Personal Data and Why we Collect it
Personal Data: is any information relating to an individual. It can be your name, email, postal address or even your computer’s IP address (usually an IP address does not on its own identify an individual). Normally you should supply only a minimum of personal data. Your data is obtained in several ways e.g. via the Comments Form, the Contact Form and via Cookies that we place on your computer.
Processing Your Data: We collect only the minimum amount of personal data that is necessary to run the website. We are not involved in commerce as in marketing or selling identifiable data and we do not deliberately store your data. For instance, our Contact Form avoids storage and simply directs your inquiry to our email address. Any data so received is not passed to a third party.
Your Comments on Posts and Pages
If you leave a Comment on our 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.
When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the Comments Form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
After approval of your Comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.
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Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer when you visit a website. The file usually contains the name of the server the cookie was sent from, the lifetime of the cookie, and a value (usually a randomly generated unique ID number). The website stores a corresponding file (with the same ID tag) to the one it sent to your browser. The website server which sent the (persistent) cookie uses this number to recognize you when you return to a site e.g. it helps you resume where you left off.
Cookie Control: When you access our site for the first time you are asked to ‘Accept’ (all) cookies, including useful (functional) cookies like this.
Disabling Cookies: You can delete cookies in your browser. For example, in Chrome go to “Customise and Control (page top right), history, clear browsing data, tick cookies box, clear data”.
More on Cookies
There are three different types of cookie: Session cookies, Persistent cookies and Third-Party cookies.
A session cookie is stored temporarily in your computer memory (not disk) while you are visiting a website. Once you leave the site, the session cookie is deleted. As an example, session cookies may be used for remembering what you have put in your shopping basket as you browse around the site.
A persistent cookie is stored on your hard disk and is activated again once you visit the website that created the cookie. A persistent cookie will be removed from the disk on its set expiration date. Persistent cookies help websites remember your information and settings when you visit them in the future. This results in faster and more convenient access e.g. you don’t have to login again.
A third-party cookie is one that is placed on your hard disk by a website from a domain other than the one you are visiting. It may be placed for tracking or marketing purposes in the hope of driving up sales. For more see third-party cookies.
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With Whom do we Share your Data?
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. We use advanced security software to protect our website and personal computers and are notified of any server breaches.
How long do we Retain your Data?
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
What Rights you have over your Data?
If you have left Comments or used our Contact Form, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.