Privacy Policy

Who Am I

Simone Silvestroni, trading as Minutes to Midnight®. My website address is, and I’ve temporarily based the HQ out of Ravenna, Italy.

This is my privacy policy.

What Personal Data I Collect And Why I Collect It

By default, the website does not collect any personal data about visitors, and only receives the data shown on the User Profile screen from registered users. However, some of the installed plugins may collect personal data. I’ve added the relevant data below, under Plugins.


When visitors leave comments on the blog, I 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.


When uploading images to the website, you should avoid images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors can download and extract any location data from pictures on the site.


If you leave a comment on my site, you may opt-in to save 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.

When 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.

After 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 for a year. When you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

By editing or publishing an article, your browser will save an additional cookie. This cookie includes no personal data and indicates merely the post ID of the post you just edited. It expires after one day.

Embedded Content From Other Websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content ( videos, images, articles, etc.), which behaves in the 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.

Currently, I have content embedded from the following websites:

  • YouTube
  • SoundCloud
  • Spotify
  • Bandcamp


By default, the site does collect analytics data only through Jetpack, by Automattic. Read more about their policy here.

Who I Share Your Data With

I don’t share any personal data with anyone, including partners, cloud-based services or third party service providers.

How Long I Retain Your Data

I retain the comments and their metadata 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 my website (if any), I 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 view 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 information you have provided to me. You can also demand that I erase any personal data I hold about you. This does not include any info I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where I Send Your Data

I check visitor comments through an automated spam detection service (see “Akismet” in the chapter “Plugins”).

The website is hosted in the United Kingdom.

Contact Information

For privacy-specific concerns, you can write to

How I Protect Your Data

The website adopts a secure SSL protocol. Also, security measures such as two-factor authentication are in place for all the administrative accounts.

More information about protection and archiving in the chapter about GDPR.

GDPR Data Protection Policy

You can read my GDPR Data Protection Policy in PDF format (105 KB).



We collect information about visitors who comment on the blog, which uses 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).


See Mailchimp privacy policy.

Contact Form

The forms in the Contacts page and Start Here page utilise WPForm locally.