Privacy Policy

This website – or – is a personal website. I strive to limit collecting data to the absolute minimum. You won’t find Google Analytics or similar tools on this site. I do use data to prevent spam and abuse. That’s mostly about what happens when you leave a comment. More details on that below.

This privacy policy is based on the default WordPress Privacy Policy, customized where I saw fit. The original Dutch version was published June 10th, 2023, this English translation was published June 11th, 2023.

What personal data is collected and why

When you comment

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. Those details are also shared with the Akismet anti-spam service. More information on how Askimet uses your data, can be found in the Askimet Privacy Policy.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. More information on that can be found in the Gravatar Privacy Policy. 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.


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.

If you visit our login page, we 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, we will also set 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.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Who we share your data with

Data is only actively shared for the purpose of spam prevention for the commenting system. Please refer to “When you comment” above. If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.

Data retention

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

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store 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.

Your rights

Request your data

Despite this being a personal website, it’s fitting to be GDPR-compliant as much as possible. If you have created an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data.

Delete your data

You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. But: “Look before you leap”. Nothing is more unpleasant as a discussion in which responses are missing. If you ask me to delete your data, I will therefore anonymise your account and reactions – so that things can no longer be traced back to you – but maintain the reactions themselves as much as possible. If you don’t like that, I strongly recommend not to comment or register on this site.