Privacy & Cookies

Who I am (Data Controller)

I am a self-employed trainer and consultant providing services primarily to public bodies and other businesses. I am based at my home in South London. I can be contacted via my contact form or by telephone on 07799 654509. I am registered with the Information Commissioner and you can consult my entry at (registration number ZA071135).

What personal data I collect and why

If you contact me about my services I will use your details to correspond with you about the service you have requested and administer it (including invoicing for services delivered).

If you sign up for my occasional newsletter on freedom of information and data protection issues, your email only will be collected. You can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time by clicking on the relevant link in any email you receive or by writing to me using the contact form. The newsletter is administered using MailChimp a US company used by lots of businesses to administer marketing email. MailChimp store the list of email addresses for me but aren’t allowed to contact you directly or use your email for their own purposes. I remain the data controller in relation to this data and have a data processing agreement in place with MailChimp. More information about MailChimp’s privacy policies can be found on their website.

How long is personal data stored?

Most correspondence I receive will be retained for 3 years before being deleted. Where necessary for accounting purposes, basic information about those who order services from me will be retained for a minimum of 6 years.

Where you have subscribed to the newsletter, your email address will be retained until you unsubscribe or until the newsletter service is terminated whichever is sooner.

Who has access to the data?

I am a one-man band – I have no employees so the only person with access to personal data I store is me. I won’t share your details with third parties unless you ask me to.

Links to other sites

This website contains links to other sites, for which I am not responsible. This notice does not apply to other sites, so when you visit them, you may wish to read their privacy notices.


I use Google Analytics and WordPress to keep track of how many people visit the site, and a little bit about how they get to me (eg what search terms resulted in you finding your way to me). In order to collect these statistics, Google and WordPress place “cookies” (small text files used to see if you’ve visited me before, for instance) on your computer, mobile phone or whatever device you use.

Google provide more information on the cookies they place on your device on their website. If you really don’t like the idea of Google placing cookies on your computer, they also provide a browser add-on that you can run that prevents cookies being placed on your device by Google whatever websites you visit. In addition, you can also usually change your browser settings manually to block cookies from being placed on your device, and also to clear cookies that have already been placed there.

WordPress is the Content Management System (CMS) that runs the FOIMan website. It uses a cookie when logging in and out which is essential for proper website operation. It is only set if you are a registered user, so for most people it is not set at all. User data is all anonymous.

If you leave a comment on a blog post, then a cookie may be stored to ‘remember’ your details for the next time you post (should you choose the “remember me” option).


Your rights

I have no wish to use your data in a way that you would not approve of. If you have any concerns at all, please do let me know so that I can put things right. In any case, you have rights in law as follows, subject to some exceptions:

  • to request a copy of information held about you;
  • to have inaccurate data corrected;
  • to have data about you erased;
  • to place a restriction on the processing of your data;
  • to object to me processing your data;
  • to request that your data is transferred on (data portability).

Should you wish to exercise any of these rights, or have any concerns about my use of your data, please contact me via the contact page. If this means that I am unable to provide a service you have requested I will let you know. If you are dissatisfied with my response, you can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office:

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane




Telephone: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745

Fax: 01625 524 510


This page was last updated on 8 May 2017.