Who I am

My website address is: https://www.lauramcclellan.me.

What personal data I collect and why I collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site I 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: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

When you submit a contact form, I collect the data shown in that form. It is stored indefinitely unless you ask for it to be deleted. You are added to my mailing list (via MailChimp) only if you ask to be by checking the applicable box(es) on the form. Every email I send, including my newsletter, includes a link that allows you to update your preferences or unsubscribe.


If you leave a comment on the 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.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, the site will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, the site also sets up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

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.


Who I share your data with

I do not share your information with anyone.

How long I retain your data

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

For users who register on our website (if any), the site also stores the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data held about you, including any data you've provided to us. You can also request that I erase any personal data I hold about you. This does not include any data I'm obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where I send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. If you sign up for my newsletter through the form on this site, that information is processed through MailChimp. You can find their privacy policy at https://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/.

My contact information

If you have questions about this site or this privacy policy, you can email me at laura@lauramcclellan.me

Additional information

How I protect your data

I try hard to protect your data. I use two-factor authentication where I can for the site and any other resources. I also use complex, unique passwords, to minimize the possibility of an unauthorized person logging in and accessing data.

What data breach procedures I have in place

If I become aware of a data breach that involves the limited information I have for you, I will contact you via the email address you've provided.

What automated decision making and/or profiling I do with user data


Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

Not applicable