Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is: This is a private blog, based in New Zealand.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


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 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.


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.


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.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

There are two embedded controls that I have enabled:

  1. Facebook like/share button on each review. These use the Facebook API, and if you have third party cookies enabled then effectively Facebook know you’ve been here. If you have third party cookies enabled then pretty much any page with a Facebook button has told them you have been there, so if this is a problem, I recommend investigating your privacy settings.
    For the record, I’m only using the button for a sense of what content people are interested in, and can’t see who “likes” a post unless we’re also friends on Facebook.
  2. I’m using a Google analytics tracker to count visits/referrals etc. The raw data from my webhost is full of bots and spiders, hence the more targeted counter. Like Facebook, Google are basically trying to track everyone so they can sell you stuff (or point advertisers at you.) Again, killing third party cookies should normally deal with this.

How long we retain your data

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

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

You can comment without registering, and at present do not need to provide an email address (this may change if we need to reduce spam bots.) If you do enter your email, we will not be using your address to contact you, although registered users may choose to subscribe to automated email content and updates through the WordPress content management system used.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or 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, and are manually approved.