286blue is the Data Controller of this website and can be contacted via the contact form.

286blue is based in the UK and the 286blue.com server is UK-based.

Cookies & Privacy

This website uses cookies to better the users experience while visiting the website. Cookies are small files saved to the users computers hard drive that track, save and store information about the users interactions and usage of the website. Some cookies on this site are essential, and the site won’t work as expected without them. These cookies are set when you submit a form, comment or interact with the site by doing something that goes beyond clicking on simple links. Without them, the site wouldn’t work as you would expect it to.

There are also use some cookies to anonymously track visitor numbers or enhance your experience of the site. No personal information is stored, saved or collected. If you are a WordPress.com user and logged into WordPress.com when visiting this site, WordPress may track your visit to this site as per their own cookie and privacy policy.

Anonymous non-identifying information that may be collected about your computer whilst using this site:

  • Your worldwide geographical location;
  • Your internet browser details;
  • Your computer’s IP address;
  • The site which referred you to this site;
  • The pages viewed at this site.

To control the use of cookies on your computer, you can adjust your browser settings but it is important to note that disabling or restricting cookies may prevent websites from functioning correctly. Here are the links to instructions to adjust your cookie settings in the following browsers:

Firefox, IE9, Microsoft Edge, Safari, Chrome, IOS Safari.

Identifying information that may be collected whilst using this site:

  • Your name, email, & IP address when you subscribe to the newsletter list;
  • Your name, email, & IP address when you get in touch via comment or contact form;
  • Any other personal information you choose to send via comment or contact form.

IP addresses collected via forms are primarily used to obtain, confirm, and record consent for the mailing list but occasionally used to block the IP addresses of spammers.

286blue takes reasonable measures to help protect information about you from loss, theft, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction.

Any & all data is only retained for as long as is strictly required – for example, to record consent, ensure the smooth running of your site experience, and/or for legitimate business reasons, to adhere to tax or data laws.

If you are a WordPress.com user and logged into WordPress.com when commenting on a post at this site, WordPress may track your visit to this site and keep a record of your comment as per their own cookie and privacy policy.


This website operates an email newsletter program, used to inform subscribers with news from this website. Users can subscribe through an online automated process should they wish to do so but do so at their own discretion.

286blue uses a respected & secure third-party service for the newsletter mailing list, based in the USA, who subscribe to the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework to protect your contact data. You can edit your details or unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time using the link in the newsletter.

No personal details are passed on to third parties nor shared with companies / people outside of the people that operate this website. You may request a copy of personal information held about you by this website’s email newsletter program. If you would like a copy of the information held, get in touch via the contact form on the About page.

Email marketing campaigns published by this website or its owners may contain tracking facilities within the actual email. Subscriber activity is tracked and stored in a database for future analysis and evaluation. Such tracked activity may include; the opening of emails, forwarding of emails, the clicking of links within the email content, times, dates and frequency of activity, and other statistics.

This information may be used to refine future email campaigns and supply the user with more relevant content based on email activity.

Terms & Conditions

By accessing and using the site www.286blue.com, you agree to follow and abide by the Terms & Conditions as laid out on this page.

You understand that third-party links that may be linked to from this site have their own terms & conditions and privacy policy that are not the responsibility of www.286blue.com

www.286blue.com will not pass on your name, address, email address and/or telephone number to any third parties unless we have received authorisation from you to do so, or are required to do so by law.

You agree to access and use www.286blue.com in the manner in which it is meant, as a blog, with no attempt by you or any associates to attempt to access information that you are not authorised to or to behave in such a way as to damage or impair the operation of the site in any way, including hacking, viruses, spam, unsolicited email, or other methods we deem unacceptable and a criminal offence that should be reported to the relevant authorities.

Users agree to not attempt to pass off content on www.286blue.com as their own or someone else’s. www.286blue.com reserves all copyrights in relation to all content. Share buttons are meant to be used as is, in the manner in which they are intended (namely to share content from www.286blue.com on social networks or via email) and are not to be abused in such a way to imply that the content is from any entity other than www.286blue.com and are not to be used maliciously in such a way to besmirch the name and/or reputation of www.286blue.com

www.286blue.com reserves the right to make changes, without notice, to this website, the services offered via this website and social networks, and changes to these terms & conditions at any time. Continued use of www.286blue.com means users have accepted these terms & conditions in full.

Brand names and logos are the intellectual property of their respective owners.

You agree to indemnify and defend www.286blue.com, and any and all owners, employees, agents, affiliates, and consultants, from any & all liability, third party claims, damages and/or costs (including, but not limited to, legal fees) arising from, without limitation, your use of the www.286blue.com website, services and/or products, your breach of the Terms & Condiitions, your infringement of any intellectual property or any other right of any person or entity, or your breach of any duty of confidence or privacy, or any defamatory statements made by you in any form.

External Links

www.286blue.com cannot guarantee or verify the contents of any externally linked website despite their best efforts. Users should therefore note they click on external links at their own risk and this website and its owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.