Privacy Policy

This is a privacy policy for, a personal blog run by Laura Chesmer. This policy will inform you about how we control, process, handle and protect your personal information whilst browsing or using this website. It includes your rights under current laws and regulations. If you do not agree to the following policy, then you may wish to stop viewing and/or using this website.

Processing of your personal data

We are registered with the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) under the Data Protection Register. We process personal data under the lawful basis of consent. This means that individuals visiting our website have chosen to do so of their own accord. They have full access to this privacy policy and will have to consent to any personal data that they enter in commenting systems or in competitions etc.

What and why

The type of data we collect and process about you may include:

  • Your name or username
  • Your email address
  • Your IP address
  • Your URL

We use your data to run our site efficiently and personalise your user experience. We also collect data such as browser information and your connection to this website.

In the event of giveaways or competitions on, data collected will include any names, email addresses, URLs and social media handles that you provide. Competitions are run through Gleam. You can access their privacy policy here.

If you choose to leave a comment on this site, the data shown on the comments form is collected (name, email and, optionally, website). Your IP address and browser user agent string will also be collected to aid spam detection.

We process data regarding various brands, companies and organisations. This information may have been providing to us by a third party; for example, a PR company. We process the brand names and links of these brands, companies and organisations, which may include names of people within them.  This is necessary for us to carry out work that has been assigned to us.


You can read information on what cookies are and why we use them here. Sorry, they’re not the type the cookie monster likes – they’re much less tasty!

Third party content

Blog posts on will sometimes include embedded content such as videos and images from external websites. This content will behave in same way as it would if you visited it directly on the website it was embedded from. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking and monitor your interaction with said content.


Posts may also include clickable sponsored or affiliate links, displayed as adverts, images or URLs. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking and monitor your interaction with said content. If you have any concerns about this we suggest that you do not click on any adverts, sponsored or affiliate links found throughout the website.

Google analytics uses Google Analytics. This stores cookies to keep track of usage data and collect information about this website’s demographics such as your gender, location, age and interests etc.


The firewall for this website will collect data such as IP addresses when you access this website to assess whether it thinks your access attempt is a potential threat to the security of this site.

Email Subscription

Under the GDPR, we use the consent lawful basis for anyone subscribing to our newsletter. We only collect data you supply for this, but any email messages we send are done through an EMS (email marketing service provider). This is a third party service provider or software/applications that allow marketers to send out email marketing campaigns to a list of users. We use Mail Chimp – you can read their legal policy here.

Any email messages we send are in accordance with the GDPR and the PECR. We provide you with an easy method to withdraw your consent (unsubscribe) at any time.

Back Up

This website is backed up regularly, including comments and any data attached.

Notification of change

If, as determined by us, the lawful basis upon which we process your personal information changes, we will notify you about the change and any new lawful basis to be used if required. We shall stop processing your personal information if the lawful basis used is no longer relevant.

Sharing policy

We do not share any personal information with third parties for marketing purposes or in any instance with the exception of being required to do so by law. Additionally, there is in exception for giveaways or competitions, where further details will be written in the Terms and Conditions. In this instance, the name, address and email address may be passed onto the company that the giveaway/competition is in collaboration with in order to fulfil delivery of the prize. By entering any giveaway/competition or entering personal information on, you give your consent to these terms. Demographics may be shared with third parties, but any data that can identify an individual will not be shared without their consent (apart from the aforementioned exceptions). We also use plug ins which process some of your data, as well as sharing data with our web host.

Your individual rights

Under the GDPR your rights are as follows:

  • The right to be informed
  • The right of access
  • The right to rectification
  • The right to erasure
  • The right to restrict processing
  • The right to data portability
  • The right to object
  • The right to not be subject to automated decision-making including profiling

You can read more about your rights in detail here.

This means that if you have an account on this site or have left a comment, 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. However, this does not include any data that we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal or security purposes.

You have the right to opt out of Google Analytics tracking to that your use of does not process your data. To find out how to do this, you can visit get the opt-out browser add-on from Google tools.

What happens to your data

If you leave a comment, the comment itself as well as its metadata are retained indefinitely. This allows us to recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that registers on our website, 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 for their username which cannot be changed). Website administrators are also able to see and edit that information.

Comments are checked through an automated spam detection service.

Data breach procedures

This website is protected by an online firewall which blocks hacking attempts and security breaches. If there is a breach or security issue we are immediately emailed by our security provider. If such a breach should happen, we will assess the risk to your personal data and report any significant risks to the correct authorities within 72 hours if the breach is severe. Individuals will also be notified where necessary.

Acceptance of this policy

Continued use of signifies your acceptance of this policy. If you do not accept this policy then please cease to continue using this website. This privacy policy may be updated at any time. Your continued use of the site following the posting of changes to this policy will be deemed your acceptance of those changes.


This policy was last updated on 24th May 2018. Please contact if you have any questions regarding this.