Privacy Policy

Who I am

My name is Anthony S. Picco and my website address is

What personal data the site collects and why

Firstly, let me tell you that your privacy is very important to me. Luckily, my website doesn’t have too much going on in the background, so any data collected is very minimal and not of great significance. Nevertheless, I still need to tell you how, where and why that data is collected.

I can sum it up in two ways: 1) in order to make the website work properly for you, and 2): to make your interaction with the website as simple as possible. Please see the ‘Comments’ and ‘Cookies’ sections of this page for more details in that respect.

I should also point out that some sections of this page contain generic text supplied by WordPress. You’ll know when you read them. This is because, well, it’s pre-written content related to core WordPress functionality and therefore it’s all above board and accurate.


When you submit a comment on any of my blog posts, the website collects the data shown in the comments form, and also your 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 at After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

This site also uses the familiar ‘I’m not a robot’ reCAPTCHA functionality in order to prevent spam comments. It is provided by a WordPress plugin called ‘Advanced noCaptcha & invisible Captcha’. The plugin sends a user’s IP address to Google for verificiation.

reCAPTCHA works by collecting hardware and software information, such as device and application data and the results of integrity checks, and sending that data to Google for analysis. The use of reCAPTCHA is subject to Google’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.


If you leave a comment on the site, you have the choice to opt-in to saving your name and email address 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.

The website is hosted via SiteGround and uses the related SG Optimizer plugin. This plugin uses a cookie (‘WpSGCacheBypass’ functional/persistent cookie) in order to function properly. It does not store personal data and is used solely for the needs of SiteGround’s caching system.

Embedded content from other websites

My website includes an embedded Spreaker podcast player on the Links page. This acts in the exact same way as if you visited my podcast page on the Spreaker website.

Spreaker may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, or monitor your interaction with the player, including tracking your interaction with the player if you have an account and are logged into the Spreaker website. Please see here for details on how Spreaker collects and processes data from podcast plays.

How long your data is retained for

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.

What rights you have over your data

If you have left comments on this site, 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 your data might be sent

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Contact information

Anthony S. Picco can be contacted via

Additional information

This page was last updated on 13/01/21.