Privacy Policy

How can you stop cookies?

I’m aware of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and for what it’s worth, you can rest assured that I have no interest whatsoever in your personal details.  However, I’m not an IT professional (I run this site myself), and I haven’t yet figured out how to code in the ability to switch off some cookies and not others.

Therefore, the best advice I can give you is…

If you really don’t want cookies from this site then turn them off in your browser

Please keep in mind though, that my site may not look as good or work as well without them.  There’s more information about them further down this page.

Who I am

This is a personal website built by me (Santa’s Cat).  A human being called Lindy Betts helped me here and there.  It is not a business.  My website address is:  If you have any questions, you can drop me a line at:

What personal data I collect and why I collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site it collects 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.



When you log in, this site 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.


I like to know what traffic my site receives, so to help me  track that, I use Google Analytics.  The kind of stuff that gets tracked is a user’s interests, which pages they visit and how long they stay, what other websites they’ve visited and which country they are in at the time.  All this helps me make my site better, for example by knowing all the boring things that humans like to read about and creating more content for cats.

If you’d like to opt-out of this,you can visit Google’s Ad Settings, or you could use the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on.

You can also deactivate third-party cookies by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative site and following the instructions there.

Who I share your data with

I don’t share personally identifiable information with anyone.  Not even other cats.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so my site can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on this website (if any), it also stores 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). Because I’m the website administrator, I can see and edit that information too.

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 I hold about you, including any data you have provided to me. You can also request that I erase any personal data I hold about you. This does not include any data I am 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.