Privacy Policy

1. Who I am

My website address is:

For more about me personally see my About page:

2. What personal data I collect and why I collect it


When you leave comments on the site, the site collects the data shown in the comments form. It also collects your IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

 2.2 Gravatar

The site creates an anonymised string from your e-mail address (also called a hash). It sends the string to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. If you have a Gravatar profile, then after approval of your comment, your Gravitar profile picture will be visible to the public in the context of your comment. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here:

 2.3 Contact form

If you want to get in touch with me and you don’t have my personal e-mail address, you can always use the Contact Form ( The form forwards your e-mail to me. I receive your e-mail address, and the address is stored on the website.

 2.4 Cookies

Cookies placed by
If you leave a comment on this site you must leave your name and e-mail address, optionally you may leave also your website address. The first time you do this your comment will be held until I’ve moderated it. Once I approve your first comment, the site will keep you details so that it recognises you in future and allows your future comments to be published directly. For your convenience, so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment, a cookie is placed on your computer.

There ought to be a way for you to agree to this latter event, but there seems to be a software conflict that prevents the check box appearing. I’m working to overcome this. (30th May 2018)

From 25th May 2018, there is a cookie warning on this site that invites you to accept the site’s cookies. If you click on it, it won’t pop up next time you visit because it will post a cookie on you computer and recognise you when you come back. (Unless you deliberately erase the cookies your web browser has collected. Consult your web browser  for information about how to do this.) If you ignore the warning, you can still use the site but the cookie warning will pop up again next time you visit.

All the cookies placed by on your computer will last for 180 days (6 months).

As far as I can ascertain the only cookies this website will post on your computer come from WordPress and from Gravatar (see above under 2.2). The WordPress cookies are used as described below under 3. Analytics to give me an idea of where visitors to the site come from, whether they follow internal links from one page or post to another and what technology they are using to access the site. Theoretically this helps me plan future content.

 2.5 Embedded content from other websites/cookies from third parties

Articles on this site may include embedded content. (I’m thinking in particular of videos that are hosted on YouTube.) Embedded content from YouTube and other websites behaves in the exact same way as if you have 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. I am trying to keep all of this to a minimum. YouTube videos are the only embedded content I have so far been unable to prevent collecting information with third party tracking.

 2. 6 Cookie housekeeping

For your own peace of mind, you can clear the cookie cache held on your computer. You can do this when you shut down your browser, every few days, every month – what ever you feel comfortable with. How to do this will depend on your browser. All good browsers will provide clear and easily found information on how to clear your browsing history and clear cookies. If your browser does not give you this information – change browser!

3. Analytics

 3.1 Who I share your data and contact information with

I do not deliberately share your personal data and contact information with anyone and I will not do so in the future.

I use Google Analytics in combination with a WordPress plug-in called Monster Insights to keep track of the flow of visitors to the site. Google Analytics uses cookies to collect information about the page or pages you view, and the browser and screen resolutions you are using. It also collects the language that your browser is set to use and your location. (Your location depends on your IP address, though the IP address itself is not collected because it counts as personal data.) You can fool the location tracker if you wish by using a Virtual Private Net (VPN).

To see Google Analytics’ own Privacy Policy, follow this link

Comments are checked through Akismet (, an automated spam detection service. At the time of writing Akismet tells me it has protected TheSupercargo site from 97,393 spam comments in about 8 years of service. See Akismet’s Privacy Policy here:

 3.2 How long I retain your data and contact information

In the past, if you left a comment, the comment and its metadata were retained indefinitely. This was so the site could recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. Following the coming into force of the EU’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) on 25th May 2018, you will be asked to approve this process by putting a tick in a box. Without your consent, your comments cannot be posted. (I’m having a problem making this work – see above under cookies. 30th May 2018)

If you don’t already have one, it might be an idea now to get yourself a separate e-mail address that you use, for example to post comments on blogs. In this way you will be able to keep your private address private.

 3.3 What rights you have over your data and contact information

If you’ve left comments on this site you can ask for and expect to receive an exported file of the information the site has kept on you, including any data you have provided to the site. You can also ask me to erase this data from the site. This I will do as long as there is nothing I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes. Providing you a zip file of the data the site has collected, and erasing it if that’s what you want, are mostly automated processes and I will carry them out quickly.

After the 25th May I plan to go manually through all the addresses left as legacy on my various websites. I will be contacting everyone who has left a comment to check that they are OK with me retaining their address. If not, or if they do not reply within a limited time, I undertake to erase the addresses (and their comments) from my database. This process, because it’s manual, will take some time.

4. Additional information and data protection

TheSupercargo is a small website with limited traffic. It is very much a one-man operation. I’d like it to grow, but at present it’s little more than a hobby. For this reason what I do to protect your data is limited to what I can afford. I take the usual precautions with my home computers and network. My personal data protection comes from the Business version of Bidefender. (

For the website I depend on the security protocols of Binero (, the web hotel where my website is housed. Binero has a good reputation with thousands of customers in Scandinavia. I believe them to be reliable.

John Nixon

This Privacy Policy was last updated on 30th May 2018