Privacy Policy

Who I am

My website address is: See the site’s About page for more details.

What personal data I collect and why I collect it

Many websites store data about their users. I try to keep this to a minimum here on Pandammonium.


When you leave a comment on this site, the data shown in the comments form is collected along with your IP address and browser user-agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your email address (i.e. 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, the data you provided – except your email address – along with any Gravatar image are 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 this 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, a temporary cookie will be set to determine whether or not your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, several cookies will be used to save your log-in information and your screen display choices. Log-in cookies last for two days, and screen-options cookies last for a year. If you select "Remember Me", your log-in will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the log-in 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 one day.

This site uses the WordPress Jetpack plug-in. For more details on the cookies set by Jetpack, please see

The cookie banner sets a cookie to remember your cookie choice that will remain valid for one year. In that year, you should not see the banner again when using the same browser and device, unless I change something in the back-end (unlikely).

Trackers and embedded content from other websites

This site does not track you across the internet. However, articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos and images). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the same way as if you had 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 with that website and are logged in.

This is a WordPress blog; WordPress has built-in code that is used to track visitors for statistical purposes.

Who your data is shared with and where it is sent

I will never sell or give your data away to anyone else for any purpose.

This site shares your email address with Gravatar as stated above.

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

Your anonymised IP address may be logged for analysis of 404 errors.

How long we retain your data

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

If you register on the site, the personal information you provide in your user profile will be stored (otherwise you would have to keep re-entering it – that would get old fast). All users can see, edit, or delete their own personal information at any time if they are logged in. Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

Anonymised IP addresses may be stored indefinitely. They are not used by Pandammonium to identify you or anyone else.

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 held about you by this site, including any data you have provided. You can also request to have any personal data held about you erased. This does not include any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal or security purposes.

Your contact information

Your contact information is not used for any purpose, unless you subscribe to receive site updates. If you do, then your email address will be stored and you will receive an email when a new post is published. You can unsubscribe from this at any time by following the unsubscribe link in the emails.