Who we are

Our website address is: https://the-sticking-place.com.

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:

https://automattic.com/privacy/. 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:

If you leave a comment on our contact form (along with name, email and website) we use your information to help us improve our site and for your access and usability of its features. You are given a choice whether you want to save the data in a browser cookie for convenient commenting. A consent checkbox is offered to you for the giving of this information.

Social Media:

Depending on your settings and/or the privacy policies for social media and messaging services like Facebook and Twitter, you may give us permission to access information from those accounts or services. The majority of this behaviour is anonymised.  For more information on how to control your privacy settings for these services, go to the following links:

Facebook – Privacy Policy

Twitter – Privacy Policy


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.

Cookies and WordPress – How to Set, Get and Delete: https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/set-get-delete-cookies/

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 tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Analytics tools include: Yoast SEO, Jetpack, Akismet Anti-Spam & WP Mail Logging (Google Analytics has been deactivated on this site).


We try to collect the minimal amount of data that’s necessary. For example, when you sign up to our site, we ask only for limited information needed. We require an email address and a username, nothing more. If you purchase a product, we’ll need additional information to process your payment. You are welcome to add other information, but we don’t require you to give us any other personal information, other than the following:

  • Email address
  • Contact phone number
  • Payment card details.
  • Billing address
  • Name

As a guide to a more detailed description of the data that is collected on this site, please refer to the respective policy pages from the following plugin builders:



We do not sell private personal information.

Who we share your data with

WordPress website administrators have access to the site and therefore the personal information within it, via site plugins such as WP Mail Log.

The Sticking Place is not responsible for the privacy notices and practices of other websites even if accessed using links from http://www.the-sticking-place.com, and recommends that you check the policy of each website you visit and contact its owner if you have any concerns or questions.

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 or Paypal information, 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 (via the contact email below). This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

At all times, in conjunction with regulatory disclosure requirements, you have the right to:

  • request access to the data we store about you
  • request updates/changes to your personal data
  • request the deletion of your personal data
  • take your personal data to a new service
  • request we limit our collection and use of your personal data (e.g. opt out of being tracked by our first party analytics tool)
  • unsubscribe from the blog

You can expect that we will work to protect the privacy of your personal data, will only collect the data when we have a reason to do so, and will delete your personal data once we no longer have a need for it (or if you request this action).

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. It is used solely within the-sticking-place.com. For WooCommerce, there may be data exchange with Paypal – the sole payment gateway.

Our contact information

Email: contact@the-sticking-place.com

For citizens of the United States

The nature of the website and the academic content therein is neither targeted at nor designed for children aged 13 years or under.

Additional information

How we protect your data:

User privacy is critically important to us at the-sticking-place.com. Our privacy principles align with the GDPR principles, and we built our products and services with those principles in mind.

We understand that safeguarding our users’ private information is a vital aspect of the trust our users place in our services to keep them safe, and in some cases, anonymous.

The site does not serve advertisements through third party websites, such as Google Adsense; so behavioural information is neither shared with nor collected through third parties of this nature.

Implementing HTTPS for the entire website is practiced.

While no online service can ever be 100% secure, we work hard to protect your information from unauthorised access. We support and promote encryption of user data and we encrypt all traffic (serve over SSL) for all WordPress.com sites, by default. You can read more about WordPress.com security features and Jetpack Security Features.

What data breach procedures we have in place:

Click here for a complete guide to the GDPR compliant data breach procedures we attempt to implement should circumstances demand and knowledge permit.

What third parties we receive data from:

Typically, none. This does depend on the plugins being used (Yoast SEO, Jetpack, Akismet). For WooCommerce, there may be data exchange with Paypal – the sole payment gateway. The site does not serve advertisements through third party websites.

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

User data is used, often anonymously, to improve the products and services that the site offers. Feedback, through comments or endorsements on sales, may indicate successes or failures in this regard, from a business perspective. Profiling, in this respect, also helps you – the customer. However, automated decision making will only come in the form of email confirmation concerning a product purchase. You will not be contacted by any other means. Non-automated responses may come about as a direct response to an enquiry.

In addition, profiling is conducted to carry out our business and to provide a service or contract with you to:

  • Fulfil products, service and subscription requests
  • Process payments
  • Provide you with quality customer service
  • Contact you with important information relating to a product or service to which you have consented
  • Detect and reduce fraud and credit risk
  • Help us target our product and service development so that they’re more relevant to you
  • Classify our customers into groups or segments, using information from purchases and digital interactions
  • Measure and understand how our customers respond to a variety of marketing activity so we can ensure our activity is well targeted, relevant and effective
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