Privacy matters, but it can be confusing. This page explains our approach to privacy and how it affects you.
- We collect anonymous statistics about your visit, like which of our pages you viewed.
- Some third parties like Facebook may know you visited this website, if you use their services. We can’t control them but we don’t believe this knowledge poses any threat to you.
- If you sign up with us we take great care to keep your information safe and we’ll never share it with others without your express permission.
- We never share your data with third parties except to help us deliver our own services.
These are just the key points. If you need detail, keep reading.
Measuring our visitors
We measure visitors to our website using Google Analytics. This records what pages you view within our site, how you arrived at our site and some basic information about your computer. All of that information is anonymous – so we don’t know who you are; just that somebody visited our site.
The information we collect from analytics helps us understand what parts of our sites are doing well, how people arrive at our site and so on. Like most websites, we use this information to make our website better.
You can learn more about Google Analytics here
Facebook, Twitter and other social networks
These services provide social buttons and similar features which we use on our website – such as the “Like” and “Tweet” buttons.
To do so we embed code that they provide and we do not control ourselves. To function their buttons generally know if you’re logged in; for example Facebook use this to say “x of your friends like this”. We do not have any access to that information, nor can we control how those networks use it.
Social networks therefore could know that you’re viewing this website, if you use their services (that isn’t to say they do, but their policies may change).
Discussion comments and reviews
We allow visitors to participate in discussion, or to write reviews, on some of our web pages.
To do this, and to avoid spam and malicious attacks where possible, we use some tools that try to verify that you are human, and that you are not submitting multiple reviews (for example). We do this by using industry standard reCAPTCHA, and by noting your computer IP address when you submit a review to check that it is not a duplicated review that could distort the overall ratings.
If you sign up for a service
When you sign up for any of our services we will record specific personal information about you, such as your name and email address.
We may send you email notifications which you have specifically requested (such as newsletters or notifications). You have the ability to opt out of any of this communication at any time.
We will never provide your personal information or email address to any third parties except where they are specifically employed to help deliver our own services, as detailed above.
We take many precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information. These precautions include:
- Use of SSL encryption for all page content and any data collected
- Hardware stored in secured datacentres behind firewalls
- All access to information restricted by password and/or secure key
- Restrictions to what information can be accessed via any location
Whilst we take great care to ensure any confidential information remains protected we cannot guarantee the security of data sent over the Internet.
If during the course of your use of this website you are asked to create a user account, then please note that you are responsible for keeping your password and user details confidential. We will never ask you for your password, so please don’t trust anybody asking you for it.
We make use of various third party APIs on this website in order to accomplish certain tasks. For example we use the MailChimp API to process newsletter subscriptions.
Updates to this policy
This policy was last modified on 1st August 2018.