What follows is the WordPress-guided privacy policy for this blog, Clandestine Critic. However, this is just a simple pop-culture blog, so to summarise the essentials:

  • I do not use cookies on this website.
  • I use contact forms to collect minimal personal information.
  • I will not spam you or sell or share your personal data.
  • My site uses HTTPS/SSL security.

What personal data I collect and why I collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site I 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. 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.

Contact forms

I collect and store minimal information for the purposes of communicating with you via my Contact form. I will never sell, trade or share your information to third parties, unless I am required to do so by law.


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.


I do not use any analytics software on this website.

How long I 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 left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data I hold about you, including any data you have provided. You can also request that I erase any personal data I hold about you. This does not include any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where I send your data

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

Contact information

If you have any questions about how I handle your data or requests for modification or removal of you data, please email me at [email protected]

Last updated 3 March 2024.