We may collect data in connection with your visit to this site. Such data may contain your IP address along with any other details you choose to provide in things like comments or as part of your registration to this site. Much of the data is collected so that we can analyse things like how many visits a particular page gets, which in turn helps us to improve the experience of people who visit this site.
We may also save data that you send directly to us, such as your name, address, email etc. and, if we do save it, it’s always saved securely.
We never save financial details such as credit card or bank account numbers.
We never give your data to anyone else unless you allow us to or we’re ordered to do so by a court and, so far, that’s never happened.
That’s all you need to know really. The rest is for the lawyers (although we’re legally obliged to ask you to read it).
What Information Do We Collect?
We may collect, store and use the following kinds of personal information:
- information about your computer and about your visits to and use of this website including your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views, website navigation and other non-personal information,
- information that you provide to us for the purpose of registering with us,
- any other information that you choose to send to us either via the contact form, email or comments in ‘blog posts.
A cookie consists of information sent by a web server to a web browser, and stored by the browser. The information is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. This enables the web server to identify and track the web browser.
We may use both “session” cookies and “persistent” cookies on the website. We will use the session cookies to keep track of you whilst you navigate the website. We will use the persistent cookies to enable our website to recognise you when you visit.
Session cookies will be deleted from your computer when you close your browser. Persistent cookies will remain stored on your computer until deleted or until they reach a specified expiry date.
Our advertisers and other third parties may also send you cookies.
Most browsers allow you to reject all cookies, whilst some browsers allow you to reject just third party cookies. For example, in Internet Explorer you can refuse all cookies by clicking Tools -> Internet Options -> Privacy and selecting “Block all cookies”. Blocking all cookies will, however, have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites, including this one.
We may use your personal information to:
- administer the website,
- improve your browsing experience by personalising the website,
- enable your use of the services available on the website,
- send you general (non-marketing) communications,
- deal with enquiries and complaints made by or about you relating to the website,
- in other ways in connection with the operation of our website so long as your personal information is not at risk of falling into the hands of unauthorised third parties.
Where you submit personal information for publication on our website, we will publish and otherwise use that information in accordance with the license you grant to us.
We will not without your express consent provide your personal information to any third parties for the purpose of direct marketing.
In addition, we may disclose your personal information:
- to the extent that we are required to do so by law,
- in connection with any legal proceedings or prospective legal proceedings,
- in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk),
- to the purchaser (or prospective purchaser) of any business or asset which we are (or are contemplating) selling,
- to any person who we reasonably believe may apply to a court or other competent authority for disclosure of that personal information where, in our reasonable opinion, such court or authority would be reasonably likely to order disclosure of that personal information.
In addition, personal information that you submit for publication on the website will be published on the internet and may be available, via the internet, around the world. We cannot prevent the use or misuse of such information by others.
You expressly agree to such transfers of personal information.
Security Of Your Personal Information
We will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information.
We will store all the personal information you provide on our secure (password and firewall-protected) servers. All sensitive electronic transactions you make to or receive from us via prescribed channels will be encrypted where possible and appropriate.
Any data we store is kept in a secure, password-protected database and sensitive personal information is always encrypted.
Of course, data transmission over the internet is inherently insecure and we cannot guarantee the security of data sent over the internet.
You are responsible for keeping your password and user details confidential. We will not ask you for your password (except when you log in to the website).
For additional security and privacy, this site uses a two-factor login where you need a username, password and security question/answer to login.
Changes To This Policy
You may instruct us to provide you with any personal information we hold about you. Provision of such information will be subject to:
- the payment of a fee (currently fixed at £10.00),
- the supply of appropriate evidence of your identity (for this purpose, we will usually accept a photocopy of your passport certified by a solicitor or bank, plus an original copy of a utility bill showing your current address.
We may withhold such personal information only to the extent permitted by law.
Third Party Information
The website contains links to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of third party websites.
Please let us know if the personal information which we hold about you needs to be corrected or updated.