Privacy policy

What happens with your data while you look at this site.

Version 2, Friday 1 February 2019


I am a Fellow and Chartered Practitioner of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, and a Chartered Member of Cilip, bound by the Codes of Conduct of both organisations. And I’m on the UK Lobbying Register, because some of the work I’ve done (and hope to do again in the future) could be construed as attempting to influence Government policy, directly or indirectly.

I write in a personal capacity, not to order and never in exchange for cash or gifts – unless clearly stated otherwise.


This website was born on 6 July 2006. The written and visual content on this website is the intellectual property of me, Gary Taylor, except where stated. You are free to provide a link to any content on this site, but if you wish to reuse or republish any written or visual content you need to ask first via the contact form.

Theme information

This site’s theme is based on Affinity by Automattic. I’ve adapted and rewritten some code excerpts for site functionality. This site should work on all browsers at all screen sizes, and be fully accessible. Please let me know via the contact form if you encounter any issues.

Privacy policy

This privacy policy covers websites with domain names ending and This website is and is owned, operated and maintained by Gary Taylor. The servers it runs on are owned, operated and maintained by Nativespace.

This site runs on a self-hosted version of WordPress, from Automattic. By default WordPress does not collect any personal data about visitors, and only collects the data shown on the User Profile screen from registered users. User registrations are closed.

The only plugins and services that may additionally collect data are Akismet, Gravatar and Jetpack, all from Automattic. What data they collect is shown the following sections.

If you wish to make a personal data request, the request form is at the end of this page.

Site operation

This section explains how this website works, and what happens when you view or comment on articles.


When visitors leave comments on the site the data shown in the comments form is collected, 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. Please read Gravatar’s privacy policy. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


No user-generated content is permissible on this site. No-one can upload images to the site except the site owner.

Contact form

When you fill in the site contact form you are asked to supply an email address. This is not a mandatory requirement; however, if you don’t supply an email address I can’t respond. Data is kept for two calendar years and remains in the site at all times until then – it is never downloaded by me for sales or marketing purposes.


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. It is not mandatory, and not accepting cookies will not affect your use of this site. These cookies will last (‘persist’) for one year.

Jetpack from Automattic is used to provide the ability to directly share a post of article to some social media sites. These sites may also track your data using cookies. Please read Jetpack’s privacy policy.

Payments, registrations, subscriptions and e-commerce

This website does not require registration to view. It does not directly make any sales; any sales would be done through a third party platform. Should any such product, ticket or event sales take place, this policy will be updated with the details of the third-party platform used.

There is no option to subscribe to posts or comments. Should this change, this policy will be updated to show how such data is stored and used.

Connections with other sites and services

This section explains how this website interacts with other sites and services, and what data may be passed on.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (including, but not limited to, videos, images and tweets). 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 uses Jetpack from Automattic for analytics. Please read Jetpack’s privacy policy and this What Data Does Jetpack Sync? article. By default, WordPress does not collect any analytics data.

How is your data handled?

This section explains what happens to your data once it is collected.

Sharing your data

I do not share your data with anyone. By default WordPress does not share any personal data with anyone.

Retaining your data

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

What rights do you have over your data?

If you have left comments on this site you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data held about you, including any data you have provided. You can also request that I erase any personal data held about you.

Where your data is sent

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service, Akismet by Automattic. Please read Akismet’s privacy policy.

Make a personal data request

If you’ve ever left a comment on this site or used the contact form, you have the right to view and, if necessary, erase any data I hold. Complete the form below, and you will be sent an email asking you to confirm that it really is you. You’ll then be sent a second email with a link to a .zip file with any data.

Select your request:

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