Privacy Policy

Who we are

This website ( is maintained by Ben Jarman, a PhD student at the University of Cambridge Institute of Criminology. The site is a personal site and not owned or maintained by the university.

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 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.


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 tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Email subscriptions

If you use the side menu to subscribe to email updates, we collect your email address and use to send you email updates. You can contact us at any time, or use the links in the emails, to unsubscribe.

Contact forms

If you use the form on the ‘contact‘ page to send us a message, we will collect your name and email address and (optionally) your website. This information will be used only to reply to your message and deal with any request you are making. It will not be used to add you to any mailing list unless this is what you have contacted us to ask for.

Who we share your data with

We will not share your data with any third party.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise 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.

If you subscribe to email updates, we retain the email address for as long as the subscription remains active. You can contact us at any time to ask for the subscription to be terminated, or use the links in the email to do so yourself.

If you have sent us your email address or website address via the contact form, these pieces of information will be retained for as long as is necessary for us to deal with your contact request.

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. No other data will be sent outside the site for any reason.

Contacting us

If you have any specific questions or requests relating to privacy, please use the contact form in the side menu to get in touch.