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Privacy and Cookie Policies

This page details the privacy and cookie policies for the Starfield Guide website (www.starfieldguide.com).

What personal data is collected and why


When visitors leave comments on the site, data is collected and stored from the comments form, and also visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from email addresses (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: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Starfield Guide requests that you do not add any personal information to any comments that you submit. This will be visible publicly and we cannot control who views this information. You are responsible for any comments you submit and we have the rights to remove and not display any comments submitted to starfieldguide.com which we do not believe to be appropriate.


If you upload any images to the site, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website may be able to download and extract any location data from images published to the site.

Contact forms

Any identifiable information (forename and surname), email addresses or any other contact or personal information which may be collected via the Starfield Guide contact forms does not get shared with any third-party or is used beyond the use of responding to any inquiry submitted directly to us.

All responses get held within Google Forms. Google do not claim ownership of any content, data or information used by their services. This is discussed directly in Google’s privacy policies: https://policies.google.com/privacy.


If you leave a comment on the 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.

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 tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Starfield Guide uses Google Analytics user tracking software installed onto this site. This is used solely to improve the site’s performance only, and to provide the very best content and service possible. None of the data collected from these tracking efforts is identifiable information, and has not been opted to be shared directly with Google.

This data collection is controlled via a third-party cookie which is embedded as part of the site loading, and will not be triggered or start collecting any of the described user data unless specifically ‘Accepted’/opted into by yourself. This can also be amended by yourself from anywhere within the sites cookie settings. This can be found within the ‘gear’ options in the bottom left of the screen.


We use third party advertisements to support our site. Some of these advertisers may be served from our third party advertiser. You can view their privacy policy and cookie policy here. You can manage your cookies here.

We use Google Analytics and Comscore to analyse the use of our website. Google Analytics and Comscore gather information about website use by means of cookies. The information gathered relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of our website. Google’s privacy policy is available at: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/. Comscore’s privacy policy is available at https://www.comscore.com/About-comScore/Privacy-Policy.

Who your data is shared with

Starfield Guide try to share as little as your data as possible with any 3rd-party organisations to keep your data as secure as possible. Any personal identifiable data (names and email addresses) is stored using Google services but not shared with them.

Any non-identifiable user data collected  with Google Analytics (behaviour, generic location and generic device data), is kept within Google Analytics or exported to be used with other softwares. Such non-identifiable user data may be shared with separate individuals, organizations, or partners, for purposes related to the functionality of Starfield Guide. Some user behaviour and preferences may be shared with Google directly.

How long is your data retained

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so Starfield Guide can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

Any personal identifiable data and contact information (names and email addresses) submitted to the site through our forms is not kept beyond 6 months beyond the most recent direct contact response.

All non-identifiable user data (behaviour, generic location and generic device data) is kept long-term, as is consistently useful within our business needs and operation. 

What rights you have over your data

If you have have left comments on our site, you can request that we erase any personal data we hold about you.

Although we automatically delete any contact information after 6-months time of use, you can request for Starfield Guide to delete any personal and contact data that is stored about you. You can contact Starfield Guide if you would like to know what data we do have stored on you already, and how much longer the data is intend to be store for.

This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Additional information

How your data is protected

Any data Starfield Guide does collect is taken great care of, and in particular any personal information. For this reason, personal data is not kept longer than is possibly needed to. We make sure that this data exists securely and is not shared with other services/organisations as to not to increase the risks of security. You can read about Google Security Compliance here: https://privacy.google.com/businesses/compliance/

Starfield Guide is very dedicated to keeping the site as up to date for security and as risk free as possible from breaches and vulnerabilities.

What data breach procedures are in place

If Starfield Guide does become aware of a data breach which has potentially put your data at risk, it is our duty to contact you directly and let you know what data taken may have been breached and the measures we are taking in that event.

The efforts to collect only essential information from you, and to not store that data any longer then is deemed necessary should minimise the security risk of data that is collected. As not much beyond a name and email address is collected, it is not expected that any data breaches would cause any serious security outcomes. Nevertheless, Starfield Guide still attempts to be as vigilant as can be.

What third parties is data received from

As part of Google Analytics, Google may share generic and non-identifiable information that you have shared with them separately, as a method of presenting basic user statistics and basic demographic information concerning the users of the site.

Industry regulatory disclosure

If you require any information on the data protection legislations we aim to adhere to, you can read more from this Guide to the General Protections Regulation (GDPR) which we are obliged to follow.

All data collected

What data we collectWhere we collect itWhat we do with it
email addresses
News comment submissionsAny text/imagery/content entered by the user into comment post.
Any email adresses or information included as part of the comment submission form.
User’s IP address and browser agentfor anti spam detection.
Contact form
full name
email address
ContactWe use any information provided to contact you back regarding your enquiry if necerssary. We do not share this with any other service/organisation and all contact infomration is deleted 6 months after use.
User data
device type
browser user location user activity
Collected on all pages (optional)All user data is collected and stored within Google Analytics. The user must agree to cookies and tracking before it will collect any information. There is no personal identifiable information collected or stored. All user data is kept with indefinitely.

Our Full List of Site Cookies

Cookie NameCategoryDescriptionExpiration
wordpress_test_cookieWordPressNecessary – The cookie is used to check whether your web browser is set to allow, or reject cookies (it’s a session cookie).On browser close
WordPressNecessary – When users comment, cookies are stored on their device (name & email address). This is purely a convenience, so users don not need to retype their information again when they want to leave another comment.The commenter cookies are set to expire a little under one year from the time they’re set.
__cfduidCloudflareNecessary – The cookie is set by CloudFare. The cookie is used to identify individual clients behind a shared IP address and apply security settings on a per-client basis. It does not correspond to any user ID in the web application and does not store any personally identifiable information.This cookie is due to expire just under 1 year and 20 days.
Cookie PrivacyNecessary – These range of cookies are strictly functional and purpose is to remember and identify user preferences concerning optional cookies as requested when all users first visit the site. This is to assist in compliance with internet privacy regulations such as GDPR and Californian laws.These cookies are due to expire after 1 year.
__gadsGoogle AnalyticsOptional – This cookie is set by Google and stored under the name doubleclick.com. This cookie is used to track how many times users see a particular advert which helps in measuring the success of the campaign and calculate the revenue generated by the campaign. These cookies can only be read from the domain that it is set on so it will not track any data while browsing through another sites.This cookie is due to expire just under 1 year and 20 days.
Google AdsOptional – This cookie is used to a profile based on user’s interest and display personalized ads to the users.This cookie is due to expire just under 1 year and 20 days.

If you have any further questions regarding www.starfieldguideguide.com privacy of cookie policies, contact the site administrators here.