Who I am
I am Chris Evans (no, not one of the famous ones with that name!) This website is:
It’s just my personal pages and blog, started when I retired from clinical work in 2016 and cycled from London to Santiago de Compostella in case you are wondering about that URL.
What personal data I collect and why I collect it
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Embedded content from other websites
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With whom I share your data
How long I retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so the site can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
If you register for updates about the site, blog or any particular blog post or comment, then the system stores your Email address and any personal information you provide. As far as I can see, you can always see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username and I don’t think they can not have an Email address saved: that can only be achieved by unsubscribing to the updates which I believe is possible for any for the alert systems I use). I can see and edit that information but I’m the only site administrator so that dies with me! I suspect that it’s not insuperably difficult for administrators at the ISP we use to host the site to see that data but I trust them that they won’t (and their contract with us promises that they won’t). The are Mythic Beasts and, though I can’t yet (23.v.18) see a privacy statement on their site, I know from conversations with them that they take privacy extremely seriously.
As noted, the only other data we have that can be personal data when you are the only person using an IP address is that address in the visit logging and tracking services. I have set the Google Analytics retention period for that data to 50 months, I don’t know what MonsterInsights does with its IP address data.
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.
My contact information
The best way to contact me/us is via the contact_me form but snailmail can be sent to:
Prof. Chris Evans, c.o. Prof. Michael Barkham,
University of Sheffield,
1 Vicar Lane,
How we protect your data
Mythic Beasts have a 31 day backup retention programme for our data and excellent layers of protection and I keep a backup copy of the site, including all its data, on an encrypted drive.
What data breach procedures we have in place
To the best of my knowledge we have never had any.
What third parties we receive data from
The only situation I can see in which I ever receive personal data about others from third parties is when someone writes to me recommending I contact another person. Very occasionally I might decide the introduction so clearly has permission that I would act on that and make contact with the other person, mostly I would just invite the third party to make an (E)introduction between us. I believe I can confidently say that for CST I have no personal information, beyond those IP addresses of people visiting the site, on anyone that they didn’t know I had.
What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data
None at the level of individuals.
Industry regulatory disclosure requirements
I am not aware of any that apply.
I do strongly recommend a post about GDPR-related anxiety disorder (academic-type) by Emily with whom I’m working on YP-CORE and on life events.