The privacy of visitors to Owen Abroad is extremely important. This Privacy Policy outlines the types of personal information that is received and collected and how it is used.

This Privacy Policy is reviewed and revised from time to time. Your use of this site, in any and all forms, constitutes an acceptance of this Privacy Policy.

Who is Owen Abroad?

This website is owned and operated by Owen Barder, in a personal capacity. My website address is:

What personal data I collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site I 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

If you use the contact form to send me a message, you will be asked for your name and email address. This information is stored on my server and in the email which is sent to me.


If you leave a comment on this 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.

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.


This website used Google Analytics. This means that Google can collect information about you. I do not have access to that information, nor can I control what Google collects. Google’s privacy policy is here:

Who I share your data with

I do not share your data with anyone, personal or individual.

How long I retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so the website can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

What rights you have over your data

If you have left comments on this website, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data I hold about you, including any data you have provided to me. You can also request that we erase any personal data I hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where I send your data

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

Your contact information

To contact me, please use

Additional information

How we protect your data

Your data is stored in an online database at a large web hosting company. They have adequate security, but it is not state-of-the-art.

What third parties I receive data from

I receive no data from third parties.

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

I use a third party service, Akismet, to judge the likelihood that a comment is spam; and Google to judge whether a message sent to me is spam. I have no control over their algorithms.