Privacy Policy

Who I am

My name is Sam Kinsley and I am an academic based in the UK. This website is my personal site and does not represent the views of anyone other than me, including my employer. The website address is:

What personal data is collected and why

While using this website, you may be asked to provide the system with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you (“Personal Data”). Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to:

  • Email address
  • Any username you use for wordpress
  • First name and last name
  • Cookies and Usage Data
  • Any comment text or text associated using the contact form

If you sign up for email updates, write a comment and so on then your personal data may be used to help that happen.

Information about visitors who comment on this site is processed by the Akismet anti-spam service. The information collected depends on how the  Akismet is set up, but typically includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself, as above).


When visitors leave comments on the site the wordpress system I use collects 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

If you use the contact form to contact me it sends an email to my private email address. This includes all of the information you enter into the form and your IP address. This is just something the wordpress system does. I generally delete emails, but if you feel uncomfortable using the system please see my university profile page for my contact details.


If you leave a comment on this 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, the wordpress system used here 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, the wordpress system 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

I do my best to act responsibly and have oversight for the content on this website, but I am a relative novice – I frequently embed content from other websites (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if you, the visitor, have 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 wordpress and the jetpack plugins for visitor stats. Jetpack have their own privacy policy. You may wish to read that. I used to run Google Analytics, you may wish to view the Google Analytics privacy policy if you have visited my website in the past.

Who your data may be shared with

I use WordPress for this site with JetPack, it is hosted by Reclaim Hosting – they both may have access to some of the data detailed above. Their privacy policies are respectively:, JetPack and Reclaim Hosting. These detail how they collect or use data.

How long this site retains your data

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

For users that register on this website (if any),  the wordpress system 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 (currently only me) 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 held about you, including any data you have provided to the wordpress system. You can also request that any personal data held about you on this website is erased. This does not include any data that I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes – which as far as I know if none, but I’d have to check.

Where we send your data

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

Your contact information

To my knowledge your contact information is only dealt with as detailed above. If you email me, I treat it as any other private individual does in terms of how my email programme retains email addresses do not share it with anyone.

How we protect your data

The security of your data is important, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. The hosting company I use, Reclaim Hosting, strives to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Data, but neither I nor they can guarantee its absolute security.

Children’s Privacy

This website does not address anyone under the age of 18 (“Children”).

This website does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 18. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your Children has provided the website with Personal Data, please contact me. If I become aware that the site has collected Personal Data from children without verification of parental consent, I take steps to remove that information from the system.

Data breach procedures

As a private individual I do not have the capacity to develop a formal data breach procedure. I would work in liaison with Reclaim Hosting in order to deal with any issues in the unlikely event of a data breach. I understand that I have a legal duty to inform the Office of the Information Commissioner. I am currently taking steps to ensure that any risks are minimised.

What third parties we receive data from


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

Only Akismet spam filtering.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

Disclosure for Law Enforcement

Under certain circumstances, Reclaim Hosting L.L.C. may be required to disclose your Personal Data if required to do so by law or in response to valid requests by public authorities (e.g. a court or a government agency).

Legal Requirements

Reclaim Hosting L.L.C. may disclose your Personal Data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:

  • To comply with a legal obligation
  • To protect and defend the rights or property of Reclaim Hosting L.L.C.
  • To prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with the Service
  • To protect the personal safety of users of the Service or the public
  • To protect against legal liability