MRW Web Design

Privacy Policy

MRW Web Design respects the privacy of visitors to This page explains how information about visitors is collected and used.

Key highlights

  • This website collects anonymous visitor usage data with Google Analytics to understand how people use the website.
  • You may choose to submit your data via a contact form or comment form. I will only use that data to respond to you and keep a record of interactions.
  • This site uses services such as a website firewall, spam prevention services, and YouTube embeds that may track your data as well.
  • You may request a copy of any data you have submitted to the site.
  • You are encouraged to use a browser, browser add-on, or other tools to block tracking scripts if you prefer.
  • Please contact me with any questions.

Who we are

This website ( is the business website for Mark Root-Wiley, dba MRW Web Design.

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 profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Contact forms

Any email submitted through the site either for blog subscriptions or through any web form—such as the one on the Contact page—will never be shared with any third-party unless explicitly agreed to by the client in writing (such as in the case of referring the email address owner to a third-party service provider).


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.


This site collects website usage data via the Google Analytics service. Using a cookie, website visitor usage statistics are used to improve the website by doing things such as identifying popular content or learning how users find the site. Users can opt out of Google Analytics tracking by installing the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

This site also tracks the number of email subscribers and those email addresses. In the past, it has tracked the number of RSS subscribers. This is used for informational purposes only to better understand the site audience.

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.

Who we share your data with

We do not share data with anyone for that will use it for commercial purposes.

Contact form messages, comments, and other submitted information may be forwarded or shared with relevant parties in order to respond to or service your requests.

We collect information about visitors who comment on Sites that use our Akismet anti-spam service. The information we collect depends on how the User sets up Akismet for the Site, but 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).

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.

This site is backed up frequently in case an event requiring a site restoration. Backups are retained for 6 months. Backups may include all site files or a full copy of the site database, including comment and form submission data. Backup zip files are stored with hashed file names to prevent filename guessing and directory browsing is disabled. Backups are securely stored on a 3rd-party cloud server operated by Amazon Web Services.

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

Anonymized website traffic data is collected by Google Analytics.

Server logs containing IP addresses and user agents are collected by this website’s host, SiteGround, and stored for 30 days for troubleshooting and debugging purposes.

If you subscribe to new blog posts via email, your email address is stored in a Mailchimp audience and you can unsubscribe using the link in the footer of any new email.

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service, Akismet.

How to Contact the Site Owner

Send any questions or concerns to or via the Contact form.