Site Policies

Below is this site’s Privacy Policy, and then its Cookie Policy. As this site is just a personal blog, they are not as long as what you’ll find on a commercial site. I’ve tried to keep them brief, but relevant and fit for purpose. It’s not the most riveting stuff to read (or write).

Privacy Policy

Who I am

I am Rab Tait. This website address is: It’s my site. If you need to contact me about this site, use

What personal data I collect and why I collect it

If you leave a comment, you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

I collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

I collect your data for the sole purpose of replying to feedback or contact requests initiated by you.

How long I retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so I can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. Note that at the moment, as I get so few comments, I moderate them all.

Where I send your data

Comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. I use a well established WordPress plugin for this.

Your legal rights

If you have left comments, under certain circumstances, you have rights under data protection laws in relation to your personal data. These include the right to access, correction, erasure, transfer, and withdrawal of consent. You can see more about all your rights at ICO.

If you wish to exercise any of your rights, email I will deal with your request using the latest ICO guidance, and will appraise the veracity of your request using guidance from the same source.


Google Analytics is enabled for this site. However, IP addresses are anonymised.


If you upload images, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Embedded content from other websites

Content on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Cookie Policy uses cookies to benefit your user experience and for Google Analytics. That’s all. I don’t harvest or sell data. I just use it to reply to comments on my posts or contact form enquiries (provided neither are spam). In WordPress, I’ve made sure the settings for the comment capability fit what is recommended for GDPR compliance. Same for the contact plugin I use. And, for Google Analytics, the Anonymize IP Addresses setting is enabled. So I’ve done my best to both understand and meet requirements.

If you don’t know what a cookie is, google it, or accept my basic definition that they help websites work, and help me see what people are interested in, and how much traffic I’m getting.

If you use my site, it is implied that you are okay with cookies. If not, you should be able to disable them in your browser. Or stop browsing. The cookie consent plugin I use is set to reaffirm consent every three months.