Updated January 2020
I value your privacy as much as my own. As a resident of Australia, I am bound by the provisions of the Australian Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the Privacy Act), which which may be obtained from the website of The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. Note that as an Australian resident, I'm not bound by the requirements of the European Union's GDPR legislation, however I do attempt to uphold the spirit, if not the letter of these laws.
My website uses HTTPs encryption for your privacy and security. You can verify this here.
The core of my website is built using only static technologies. There is no database locally hosted and no server-side scripts that can be exploited. In simple terms, I don't hold any information about my readers on my website, or the service that hosts it.
I make use of several third-party companies to provide services and functionality. This functionality includes:
- Commenting (provided by Talkyard)
- Advertising and Analytics (provided by Google)
- Newsletter subscription (provided by MailerLite)
- Affiliate advertising (provided by Amazon and others)
Your information is yours, not mine. I am in the business of writing articles and books, not mining or selling my readers' information. You have the right to:
- View any information I have collected, processed and stored.
- Delete any such information.
- Be forgotten.
If you wish to exercise these rights, please contact me by email and I will respond to your request as soon as possible.
This site uses no first-party cookies, however it uses several third-party cookies to facilitate the services I use.
Third-party cookies are provided by:
- Talkyard (for commenting and discussion)
- MailerLite (for the newsletter sign-ups)
- Google (analytics and advertising)
Anyone is free to post a comment on any article in my blog. Users are under no obligation to do so and the facility is merely there to provide discussion.
Mailing lists and newsletter
My mailing list and newsletter is powered by MailerLite. I use this service to send automated blog updates, and my monthly newsletter to subscribers.
Anyone is free to unsubscribe at any time. No questions asked. Unsubscribe and I delete your data -- simple.
Since I host with Netlify, I have no access to any web server logs. Instead, I use Google Analytics to gauge traffic and other metrics. Analytics allow me to tailor the content of my site. For example, I know my most popular articles are my reviews, therefore I endeavour to write more of them.
Google Analytics are anonymised. I get no personal information in my reports.
Google Analytics is compliant with the GDPR legislation. I have opted to retain User and Event Data for a period of 14 months, the lowest amount provided for by the Google Analytics dashboard.
Users can manage their settings using Google's Privacy dashboard.
I advertise on my blog (and only my blog) to generate a modest income for my writing. For advertising I use Google Adsense, which injects tracking cookies and adverts into my site.
If you find this troubling, I suggest you look into ad blocking technology. I'm exploring less intrusive ways for readers to support my writing should they choose.
As with other Google service, users can manage their settings using Google's Privacy dashboard.
Occassionally, I link to products or services on third-party sites in return for a tiny commission at no cost to the reader.
Revisions to this policy
I reserve the right to change this policy without warning or notice. Changes will typically be made to reflect changes to privacy legislation or changes that affect the operation of this website or the third-party services I use.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact me by email