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Privacy Policy

Updated October 27, 2023

Making Sense of English takes your privacy seriously. None of your personal information is shared. This privacy policy explains how your personal data is collected and used on

How and why is data collected?

All web servers track basic information about their visitors. This includes, but is not limited to IP addresses, browser details, and referring pages. None of this information can personally identify specific visitors to this site.

Making Sense of English collects data for two main purposes:

  1. Email addresses via opt-in forms to send subscribers resources.
  2. Google analytic data to track visits to our website and know how well our website is performing in terms of number of visitors and which posts are being read in order to improve the performance of our website.

*We are doing our best to be GDPR compliant and observe all GDPR rights afforded to our EU readers. If you are from the EU, your continued use of this site acts as your acceptance of our Privacy Policy and your consent to data collection as described in our Privacy Policy.


Comments are currently disabled due to spambots. However, when visitors leave comments on the site, the following data is collected to help detect and eliminate spam: data shown in the comments form, visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string.

An anonymized 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.


If you leave a comment on our 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.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, a temporary cookie is set 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, several cookies are set up 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.

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

Links to other websites

Making Sense of English contains links to affiliate websites and other websites that we think you might like or find useful. Making Sense of English does not claim or accept responsibility for any privacy policy practices and/or procedures of linked websites. All visitors are encouraged to be aware when navigating away from Making Sense of English and to read the privacy statements of those websites as this Privacy Policy applies only to Making Sense of English.

Third-Party Use of Personal Information

We will never sell your information.

Google Analytics

Making Sense of English uses Google Analytics to track statistics regarding our audience and traffic. No personally identifiable information is transferred from Making Sense of English to Google Analytics. For more information on Google’s Analytics privacy policies, please visit Google’s privacy policy page.

You may opt out of personalized settings by visiting Google Ads Settings.

Google advertising notice

This site contains third-party advertising and uses Cookies to analyze user activity to improve user experience and website functionality. Third party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on your visits to websites. This helps create ads based on user preferences.

Any advertisements served by Google, Inc. and affiliated companies may be controlled using cookies. These cookies allow Google to display ads based on your visits to this site and other sites that use Google advertising services. You may opt out of Google’s cookie usage.

How long we retain your data

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

For users that register on my website (if any), we also store the personal information provided in user profiles. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). As the website administrator, we can also see and edit that information.

Your rights

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 am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Rights related to your personal information

Opt-out – You may opt-out of future email communications by following the unsubscribe links in our emails. You may also notify us at to be removed from our mailing list.

Access – You may access the personal information we have about you by submitting a request to

Amend – You may contact us at to amend or update your personal information.

Forget – In certain situations, you may request that we erase or forget your personal data. To do so, please submit a request to

Please note that we may need to retain certain information for recordkeeping purposes or when required by law.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Acceptance of terms

By using this website, you are hereby accepting the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy. If you are not in agreement with our terms and conditions, you are under no obligation to use our site. However, your continued use of our site stipulates your agreement and acceptance of said Privacy Policy.

How to Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Privacy Policy, please feel free to contact me at