What personal data is collected and why
When visitors leave comments on the website we collect the data shown in the comments form, as well as the visitor’s IP address and user agent string to help with spam detection.
An anonymised string created from the commenter’s email address (also called a hash) may be provided to Gravatar to see if it is being used. After approval of the comment, the commenter’s profile picture is then visible to the public in the context of their comment.
Contact Us and Add Listing forms
When messages are sent through our contact forms, we collect the data shown in the form as well as the visitor’s IP address and user agent string to help with spam detection.
When uploading images through our Contact Us or Add Listing forms it is recommended that embedded location data (EXIF GPS) is removed. If not removed, visitors to the website can download and extract location data from the images if they end up being posted on the website.
When comments are left on our site an option to save the commenter’s name, email address and website in cookies is available. This is done for the commenter’s convenience so the details do not need to be filled out again when leaving another comment. These cookies last for one year.
How long data is retained
When visitors leave a comment, the comment and its metadata may be retained indefinitely. This is so any follow-up comments can be automatically approved instead of going into a moderation queue.
Where data is sent
Visitor comments may be checked through automated spam detection services like Askismet and reCapture.