Privacy Policy

Who we are

We are a group of academics and researchers at the University of Manchester, who are carrying out research into agile software engineering. 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 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, 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 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.


We use Matomo to collect anonymised data about visits to this website. This tells us which country the IP address you are visiting from is based in and information about the device, operating system and browser you are using. The recorded data does not collect any personal data or any data that can be used by itself to identify you.

Matomo also tracks which pages on the site are visited, and what links are used to exit from the site. This data is recorded to allow us to improve the site, by increasing our understanding of how visitors use it.

If you have enabled the DoNotTrack option in your web browser (to say “I do not want to be tracked”) then Matomo will not track visits made to this site through the browser.

Who we share your data with

The data is used by our research team and is not shared with any party outside the team. We may occasionally share summary statistics about the number of accesses to certain parts of site with other staff at the University of Manchester or with funding bodies. No data about individual page visits will be shared outside the team.

How long we retain your data

The anonymous site access logs created by Matomo will be kept as long as the website remains live.

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 authors with accounts on this WordPress site, 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 may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Contact information

If you have any queries or concerns about our collection and use of visitor data from this site, please see our Contact page for details of how to get in touch.