Privacy and Cookies Policy

This is the totally kvlt Privacy and Cookies Policy for (the “Site”). The site is operated by the staff of, an unincorporated and not-for-profit organisation (“we”, “us” and “our” as applicable). For the purposes of United Kingdom and European Economic Area (“EEA”) data protection law, (the “Data Protection Law”), the data controller is the management of the Site.

This policy sets out:

By visiting the Site you acknowledge you have read and understood this privacy policy. Please read this document carefully to understand our practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it. We might be metal but we won’t be me(n)tal with your data…

Your information we process

We will collect and process the following personal data from you:

Information you give us

This is information about you that you give us by: (1) filling in forms on the Site; (2) by corresponding with us by email or otherwise; or (3) imparting your (not) very important opinions in our comment section. It includes information you provide when you register to participate in our comment section or submit a query to us. The information you give us may include your name, e-mail address, username, hashed password and the contents of any comments you grace us with.

We do this because it is in our legitimate interests to: (1) moderate comments on the Site and which profile is making such comments to ensure you’re not violating our comment (dick) policy; and (2) provide responses to you if you contact us.

Information we collect about you from your use of our Site

We will automatically collect information from you each time you visit our Site. This includes:

  • Boring technical information which may include the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet, your login information, browser type and version, time zone setting, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform.
  • Boring information about your visit which may include the full URL, clickstream to, through and from our site (including date and time), articles you viewed or searched for, page response times, download errors, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information (such as clicks), methods used to browse away from the page, and any social media handle used to connect with our comment section.
  • Boring location data which may be derived from IP address.

We do this because it is in our legitimate interests to: (1) administer and protect the Site (including troubleshooting, data analysis, network security, testing, system maintenance, support, reporting and hosting of data – bots are a PROBLEM); and (2) ensure that content from our Site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer.

Information we receive from other sources

This is information we receive about you from third parties we work with.

  • This may include our service providers, including those that provide website and data hosting, and analytics, services. Such information is aggregated.
  • If you choose to use Facebook Login or Google Sign-In to log into our comment section via single sign-on then we will receive an ID number and your email address from Facebook and Google respectively.

We receive this information because it is in our legitimate interests to administer and protect the Site (including troubleshooting, data analysis, network security, testing, system maintenance, support, reporting and hosting of data).


The Site enables you to register in order to submit comments under articles. Doing so is a fun way to interact with like-minded (and wrong) metalheads. However, any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should be careful when using these and avoid posting any personal information.

Cookies and other technologies


Our Site uses cookies and/or other similar technologies to collect and store certain information. Casuals sometimes describe death metal vocalists as being like the Cookie Monster but sadly this is unrelated. These cookies typically involve pieces of information or code that a website transfers to or accesses from your computer hard drive or mobile device to store and sometimes track information about you. Our Site uses cookies and similar technologies to distinguish you from other users of our Site. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our Site and if you comment, and also allows us to improve our Site.

Most web browsers automatically accept cookies and similar technologies, but if you prefer, you can change your browser to prevent that and your help screen or manual will tell you how to do this. You are able to disable cookies at browser level, but you may not be able to take full advantage of our Site if you do so.

A number of cookies and similar technologies we use last only for the duration of your web or app session and expire when you close your browser. Others are used to remember you when you return to the Site and will last for longer. We use these cookies and other technologies on the basis that using them is in our legitimate interests (where we have considered that these are not overridden by your rights).

We use cookies and/or other similar technologies, either alone or in combination with each other to create a unique device ID.

Cookies we use

  • Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our Site. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into the comments section.
  • Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. For example, this enables us to remember you when you log into the comments section.
  • Analytical/performance cookies, including Google Analytics, analytics and CloudFlare performance tracking. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us for our legitimate interests of improving the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

Disabling cookies

The effect of disabling cookies depends on which cookies you disable but, in general, the website may not operate properly if all cookies are switched off.

Who we give your information to

We may give your information to certified brvtal third parties. This may include:

  • Service providers who process your personal data on our behalf and in accordance with our instructions and the Data Protection Law. This includes in supporting the Site, in particular those providing website and data hosting services and facilitating feedback on our Site. These third party suppliers will only use your information to the extent necessary to perform their support functions.
  • Analytics and search engine providers that assist us in the improvement and optimisation of our site and subject to the cookie section of this policy (this will not identify you as an individual).

Where we store your information

The data that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the EEA that may not be subject to equivalent Data Protection Law. In particular, our servers are hosted in New York, US (home to some, but not many, of our favourite metal bands).

Where your information is transferred outside the EEA, we will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is subject to appropriate safeguards, such as relying on a recognised legal adequacy mechanism, and that it is treated securely and in accordance with this privacy policy.

We may transfer your personal information outside the EEA:

  • In order to store it.
  • In order to enable us to facilitate the operation of the Site, where it is in our legitimate interests and we have concluded these are not overridden by your rights.
  • Where we are legally required to do so.

How we protect your information

We know power metal nerds love fantastical weaponry so we will shield your information. All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers. Where you have chosen a password which enables you to access certain parts of the Site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share a password with anyone.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to the Site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

Our site may, from time to time, contain links to external sites, including our favourite metal brethren. We are not responsible for the privacy policies or the content of such sites – even the ones we like.

How long we keep your information

We retain personal data for as long as we require it in order to fulfill the original purpose for which it was collected.

Your rights

If you are in the UK or EEA, you have the right under certain circumstances:

  • to be provided with a copy of your personal data held by us;
  • to request the rectification or erasure of your personal data held by us;
  • to request that we restrict the processing of your personal data (while we verify or investigate your concerns with this information, for example);
  • to object to the further processing of your personal data;
  • to request that your provided personal data be moved to a third party.

You can exercise the rights listed above at any time by contacting us via our contact form. The comments tool also has “Request comment history” and “Delete my account” buttons under My Profile > Settings, which is automated.

Changes to this policy

Any changes we make to our privacy policy in future will be posted on this page. This policy was last updated on 1 June 2021.

Contact Us

Questions, comments and requests regarding this privacy policy (and complaints that we shat on your favourite band for clicks, and other miscellaneous whining) may be submitted to our contact form.