Privacy Policy

Who we are

Is really “I”: I’m Chris Evans.  I started the precursor of this site way back in the 1990s.  I’m a medical psychotherapist, i.e. a psychiatrist who specialised in psychotherapy and had a twin clinical and research career in that niche from 1984 to 2016 when I stopped working clinically but I’m still working all hours on research and this site is mainly about that.

The website address is:

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

I have a contact form at Contact me and this forces you to give it an Email address (doh!) and I keep that in order to reply to you.


If you leave a comment on our site I have set things so you will have to subscribe and that will involve you saving a name (I would encourage people to use their own but realise sometimes that’s not wise or possible) and an email address and your website if you have given one in the site cookies. These oookies 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 but unless you delete it, the other information you give will remain in the user database.

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, the site also sets 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.

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.


At the moment I am using Google Analytics and the site logs to analyse site usage.  The site logs will only give me your IP address and I will never use that to identify an individual (and that’s often impossible).  I don’t really understand how Google Analtyics works but the information is at

Who we share your data with

No-one without contacting you to get your permission except in the extremely unlikely events that either:

  • I’m forced to do so by law
  • I find myself so threatened by what you’re doing with the site or so clear that you’re harming others using it that I will feel the need to share that information with legal agencies.

I really can’t see either of those things ever  happening but it seems right to have them here.

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, i.e. myself and Mythic Beasts in theory, can also see and edit that information.  I trust them that they never would and know that they are scrupulous about privacy, data protection and GDPR.

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 I hold about you, including any data you have provided to me. You can also request that I erase any personal data we hold about you and I would, of course, do so should I be asked to do that unless I really believed that I was obliged to keep that information for administrative, legal, or security purposes, in which case I would tell you that.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service (Akismet). You can see their privacy policy at

Your contact information

You can contact me through the contact form on the site or by writing to me at:

Prof. Chris Evans (visiting professor)
c.o. Psychology Department,
Cathedral Court,
1 Vicar Lane,
S1 2LT