Who I am

I’m Tom Allen, an explorer and travel writer from the UK. This is my personal blog, which I own and operate as a private individual. The website address is: https://tomsbiketrip.com.

What personal data I collect and why I collect it

Comments

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 anonymized 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: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Contact form

When you contact me through the contact page, I collect the data shown in the contact form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

Cookies

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.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (eg: 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.

Who I share your data with

I don’t share your data with anyone.

How long I retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so I can recognize 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 on this site, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data I hold about you, including any data you have provided to me. 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

Comments

Akismet collects information about visitors who comment on sites that use the Akismet anti-spam service, including this website. This includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, and referrer, along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself.

Sharing

When sharing content via email, the sharing party’s name and email address, IP address (for spam checking), user agent (for spam checking), and email body/content will be sent to Akismet so that a spam check can be performed.

My contact information

Questions about this privacy policy should be addressed to me via the contact page.