Privacy Policy
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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 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. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

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.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we 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, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

What is a cookie?

Cookies are small files that are automatically dropped on your computer as you browse the web. They are harmless bits of text typically used to remember your preferences and provide analytics that are locally stored and can easily be viewed and deleted.

Why does the English UK website use cookies?

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site.

Our cookies are used for the following purposes:


Required to remember you within the same browsing session and to ensure that the interface is adapted to your device.


Used to count the number of website users and aggregate anonymous information about where you go and what you do.

None of our cookies store any personal information such as your name or address. Please note that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of this website.

What cookies do we use?

Cookie name



Google Analytics [_ga] Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website Two years

Google Analytics [_gat] Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate Session

Google Analytics [_gid] Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website Session

Google Analytics [collect] Used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor’s device and behaviour. Tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels. Session

Symfony Used to recognise returning visitors (i.e. when ‘remember my password’ is ticked) Session

How can I control or delete cookies?

Most browsers are initially set up to automatically accept cookies. You can change the settings to block them or to alert you when they are being sent to your device.

Please note, however, that if you delete cookies or do not accept them, you might not be able to use all website features we offer and we may not be able to store your preferences (including whether you have accepted cookies or not).

If you use different devices to view and access (e.g. computer, smartphone, tablet etc.) you will need to ensure that each browser on each device is adjusted to suit your cookie preferences.

Please see below for more information about cookies on most used browsers:

Google Chrome Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Safari (Desktop)
Safari (Mobile) Android Browser Opera Opera Mobile

Contact us

Any changes we may make to our cookie policy in the future will be posted on this page.

If you have any questions about our cookie policy, contact us by email or writing at:

Other useful terms and resources

  • Session cookie: expires automatically when you close your browser
  • Persistent cookies: will remain until it expires or you delete your cookies. Expiration dates are set in the cookies themselves; some may expire after minutes, others after multiple years
  • First party cookies: cookies placed by the website itself
  • Third party cookies: cookies placed by other companies, for example Google analytics.
  • Incognito/ private mode: an option in some browsers (Chrome and Firefox) that limits the amount of data placed on your machine and automatically deletes persistent cookies
  • Privacy tools: there are many third party applications that you can add to your browser to block or manage cookies, such as Disconnect or Ghostery