Privacy Policy

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Who we are

AoD Rugby. A non-profit rugby based news and humour website.
Our website address is:

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 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.


General Point

If you upload images to a 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.

Special Point

We strip out all media metadata upon upload – so while the above applies generally – it’s not an issue on AoD.

We use an external service – Optimus – for image optimization, their data provisions are here:

Additional Point

We use a service from Getty Images for high quality photo journalism – this is the only cost-effective way we could possibly access this library, here are their Privacy details:

Embed from Getty Images


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name and email address 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 and comments on this site may include selected 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.


Presently we do not use third-party analytics. We do collect and store web server statistics for internal use – they are not shared with anyone.

Who we share your data with


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.

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 are not checked through an automated spam detection service – we use a human based service of volunteers and an internal database.

How we protect your data*

We are hosted on GoogleCloud servers (as private cloud servers, Google has no access beyond running the supporting infrastructure and services, we don’t use any of their monitoring or similar services):

Off-site backup and CDN service are supplied by KeyCdn:

Any and all external data processing (eg image optimization) are conducted over SSL/TLS encrypted connections. As are all client connections to the website itself – the little green padlock and the “https’ prefix.

*Note: In the above, the “User” or “accounts” in these cases are AoD Rugby, not visitors to our website.