Privacy

Like most websites you visit, this website automatically collects some information about you and your visit.

This privacy notice tells you what personal information is collected, what it is used for and how it is used, how you can restrict that personal information being passed to the website and what the implication of doing so might be.

Cookies

A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a computer when the user accesses certain websites. Cookies can then be sent back to originating website on each subsequent visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s computer. The use of cookies and similar technologies has for some time been commonplace and cookies in particular are important in the provision of many online services.

The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 (PECR) cover the use of cookies and similar technologies for storing information, and accessing information stored, on a user’s equipment such as their computer or mobile device.

I am in the process of implementing a method by which visitors to the website will be made aware of the cookies and other information this website retains and which will seek your consent to hold that information.

Use of cookies by this website

This website uses WordPress software and Google Analytics for visitor tracking. The cookies used are detailed below. WordPress does not set any cookies.

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These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. The information is used to compile reports and to help improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. Google Analytics do not collect any personal information as identified in their privacy policy. Google also have a browser plugin for various browsers that allows users to opt out of their analytics.

YouTube cookies

Some videos from YouTube are embedded in this website. When you play one of these videos, YouTube may set cookies on your computer. To find out more please visit YouTube’s embedding videos information page.

Viewing cookies

If you wish to view cookies from a website, consult your browser’s help pages.

Changing browser settings to accept or reject cookies

If you wish to prevent all cookies from being placed on your computer, you will need to change your browser settings to reject cookies. How to do this will depend on which browser you use and further details for the most popular browsers is provided below. However, this may severely affect how web pages look and how they function and some websites may not display at all. These links also provide information on additional security and privacy features and tools.

Internet Explorer

Chrome

Firefox

Safari

Opera

For other browsers, consult the browser’s help pages or the browser’s supplier.

For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone please refer to your phone’s manual or the manufacturer’s website.

Useful information

Information regarding the PECR on cookies can be found on the website of the Information Commissioner’s Office.

A number of websites provide detailed information on cookies, including AllAboutCookies.org and AllAboutCookies.org.uk.

The Internet Advertising Bureau website Your Online Choices allows you to install opt-out cookies across different advertising networks.

Google has developed a browser add-on to allow users to opt-out of Google Analytics across all websites which use this popular analytics product.

New technologies such as Mozilla’s Do Not Track allow you to tell websites not to track you.

Internet Explorer has a feature called Tracking Protection Lists which allows you to import a list of websites you want to block.

Many browsers, including Chrome and Firefox, allow you to prevent third-party websites setting cookies. Consult your browser’s help pages for further information.

RSS feed

If you subscribe to the RSS feeds using an RSS Reader, no information about you or your subscription is retained.

Server log

When you visit this website, standard Internet server log information is collected. This includes browser data, your IP address and the pages you visit. This is stored in the website server logs as it is done on most other websites you visit.

Use of personal information

Other than as stated above, this website does not use or collect any other personal information. No personal information is passed to others except where required by law.

Server location

The server that hosts this website is located in the USA and is provided by A Small Orange who provide data protection equivalent to the Safe Harbor Principles.

Links to other websites

This privacy notice does not cover the links within this site linking to other websites. You are encouraged to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit. Visiting other websites may cause cookies to be placed on your computer.

I accept no liability for any websites linked to from this website.

Changes to this privacy notice

This privacy notice is kept under regular review. This privacy notice was last updated on 26 May 2012.

If you have any queries about this privacy notice, please contact me.