Privacy Policy

Updated: 2023-08-28

If you want to contribute an article or a comment to The Definitive Edition, we might ask you for a few bits of information. We'll never ask for more than we think is useful, and you will always have the option to contribute anonymously or under a pseudonym. However, if you choose to have your contributions attributed to your actual name or if you're providing your email address then this is the real important stuff you need to know. So keep reading!

Our contact details

Name: The Definitive Edition


The type of personal information we collect

We currently collect and process the following information:

  • Names
  • Email addresses

Whatever name you give us will be stored and displayed as-is. If you're making a content contribution, your email will be hashed before storage and used to display an avatar if you have one connected with your email address at If you provide an email address with a comment submission, this will be stored alongside your name; we may use this in the future to also show your Gravatar.

How we get the personal information and why we have it

Most of the personal information we process is provided to us directly by you for one of the following reasons:

  • Content contributions to The Definitive Edition blog
  • Comments underneath our contributors' articles

We use the information that you have given us in order to provide attribution for the articles and comments submitted by our contributors.

We may share this information with our hosting services and third-party integrations: GitHub, Vercel, Gravatar.

Under the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR), the lawful bases we rely on for processing this information are:

  1. Your consent. You are able to remove your consent at any time. You can do this by contacting

How we store your personal information

Your name is stored with our hosting providers and publicly displayed on The Definitive Edition website.

If you are making a content contribution and provide an email address, your email address will be hashed using the MD5 hashing algorithm and stored alongside your name. It won't be displayed, but the hashed version may be accessible from the source code as we use it to publicly display your user avatar.

If you are submitting a comment and provide an email address, your email address will be stored in plain text as-is alongside your name. We don't currently use it for any purpose. This is a limitation of the commenting software we're using and we are working to improve this.

Your data protection rights

Under data protection law, you have rights including:

  • Your right of access - You have the right to ask us for copies of your personal information.
  • Your right to rectification - You have the right to ask us to rectify personal information you think is inaccurate. You also have the right to ask us to complete information you think is incomplete.
  • Your right to erasure - You have the right to ask us to erase your personal information in certain circumstances.
  • Your right to restriction of processing - You have the right to ask us to restrict the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances.
  • Your right to object to processing - You have the the right to object to the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances.
  • Your right to data portability - You have the right to ask that we transfer the personal information you gave us to another organisation, or to you, in certain circumstances.

You are not required to pay any charge for exercising your rights. If you make a request, we have one month to respond to you.

Please contact us at if you wish to make a request.

How to complain

If you have any concerns about our use of your personal information, you can make a complaint to us at

You can also complain to the ICO if you are unhappy with how we have used your data.

The ICO’s address:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Helpline number: 0303 123 1113

ICO website: