I’m John Jackson, the individual who maintains You can contact me through my contact form.

This page explains what data I collect, how I store it, and what I do with it.


I’m just a person who maintains this personal website as a hobby. I have no interest in collecting your personal data or sharing data with a third party unless absolutely necessary. I collect as little data as possible, anonymize it when possible, and delete it when possible.

I don’t like writing (or reading) long privacy policy statements, but I do take privacy seriously. Because this site uses cookies and stores visitor logs, I’m providing the full details of my data usage below:

Comments and contact forms

If you leave comments on this site or submit messages through the contact form, I collect the data shown in the form, your IP address, and browser user agent string to help spam detection.


I use cookies to help track visitors on this site, their usage of this site, and their site access preferences.

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.


I self-host Matomo analytics software for the purpose of helping me understand how visitors use this site. Matomo collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. This also collects anonymized Internet Protocol (IP) addresses.

You can read more about how Matomo respects privacy here.

Tracking opt-out

I only track visitors while they’re on this website. Whenever possible, I avoid embedding third-party code that “follows” visitors across the web.

Embedded content from other websites

Pages 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.

Who I share your data with

Comments and contact forms are checked through an automated spam detection service. Comments, contact forms, and visitor analytics are all stored on this server, and I have no intention of sharing that data with anyone else.

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.

Analytics data is deleted after six months. Aggregate reports are retained indefinitely.

What rights you have over your data

If you 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 to me. You can also request that I erase any personal data I hold about you.