Legal and privacy notice

In the spirit of eating my own dog food, this privacy notice has been drafted using the tool which shipped in WordPress 4.9.6, which I helped to develop. Yes, that feels as weird as you think. If you’re looking for assistance drafting your own privacy notice, use the guide within the WordPress privacy policy tool.

This is as useful a place as any to remind you that I am not a lawyer, and that none of the information you’ll find on this site should be taken as legal advice. The resources on this site are for your information only. I’m not responsible for what you do, how you comply, or how you mess up.

Also, if you’re one of those American academics who crawls privacy notices so that you can send site administrators research requests disguised as legal threats: you’re a dick.

Who am I

This notice pertains to, née, which is a personal and non-commercial site operated by Heather Burns, who is me. This notice was last updated in November 2023.

What personal data I collect and why I collect it


This site uses Statcounter analytics to display useful statistical data about which pages are being read and how people are coming to them. IP addresses are masked, no personal data is collected or retained, and Statcounter does not share visitor data with third parties. Statcounter is awesome. I’ve had my account with them since 2001, which is probably a very interesting table entry.

Statcounter sets a cookie (called “is_unique”)  in your browser. This cookie is used only to determine whether you are a first-time or returning visitor and to estimate unique visits to the site, and no personal data is stored in the cookie. You can opt-out of the cookie here or in your browser settings.

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When visitors leave comments on articles or posts, the site collects the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. This helps me to confirm the 1 comment out of every 100 that isn’t spam. Leave actual real comments! It makes blog owners swoon.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos from YouTube and, tweets, that cracking Spotify playlist, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These services may collect your IP Address, your User Agent, store and retrieve cookies on your browser, embed additional third party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including correlating your interaction with the content with your account with that service, if you are logged in to that service. I recommend exercising your privacy rights directly through the services using the links above.

This site uses a few Google Fonts – you’re reading one now – which are locally hosted.

Who I share your data with

No personal data is shared with third parties.

Speaking of parties, have you ever got stuck talking to a tech policy wonk at a party? I can talk for hours about that green paper that was released yesterday morning hey wait where are you going

How long I retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely.

Statcounter analytics logs run for the past 25,000 views.

All data pertaining to personal abuse, stalking, and harassment are kept indefinitely. It is an unspoken fact that any woman in any professional field has a folder where she keeps those screen grabs, the screeds, the rants, and the threats. I am no exception. Boo.

What rights you have over your data

If you have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of them, which would be kind of silly, but you do you.

You can also request that I erase any personal data held about you on this site. There isn’t any.

Export and deletion requests are not applicable to any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes, including stalking and harassment. See above.

Where I send your data

This web site is hosted and backed up within the United Kingdom. Apparently it lives in an actual bunker, which is some sort of retired mining facility. So yes, this site lives down t’pit. Suck on that, Margaret Thatcher!

Get in touch

For issues related to this privacy notice write For issues related to your ongoing codependent entanglement with your mother please contact a therapist rather than shouting at me.

Comment policy

The only person allowed to make a twat of themself on this blog is me.

If you leave a comment on my blog indicative of, or for the sole purpose of, being a twat, it will not be approved.