Privacy

This privacy notice tells you what information is collected when you visit this website, what is done with it and how you can delete and control cookies.

Like many websites, when someone visits this website, it collects standard Internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. This is done to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. This information is collected in a way which does not identify anyone. I do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting the website. I will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source. I will not pass this information to anyone else.

The shop also uses cookies to allow it to work properly.

Cookies

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.

A cookie is a small file containing a string of characters that is sent to your computer when you visit some websites. When you visit the website again, the cookie is sent back to the website and allows that site to recognize your browser. Cookies may also store user preferences and other information, and can be used to gather anonymous analytics that help improve websites based on how people use them. 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. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However some website features or services may not function properly without cookies.

Use of cookies by this website

This website uses WordPress software and Google Analytics for visitor tracking. The shop uses additional cookies when you add items to the shopping cart. The cookies used are detailed below.

Cookie Source Cookie Name Data stored in the cookie and its purpose Default Expiration Time
Google Analytics __utma
__utmt
__utmb
__utmc
__utmz
__utmv

Google Analytics is a simple, easy-to-use tool that helps website owners measure how users interact with website content. As a user navigates between web pages, Google Analytics provides website owners JavaScript tags (libraries) to record information about the page a user has seen, for example the URL of the page. The Google Analytics JavaScript libraries use HTTP Cookies to “remember” what a user has done on previous pages / interactions with the website.

Google Analytics does not store any personal information about your website users. Read the Google Analytics privacy document for more details. Google also have a browser plugin for various browsers that allows users to opt out of their analytics.

They are described individually below.

Google Analytics __utma Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. 2 years from set/update
Google Analytics __utmt Used to throttle request rate. 10 minutes
Google Analytics __utmb Used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utmb cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. 30 mins from set/update
Google Analytics __utmc Not used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit. End of browser session
Google Analytics __utmz Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. 6 months from set/update
Google Analytics __utmv Used to store visitor-level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable. This cookie was also used for the deprecated _setVar method. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. 2 years from set/update
WordPress PHPSESSID This is used to remember that you have accepted cookies on this website.  1 month
WordPress catAccCookies This is used to keep track of your session on the website.  End of browser session
WordPress cart_in_use This is used to record simply that you are using the shopping cart. It does not store any personal or purchasing information.  1 day

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 here. However, this may severely affect how web pages look and how they function and some websites may not display at all.

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 04 October 2014.

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