downthetubes Privacy Policy

This page was last updated 16th May 2018

Who we are

Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


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.

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. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: 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

We don’t currently have a contact form, but we do have offer a newsletter, run through Mailchimp. The sign up form and our newsletter setting abide by GDPR regulations. We do not share this list with any third party.

We also offer the option to sign up for downthetubes Newsfeed, delivered by Feedburner, which is run by Google. This service collects your preferred email address and offers the option to unsubscribe at any time.


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 have an account and you log in to this site, 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 one day.

See also – downthetubes Cookie Policy | downthtetubes Cookie  Information – this page details all the Cookies active on this site

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.

We mainly embed videos from Youtube and Vimeo.


Who we share your data with

We use Google Analytics to collect visitor on site visitors. Collecting Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is against the Google Analytics Terms of Service. If you are interested in Google’s commitment to GDPR then a good place to start is this website:  How Google complies with data protection laws.

We offer links to products on Amazon. These links are generated by Amazon. Details of Amazon’s GDPR compliance measure are here. Amazon does not share any details of buyers via an Affiliate account with its Affiliates.

We also offer links to selected products offered by Forbidden Planet. Details of their privacy policy are here. Forbidden Planet does not share any details of buyers via an Affiliate account with its Affiliates.

We also feature Affiliate ads for Cafepress and Waterstones, the latter through a third party affiliate service. Neither share share any details of buyers.

How long we retain your data

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.

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 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. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. We use Askimet.

Your contact information

You can contact at us by email in the first instance and further contact information will be provided on request.

As of 15th May 2018 we are in the process of registering a physical company address for this site.

Additional information

How we protect your data

Data collected by this site is stored by WordPress and our hosting company, GoDaddy. Our newsletter is serviced by Mailchimp. We regularly collect a back up file of newsletter subscribers and store it offline.

We do not hold a list of subscribers to the Google-run Feedburner service.

As of 15th May 2018, we do not sell anything directly through downthetubes to our readers. If that changes, we will update this Privacy Information page.

What data breach procedures we have in place

Since our newsletter data is held by Mailchimp, we are reliant on them for securing that list. Google Analytics data is held by Google; Amazon sales data and Waterstones sales data is held by those companies.

What third parties we receive data from

We receive anonymised visitor data to the downthetubes web site from WordPress and Google (via Google Analytics). We receive anonymised sales data from Amazon, Cafepress, Forbidden Planet, Jetpack Ads and Waterstones.

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

As of 15th May 2018, we do not make any automated decision making and/or profiling with user data. If this changes, we will update this Privacy Information page.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

As of 15th May 2018, we don’t think we have any reason to believe that this aspect of GDPR requirements applies to this site. If this changes, we will update this Privacy Information page.

This page was last updated 16th May 2018

See also – downthetubes Cookie Policy | downthetubes Cookie  Information – this page details all the Cookies active on this site