Privacy Policy

Who we are

Brainflogging is a blog run by an individual technologist, Scott Bragg,  for his own pleasure and amusement with the intent to inform and amuse those who read it.

Occasionally there will be guest bloggers and others who share their wisdom and wisecracks with readers.  The information about themselves they wish to share will be in their profile or other links provided with their posts.

And now, for the boring legal stuff:

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 anonymized 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.


We currently do not use any analytics engines with this website beyond the standard logging tools that are necessary for the web server (Apache in this case) to function.   Those logs capture date, time, IP address, what the browser tells the website it is, and referring host if you clicked on a link that sent you here IF (and that’s an important IF) your browser tells the web server that a link from another site sent you here.

Who we share your data with

We currently do not have any data sharing agreements with anyone not already mentioned elsewhere in this document.  We have no interest in directly sharing your data with any other entities, however there are technical functions within this website that may share data provided by you with 3rd parties so that the website will function as designed.   Anti-spam filtering and gravatar avatar-icons are two such examples and specifics about those services are listed elsewhere in this document.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize 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 currently use the Akismet anti-spam service.  Their privacy policy can be found here:

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