Who we are

I am Gemma Boak and our website address is: http://thisscientistsays.com.

You can contact us by:

a) Using our website Contact Form (LINK)

b) Via Social Media on Instagram and Twitter

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: https://automattic.com/privacy/. 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

The content from the contact form is sent to my email address. The provider I use for my email service is Outlook. You can find their Privacy Policy here https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-gb/privacystatement. Once your enquiry has been dealt with the email will be deleted.


If you leave a comment on our 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.

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, 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.

Blocking all cookies will usually have a negative impact on the usability of the website and you may not be able to use all the features on our site.

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.

I post videos on YouTube.com and some of these are embedded in some of the posts on this site. Playing these videos is optional. You can find YouTubes Privacy Policy here: https://www.youtube.com/intl/en-GB/yt/about/policies/#community-guidelines

I host podcast episodes at Podbean.com. These are streamed through some of the posts on this site. streaming this audio is optional. The Podbean Privacy Policy can be found here: https://www.podbean.com/privacy


We use Google Analytics to assess the effectiveness of our content. This data is used to identify which pages receive the most views and allow us to create more relevant content.

Google’s privacy policy is available at: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/.

Who we share your data with

We process information that you provide to us such as your name and email address when you subscribe to our newsletter(s). We use a third party email management system called MailChimp to store your name and email address. You can find their privacy policy here https://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/

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.

If you unsubscribe from our mailing list your details recorded for that mailing list will be deleted. This is an automatic setting. If you continue to receive email- you may have signed up for multiple lists. Unsubscribe from those lists or contact me using the contact details at the top of this page and all of your data will be deleted.

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.

Name and email are stored within a third party system as stated above. You can find their privacy policy here https://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/

Information submitted via the contact form is sent to my e mail address. The privacy policy for Outlook can be found here: https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-gb/privacystatement

Additional information

Gemma Boak the author of www.thisscientistsays.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.co.uk

We may update this policy from time to time by publishing a new version on our website. You should check this page frequently to ensure you are happy with any changes to this policy. If there is a change we consider significant (ie not adding photos, changing the wording or updating third party details) we will email you a copy of the updated policy.