My Privacy Policy

    • I consider Internet user privacy to be of paramount importance.

    • The information shown below reflects my commitment to protecting users' privacy.

    • These wiki pages were first created on the 14th of March 2009, and validity started on this date.

    • Details of any updates are provided by the wiki: click on the 'See earlier versions' link at the top right of this page for a complete version history.

What is housed on the websites covered by this privacy policy?

    • My web sites (www, blog, twitter, youtube, etc) provide users with information about my activities, interests, hobbies, work, and other aspects of my life.

    • They also provide methods of contacting me.

How do I collect personally identifying information?

    • I do not collect personally identifying information (PII).

    • Users may choose to submit personally identifying information (PII) to me via any of the contact methods on the website.

Do my web sites use cookies?

    • Usage of cookies and/or action tags is in no way linked to any personally identifying information (PII) while on this site.

    • Some of my web sites are hosted by third-party vendors like Google, Blogger, YouTube, etc. My web site may thus use persistent cookies and action tags (aka: Web beacons or pixel gifs) to understand web site usage and to resolve any problems, thus enhancing your experience at this site. These cookies may also be used to serve ads on this site

    • Google, as a third-party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on this site.

    • Google's use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to your users based on their visit to this sites and other sites on the Internet.

    • Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.

    • You can disable cookies via the settings within your web browser, but this may affect the level of your personalization experience when on one of my web sites, and some services or features may be unavailable without cookies enabled.

    • For further information on cookies please go to - it explains how cookies work and how you can manage their use.

Do my web sites use standard log files?

    • I have access to some log files provided by some of the third-party vendors who host my web sites. These include Internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type and a date/time stamp of the users visit, however this list is not exhaustive. These logs help me measure interest, debug servinig problems, and ultimately provide a better service to visitors to my web sites.

How do I use use any PII that users submit?

    • I use the information to respond to users' requests for further information.

    • I normally respond to requests for information via e-mail.

    • If specifically instructed to do so by the owner of the PII, I may include contact details, or a method of making contact, on my web sites. An example of this is for the Martin Russ who is the author of books on the Korean War - with his agreement, I send his contact details to enquirers by email on request.

Do you distribute PII to third parties?

    • I do not disclose, transfer, release, sell, rent, lease, license or give away any PII provided to me by users of this web site, unless I am specifically instructed to do so by the owner of that piece of PII.

    • For details of how Google may use PII collected on this website you should visit the Google ad and content network privacy policy.

What choices are there for individuals with regards to the collection of PII?

    • PII may be passed to me by each user through the contact methods on the web-site - normally via e-mail. Therefore all PII is passed to me at the user’s discretion.

    • Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookies that may be used by Google to serve ads on this site by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.

What are the consequences if I refuse to provide information?

    • All PII gathered via any of my web sites is at your discretion.

    • Please note that in the case of requesting information from me, failure to provide valid contact details will result in my inability to respond to your enquiry.

Do I store PII?

    • I only store e-mails from people who contact me.

How do I store PII?

    • PII information in the form of e-mails is stored on my secure personal computer.

    • This computer is only accessible by me, and is used in order to contact users with regards to any issues raised.

    • Any e-mails received or sent are dated and stored on my personal computer.

Do you supplement PII with sourced third party data?

Can I request the deletion of my PII submitted via email?

    • You can e-mail me requesting that I delete your personal information and e-mail(s), and I will respond via e-mail giving notification of the removal of said details.

How is notice of change given?

    • I reserve the right to change this privacy policy at any time.

    • The valid from date of the privacy policy is identified at the head of the privacy policy page.

    • The current privacy policy date is given in the wiki version history: click on the 'See earlier versions' link at the top right of this page for a complete version history.

    • If you have any further questions regarding our privacy policy and how I handle your information, please e-mail me and I will do my best to reply in full, as soon as possible.