Privacy Policy

Effective date: August 10, 2018

TL;DR – I use Google Analytics to provide aggregated information about how and when the website is being used and the number of visitors. If you subscribe to this blog you will get updates via email. I will not share your email with anyone else but may use a third-party provider to send those emails (otherwise how would I send it myself, as a human, I do not talk SMTP)

Who I am

Marcin Gminski (“I”, “us”, “we”, “our” or “Site”) operates the website (hereinafter referred to as the “Service”).

This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal data when you use our Service and the choices you have associated with that data.

We use your data to provide and improve the Service. By using the Service, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this policy.

What data I collect and why I collect it

We collect several different types of information for various purposes to provide and improve our Service to you.

While using our Service, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you (“Personal Data”). Personally, identifiable information may include, but is not limited to:

  • Email address
  • Cookies and Usage Data

How I Collect Data

We collect Data in the following ways:

  • data is given to us by you; and
  • data is collected automatically.

Data Given to us

  • Follower and Subscriber Information: When you sign up to follow or subscribe to this site I will store your email address. I will only use your email for this purpose. I will not send you any marketing material. You may unsubscribe or opt-out at any time by using the unsubscribe links provided on emails.
  • Contact forms: There are no contact forms on this website. I used to have a contact form a few years back and it seemed popular across spam bots but not human beings. My contact details are available on the contact page. If you decide to send me an email it will end up in my inbox and will not be stored or logged anywhere on this website. I will never use it for anything else than responding to your original query.
  • Site Comments: This website does not accept comments directly but through Disqus and they have their own privacy policy. This means that if you are commenting anywhere on my blog, your comment is actually in the Disqus system and not in my blog. You will need to have an account with Disqus in order to comment on this website.
  • Other Information Entered on the Site: We may also collect other information that a visitor enters on the Site – such as a search query
  • Site Registration and User Profile: This blog does not provide registration and user account creation option.

Data Collected Automatically from the Site

  • Usage Data: We may also collect information on how the Service is accessed and used (“Usage Data”). This Usage Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol address (e.g. IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of our Service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.
  • Tracking & Cookies Data: We use cookies and similar tracking technologies to track the activity on our Service and hold certain information.

Embedded content from other websites and social networks.

Articles on this site may sometimes include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, social media buttons, like buttons, 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 tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Cookies and how they Benefit You

This website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience.
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites

This Site’s cookies help:

  • Make the website work as you’d expect
  • Improve the speed/security of the site
  • Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook
  • Continuously improve our website for you

I do not use cookies to:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
  • Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
  • Pass data to advertising networks
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
  • Pay sales commissions

You can learn more about all the cookies we use below

Granting permission to use cookies

If the settings on your software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies I take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from this site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

Cookies this Site sets

Strictly necessary

I use cookies to make this website work including The “Category 2: performance and security cookies”. These cookies are necessary for the website to work which include:

There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use my site.

Social Network Cookies

So you can easily “Like” or share my content on the likes of Facebook and Twitter I have included sharing buttons on each post.

The impact on privacy will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.

I do not run any advertising or targeting campaigns and I am not affiliated with social networks in any way.

Anonymous Visitor Statistics Cookies (Analytical/performance)

I use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited my website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when our site isn’t working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. These so-called “analytics” programs also tell us if, on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before helping us to put more money into developing our services for you instead of marketing spend.

I use Google Analytics to achieve this. Google Analytics is a web analytics service offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic. Google uses the data collected to track and monitor the use of our Service. This data is shared with other Google services.

I use it in its simplest form to see how many visitors I get if any at all. This means it only collects aggregate information and not device identifiers or any other potentially personal data. I do NOT use Ad Sense or any other audience targeting options.

Cookies set by Google Analytics are: _ga, , _gat, _gat_gtag_UA_122729240_1

You can opt-out of having made your activity on the Service available to Google Analytics by installing the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on. The add-on prevents the Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js, analytics.js, and dc.js) from sharing information with Google Analytics about visits activity. For more information on the privacy practices of Google, please visit the Google Privacy & Terms web page:

Turning Cookies Off

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies (Learn how here). Doing so, however, will likely limit the functionality of our’s and a large proportion of the world’s websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites

It may be that you concerns around cookies relate to so-called “spyware”. Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. Learn more about managing cookies with antispyware software.

The cookie information text on this site was derived from content provided by Attacat Internet Marketing, a marketing agency based in Edinburgh. If you need similar information for your own website you can use their free cookie audit tool.

Below is a list of the cookies that we use. We have tried to ensure this is complete and up to date, but if you think that we have missed a cookie or there is any discrepancy, please let us know.

How I use this information

I use the collected data for various purposes:

  • To provide and maintain the Service
  • To notify you about changes to our Service
  • To allow you to participate in interactive features of our Service when you choose to do so
  • To provide customer care and support
  • To provide analysis or valuable information so that we can improve the Service
  • To monitor the usage of the Service
  • To detect, prevent and address technical issues

Or – to simply put it – I want to know how many visitors I have, to let CloudFlare protect and improve the performance of this site and to send you blog updates but GDPR made it all complicated.

Who I share your data with (Transfer Of Data)

Absolutely no one, I will never sell your data to anyone. It is as simple as that. However, your information, including Personal Data (email address), may be transferred to — and maintained on — computers located outside of your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ than those from your jurisdiction.

If you are located outside the United Kingdom and choose to provide information to us, please note that we transfer the data, including Personal Data, to the United Kingdom and process it there.

Your consent to this Privacy Policy followed by your submission of such information represents your agreement to that transfer.

I will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy and no transfer of your Personal Data will take place to an organization or a country unless there are adequate controls in place including the security of your data and other personal information.

Disclosure Of Data

Legal Requirements

I may disclose your Personal Data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:

  • To comply with a legal obligation
  • To protect and defend the rights or property of Marcin Gminski
  • To prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with the Service
  • To protect the personal safety of users of the Service or the public
  • To protect against legal liability

Security Of Data

The security of your data is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Data, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Service Providers

We may employ third-party companies and individuals to facilitate our Service (“Service Providers”), to provide the Service on our behalf, to perform Service-related services or to assist us in analyzing how our Service is used. For example, to send Newsletter and Blog updates I may use a service provider like MailChimp or EmailOctopus.

These third parties have access to your Personal Data only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose.

How long I retain your data

If you do subscribe to my blog I will have your email address for as long as you wish to receive my Newsletter. You can unsubscribe at any point in time by clicking the unsubscribe link on the email. This will delete your email address.

What rights you have over your data

If you subscribe I will have your email address but you will have all the rights to this email. You can ask me to delete it, correct it or change it.

Links To Other Sites

Our Service may contain links to other sites that are not operated by us. If you click on a third-party link, you will be directed to that third party’s site. We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of every site you visit.

We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third-party sites or services.

Changes To This Privacy Policy

We may update our Privacy Policy from time to time and if we do, we will notify you of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page.

We will let you know via email and/or a prominent notice on our Service, prior to the change becoming effective and update the “effective date” at the top of this Privacy Policy.

You are advised to review this Privacy Policy periodically for any changes. Changes to this Privacy Policy are effective when they are posted on this page.


If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact me by visiting my contact page:

I review and revise this Privacy Policy from time to time. You could subscribe to my Newsletter to be notified if this policy changes but that would imply you are accepting it by subscribing. Anyway, you may want to revisit it regularly. Your use of this site, in any and all forms, constitutes an acceptance of this Privacy Policy.