Privacy Policy

Website Privacy Policy

Here at Art Surgery we are committed to protecting your privacy. This statement applies to all information collected or submitted on, and is made in the light of the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in order to alert you to the practices which govern the processing of your data.

The information we collect

We collect the following information from people visiting the website:

  • Information on how people use the site
  • Your name and email address if you sign up for our newsletter or use our Contact Us form
  • Visitors’ external IP addresses, details of which browser they used and on what kind of machine (eg Windows/Mac)
  • Information relating to user demographics and interests using users’ Google advertising IDs. This data is not personally identifiable.

How we collect the information

We collect that information about users of this site in different ways:

  • Cookies
  • Online forms
  • Comments
  • Server logs


We use small data files stored on your computer called ‘cookies’. Most big websites do this. They help us improve the website experience for you.

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.

Online forms

Forms such as the newsletter or the Contact Us form collect data from users of the site. In this instance the user volunteers their personal information and the information is held in accordance with our Data Protection Policy.


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.

Server logs

The web server is the computer that this website sits on. When you click on a link to a web page, you are sending a request to the server for that page, and all files associated with it (eg images on the page). The server keeps a log of all these requests and records other information such as the time and date of each request. It also registers whether the requested files could be found on the server.

This information is useful for us because it tells us how popular certain parts of the site are, and whether there is a problem with broken links (usually signalled by a 404 error, or the message ‘files not found’). The logs do not identify individual users, and we do not try in any way to identify users through correlating the log files with other data.

How we use the information

Any information we collect is used to:

  • Improve the content and design of the website
  • Measure our marketing activities
  • Contact visitors (with their permission) with information relating to the Art Surgery website

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

We never share your information with other organisations for marketing, market research or commercial purposes, and we don’t pass on your personal information to any other website. The following links can be used to opt out of Google Analytics data collection and Google advertising data respectively:

For more exhaustive protection against your data being collected, consider using a tool such as EasyPrivacy.

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.

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.

Following a link to from another website

When you come to Art Surgery from another site, we may get personal information about you from the other website. You should read the privacy policy of websites you visit that link you to this one if you want to know about this.

Contacting Us

If you have any questions or concerns about our privacy policy, please e-mail us at