Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is: It is the personal page of the Teabreak Knitter (Steve Foreman).

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 and to protect the site against malicious attack.

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. Gravatar is a service that lets its users display the same avatar on all websites that support the service. 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.

Participants in “teabreak events” are asked to confirm that they are content for photographs, audio or video recordings of the event to be published on the internet, including this website. If you find that you are identifiable in media on this website and did not provide consent, please contact the Teabreak Knitter by email using the link at the end of this policy.

Contact forms

No information entered on contact forms is retained by this website. The information is sent by email to the Teabreak Knitter.


Cookies are used on this website to improve your browsing experience and to allow us to learn about how the website is being used.

Cookies and comments

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.

Cookies and regisered users

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.

Cookies and authors

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.

Details of cookies

You can find out more about the cookies used on this website on our cookie policy page.

Please use this link to change your cookie preferences: Cookie settings.

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.

Analytics – finding out how this website is used

This website uses the Google Analytics, a service that transits website traffic data to Google serviers. Google Analytics does not identify individual users or associate your IP address with any other data help by Google. We use reports provided by Google analytics to help us understand website trafffic and webpage usage. The privacy policy for Google Analytics is at If you do not want to have your use of web sites tracked by Google Analytics, Google provides a browser add-on to prevent your browser passing information to them. More information on this is available from

Who we share your data with

Hashed email addresses may be shared with Gravatar as described in the section of this policy on “comments”.

Comments and information entered into contact forms  may be sent to a spam detection service (Akismet Anti-Spam whose privacy policy is at  The following is a statement from Akismet.

“We collect information about visitors who comment on Sites that use our Akismet anti-spam service. The information we collect depends on how the User sets up Akismet for the Site, but typically includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself).”

Anonymised information about use of the website is passed to Google Analytics and used as described in the section “Analytics – finding out how this website is used” of this policy.

We use the Google reCAPTCHA service to protect our forms where users can submit information. Your responses to the reCAPTCHA challenge are used by Google to detect activity by spam bots. Google handles these data according to the Google 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 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.

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 called Akismet. The Akismet privacy policy is at

Your contact information

When you make a comment on this website, you are asked to provide your name and email address. These are stored and used as described in the “comments” section of this policy.

How to contact us

Please contact the Teabreak Knitter by email if you would like to:

  • find out more about the use of information by this website;
  • be sent a copy of your personal information held by the website; or
  • have personal information removed from the website
  • report  a data breach.