Privacy Policy​

Last updated: 06 April 2020


Hey! My name is Stanislav Khanin, I am a doctoral candidate at Nazarbayev University.

Everything you see on this website is a part of my doctoral thesis – Playing to think critically: a Delphi study on digital games and critical thinking.

I am bringing international subject matter experts (possibly you) to explore how the potential of digital games may be harnessed to promote/develop critical thinking. My website is dedicated to the research on digital games and critical thinking. It is a report based on responses of subject matter experts which documents their position on topics under investigation.

What personal data I collect and why I collect it


When you leave a comment using the “CTRL+enter” feature, it is directly sent to my email address. This email doesn’t contain any personally identifiable information (PII) and includes only the text highlighted and a comment left by you. In order to leave a comment, you had to agree to a consent form sent to you as a participant of the research. I do not collect PII unless you provide it to me in the text of the comment.


Cookies are small text files that are used to store small pieces of information. The cookies are stored on your device when the website is loaded on your browser.

You can at any time change or withdraw your consent from the Cookie Declaration on my website.

I collect necessary cookies.

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences.

You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will then not work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

I also collect performance/statistics cookies.

These cookies allow me to count visits and traffic sources so I can measure and improve the performance of the site. They help me to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site.

All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies I will not know when you have visited my website and will not be able to monitor its performance. Without these cookies, certain functionality may become unavailable.

Cookies in use

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    • Cookie purpose description: Determines whether the user has accepted the cookie consent box. It is a primary cookie of the consent plugin. It doesn’t track any personal data and is set only upon user action(accept/reject).
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    • Data is sent to: United States
    • Expiry: 1 day
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    • Cookie purpose description: Determines whether the user has accepted the cookie consent box. Records the default button state of the corresponding category. It works only in coordination with the primary cookie.
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    • Data is sent to: United States
    • Expiry: 1 year
  • _ga
    • Cookie purpose description: Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.
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    • Data is sent to: United States
    • Expiry: 2 years
  • _gat
    • Cookie purpose description: Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate
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    • Data is sent to: United States
    • Expiry: 1 day
  • _gid
    • Cookie purpose description: Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.
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    • Data is sent to: United States
    • Expiry: 1 day

How can I control the cookie preferences?

Should you decide to change your preferences later through your browsing session, you can click on the “Privacy & Cookie Policy” tab on your screen. This will display the consent notice again enabling you to change your preferences or withdraw your consent entirely.

In addition to this, different browsers provide different methods to block and delete cookies used by websites. You can change the settings of your browser to block/delete the cookies. To find out more out more on how to manage and delete cookies, visit,

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.


I use Google Analytics to record information about the pages a user has seen, for example, the URL of the page, time of day, a device used, etc. The information that I collect is anonymized and sent to Google Analytics for analysis. I do not collect data for advertising features or remarketing (I disabled it in Google Analytics).

Google Analytics mainly uses first-party cookies to report on visitor interactions on this website. Users may disable cookies or delete any individual cookie. Learn more

In addition, Google Analytics supports an optional browser add-on that – once installed and enabled – disables measurement by Google Analytics for any site a user visits. Note that this add-on only disables Google Analytics measurement.

Google Analytics also collects Internet Protocol (IP) addresses to provide and protect the security of the service, and to give website owners a sense of which country, state, or city in the world their users come from (also known as “IP geolocation”). Be aware that “IP anonymization in Analytics” function is activated, which means that Google Analytics anonymizes the address as soon as technically feasible at the earliest possible stage of the collection network.

See this page for Google Analytics security and usage of data.

Google Analytics is enabled on this website through Google Tag Manager (GTM). GTM is a tag management system to manage JavaScript and HTML tags used for tracking and analytics on websites. Tags are small code elements that, among other things, are used to measure traffic and visitor behaviour. GTM makes it easier for me to integrate and manage tags. I use GTM on my website to include Google Analytics tracking tools.

If you have performed deactivation using optional browser add-on mentioned above, GTM takes this deactivation into account. More information about GTM’s privacy practices can be found here, you can also check their terms of use.

Apart from that, I use AddToAny plugin to allow you to share information about my website on social platforms. AddToAny is compatible by default with the European General Data Protection Regulation, and the California Consumer Privacy Act (see the plugin website).

By design, AddToAny does not store personal data. Their technology vendors are compliant, and may temporarily store an IP address and set a client cookie for security purposes as the regulations allow.

AddToAny integrates with Google Analytics which means that I see if a user clicked share buttons on my website.

Who I share your data with

Other than the Google Analytics properties enabled by Googled Tag Manager and AddToAny plugin mentioned above, I do not share your data with any third parties, including social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

How long I retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment is retained indefinitely. I need them to analyze data and produce reports related to my dissertation.

Data collected through Google Analytics is retained for 26 months.

What rights you have over your data

If you are a subject matter expert participating in my research and your data is anonymously presented on this website (not PII), it means that you had provided consent to report these data. However, you can always recall your consent and request me to delete the information you shared for research purposes.

You can also request that I erase any personal data I hold about you (e.g., you mentioned your email in a comment on the website). This does not include any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where I send your data

Third parties (Google Analytics) have access to your data as noted within this agreement.

Other information

My website is not directed to and I do not knowingly collect Personal Data from children under the age of 13 (or any other legally determined age to be considered as a child). If I become aware that a child under the age of 13 has provided me with Personal Data, I will take steps to remove such data. If you become aware that your child has provided me with Personal Data without your consent, please contact me at By using this website, you are representing to me that you are not under the age of 13.

How I protect your information

I use reasonable and appropriate physical, electronic, and administrative safeguards to protect personal data from loss, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction, taking into account the nature of the Personal Data and risks involved in processing that information.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

I may change this Privacy Policy at any time. The most recent version of the Privacy Policy is indicated by the “Last Updated” date at the top of the Privacy Policy. All changes are effective immediately upon posting. Please review this Privacy Policy frequently to stay updated on changes that may affect you. Your continued use of this website signifies your continuing consent to be bound by this Privacy Policy.

Contact information

You can contact me at

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