Privacy Policy

Dear KnitBritish readers, listeners and those who happen by this website,

As you know. changes to GDPR (yes, we are ALL  fed up of hearing about it!) mean that websites have to be transparent about how they use your data. For many of us, this has been a struggle as, if you know anything about GDPR et al, you may know that there are tonnes of grey areas.

In the spirit of making things as easy as possible, what follows is what WordPress tell me is the most pertinent information to tell you. If you are not sure about any of this (as am I), then please drop me a line louise [at] If you want your data removed and understand what that means or if you want to request that exported file as discussed below, then I will do my damndest to learn how to do that. This whole GDPR-palooza is a good time to remind readers that all people with websites don’t often know ALL of the ins and outs of the back end of those websites, but you have my promise that your data is yours and if you want it I will do everything I can to learn how to do that!


Who we are

Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we 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: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Contact form

Our Contact Form is provided by Jetpack.  The contact form submission data (IP address, user agent, email address, site URL, and comment) is submitted to the Akismet service for spam checking. The actual submission data is stored in the database of the site (in the same way comments are stored) and is emailed directly to the owner of the form (i.e. the site author who published the page on which the contact form resides). This email will include the submitter’s IP address, timestamp, name, email address, website, and message. The IP address is included as an abuse prevention measure. And for the website Askimet requires it for providing proper spam defence.


If you leave a comment on our 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.

Subscriptions to comments and subscriptions to new posts via email

To set up and process subscriptions, we use the subscriber’s email address, as well as the ID of the post or comment (depending on the specific subscription being processed). We use Jetpack Subscriptions for this facility.

In the event of a new subscription being initiated, we also collect some basic server data, including all of the subscribing user’s HTTP request headers, the IP address from which the subscribing user is viewing the page, and the URI which was given in order to access the page (REQUEST_URI and DOCUMENT_URI). This server data used for the exclusive purpose of monitoring and preventing abuse and spam.

If you decide you no longer wish to be subscribe you can unsubscribe by clicking the link at the bottom of the last new post or new comment email you received.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. 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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


An anonymous IP log of files accessed by user devices is retained to estimate blog readership levels.  The IP addresses retained are not linked to any data which may identify users.

Who we share your data with

Unless you have submitted articles or comments for publication, your data is shared with no other party outside KnitBritish.  Your contact information is never shared unless you explicitly add it to the body of a comment.  The e-mail address we require for comment submission is never shared.

How long we retain your data

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

Feedback data (i.e. submissions via the contact form) will be deleted monthly from the site and not retained.

What rights you have over your data

If you have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service, Akismet.

Additional information

How we protect your data

All login attempts to KnitBritish are recorded and we have security software in place to prevent unauthorised login attempts.  Our website hosting providers and blog service are regularly updated with the most recent security patches as soon as they become available.

What data breach procedures we have in place

If there is any suspected data breach detected by the hosts or by KnitBritish, all subscribers will receive an email notifying them.

Which third parties we receive data from