Who we are

Adrian Cowderoy is a writer, acting to promote his work and improve the ethics of intelligence practices. ‘We’ are Adrian Cowderoy plus anyone he contracts to help maintain the service.

Our website address is: http://adriancowderoy.com.

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: https://automattic.com/privacy/. 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

The contact form is used for messaging us or initiating a communication with us.


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 visit our login page, 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.


We use data from Google Analytics and Rank Math to understand user behaviour in order to identify and refine our target audience, and to tune the content and website design to their needs.

Your data

Who we share your data with

Nobody, other than the services set out in this Privacy Policy.

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. The automated spam detection may check on your name, email address and content.

Your contact information

Contact information supplied in forms is not retained in the website. It initiates an email that may be followed by a conventional email communication.

Contact information supplied when registering on the website or leaving comments, is retained as set out elsewhere in this Policy.

Additional information

How we protect your data

We have selected service suppliers and technologies that have strong security credentials.

There is minimal personal information held within the website.

We review our data protection technologies and processes at least once a year.

What data breach procedures we have in place

Reported data breaches are treated with urgency. The validity of the report is assessed, as is the origin of the complaint.

If there is evidence of a breach, appropriate short-term technical and/or processes may be made. This may involve temporarily shutting down or replacing features on the website. Following review, a longer-term resolution may be implemented.

What third parties we receive data from


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

Automated decision-making is used as part of the security defences of this website. The anti-spam activity outlined in this Policy also uses automated decision-making.

There is no automated profiling whereby different users receive different content.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

This website is not being managed as part of a regulated industry.

Changes to this Policy

This is the first version of this policy.

Changes will be recorded here.