Privacy Policy

This is the Privacy Policy for my blog: Merkitty blog

The website address is:

Personal data I collect and why I collect it


When visitors leave comments on my 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 anonymised 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 my website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to my website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

Any contact forms will most likely have your e-mail attached to them and that will be stored, but not shared with anyone.


If you leave a comment on my 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 my site, I 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, my site 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. Also, 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.

Cookies are small text files that are stored on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping baskets, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics. As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers

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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


I use analytics, provided by Google Analytics, a service which obtains data. Website analytics help me figure out who uses my site and how, so that I can make improvements.

Google Analytics uses cookies to gather the required information. You do not have to allow me to use these cookies, my use of them does not pose any risk to your privacy or your safety while using my site. However, it does enable me to continually improve my site, making it a better and more useful experience for you. You can view the Google Analytics privacy policy here.

Who I share your data with

I only share relevant data with other companies when I run competitions (such as name, e-mail and postal address). Your data will only be passed onto the company that’s running the competition and will not be shared with anybody else.

The only exception to this rule is your data may be shared if I’m legally obliged to do so.

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), 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.

I will never send you any personal e-mails, without your consent, unless you enter a competition and you are a winner (but by entering you will have consented to that anyway).

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 we erase any personal data I hold about you. This does not include any data I’m obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where your data may be sent

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

My contact information

If you have any queries at all, please do not hesitate to e-mail me.

You may also e-mail me if you wish to receive your exported file of personal data or request your data removal. You can e-mail me at:

What data breach procedures I have in place

I will endeavour to keep your data safe, but if I ever suspect that your data has been compromised then I will inform you immediately.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy may be subject to change. This may be necessary, for example, if the law changes. This may also be necessary if I change my blog in a way that affects personal data protection.

Any changes will be immediately posted. You will be deemed to have accepted the terms of the Privacy Policy on your first use of my blog following the alterations. It is up to you to keep yourself informed of any changes on my site. This can be achieved by regularly visiting this page.

This page was last updated on the 24th May 2018.