This website and the service we offer comply to the DPA (Data Protection Act 1998) and complies to the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) which will come into effect from May 2018.
Collecting personal information
We collect and store personal information about you that you voluntarily provide when you leave a comment, fill in a form or sign up to an email mailing list.
We only share your personal information with trusted third parties that are carefully selected to help with the operations of this website and to improve the services we provide.
If you wish, you can disable cookies on this site within your browser’s settings. Disabling cookies may have an impact on your experience of using this website as some features might not work as expected.
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to save 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 website 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.
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
Any visitors who leave comments on the website have the right to have their personal data removed from the website at any time. Visitors who leave comments may also request a copy of their personal data.
Website Visitor Tracking
This website uses tracking software to monitor users in order to better understand how you interact with the website, and in turn, this information will help us to create a better experience for you.
We use Google Analytics and WordPress Stats (via Jetpack) for visitor tracking.
This website has a number of SPAM protection defences in place to prevent unwanted traffic, comments and messages.
We use Akismet Anti-Spam on our commenting system, and Google reCAPTCHA on our contact forms.
Adverts & Sponsored Links
This website does not knowingly use advertisements or sponsored links.
Email Mailing Lists
We operate an email mailing list that informs subscribers each time a new blog post is published. Users can subscribe through a form on the website and will be required to confirm your subscription (double opt-in) before being added to the list.
Subscribers to this mailing list have the right to withdraw and be forgotten at any time. To do this, you can use the unsubscribe link in the emails they have received, and you will be removed with just one click.
Emails may contain tracking beacons/tracked clickable links or similar technologies in order to track subscriber activity within emails. Where there are used, they may record a range of subscriber data relating to engagement, geographic, demographics and already stored subscriber data.
Links to other websites (including affiliate links)
This website makes use of affiliate links. If you click on one an affiliate link on this website and take action on the website you have been referred to (e.g. make a purchase, create an account, or sign up to a service) then we may make a small commission or be given a non-financial incentive (e.g. one month free subscription to a service). This is at no extra cost to you and does not affect your experience of using the website.
Social Media Policy and Usage
We maintain a Social Media Policy to ensure that we conduct ourselves accordingly online. We never ask for user passwords or personal details on social media platforms.
This website features social media sharing buttons, provided by AddThis, which help share web pages to the respective social media platforms. By using these links you are accepting that doing so may publish content to your social media profile feed or page. Each of these social media platforms has their own privacy policies which we encourage you to refer to if you choose to use them.
You must be over the age of 18 to use this website. If you are under the age of 18, please do not submit any personal information through this website.
If the security of this website is breached and your personal information is comprised, we will inform you within 72 hours.
If you have any questions, please get in touch using the contact form here.
This page was last updated on 3rd March 2020.