As such, I use an analytics tracker and services created and provided by Automattic for WordPress. This tracker place a small file (cookie) on your device which, through anonymised data, helps me understand things like which country you are visiting from, the pages you visit, the sort of device you use, and how long you spend browsing my website. You can read more about the trackers placed by Automattic for WordPress here.
I also make use of browser caching, again using cookies to see if you have visited my site before. Browser caching helps to reduce page load times, meaning that your experience of my website is faster and more streamlined. I do this for two reasons. Firstly, so that you don’t have to wait as long to see a page. Secondly, so that Google ranks my website higher in search engine results pages.
You can turn off browser caching in your browser settings.
Personal Data and Forms
I do not use a contact form on my website. If you leave a comment, your IP address and the email address you submit will be stored on my server. If you are unhappy about this, let me know and I will remove your comment and details. If you get in touch with me by email as per the contact details I provide on this website, I will use the information you provide me to discuss your enquiry. I will not add you to a mailing list, and nor will I sell or exchange your data (names, contact details etc). You can of course tell me in the course of our correspondence that you no longer wish to be contacted which I will respect with immediate effect.
I do have a mailing list and you can update your details or unsubscribe from my newsletter whenever you like, thereby removing your details from all records. If you wish to subscribe anonymously to either my mailing list or any other mailing list you may wish to sign up for, then I suggest you create a burner email account and use false information when you register for it. GMX, a German based email provider, is a good option for burner email accounts.
If for any reason you are not happy with the way I handle your data, please get in touch and let me know so that I can amend my records. Privacy and data are dry and dull topics, but internet privacy and data security are principles I value very highly. If you would like to find out more about how you can experience and champion an open, transparent and privacy focused internet, then head over to the Mozilla Foundation website where you will find lots more information.
Your first option is to simply navigate away from this site and clear your browser cache. The second option is to update the cookie settings in the browser you use to block cookies. The third option (the one I recommend) is to install a browser privacy plugin calIed Ghostery which not only blocks cookies but prevents requests for cookies being transferred from website to browser in the first place. This will help you control your privacy settings across the internet, not just on my website. With Ghostery you have the option to individually white list sites that you trust.