Privacy Policy

Despite every attempt to use jargon-free terms and make it simple, these statements can still cause confusion. If you are unsure, please feel free to get in touch, details are below.

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.


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 1 day.

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.


From anonymised data, we can see some non-personal data, for instance, a snapshot of how many users in a particular country visited the site. We do not use this data for any other reason than to understand the audience mix and to try to make the services better as a result.

Who we share your data with

We do not share your data for anything other than for the successful running of the site and to provide you with the services you have requested.

We use Plug-ins to help us to provide the services that run the website, please see below for Plug-in information:

Caldera Forms: Data Collection

Caldera Forms stores a record of all form submissions. Your data may be deleted by the site administrator. You may request a report of saved data related to your email address.


This site utilizes caching in order to facilitate a faster response time and better user experience. Caching potentially stores a duplicate copy of every web page that is on display on this site. All cache files are temporary, and are never accessed by any third party, except as necessary to obtain technical support from the cache plugin vendor. Cache files expire on a schedule set by the site administrator, but may easily be purged by the admin before their natural expiration, if necessary.

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 will not sell your data and will not send your data to anyone without your permission.

Our contact information

If you have any questions, please contact flashdogs(at-replace-this-with-at-symbol)

What third parties we receive data from

We do not pay for, or request personal data from third parties. If you have used plug-ins, for example to sign into the website, or to take part in comments or rewards, then the services of those plug-ins will be used to validate your identity. This data is not used for anything other than for the purpose of identifying you.

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

If you have participated in stories or comments, then your activity will have been calculated automatically to gain ‘dog treat points’ – this was a method to reward usage and allocate a participation points system. This was handled automatically using a pre-defined points scoring system.

No profiling has taken place (such as marketing).