Permanent Tourist

The personal website of Mark Howells-Mead

Privacy policy


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.

Who runs this site?

Mark Howells-Mead, resident in Faulensee, Switzerland. You can contact me via email at

Embedded media

Articles on this site may include content (e.g. videos, images and articles) which is embedded from other websites like YouTube. Embedded content from other websites behaves in exactly the same way as if you’d visited the other website.

These third-party 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.

Statistics and server logs

This website uses a locally-installed version of Matomo Analytics, which stores information about page requests and e.g. the type of web browser being used. The information collected is automatically anonymised so that individual visitors cannot be tracked. No cookies are stored on the visitor’s computer.

You may choose to prevent this website from aggregating and analyzing the actions you take here. Doing so will protect your privacy, but will also prevent the owner from learning from your actions and creating a better experience for you and other users.

Web hosting

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 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.

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, so the information you send me through this route will be passed on to this third-party service.

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. Statistics collected by Matomo Analytics are retained indefinitely.

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 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.