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Privacy Policy

Who we are

This is the personal blog of Dougal Campbell. Our website address is: You can contact the site owner via the form on this site’s Contact page, or by the other methods listed there.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

TL;DR: This is a personal blog. I don’t sell your information.


When visitors leave comments on the site we 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

Contact forms on this site (for example, may store your personal information for the purpose of contacting regarding your inquiry.


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


This site may use analytics tools such as (but not limited to) Google Analytics. As far as we are aware at this time, no Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is shared between this site and those services, only anonymous/aggregate information. While it is possible that your browser may have stored cookies which allow these services to track you between sites, that is a function of those Data Processors, not this website itself.

Who we share your data with

Nobody! Except as noted. But seriously, this site will not sell or otherwise provide your data with third parties for marketing purposes. We will only use your information for the purposes obviously intended — private communication in the case of Contact forms, for display on this site in the case of comments, analytics, anti-spam measures, etc.

How long we retain your data

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

For users that register on our 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.

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

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. Feedback submitted via contact forms may be emailed to the site owner(s).

Your contact information

The name, website link, and content of comments submitted may be displayed publicly on this site. Your email address will remain private, and is only seen by the site owner(s), and will only be used to contact you in the context of your use of this website. Your comments, including all contact information, may also be sent to third-party services for purposes of spam detection.

Information submitted via our Contact page will only be seen by the site owner(s), and will remain private, unless you give permission that states otherwise.

Other, anonymous and/or aggregate information may be used for the purposes of site use analytics.

In any case, we will make our best effort to ensure that any of your information that is shared with third-party services is done responsibly, and only with organizations who themselves will treat it responsibly.

Additional information


How we protect your data

What data breach procedures we have in place

What third parties we receive data from

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

2018-05-22 14:25:58 # Comments Off on Privacy Policy

About Dougal Campbell

Dougal is a web developer, and a "Developer Emeritus" for the WordPress platform. When he's not coding PHP, Perl, CSS, JavaScript, or whatnot, he spends time with his wife, three children, a dog, and a cat in their Atlanta area home.
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