Privacy Policy

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Plain Speak Privacy

This section is about privacy in as plain speak as I can. In the sections below you will find fuller explanations which are designed to comply with GDPR regulation.

Mailing List

When you join our mailing list your data will be stored with Mail Chimp, one of the largest list management companies in the world. Your email address will not be downloaded from their site. 

The mailing list is low volume and will be used for the following purposes. 

To let you know that a new training post has been uploaded on this site

Occasional short information emails that don’t warrant a full post on the site

Very occasionally to tell you about additional products and services that I offer. I promise that I won’t be in your face with this, the purpose of the site is to create a community that is useful to all of us and to keep it FREE. We all have to make a living through right 🙂

All emails that I send will contain an unsubscribe link and you are free to use it at any time. Please don’t though, we value you here!!

What 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.


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.


We don’t have any clever code on here which allows you to reject cookies and still use this site. 

If you decide that you don’t want to accept cookies then the only real option is to not use the site. That would be a shame so I’ll outline here exactly how cookies are used in the hope that you decide to stay……

The site is built on a WordPress platform. Their official cookie information says:

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.

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.


The site also uses Google Analytics for the sole purpose of seeing which pages are viewed the most. On the Google Analytics page I can see the numbers of people who view each article but not who they are. Google will use cookies to track the data. 

Signup forms are provided by Mail Chimp – no doubt they add some cookies too to make sure that you don’t accidentally sign up twice. 

Also, videos are currently hosted on who will add their own cookie information. 

That is all. Basically, the minimum number of cookies needed to make the site work are used.

I hope that you are OK with this but if not then I respect your privacy.

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.


Google Analytics are used to track which pages are most popular. We can see number of people visiting different pages and posts but not who those people are.

Who we share your data with


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.

Additional information

How we protect your data

This website is hosted by a large and well respected hosting company. All comments are stored in their databases. Once it is in those databases we have no control over it.

When you join our mailing list your details will be captured by Mail Chimp who are one of the largest mailing list companies in the world. We only access your data through their site, it is not download to any other computers.

On my peronal PC I have 2 layer security set up for the Mail Chimp site. When I log on, the site sends me a text to verify who I am. This means that if my computer was stolen then nobody is able to log in as me and access your data.

What data breach procedures we have in place


As mentioned all of the data that we collect is protected by the hosting companies that we use. Their good name rests on the security they provide so I believe that your data is as secure as it possibly can be. 

If I am ever notified by them that there has been any security breach I will notify you as soon as possible and include their original communications explaining what you should do. 

What third parties we receive data from

Currently none. I do not expect this to change, however I will update this policy if it does.

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


Industry regulatory disclosure requirements