Privacy Policy

What is this site?

This is:  It’s a website set up by me, Malcolm Maxwell, an enthusiastic and experienced Wild Camper.

I’ve tried to keep this Privacy Policy light and to the point, but overall the data collected is only the sort of data you’d expect on a site that thrives on comments and readers.  There are some cookies (of course, because websites don’t really work without them), but to be sure – none of that data collected is used to do anything other than keep this site healthy.

Anyway, here are some details.  I’ve had this auto-generated by answering a questionnaire, so sorry if the language is a bit up itself.

What personal data I collect and why do I 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.

Contact forms

To get in contact with me, email me at  (using Malcolm@).  Had to break up the email address there because last time I put it up I got more spam than the British Army on exercise…


If you leave a comment on this 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 tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


I’ve installed google analytics so that I can keep track of how popular various articles are, and to help me choose the right things to talk about next.  Google Analytics does all sorts of things, but you’d have to ask google for details.  I’m just using the vanilla installation.

Who I share your data with

I don’t give out this data to anyone.  Not a soul.


How long I retain your data

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

For users that register on this website (if any), I 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). I 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 I hold about you, including any data you have provided. You can also request that I erase any personal data I hold about you. This does not include any data I’m 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.

Your contact information

I’m based in the Scottish Borders, but the best way to get in contact is via this site or the email I mentioned above.

Additional information

How we protect your data

This site is hosted on 1and1, so the data on the site is protected by them.  They’re a good company – and large – so they do their job.

I don’t download any data for offline use, mostly because I hate spreadsheets.

What data breach procedures we have in place

If something does happen I’ll email everyone on the email list, and put up a note on the website.