Cookies & Privacy

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That Woman uses cookies – small files that may be temporarily placed on your computer – for navigation and to connect with third-party services. Since That Woman is not an advertising vehicle, the information contained in the cookies is minimal.


The site sets temporary cookies to help with navigation. If you’ve chosen a theme option, it uses a cookie to remember your preference for up to a year, or until you unset your choice.

Here’s all the information we currently hold about you via cookies.

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Modern browsers let you view your cookies (How to view your browser’s cookies). You can also download browser extensions that let you read the information in your cookies, delete them selectively, edit them and block them (search for manage cookies).

By using That Woman, you accept this site’s cookies but it will still work if you block them. Navigation might be less intuitive and you won’t be able to interact fully with the site by liking an article or posting a reply, for instance.


That Woman uses WordPress by Automattic, the content management system that powers 30% of the Web including major news organisations. Automattic’s Privacy Notice.

Like all websites running WordPress, this one uses their interaction services such as commenting, subscribing, and contact forms. By default WordPress does not collect any personal data about visitors, and only collects the data shown on the User Profile screen from registered users.

If you’re logged in to that woman, you can view & edit your profile here.

Privacy notice

That Woman has no interest in selling, leasing, publishing or otherwise sharing your data, and will not do so – with one exception. I reserve the right to publish names, IP addresses and other information about users who send abusive comments to this website or to me personally. By ‘abusive’ I mean harassment, threats and persistent or aggravated insults – not disagreement. I always welcome open & reasonable discussion.

I’m not selling anything and will not contact you unless you’ve subscribed to post updates from That Woman. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Data gathering

The following paragraphs detail information that may be collected by various organisations when you interact with that woman, what it’s used for and how much of it is shared with me. Links to their relevant policies are provided in the text.

WordPress/Automattic | Sharing | Google | Web Host | 3rd-party Websites

WordPress – Activity Log

This feature only records activities of a site’s registered users.

Data Used: To deliver this functionality and record activities around site management, the following information is captured: user email address, user role, user login, user display name, and local user IDs, the activity to be recorded, That Woman’s site ID, Jetpack version, and the timestamp of the activity. Some activities may also include the actor’s IP address (login attempts, for example) and user agent.

Activity Tracked: Login attempts/actions, comment submission, user management actions, and the modification of your various site settings and options. Retention duration of activity data depends on the site’s plan and activity type (That Woman’s on the free plan). See the complete list of currently-recorded activities along with retention information.

Data Synced: Successful and failed login attempts, which will include the actor’s IP address and user agent.

WordPress – Image carousel

Data Used: Image view tracking uses the following information: IP address, user ID (if logged in), username (if logged in), user agent, visiting URL, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, country code.

Activity Tracked: Image views.

WordPress – Contact Form

Data Used: Akismet is enabled on this site for spam protection. It monitors contact form submission data — IP address, user agent, name, email address, website, and message — for the sole purpose of spam checking. The Akismet service is owned by Automattic. The actual submission data is stored in That Woman’s database and is automatically emailed directly to me, the site owner. This email will include the submitter’s IP address, timestamp, name, email address, website, and message.

Data Synced: Post and post meta data associated with a user’s contact form submission. The IP address and user agent originally submitted with the comment are stored in post meta.

WordPress – Gravatar Hovercards

Data Used: In order to retreive your profile image, the Gravatar service receives a hash of your email address if you’re logged in to the site or, or if you submitted a comment and your email address is attached to an active Gravatar profile. Gravatar is also owned by Automattic.

WordPress – Notifications

This feature is available to registered users of the site who are logged in to

Data Used: IP address, user ID, username, site ID and URL, Jetpack version, user agent, visiting URL, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, country code. Some visitor-related information or activity may be sent to the site owner via this feature. This may include: email address, username, site URL, email address, comment content, follow actions, etc.

Activity Tracked: Sending notifications to an individual user, opening notifications (i.e. when a user opens a notification that they receive), performing an action from within the notification panel (e.g. liking a comment or marking a comment as spam), and clicking on any link from within the notification panel/interface.

WordPress – Protect

Data Used: In order to check login activity and potentially block fraudulent attempts, the following information is used: attempting user’s IP address, attempting user’s email address/username (i.e. according to the value they were attempting to use during the login process), and all IP-related HTTP headers attached to the attempting user.

Activity Tracked: Failed login attempts (these include IP address and user agent). WordPress also sets a cookie (jpp_math_pass) for 1 day to remember if/when a user has successfully completed a math captcha to prove that they’re a real human. Learn more about this cookie.

Data Synced: Failed login attempts, which contain the user’s IP address, attempted username or email address, and user agent information.

