Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is:

This site is owned by the Directors of the Harwich Shanty Festival

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.

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. 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.

Contact forms

Your message is stored on the server along with the IP address of your computer/device. These are only used to identify spammers and other abusers.


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.

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 tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


By subscribing to our newsletter,  you are consenting to our use of your name and email address so we can send you newsletters and associated messages. Your name and email address will not be shared or used for any other purposes. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of newsletter emails. Unsubscribed and deleted subscribers will be removed from the database monthly.


We use Google Analytics to gather site statistics and this data is anonymised.

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. IP addresses may be checked against lists of known spam sources,

Our contact information

See our contact page.

How we protect your data

The site uses https to encrypt all communications between us and users. Any site information is securely stored, we have installed site security software to mitigate against any forced entry attempts.

What data breach procedures we have in place

We will investigate with our security partners to identify the mechanism for the breach, to identify the data lost and to prevent further data loss. Further action, as appropriate, may be undertaken.

What third parties we receive data from

Google and Wordfence

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

Google Captcha for registered users or comments.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

We will oblige any legal requirements once verified.