Privacy Policy

Who we are

This is the personal website of Mike Silversides. My website address is:

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.

Note: we currently don’t accept comments on this site.


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.

Note: we don’t currently accept images from visitors to the website.

Contact forms

We have a contact form where we ask for your name and email address to provide customer service. Information entered in this contact form is not used for marketing purposes.


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.

Example: YouTube videos.


This site uses Google Analytics for tracking and reporting website traffic. Traffic data is retained for 26 months. Find our more about how Google uses your information. To opt out of Google Analytics tracking you can use the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

Who we share your data with

We don’t share your information with anyone else, except as disclosed on this page.

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.

Website traffic data is retained for 26 months in Google Analytics.

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.

Your contact information

To contact me for anything privacy related, use the Contact page on this website.

Additional information

How we protect your data

In general we don’t collect any personal data, so there’s nothing to protect. If you did send me your contact information that would be secured in my email account.

What data breach procedures we have in place

Depending on the circumstances, we would likely have to:

    • report to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada,
    • provide notice to affected individuals, and
    • report to other organizations as required. This might include the BC Office of the Information and Privacy

What third parties we receive data from

We don’t receive data from third parties, though we do have access to website traffic reports from Google Analytics.

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


Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

In Canada the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) applies.
In the province of British Columbia, the Personal Information Protection Act (PDF) applies.
For European Union citizens, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) may apply.