This privacy policy is still being built. Please bear with us.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

When you register a user account with the Slant, we ask for some of your personal data, in the form of your name, your email address and personal account preferences. These fields are required for an account to be created. In addition, you may choose to provide additional personal data such as date of birth, city and your social media handles so that other users of this site can interact with you. This personal data will never be used for marketing purposes.

By registering an account with the Slant you indicate you agree to our collection of this data. Any personal data from comments, contact forms, media, cookies, embeds or analytics is outlined below.

When you sign up to our mailing list, you provide your email address and optionally first and last names to MailChimp, our newsletter publishing platform. They hold your data securely and only we have access to it.


When visitors leave comments on The Slant 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.


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. If you have added a profile picture to your account, this will be stored in a database.

Contact forms

Any data you share with us through any contact forms on The Slant are held securely in an encrypted database. Information you submit through any contact forms on The Slant will never be used for marketing purposes unless expressly indicated on the form, but will be used for customer service purposes to aid your enquiry. We may hold the information you submit indefinitely.


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.

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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


We use Google Analytics to provide insights into readership engagements with the Slant.

Who we share your data with

We currently do not share your data with any third-parties other than Google Analytics and MailChimp.. However, in the future, we may implement features such as Facebook or Google sign-in. If so, this privacy policy will be updated accordingly.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise 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. You can unsubscribe from our mailing list at any time.

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.

Your contact information

If you have any concerns regarding this policy please contact us at

How we protect your data

All staff involved in the handling of personal data at The Slant are acutely aware of how important the security of your data is. Our databases are encrypted and two-stage authentication is required for any administrator to access data.