Privacy Policy

Who I am

This website is owned, developed and written by Ian Sharp. Website address:

What personal data I collect and why I collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site I 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.

Contact forms

You may choose to supply information to me via a plug-in: Contact Form 7. This service is provided by Rock Lobster LLC. Their privacy poicy is available here: I keep contact form submissions for customer service purposes, but I do not use the information submitted through them for marketing purposes.

Mailing list

Your email address is collected and passed to MailChimp, should you elect to provide it. This enables me to email you an occasional newsletter in my role as a writer specialising in education. You can unsubscribe from this service at any time.  The MailChimp service privacy policy is available here:


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

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.


Usage of this website is measured by Google Analytics. The Google analytics privacy policy is available here: This page also details how users can opt out of analytics tracking. Tracking information may also be collected by the host serving this website, TSO Host. The TSO Host privacy policy is available here:

Who I share your data with

With the exception of the services detailed above, I do not share your data with any third party. This privacy policy will be updated in the event of any changes to data sharing.

How long I retain your data

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

For users that register on my website (if any), I 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.

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 I hold about you, including any data you have provided to me. You can also request that I erase any personal data I hold about you. This does not include any data I are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where I send your data

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

Your contact information

Ian Sharp, 23 Forrabury Avenue, Bradwell Common, Milton Keynes, MK13 8NF. email:

Additional information

How I secure, store and retain your data. I follow generally accepted standards to store and protect the personal data I collect, both during transmission and once received and stored, including utilisation of encryption where appropriate. I retain personal data only for as long as necessary and thereafter for a variety of legitimate legal or business purposes. These might include retention periods:

  • mandated by law
  • for preserving, resolving, defending or enforcing my legal/contractual rights; or
  • needed to maintain adequate and accurate business and financial records.

If you have any questions about the security or retention of your personal data, you can contact me at

‘Do Not Track’ notifications. Some browsers allow you to automatically notify websites you visit not to track you using a “Do Not Track” signal. There is no consensus among industry participants as to what “Do Not Track” means in this context. Like many websites and online services, we currently do not alter our practices when we receive a “Do Not Track” signal from a visitor’s browser. To find out more about “Do Not Track,” you may wish to visit

Changes in my Privacy Policy. I reserve the right to modify this Privacy Policy at any time. If I decide to change my Privacy Policy, I will post those changes to this Privacy Policy and any other places I deem appropriate, so that you are aware of what information I collect, how I use it, and under what circumstances, if any, I disclose it. If I make material changes to this Privacy Policy, I will notify you here, by email, or by means of a notice on my home page, at least thirty (30) days prior to the implementation of the changes.

Data Protection Authority. You may direct questions or complaints in respect of how I handle your Personal Data to the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF Phone: 0303 123 1113 Web:

Contact me. If you have any questions, concerns or complaints about my Privacy Policy, my practices or services, you may contact me by email at

I will respond to all requests, inquiries or concerns within thirty (30) days.

Privacy Policy last updated: 19 August 2018.