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Privacy Policy

Who we are

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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.

Contact forms

We use contact forms to enable site visitors to communicate with us. For this to take place efficiently and to facilitate any reply that may be required we require your name and choice of contact method – usually email but possibly telephone number. We store these details in a secure manner and only use them for this express purpose unless specifically requested – such as when you request to be in receipt of our newsletter by subscribing to 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.

Our cookie policy can be seen here.


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.


The visitor experience on our website is important to us. In order to monitor our effectiveness  use Google Analytics and the Google Search Console to track anonymised behaviour. No personal data is acquired through this.

How we use your data

Bishopsteignton Heritage collects contact information volunteered by individuals for specific purposes:

Subscribers to the

This allows individuals to post comments about the articles published on the website. Your name will appear alongside any comments made but your contact details are only visible to site Editors and Admins.

Subscribers to the Bishopsteignton Heritage newsletter

This is for individuals wishing to be kept up to date with news and events relating to the Bishopsteignton Heritage project by way of a periodical email newsletter. You can subscribe on our contact page. Your details are only visible to Editors or Admins of this website.

Bishopsteignton Heritage Authors

These are subscribers to the website who contribute information put forward for publication on the website. Names but no contact information are displayed on the articles. Authors can view their own draft work and that published privately by editors/admins on behalf of other authors before publication to any visitor to the website. Authors cannot publicly publish articles. Authors can communicate via the in-house messaging system without sharing their personal contact details.

Bishopsteignton Heritage Editors

Are authors with the further ability to view and edit all articles prior and post publication. Their main role is to proof read, curate and support the contribution of other authors prior to publication. Editors can publish ready articles on behalf of authors. Editors can view and use contact information submitted by individuals for the purposes described above and to directly contact authors regarding their research via email.

Bishopsteignton Heritage Admins

Admins have full visibility of everything to do with the website in order to carry out technical development, design and maintenance. Although this gives them the ability to view the contact details volunteered by individuals they are generally not required to use them as part of their role.

Information is held on our secure servers within the EU and in the case of the newsletters also by Mailchimp whose privacy policy can be viewed here.

We do not share your information with any other third parties and undertake to only use it for the explicit purpose for which it was volunteered as detailed above.

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, 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.

What third parties we receive data from

We receive anonymised data from Google Analytics and Search Console.

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