Privacy Policy

Who we are

My name is Peter Bloomfield and this is my personal website/blog. The address is: https://peter.bloomfield.online.

Purpose

The main purpose of this website is for me to publish articles and share content I have produced in my free time which I think may be of help or interest to others. The content may relate to some of my experiences as a professional software engineer, or it may relate to technical or other topics I have pursued in my own time. Either way, please note that this website is entirely non-commercial and is not involved in selling or marketing. The website may show adverts or use other means of raising money (such as affiliate links) to help with running costs. However, I do not make a profit from it.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised 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: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media

If you upload images to the website, 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.

Contact forms

If you use the contact form to send me an email then your name, email address, and any message content will be sent to my personal email account. I am the only person with access to that account. I may use the information to reply to you if appropriate, but I will not use it for any other purpose. The information will not be used for any marketing, and it will not be published or shared with any other person or organisation.

User accounts

Registration and login are not required to use the website. These features are explicitly disabled for anyone except the website owner/operator. Consequently, no personal information is collected or stored via this route.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site 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.

Cookies may also be used for the purpose of preventing spam, as well as for analytics and in-page advertising (see below).

Embedded content from other websites

Articles 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.

Analytics

Your visits to the website and usage patterns may be tracked using Google Analytics (Google’s privacy policy is available here: https://policies.google.com/privacy). The data is anonymous and is only used to help improve the website, such as by making high-traffic pages more usable and efficient, and identifying popular topics for future posts.

Advertising

Google AdSense may be used to show personalised adverts within webpages on this website (Google’s privacy policy is available here: https://policies.google.com/privacy). The purpose is to contribute towards the costs of running the website.

Please note that the owner/operator of this website has limited control over what adverts are displayed, and has no way to know which adverts were displayed to which visitors.

Who we share your data with

Your data is not shared.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

What rights you have over your data

If you have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

Please use the contact form to get in touch if you have any privacy concerns.