Privacy Policy

I take your privacy very seriously. I hate spam just as much as you do and will never sell, rent or otherwise distribute or make public any personal information that you may share with me.

The purpose of this Privacy Policy is to inform the general public of the nature, scope, and purpose of the personal data I collect, use and process. It will also outline your rights with respect to the data that we collect.

What is Personal Data?

Personal data means any infomation relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (you, the 'data subject') by us (the 'data controller') or any other third party. An identifiable natural person, as defined by the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is "one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, such as by a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person".

Personal Information that I Collect & Why I Collect it

This website collects and uses personal information for the following reasons:

My Blog

Should you choose to add a comment to any posts that I have published on my Journal or Hot Holidays section (blog), the name and email address you enter with your comment will be saved to this website’s database, along with your computer’s IP address and the time and date that you submitted the comment. This information is only used to identify you as a contributor to the comment section of the respective blog post and is not passed on to any of the third party data processors detailed below or elsewhere.

The storage of the IP address takes place for security reasons, and in case your comment violates the rights of third parties, or you post illegal content through a given comment. The storage of this personal data is, therefore, so that I can report any infringement.

Only your name (or pseudonym) and the date you made the comment will be shown on the public-facing website although if the supplied email address is linked to a Gravatar account, your Gravatar photo will also be displayed.

Your comment and its associated personal data will remain on this site until I see fit to either 1.) remove the comment or 2.) remove the blog post. Should you wish to have the comment and its associated personal data deleted, please email me at using the email address that you commented with.

If you are under 16 years of age you MUST obtain parental consent before posting a comment on our blog.

NOTE: You should avoid entering personally identifiable information to the actual comment field of any blog post comments that you submit on this website.

Contact Forms & Email

Should you choose to contact me using any of the contact forms on my website, or an email link like , none of the data that you supply will be stored by this website or passed to / be processed any Third Parties or elsewhere. Instead the data will be collated into an email and sent to me. I will then only use this data to contact you with regards to your enquiry.

Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) ensures an encrypted connection between your browser and our website or form, however I would suggest that you always consider email as an insecure medium and not include personal, confidential or otherwise sensitive information within an email.


If you send me your Skype details to request any of my online lessons, it will only be used to contact you for our pre-arranged lessons. At the end of your course of lessons, your details will be removed from my Skype contact list. You can of course contact me at any time to ask to be removed from my Skype contacts.

How I Store your Personal Information

As detailed above, if you submit a comment to a blog post published on this website some personal information will be stored within this website’s database. This is currently the only occasion where personal data will be stored on this website.

Third Party Data Processors

I use just two third parties to process personal data on my behalf:

Links to Other Websites

This privacy notice does not cover the links within this site linking to other websites. Those sites are not governed by this Privacy Policy, and if you have questions about how a site uses your information, you'll need to check that site’s own privacy statement.

Your Rights

It is your legal right to request, at any time, to view, amend or remove any of the personal data we hold on you. Simply email me at with your request.

Data Controller

The data controller of this website is:
Elaine Spires.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

This privacy policy may change from time to time in line with legislation or industry developments. I will not explicitly inform our clients or website users of these changes. Instead, I recommend that you check this page occasionally for any policy changes.

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