Privacy Policy

Privacy and Disclosure Policies

Privacy Policy

Valid as of May 2018

I take your privacy very seriously and value your visits to my blog I want you to know that I will only use your personal information to provide an occasional newsletter, which may or may not contain offers of products or services produced by Elaine W Shaw. The only information I collect for this purpose is your email address and your name. I do not deliberately share anyone’s personal details with third parties.

However, as my blog is run through, and I use Google analytics, and Mail Chimp to distribute my newsletters, they do hold more information about you than I do. You can read their Privacy Policies here (Worpress) and here (Google). If you would like any further information, or if there is anything you are unsure about, then please do not hesitate to contact me directly here.

You have the Right to Access any information I hold about you and you also have the Right to Have Your Information Permanently Deleted. If you wish to enforce any of these rights please contact me directly and I will endeavour to provide the necessary information, and action the your requirement as soon as possible.

My site uses cookies, which you may opt in to by clicking ‘OK’ (on bootstrap bar at the bottom of the screen on your laptop, or at the top of the screen on your mobile phone) when you arrive on my site, You can find more information about cookies below.

What personal data is collected and why



When visitors leave comments on my site the data shown in the comments form is collected along with the IP address and the browser user agent string to help in 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.




If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included, as other Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


Contact forms




If you leave a comment on my 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, a temporary cookie will be set 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, 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.



Disclosure Notice

This site, including my blog and web pages are written and edited by me. You will see some affiliate links throughout my posts, which will always be clearly marked within the applicable post.

These links do not make any difference to the price you pay for the goods or service, but means that if you do buy something I may get a small commission from the sale. For example, Elaine W Shaw is a participant in the …… affiliate programme.

Please also know that should you click on one of these links your information may be tagged by …… See here for ….. General Privacy Policy, and …… General Policy.

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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.




Who we share your data with and 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.


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.


Your contact information


Your contact information is not held by Me here at, but by Mail Chimp, who helps me send out and distribute my newsletters and other digital mailings. You can view their Privacy Policy here.


Thank You for visiting my site, you are a much valued reader of my blog and my web pages and I, like you, often entrust my name and email address to other website owners, so I fully understand the need and desire for transparency and protection of my personal information. I hope that you have found the information contained in my Privacy and Disclosure Policy clear, helpful and informative. I want you to feel totally safe, in control and have full trust in my integrity. If you have any comments please do not hesitate to let me know your thoughts.