Privacy Policy.

Who we are

My name is Lydia Wilkins, and I am a freelance journalist with bylines in The Independent, Disability Arts Online, BN1 Magazine, The Mid Sussex Times, and more. This is my blog where I document being on the Autistic spectrum.  You can contact me here. 

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site, the data shown in the comments form is collected , as well as 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, avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to this website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

I use a contact form for privacy reasons, which is how you can contact me. WordPress has access to this, and records the messages sent to my inbox; however, this data is not sent anywhere else. As stated under ‘Analytics’, WordPress will not share this with anyone else-it’s a default position.


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; 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,a temporary cookie will be set 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.

This blog also uses affiliate links-where I promote a website, in exchange for a small commission. This happens via cookies, but you can block this by instructing your browser to refuse them, or to indicate where they are sent, having been stored on your computers hard drive.


Cookies are files with small amount of data, which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a web site and stored on your computer’s hard drive. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use parts of this website.

You may also see adverts on this site, as displayed via HTML code.

Embedded content from other websites

Posts on this blog 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.


Who we share your data with

WordPress measures the amount of visitors/hits etc, on a daily basis. By default, they do not share data with anyone else. Plugins may also be used to help with the functionality of the site.

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.

Additional information

How we protect your data

The WP GDPR Data Protection Plugin has been installed to help with protecting data. On logging in to this website-such as to leave a comment-this will require consent to this privacy policy.

I have also enabled the Wordfence plugin. 

Data breaches

In order to compile with the new GDPR requirements, I will inform users within 72 hours of any data breaches. In order to prevent breaches, I have also enabled the Wordfence plugin , as well as the GDPR plugin. (See below.)

What third parties we receive data from

Currently, I only receive data from WordPress, and the related Plugins.

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

This allows the prevention of spam, such as when moderating comments.


As a self-hosted WordPress website, I use a variety of plugins, in order to improve the functionality of this website. In order to be more transparent, they are listed here:

  • Akismet Anti-Spam: This checks for spam related comments & spam via contact forms, such as on the contact page. It also prevents the publication of malicious comments.
  • Broken Link Checker: This website is regularly scanned for broken links-external content that is no longer ‘live’. This includes comments, posts, etc.
  • GDPR : In order to be compliant with the new data regulations, this plugin has been enabled to do exactly that. This also allows for the erasure and deletion of data that has been collected.
  • Imsanity : When uploading images, this helps to re-zise the photograph to the appropriate size.
  • Jetpack by : This allows me to customise my theme and gather key traffic analytics.
  • Meta Box: Again, this is to do with customisation.
  • Regenerate thumbnails: This re-sizes my images to thumbnail sizes.
  • SG optimiser : Because my website is self-hosted, this helps it function.
  • Ultimate nofollow: To comply with Google adverting standards and legal disclosures, this codes no-follow links into blog posts. (So, if I have been gifted something, this is included.)
  • Wordfence security: In order to protect any data, this has been enabled. It has various functions such as blocking malicious traffic and scanning for malware.
  • Yoast SEO: This is used to help my blog rank higher in search engines by enabling SEO hints and tips.
  • Pipdig power pack: this helps enable my blog theme.
  • GDPR cookie compliance : again, this is to conform to GDPR.

If you have any comments, concerns, etc, please do not hesitate to contact me via this link.