Privacy policy

Who we are

Our website address is: https://www.theironybeing.co.uk.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Cookies

This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. 

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.

You can remove any cookies already stored on your computer and control how your web browser deals with cookies by changing your browser settings. However, this may prevent you from using parts of our website.

Many browsers give a range of options for managing cookies, including obtaining consent for every cookie, blocking certain types of cookie, and blocking cookies from unrecognised websites. Finally, you can set your browser to block all cookies; however, you should be aware that many sites will not work as smoothly as you are used to and some basic functionality that is dependent on cookies will not work at all.

For information pertaining to your specific web browser, please consult your web browser’s documentation.

Comments

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 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, in accordance with the Gravatar service privacy policy. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

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.

Features provided by Automattic, Jetpack, WordPress.com, and Akismet

Our site uses enhanced features (“modules”) provided by three Automattic companies, JetpackWordPress.com, and Akismet, that may use, track, and sync your data in the ways Automattic has outlined below.

Please remember to review the Automattic Privacy Policy, which covers Automattic’s family of products.

Akismet

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Comment Likes

This feature is only accessible to users logged in to WordPress.com.

Data used
In order to process a comment like, the following information is used: WordPress.com user ID/username (you must be logged in to use this feature) and a true/false data point that tells us if the user liked a specific comment. If you perform a like action from one of our mobile apps, some additional information is used to track the activity: IP address, user agent, timestamp of event, blog ID, browser language, country code, and device info.

Activity tracked
Comment likes.

Contact Form

Data used
Because Akismet is enabled on this site, the contact form submission data – IP address, user agent, name, email address, website, and message – is submitted to the Akismet service for the sole purpose of spam checking. The actual submission data is stored in the database of the site on which it was submitted and is emailed directly to the owner of the form (i.e., the site author who published the page on which the contact form resides). This email will include the submitter’s IP address, timestamp, name, email address, website, and message.

Data synced
Post and post metadata associated with a user’s contact form submission. Because Akismet is enabled on this site, the IP address and user agent originally submitted with the comment are synced, as well, as they are stored in post meta.

Jetpack Comments

Data used
Commenter’s name, email address, and site URL (if provided via the comment form), timestamp, and IP address. Additionally, a jetpack.wordpress.com IFrame receives the following data: WordPress.com blog ID attached to the site, ID of the post on which the comment is being submitted, commenter’s local user ID (if available), commenter’s local username (if available), commenter’s site URL (if available), MD5 hash of the commenter’s email address (if available), and the comment content. Because Akismet is enabled on this site, the following information is sent to the service for the sole purpose of spam checking: commenter’s name, email address, site URL, IP address, and user agent.

Activity tracked
The comment author’s name, email address, and site URL (if provided during the comment submission) are stored in cookies.

Data synced
All data and metadata (see above) associated with comments. This includes the status of the comment and, because Akismet is enabled on this site, whether or not it was classified as spam by Akismet.

Protect

Data used
In order to check login activity and potentially block fraudulent attempts, the following information is used: attempting user’s IP address, attempting user’s email address/username (i.e., according to the value they were attempting to use during the login process), and all IP-related HTTP headers attached to the attempting user.

Activity tracked
Failed login attempts (these include IP address and user agent). We also set a cookie (jpp_math_pass) for 1 day to remember if/when a user has successfully completed a math captcha to prove that they’re a real human.

Data synced
Failed login attempts, which contain the user’s IP address, attempted username or email address, and user agent information.

Subscriptions

Data used
To initiate and process subscriptions, the following information is used: subscriber’s email address and the ID of the post or comment (depending on the specific subscription being processed). In the event of a new subscription being initiated, we also collect some basic server data, including all of the subscribing user’s HTTP request headers, the IP address from which the subscribing user is viewing the page, and the URI which was given in order to access the page (REQUEST_URI and DOCUMENT_URI). This server data used for the exclusive purpose of monitoring and preventing abuse and spam.

Activity tracked
Functionality cookies are set for a duration of 347 days to remember a visitor’s blog and post subscription choices if, in fact, they have an active subscription.

WordPress.com Stats

Data used
IP address, WordPress.com user ID (if logged in), WordPress.com username (if logged in), user agent, visiting URL, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, country code.

Important

The site owner does not have access to any of this information via this feature. For example, a site owner can see that a specific post has 285 views, but he/she cannot see which specific users/accounts viewed that post.

Stats logs – containing visitor IP addresses and WordPress.com usernames (if available) – are retained by Automattic for 28 days and are used for the sole purpose of powering this feature.

Activity tracked
Post and page views, video plays (if videos are hosted by WordPress.com), outbound link clicks, referring URLs and search engine terms, and country. When this module is enabled, Jetpack also tracks performance on each page load that includes the Javascript file used for tracking stats. This is exclusively for aggregate performance tracking across Jetpack sites in order to make sure that our plugin and code is not causing performance issues. This includes the tracking of page load times and resource loading duration (image files, Javascript files, CSS files, etc.). The site owner has the ability to force this feature to honor DNT settings of visitors. By default, DNT is currently not honored.

How long we retain your data

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

What rights you have over your data

If you have contacted us or left comments on this site, 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 are checked through an automated spam detection service. See Akismet section above.

Additional information

How we protect your data

Secured by RapidSSL

This website uses the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol, which encrypts any personal information you transmit while using this website (e.g., comments and contact form responses). The encryption process protects your information by scrambling it before it is sent to us from your computer.

How to contact us

You can email mike@theironybeing.co.uk, find us on Instagram or Twitter, or send us a message through our contact form.