We try and avoid collecting personal information about you unnecessarily, it is not the intention of this site to collect personal details and we certainly wish to avoid forcing you to give up information you do not wish to give. However we are doing this without seriously altering the systems used, so there are some points where the software we are using has some privacy issues.
The website is build using Drupal it has the standard logging system switched on. This will temporarily store your IP address if you post content, try and log in, register etc. It does not have other logging or statistics modules on.
When you add comment on the site you are invited to include contact details, this is optional. This information will be stored as long as your comment exists. You can choose to include an e-mail address, should you wish us to be able to contact you directly ourselves personally off-site, but will not use it to send you an automated message or add you to any e-mail list, it will not be passed on to any other party without asking for your consent. If you add a website address it will be linked from your name. If your comment is good enough to be on the site we're pleased to link to you. However please also see our comments policy and copyright note.
You can actually make an account on the website by visiting the user page. We're not promoting this at the moment, but it does let you do a few more things with the site. Should you choose to make an account, you've probably read this! Your e-mail address will be stored with your user account, and will be stored as long as your user account exists. Your e-mail address will not be passed on to any other party without asking for your consent, we may use it to contact you directly ourselves personally, and the Drupal site also has to send some messages to you, but otherwise we will not use it to send you an automated message or add you to any e-mail list. Beyond logging in and out there are more logs kept than for anonymous users. The standard Drupal log will associate other actions to your user account rather than just IP address and volunteered information
The webserver the site is running on is Apache. The server site configuration has standard logging on. This will temporarily store your IP address when you visit the site.
Privacy-compliant piwik statistics are enabled on the blog. It's like Google Analytics, so we have a clue if and why anyone is visiting the site. Piwik however is not storing your exact IP address, and not giving the data to anyone else (ie it's not adding to Google or anyone else's database of your activity). It is also configured to respect the global do not track cookie and you can also opt-out for just this site below:
Most submissions to the site use mollom to cut down the work we have to do filtering through spam. Any time mollom is in use it will say so on the form, and link to their separate privacy statement.
We link to and include content from other sites, including images and maps, all this content is covered by the individual sites privacy policies.