Privacy policy

Who we are

Philocrites is a personal website operated by Christopher L. Walton at

We do not host comments

Philocrites does not use WordPress’s comments feature and does not collect or store any visitor information using the comments feature.

If you posted a comment to the Movable Type version of Philocrites between 2002 and 2008, your name, email address, IP address, and any URL or message you provided are stored in the site’s Movable Type database. We are no longer accepting new comments on that site.

Visitor messages

The site welcomes reader feedback through a Contact form made by WPForms. Visitor information (first and last name, email address, and message) is sent to me via email and is not stored on the site.

I will not share or sell the contact information of visitors to this site.


If you visit our WordPress login page, 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.

If you are given an account as a contributor to this site, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices when you log in. 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.

Information collected by partner services

This site uses Google products, including AdSense and Analytics. When you visit Philocrites, your web browser automatically sends certain information to Google. This includes the URL of the page you’re visiting and your IP address. Google may also set cookies on your browser or read cookies that are already there.

Google uses the information shared by sites and apps to deliver its services, maintain and improve them, develop new services, measure the effectiveness of advertising, protect against fraud and abuse, and personalize content and ads you see on Google and on its partners’ sites and apps. See Google’s Privacy Policy to learn more about how Google processes data for each of these purposes and its Advertising page for more about Google ads, how your information is used in the context of advertising, and how long Google stores this information.

Google’s Privacy Policy explains the legal grounds Google relies upon to process your information – for example, Google may process your information with your consent or to pursue legitimate interests such as providing, maintaining and improving its services to meet the needs of users.

For more information, see How Google uses information from sites or apps that use our services.

This site also uses Statcounter, which helps us to understand our visitors; for example, how visitors find our website, how long they spend on our site, which web pages they are most interested in, etc. We use Statcounter because better understanding how visitors are interacting with our website helps us to improve the content, design and functionality of our site. This allows us to offer a better online experience to our visitors.

Statcounter uses cookies and other technologies to collect data on visitors and visitor activity on our website. This data includes:

  • Time and date of visit (which helps us to identify and plan for busy periods on our website);
  • IP address (a numerical label assigned to a device by an Internet Service Provider to enable the device to access the internet);
  • Browser and Operating System (which helps us to make sure that our website functions correctly in the browsers/operating systems used to access our site);
  • Device Information (e.g., device type and screen size, which helps us to make sure that our website functions correctly in the devices used to access our site); and
  • Referring Data (e.g., a search engine link, which helps us to understand which search engines are helping visitors to find our website).

Furthermore, when you visit our website a Statcounter cookie (called “is_unique”) may be placed in your browser. This cookie is used only to determine whether you are a first-time or returning visitor and to estimate unique visits to the site. Learn more about cookies from Statcounter, including instructions on refusing cookies.

For more information, please see the Statcounter privacy policy.

This site also uses hCaptcha to block robots from using its Contact form to send spam. hCaptcha collects information about visitors to this site such as image labeling data, text converted from audio files played to those End-Users, answers to questions, and other prompts generated by the Service for purposes of labeling data for use in machine learning applications. Note that Labeled Data is not tied to any identified individual.

Other information collected from End-Users as part of the hCaptcha service is required to determine whether they are human, such as mouse movements, scroll position, keypress events, touch events, and gyroscope / accelerometer information as applicable.

For more information, see hCaptcha’s Privacy Policy.

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.

Who we share your data with

If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.

How long we retain your data

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, 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.

Last updated May 18, 2023.