I run this website for my own information and for the use of visitors. The site can be used without providing any personal information.


  • Personal information you choose to send me is stored securely and will never be passed on without your explicit permission.
  • Some pages on this website include embedded media from third-party providers.
  • The web hosting company I use stores non-personalised data about visitors in the website’s server logs.
  • This website uses the Google Analytics tracking code so that I can see which pages and posts are most popular. All data is anonymised before it is sent to the Google servers.

Who runs this site?

Mark Howells-Mead, resident in Faulensee, Switzerland.


My site uses Chatra, a live chat software provided by Roger Wilco LLC. (“Chatra”), to provide real-time one-on-one live support to site visitors. When visitors engage with me through Chatra, the system automatically collects device information, including: operating system, browser and browser version. I use this information to help me troubleshoot technical issues. Chatra and I also collect the visitor’s IP address to connect chat history and provide better support. Visitors may optionally provide their name and/or email address to continue correspondence via email and customize their chat experience. You can learn more about how Chatra protects your data in the Chatra Privacy Policy.

Contact forms

If you use a form on this website to send me information, the data you send is transmitted via a secure connection and stored in a login-protected area on the web server. A copy is also sent to me via unsecured email. This information is never passed on to any third party. Comments made on blog posts may be published publicly with your name and website address, if you’ve provided it. Your email address will never be published.

If you leave a comment on my 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.

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

Embedded media

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, fonts, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in exactly the same way as if the visitor had 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. I don’t receive any of that information.

Server logs

This website is hosted on web servers which are owned and maintained by cyon GmbH in Basel. As is the case for all connections to any web server, cyon logs and stores particular technical information. Amongst them, the i.p. address and operating system of your device, the date and time of your request, the type of browser you’re using, and the data sent by your browser in order to process the request, including the referring web page from which you came.

This is necessary for technical reasons, in order to be able to provide you with access to my website. cyon protects this data from unauthorised access by administrative and technical means, and doesn’t pass this data on to any third parties.

In the event that I process any personal data collected by these means, I do so in my own interest, in order to be able to provide you with the best possible user experience and in order to ensure the security and stability of the web server and the website.

Google Analytics

If your web browser is not set with the option to deactivate tracking scripts, anonymised data about your visit is sent to my private Google Analytics account, so that I can see which technology is being used to visit the site, and so that I can see which content is most popular. This helps me to provide the best experience possible for my visitors. If you don’t want me to receive this anonymous information, you can opt-out using the following link.

Click here to opt-out of Google Analytics

How long do I retain your data?

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so I can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. Server statistical data is automatically deleted by cyon every seven days.

What rights you have over your data

If you have left comments on this site, 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 I hold about you. This does not include any data I’m obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.


In German, the GDPR is snappily known as the Datenschutzgrundverordnung (DSGVO).

Am 25. Mai 2018, tritt die neue Datenschutz-Grundverordnung (DSGVO) endgültig in Kraft. Sie regelt den Schutz von personenbezogenen Daten von in der EU wohnhaften Personen.

Gängige Missverständnisse im Zusammenhang mit der DSGVO

  1. «Die Schweiz ist von der DSGVO nicht betroffen.»
  2. «Die DSGVO tritt am 
 25. Mai 2018 in Kraft.»
  3. «Jede Bearbeitung von Personendaten benötigt eine ausdrückliche Einwilligung
  4. «Unsere AGB gelten als Einwilligung.»
  5. «Die DSGVO kann der Schweiz nicht durchgesetzt werden.»

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