WordPress – Subscriptions

Data Used: To initiate and process subscriptions, WordPress uses the following information: subscriber’s email address and the ID of the post or comment (depending on the specific subscription being processed). When a new subscription is initiated, it also collects some basic server data including all of the subscribing user’s HTTP request headers, the IP address from which the subscribing user is viewing the page, and the URI which was given in order to access the page (REQUEST_URI and DOCUMENT_URI). This server data used for the exclusive purpose of monitoring and preventing abuse and spam.

Activity Tracked: Functionality cookies are set for a duration of 347 days to remember a visitor’s blog and post subscription choices if, in fact, they have an active subscription.

WordPress – Secure Sign On

This feature is only accessible to registered users of the site with accounts.

Data Used: User ID (local site and, role (e.g. administrator), email address, username and display name. Additionally, for activity tracking (see below): IP address, user ID, username, site ID and URL, Jetpack version, user agent, visiting URL, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, country code.

Activity Tracked: The following usage events are recorded: starting the login process, completing the login process, failing the login process, successfully being redirected after login, and failing to be redirected after login. Several functionality cookies are also set, and these are detailed explicitly in our Cookie documentation.

Data Synced: The user ID and role of any user who successfully signed in via this feature.

WordPress – Stats

Data Used: IP address, user ID (if logged in), username (if logged in), user agent, visiting URL, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, country code. Important: The site owner does not have access to any of this information via this feature. For example, I can see that a specific article has 285 views, but can’t see which specific users/accounts viewed that post. Stats logs — containing visitor IP addresses and usernames (if available) — are retained by Automattic for 28 days and are used for the sole purpose of powering this feature.

Activity Tracked: Post and page views, outbound link clicks, referring URLs and search engine terms, and country. When this module is enabled, Jetpack also tracks performance on each page load that includes the Javascript file used for tracking stats. This is exclusively for aggregate performance tracking across Jetpack sites in order to make sure that our plugin and code is not causing performance issues. This includes the tracking of page load times and resource loading duration (image files, Javascript files, CSS files, etc.). DNT settings are currently not honoured.

WordPress – Comments

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.


Data Used: When sharing content via email (this option is only available if Akismet is active on the site), the following information is used: sharing party’s name and email address (if the user is logged in, this information will be pulled directly from their account), IP address (for spam checking), user agent (for spam checking), and email body/content. This content will be sent to Akismet (also owned by Automattic) so that a spam check can be performed. This website uses reCAPTCHA (by Google) to validate email shares. The sharing party’s IP address will be shared with the service (not this site). You can find Google’s privacy policy here.

You can visit my social media profiles, like or share a post, and log in through your own social profile to send a reply. That Woman has accounts at:

Facebook Data Policy
Linked In Privacy Policy
Twitter Privacy Notice
Google+ Privacy Policy

When you share a topic to social media, the social network receives information about the page you’re sharing and links it to your account. That Woman receives information on which content was shared to which network, but not who shared it (see above).

Social Login

If you use your social network (eg Facebook) to log in to That Woman, I receive your account name along with the relevant site activity data mentioned above. This site will attempt to link your social account to your WordPress account if you have one. You may link and unlink your social accounts here.

Google Analytics

Google tells me how many people visited each article. Please refer to the appropriate Google Analytics documentation for the specific type of data it collects. It also places internal cookies so it can see whether one person read lots of pages or lots of people read one page. This helps me understand which topics people find more interesting.

The data that Google Analytics uses to provide this comes from these sources:

  • The user’s HTTP request
  • Browser/system information
  • First-party cookies

The HTTP request for any web page contains details about the browser and the computer making the request, such as the hostname, the browser type, referrer, and language. In addition, the DOM of most browsers provides access to more detailed browser and system information, such as Java and Flash support and screen resolution.  Analytics also sets and reads first-party cookies on your browser in order to obtain user session and any ad campaign information from the page request.

Web Host

Website owners are able to view traffic logs, which show details of which content was visited. This may include IP addresses and geographical data similar to that collected by Google and WordPress (above). This website doesn’t have the ability to link the logged data with personal information of any kind.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include live embedded content (e.g. videos, Facebook posts, tweets, 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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


I won’t have advertising on this website, but it still costs money to run. I link to products I’ve personally selected as worthwhile & relevant – if you buy something, I’ll get a tiny percentage of your spend. Amazon sets a cookie when you click on a product. Amazon Privacy Notice


If you’re kind enough to help fund my efforts, PayPal sets a cookie when you click on the button/link. Paypal Privacy Policy (3rd party platforms)

Other Websites

Most websites set a cookie when you click on a link. This helps website owners to see how visitors arrived at their site and sometimes, depending on the nature of the link, where they went after leaving their site. On That Woman, none of this data is linked to you personally although WordPress and Google may store it for analytical purposes (see above).

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I know, it’s a very old joke! I couldn’t resist.