Privacy & Cookies

Last updated: 12 September 2019

Who I am

Website address:

Website owner and data controller: Aaron Robertson

Contact information: aaronrobertson[at]

What personal data I collect and why I collect it


If visitors comment on a blog post on my site, the data shown in the comments form is collected, along with 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. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Gravatar privacy policy


Cookies are small files stored in your browser which perform functions such as recognising your device when you return to my website. You can modify your preferences for third party cookies at any time by going to cookie settings.

This website uses three types of cookies:

Strictly Necessary Cookies

A strictly necessary cookie is used so that you can save your cookie preferences. This is always enabled.

Functional Cookies

If you comment on a blog post on my site, you can opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. This is 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.

Third-Party Cookies

My website uses Google Analytics to collect anonymous information such as how frequently the same devices visits my website, the most frequently viewed pages, and how the website is found. Google Analytics cookies last for two years.

Google’s Privacy Policy

Who I share your data with

Apart from third-party cookies, I never share your data with anyone.

How long I retain your data

If you comment on a blog post on my website, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so that any follow-up comments can be recognized and approved automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

If you contact me via my website, your email address may be retained indefinitely.

Where I send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through a third-party automated spam detection service.

Analytics data is processed by a third party (Google Analytics).

What rights you have over your data

If you have commented on a blog post on my website, you can ask to receive an exported file of the personal data I hold about you, including any data you have provided. You can also ask that I erase any personal data I hold about you. This does not include any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

If you have contacted me via my website, you can ask that I erase any personal data that I hold about you.

Any requests should be sent to: aaronrobertson[at]