Privacy Policy

Who I am

My name is Rudy Lacchin. I created and manage this Web site for the following purposes:-

    1. To provide useful information relating to my personal interests for any visitors who might find their way to the site.
    2. As a learning tool to improve my skills with WordPress, HTML, PHP, Javascript, CSS, and other Web-related technologies.
    3. For my personal enjoyment.

If you wish to contact me, please fill out this contact form or email me. If you use the contact form you will not be required to supply your email address unless you wish me to reply.

What personal data I collect and why I collect it

The following personal information can be found in various places on this Web site:-

    1. Some personal information relating to my family and its history.
    2. Some of my blog posts contain references to family and friends: this is mostly confined to forenames, with no surnames.
    3. Occasional references to professional people: this is restricted to information which already appears in the public domain, for example on their own Web sites, Facebook pages, etc.

If you object to any of the above information appearing on this site, please let me know exactly what it is, where it appears, why you object to it, and make sure you supply your email address. I will review your request and reply to you as soon as possible.

I do not collect, nor do I request users or site visitors to supply, any personal information except under the following circumstances:-

    1. You must supply a valid email address if you are writing to me regarding the removal of personal information from this Web site. 
    2. You must supply your forename, surname and email address if you require a login to the site in general or to any of the protected areas, and you must keep this up-to-date.
    3. Your IP address and browser user agent string are recorded for the purpose of maintaining site statistics and monitoring which areas are used most frequently.
    4. An anonymised string created from your email address (i.e. a ‘hash’) may be provided to the Gravatar service to check whether you have registered an avatar (profile picture), and to recover it for display on blog posts and/or comments.  It is not stored by me.  The Gravatar service Privacy Policy is available here:

Any and all of the above information will be stored but it will not be not published in any of the publicly accessible areas of the site.

I do not ask for or store any confidential personal information such as health data, financial records, etc.


If you choose to leave comments on any of the blog posts, you should not provide any personal information unless you’re happy for it to be publicly accessible.  When you do leave a comment, WordPress stores your IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.


I do not ask for, and you should not be able to upload, any media content such as, but not restricted to, images, videos and sound/music files.

If you choose to send me image files to be posted on the site, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS), as visitors to the site may be able to download and extract this data.


Cookies may be used by this site, including those set by WordPress, any plugins, social media, and analytics.  A list of plugins I currently use on this site can be viewed at

If you leave a comment on the site, you may opt in to saving your name, email address and Web site 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 visit my login page, this 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, WordPress 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, and will expire after one day.

Embedded content from other websites

There is currently no embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.) anywhere on this site from other Web sites, however this may possibly change in the future. Please note that embedded content from other Web sites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited that other Web site.  These other Web sites 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 Web site.


WordPress itself does not collect any analytics data, however my Web hosts FarByte collect some anonymous analytics data.  You can view FarByte’s Privacy Policy here:

I use StatCounter to record page hits and allows me to see where those hits are from, both geographically on the map, and also which other site they came from. You can view StatCounter’s Privacy Policy here:

Who I share your data with

I won’t share your data with anyone unless I have your permission in writing.

How long I retain your data

If you supply me with any personal data, I will retain it as follows:-

    1. Emails to my Google Mail address will be stored by Google indefinitely.  If at any stage you wish me to delete any emails we have exchanged, provided the purpose of those emails has been satisfied I will delete them immediately.
    2. Your forename, surname and email address will be stored as long as this Web site remains operational or until you request me to delete them whichever is the sooner.  If you supply me with any personal information such as your forename and surname and/or your email address for the purposes of giving you access to the site in general or to any of the protected areas, you and the Web site administrator(s) can view, edit, or delete your information at any time (but not your username).  If you wish me to delete any trace of these from my records, I will do so immediately.  This will disable your access to the site and all of the protected areas.
    3. I do not consider your IP address and browser user agent string to be personal information.  These will be retained as long as the Web site remains operational, although I may choose to delete them sooner.
    4. The verification information provided to the Gravatar service for to see if you are using it and to obtain your profile picture is anonymised.  This is not stored by me.
    5. If you leave a comment on a blog post (or in a forum, if I decide to implement one in the future), the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely within the WordPress database.

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 I hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. 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

European data protection law requires data about European residents which is transferred outside the European Union to be safeguarded to the same standards as if the data was in Europe.  Information which you post publicly anywhere on the Web site including blog posts, comments on blog posts or participation in a forum (if I decide to implement one), are visible to all visitors and users to this site, some of whom may be resident outside the European Union.  I will not transfer any data help confidentially to any third party inside or outside the European Union, although the normal operation of the site may involve data being passed to third party services as stated above.

Your contact information

I am the de facto Data Protection Officer for this Web site and any privacy-specific concerns regarding the site should be addressed to me in the first instance.  You can email me at or fill out this contact form.  If you use the form, you may opt not to supply your name or email address but in that case I will obviously not be able to reply to you.  I will however investigate your report.

In the event of a dispute, I will refer the matter to a data protection specialist and I will abide by her decision.

Additional information

This Web site may display Google AdSense advertising in the future.  If this is the case, Google may collect information from any adverts you click.

How I protect your data

Your data is behind two levels of protection: it is stored on FarByte’s servers and accessible only by someone who knows the correct URL to log in to the system’s cPanel, and all URLs and passwords to access the cPanel and the site’s content management system are stored on a single computer in encrypted form.

What data breach procedures I have in place

In the event that a data breach is reported I will take the site down as quickly as possible whilst investigations take place, leaving an announcement page to advise visitors and users of the reason.  All registered users of the site will be contacted as soon as practicably possible.

What third parties I receive data from

I do not receive data about users from third parties, including advertisers.

What automated decision making and/or profiling I do with your data

My Web site does not provide any services which includes automated decision making.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

I am not a member of a regulated industry or subject to additional privacy laws.

Rudy Lacchin
Gloucester (UK)
31st August 2020

Download a copy of Privacy Policy v1 Aug2020 in ready-to-print PDF format here.