Privacy Policy

Last updated: July 3, 2020

10/25/2022 Update: Google Analytics has been disabled as of 10/25/2022. I have no plan to reenable it or use an alternative analytics service.

Google Analytics

This site uses Google Analytics, which is a web analytics service. The service gathers and analyzes visitor behavior data on this site. Among other things, the service collects data on the website referring you to this site, what pages of the site you accessed, or how often and for what period of time you viewed a page on this site. The analysis of this data is mainly used to gauge visitor interest in topics for future articles based on their apparent interest in the site’s current posts.

The operator of Google Analytics is Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, California 94043, USA.

Google Analytics uses cookies. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this site is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. Google might transfer the personal information collected to third parties.

This site uses Google Analytics IP anonymization feature. With this feature, a portion of your IP address is set to zeros shortly after being sent to Google. The full IP address is never written to disk in this case. On behalf of the site, Google will use the information to evaluate your use of the site, compile reports on your site activity and provide further services related to site and internet use. The IP address transferred through your browser to Google Analytics will not be combined with other data held by Google.

You can prevent the storage of cookies by using your browser settings. In addition, you may prevent the collection of the data generated by cookies and related to your use of the site (including your IP address) by Google as well as the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser add-on available at This browser add-on informs Google Analytics that no data and information about visits to the site may be transmitted to Google Analytics. In addition, any cookie already set by Google Analytics can be deleted at any time using your browser settings.

Further information and Google’s applicable privacy regulations can be found at

More information about how Google uses data when you use this site can be found at

The following link provides a further explanation of Google Analytics

Google reCAPTCHA

The comment form uses Google reCAPTCHA to reduce spam and acceptance of its use is a condition of submitting comments on this site. Google reCAPTCHA works by collecting hardware and software information, such as device and application data and the results of integrity checks, and sending that data to Google for analysis. By clicking the “I’m not a robot” checkbox in the reCAPTCHA box at the bottom of the comment form you are agreeing to the collection of this data. This data is collected and a cookie may be placed on your computer upon clicking “I’m not a robot” checkbox. If you don’t consent to the collection of this information or the placement of a cookie on your computer, then don’t click the “I’m not a robot” checkbox. In such a case, you will not be able to submit your comment.

Further information and Google’s applicable privacy regulations can be found at

Further information and Google’s applicable terms of service can be found at

What other personal data we collect and why we collect it


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.

Comment and Login Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name and email address in cookies in your browser. 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 visit our login page, 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.

How long we retain your comment data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely.

What rights you have over your comment data

If you 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 comment data

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

Contact Us

If you have any questions or privacy-specific concerns, you can contact TRobertson at