Iain Douglas Stewart

Legal / Privacy Policy

Who am I?

I’m Iain Douglas Stewart, and this is my website: https://iaindstewart.net

What personal data this website collects and why it collects it

When visitors like you leave comments on my site, it collects the data shown in the comments form, and also your IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. I do not use the information or email addresses submitted through comments for marketing purposes.

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so the website can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

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.

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.

All comments are checked through an automated spam detection service, Akismet.

Akismet says: “We collect information about visitors who comment on Sites that use our Akismet anti-spam service. The information we collect depends on how the User sets up Akismet for the Site, but typically includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself).”

Contact forms

If you contact me via a contact form on this website, the contents of the message and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is for archival and correspondence reasons. I do not use the information or email addresses submitted through them for marketing purposes.


The adverts on this website are provided by https://wordads.co/

This service collects and sends the following information (made available from the your browser) to their Demand Partners (advertisers): IP address, geographical data (derived from the IP address), user agent, operating system, device type, unique user ID (randomly generated identifier), current URL, and IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) interest category. The service also tracks ad impressions, video-related events (i.e. pause, mute, 100% plays, etc.) or errors, and ad click events.

The log data (IP address, geographical data, user agent, operating system, device type) is stored for 30 days. The unique user ID is stored in cookies and is retained for 1 year. Various other cookies are used for the following purposes: delivering targeted advertisements to specific visitors, storing user identifiers, and collecting anonymous ad platform stats.

None of this information is accessible by me or my website.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, links to products, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if you had 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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

What rights you have over your data

If you have left comments on this site, or contacted me through a contact form, 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.

My contact information

You can contact me confidentially through this form:

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