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This blog and it’s content is written and managed by me in a personal capacity. The opinions expressed here are my own and do not reflect the views of my employer.

Privacy

Accessing this site will mean some personal information will be processed in order to provide you with the content you have requested. This may include your IP address, and other personal information that you many choose to disclose. With your consent the website will also place cookies on your browser (if accepted by the rules you have set within your browser settings).

Your IP address is processed under the legal basis of Legitimate Interest as it is required in order for the site to function. Other information that you choose to disclose (via comments or emails) will stay within the control of this site’s operator and/or it’s technology partners and will only be used to publish your comment or respond to your enquiry.

I earn a little bit of income from adverts that are placed on the site. This involves the use of third-party tracking cookies operated by Google Adsense and their associated Ad-Technology partners. You can stop personalised ads, or all ads by using the cookie controls below.

You are given the opportunity to object to personalised advertising and non-essential cookies when you first come to the site, and any time subsequently via this Privacy and Cookies page. You can also inform Google of your preferences by visiting the Google AdSense settings page and opting-out of personalised ads.

Aside from that outlined above, none of your personal information is shared outside of this site and it’s operator. If you have any questions, please leave me a comment on one of the blog posts.

Cookies

This site uses cookies to monitor site performance, to record visitor preferences, and to earn it’s owner a small income via advertising.

There are four main classes of cookies/privacy settings used on this site:

  • Essential Cookies: Required for this site to function and are set automatically. Turning them off would break the site. More information.

Essential Cookies:
(cannot be disabled)

  • Performance Cookies: Used to anonymously monitor the performance of the site. More information.

Performance Cookies:

  • Functional cookies: These enable features and functions of the site such as advertising. More information.

Functional Cookies:

  • Targeting cookies: These allow personalisation of adverts and increased functionality. More information.

Targeting Cookies:

What cookies do you use and what do they do?

The ‘Status’ cookie is used, somewhat ironically, to store your cookie preference settings. It is classed as an essential cookie.

Performance Cookies
I use Google Analytics to monitor traffic to the site and assess page performance. You can find out about the cookies Google Analytics Cookies in use, and what they do, here.

I use HotJar to understand more about how people consume the traffic on this website. You can find out more about the cookies HotJar uses here.

Functional and Tracking Cookies
Functional cookies allow advertising. Google Adsense is used to provide you with targeted ads in a non-intrusive way. The income generated pays for the operation of the site. Tracking cookies provide an enhanced experience and allow for the adverts you see to be personalised to you. If you opt out of tracking cookies, but still opt-in to Functional cookies (thank you!) then you will see non-personalised adverts on this site.
You can find out more about the cookies used by Google AdSense here and Google also allow you to opt-out of personalised ads on it’s entire platform here.