Privacy Policy

Our Privacy Policy

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Whenever visitors engage with our site by leaving comments, Downing and Sons collects the data presented in the comments form, alongside the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string. Consequently, this information aids in detecting and preventing spam.

Gravatar Usage

We may use an anonymized string generated from your email address (a hash) to check if you have a Gravatar account. Subsequently, upon approval of your comment, your profile picture becomes visible to the public within the context of your comment.


Downing and Sons advises against including embedded location data (EXIF GPS) within images uploaded on our website. Notably, visitors to our site have the capability to download and extract any location data embedded in the images.

Cookie Policy

For convenience, if you leave a comment on our site, you may opt-in to saving your name, email address, and website in cookies. Consequently, these cookies eliminate the need for you to re-enter your details when leaving subsequent comments and will last for one year.

Login Cookies

Upon visiting our login page, we set a temporary cookie to ascertain whether your browser accepts cookies. Notably, this cookie contains no personal data and is discarded once you close your browser.

Embedded Content from Other Websites

Articles on our site may feature embedded content (such as videos, images, or articles) that behaves similarly to content directly accessed on other websites.

Data Sharing and Retention

In the event of a password reset request, we include your IP address in the reset email. Importantly, we retain comments and associated metadata indefinitely at Downing and Sons to facilitate automatic recognition and approval of follow-up comments, bypassing moderation queues.

Your Data Rights and Data Transmission

If you possess an account on our site or have left comments, you have the right to request an exported file containing the personal data we retain about you, including any information you've shared with us. Additionally, you may request the deletion of any personal data we hold about you. However, this excludes data that we are legally obliged to retain for administrative, legal, or security purposes. Notably, visitor comments may undergo automated scrutiny via a spam detection service.

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