Privacy Policy

Who we are

My name is Rob Young, and I am the owner of The Oaks Gallery, which is an online blog and information website. Our web address is:

In today’s strange world, it seems like nobody is protected from anything when browsing the Internet. But I want you to know that I actually take your privacy very seriously. I only collect the basic essential data needed to provide you with a good experience on my website, and I never share your data with any third party. There may be some cases where some information is passed to another company through automated tools, in order to provide protection for you and The Oaks Gallery, and I cover those below. I try to make your visit to The Oaks Gallery as safe and enjoyable as I can. Please let me know how I do, and if you can think of any way I can do better.

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 anonymized 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 Gravatar 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

So we don’t lose track of your messages, our contact form plugin stores the data that you submit in the database on the server that hosts this website, which will include your name and email address. This data is never shared with anyone that is not associated with The Oaks Gallery, and is only used to better assist you with any questions you may have.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name and email address, 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. These cookies serve no purpose for us, and are only there to make your future visits better.

If you visit our login page, 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.

If you log in, we will also set 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.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

It’s possible that there are articles on this website that may include embedded content from other websites(e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). This embedded content will behave in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

If you visit those websites they may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


The Oaks Gallery does not collect any analytical data from you visit directly, but our hosting partner,, like all web hosting companies, does collect basic information about your visit, such as the IP address you are using and the date and time of your visit. Their privacy policy can be found here.

Who we share your data with

The Oaks Gallery does not directly share your personal data with anyone. There may be some cases, however, where one of the tools we use on the site passes some basic data to another party in order to prevent spam or other nefarious activity. Also, if you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize 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 can also see and edit that information.

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 called Akismet.

Akismet collects information about visitors who comment on our site in order to reduce potential spam. The information collected typically includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Privacy Policy Contact Form

For questions or concerns about our privacy policy, please use the contact form below.