Who I am

I am Michael Josem, a long-time resident of the Isle of Man. I was the Liberal Vannin candidate for Douglas East in the 2021 Isle of Man general election, and formerly registered on the Isle of Man Register of Controllers and Processors under registration R002662.

My website address is: https://michaeljosem.com

My postal address is Michael Josem, 1 Hillary Wharf, South Quay, Douglas, IM1 5BL.

My phone number is 07624 488557 and my email address is michael@michaeljosem.com

Why I collect personal data

I collect personal data in my personal capacity of operating this website. It is in my legitimate interest to listen to the feedback of our community, and such data is typically provided voluntarily by local residents who share their views with me on various issues.

What personal data I collect


If you write to me, on email, various messenger services (eg, WhatsApp), on the contact forms on this website, or by post, then I will (hopefully!) receive what you send to me so that I can read and act on it. Some services can contain metadata.


When visitors leave comments and fill out surveys on the site, I collect the data shown in the form, and sometimes also collect the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


If you leave a comment on my 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 visit my login page, the website 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, the website 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.

If you opt-in to receive notifications about new posts on this website, then my data processor (One Signal) has some record of your device to send notifications to it.

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.


Website traffic data is collated and anonymised by both WordPress and Google Analytics. This allows me to (broadly) see where visitors to different web pages are coming from on a national level. It also provides me with anonymised and collated information about the devices that users use to access my website.

Who I share your data with

I do not share information from this website with anyone, except in accordance with the law, or for obvious reasons (for example, if you ask me to). This will include information processors (such as a printer, or an email server) to contact you appropriately.

If you raise a political or policy issue and ask me to represent your views to other organisations, then in most cases, I will keep your identity private. In some cases (for example, you have specific needs and need a Government department to contact you) then I will pass along your name and contact details so that the Government department can contact you directly.

How long I retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so I 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), I also store the personal information you provide in your 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.

If you write to me about a political or policy issue, then I store your data indefinitely so that I can recognise and follow-up on any issues that you might subsequently have. In addition, if you provide feedback about an issue, I will use your information to keep you informed of subsequent developments that are relevant.

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 I hold about you, including any data you have provided to me. This does not include any data that I am 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.

If you fill out a survey, then the survey data provider (typically, Google) will be used to transmit your data to me.

There are also some other obvious places that data is sent: If I send you an email then I will send your email address to my email server to send the email to you.