Privacy and Cookie Policy

Who We Are

This website is solely created and operated by I.P. (Iraj) Gardner. The website address is
Questions and concerns can be submitted using the contact form at the bottom of this page. You can also request my postal mailing address and/or phone number using the contact form, if required.

Your privacy is very important to me. At The Mind of Iraj we follow a few fundamental principles:

  • We won’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it. Since this is a blog site and not a business, it’s unlikely that we will ask for this type of information. If we do, the request will be in writing with a detailed explanation.
  • We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law or protect our rights.
  • We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the ongoing operation of our site.

It is our policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our website.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, The Mind of Iraj collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Mind of Iraj’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how  visitors use this website. This type of information is used to monitor trends in the usage of its website.

Mind of Iraj also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on our blog. Mind of Iraj only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of The Mind of Iraj.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to The Mind of Iraj’s website choose to interact with Mind of Iraj in ways that require us to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Mind of Iraj gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who comment on our blog to provide a username and email address. We collect the email addresses of those who wish to subscribe to Mind of Iraj so that we can send them new post notifications. In each case, Mind of Iraj collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with us. Mind of Iraj does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. Visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities. For example, they may prefer to use a social media login such as Twitter or Facebook to log in and leave comments on Mind of Iraj.

Aggregated Statistics

Mind of Iraj may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, we may monitor the most popular pages on the site or use spam messages screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. Mind of Iraj may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Mind of Iraj does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

The Mind of Iraj website relies on third party software to provide services such as anti-spam software, site security, and statistics collection and aggregation as described above. Mind of Iraj discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to makers of third party software that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Mind of Iraj’s behalf or to provide services available to our website, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those software programs may originate or be located outside of your home country; by using Mind of Iraj, you consent to the transfer of such information to them.

Mind of Iraj is not a business and we will not rent, sell or disclose potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone, other than to our third party software companies, as described above. Mind of Iraj discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Mind of Iraj believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Mind of Iraj, third parties, or the public at large.

If you are a registered user of our website and have supplied your email address to subscribe to our blog, Mind of Iraj will send you email to tell you about new posts to keep you up to date with what’s going on with Mind of Iraj. We will not use your email address for any other purpose, including sending unsolicited messages (spam). Subscribers can cancel their subscription at any time. Mind of Iraj takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

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.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. For further details on how cookies work, please refer to this document from Automattic, the maker of WordPress, the platform used by Mind of Iraj to build this site, as well as Akismet, our spam filter, and Jetpack, which gathers site statistics. Mind of Iraj and its third party software uses cookies to help us identify and track visitors, their usage of The Mind of Iraj website, and their website access preferences. Mind of Iraj visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using the Mind of Iraj website, with the drawback that certain features of The Mind of Iraj website may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

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.


When visitors leave comments on The Mind of Iraj 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.

Comments and other content submitted to Akismet anti-spam service are not saved on Akismet’s servers unless they were marked as false positives, in which case Akismet stores them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives. Akismet collects information about visitors who comment on Sites that use their Akismet anti-spam service, including The Mind of Iraj. The information Akismet collects typically includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself).

All comments submitted to Mind of Iraj are strictly moderated before being publicly posted (approved). Any personally identifiable information contained therein will be redacted or deleted before publishing, unless the commenter explicitly requests otherwise in writing (as part of the comment). Comments containing illegal, objectionable, violent, threatening, pornographic or malicious content such as doxxing, defamation or bullying will NOT be posted on Mind of Iraj. Depending on the severity of the offense, such comments MAY be submitted to law enforcement or government agencies as appropriate. Otherwise they will be kept on file for six months and then deleted.

Embedded content from other websites

Blog posts on The Mind of Iraj 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.

Google Analytics

The Mind of Iraj uses MonsterInsights, the most popular Google Analytics plugin for WordPress. MonsterInsights allows us to track how visitors find and use this website from inside our WordPress dashboard.

The MonsterInsights Google Analytics application uses the Google Analytics Reporting API to gather analytics about this website.

MonsterInsights discloses client Google Analytics information with prior user consent only to this site’s owner (Iraj, P.I. Gardner) and those of MonsterInsights employees, contractors, and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on MonsterInsights behalf or to provide the services to The Mind of Iraj (ii) and to provide necessary technical support for their services.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, The Mind of Iraj may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and at The Mind of Iraj’s sole discretion. The Mind of Iraj encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Feedback and Questions

If you have any questions, concerns or feedback about this Privacy and Cookie Policy, please use the form below to contact me.