I am committed to maintaining the trust and confidence of visitors to my website and subscribers to my mailing list. Here you’ll find information on how I treat data that I collect from visitors to my website, or when someone subscribes to my mailing list.
Visitors to My Website
If I do want to collect personally identifiable information through my website, I will be upfront about this. I will make it clear when I collect personal information and will explain what I intend to do with it.
Mailing List Sign Up
As part of the registration process for my mailing list, I collect personal information. I use that information for various reasons: to tell you about stuff you’ve asked me to tell you about; to contact you if I need to obtain or provide additional information; to check my records are right and to check every now and then that you’re happy and satisfied. I don’t rent or trade email lists with other organisations and businesses.
I use a third-party provider, Mailchimp, to deliver my communications. I gather statistics around email opening and clicks using industry-standard technologies to help me monitor and improve my communications. For more information, please see Mailchimp’s Privacy Notice and Terms.
If you ever want your details to be removed, you can unsubscribe at any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link which is at the end of any marketing email you receive from me, or by clicking here, or by contacting me via my contact form.
To ensure you intended to sign up to receive my marketing emails, I use what is called ‘a double opt-in’ process. This means that after you have submitted the subscription form on my website you will receive an email asking you to confirm you would like to join the list. If you do not click the subscribe button in the email and you will not be added to my mailing list.
Links to Other Websites
Access to Your Personal Information
You are entitled to access the personal information that I hold. Send your request via my contact form.
How I Secure Your Data
I do my best to keep your Personal Data safe. I use safe protocols for communication and transferring data (such as HTTPS). I use anonymising and pseudonymising where suitable. I monitor my systems for possible vulnerabilities and attacks.
Even though I try my best I can not guarantee the security of information. However, I promise to notify suitable authorities of data breaches. I will also notify you if there is a threat to your rights or interests. I will do everything I reasonably can to prevent security breaches and to assist authorities should any breaches occur.
If you have a user account with me, note that you have to keep your username and password secret.
Children Under the Age of 18
I do not intend to collect or knowingly collect information from children. I do not target children with my services.
What Are Cookies?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information that are downloaded to your personal computer, mobile or other devices when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improve the user experience.
You can remove cookies stored on your computer via your browser settings. Alternatively, you can control some third-party cookies by using a privacy enhancement platform such as optout.aboutads.info or youronlinechoices.com. For more information about cookies, visit allaboutcookies.org.
How Long Are Cookies Stored?
Persistent cookies: These cookies remain on a user’s device for the period of time specified in the cookie. They are activated each time that the user visits the website that created that particular cookie.
Session cookies: These cookies allow website operators to link the actions of a user during a browser session. A browser session starts when a user opens the browser window and finishes when they close the browser window. Session cookies are created temporarily. Once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted.
Cookies Used on This Website
A list of all the cookies used on the website by category is set out below.
Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies enable services you have specifically asked for. These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website.
Performance cookies: These cookies collect anonymous information on the pages visited. By using the website, you agree that I can place these types of cookies on your device. These cookies collect information about how visitors use the website, for instance, which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how the website works.
Functionality cookies: These cookies remember choices you make to improve your experience. By using the website, you agree that I can place these types of cookies on your device. These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
Third-party cookies: These cookies allow third parties to track the success of their application or customise the application for you. Because of how cookies work I cannot access these cookies, nor can the third parties access the data in cookies used on my site. For example, if you choose to ‘share’ content through Twitter or other social networks you might be sent cookies from these websites. I don’t control the setting of these cookies, so please check those websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.