I collect information in one of two ways, either indirectly using our web sites technology, or directly, when you contact me using an online form or feedback comments. As with most other web sites I collect and use the data collected in log files. The information includes your IP address, your ISP, the browser you used to visit my sites, the time you visited and which pages you visited.
I collect information from you directly in several ways, one of which is by using cookies. A cookie is a small piece of information sent by the web server to the web browser, which enable the web server to collect information from the browser. The cookie stores information about you and builds up a profile of how you and other visitors use the website. If you would like to find out more information about cookies please just follow this link which explains all about cookies. You can choose to disable or selectively turn off my cookies or third party cookies in your browser settings, or by managing preferences in programs such as Norton. However this may affect how you are able to interact with my sites as well as other websites. This could include the inability to login to services or programs such as logging into forums or accounts. I also collect information directly when you email me, or complete a feedback form.
Most of the advertisements you see on the website are generated by third parties such as Google. Some of these third parties generate their own cookies to track how many people have seen a particular advertisement (or use the services of third parties to do this), and to track how many people have seen it more than once. These cookies cannot be used to identify an individual – they can only be used for statistical purposes, for example, in providing you with advertisements that are more relevant to your interests. This could include only showing you a pop up once during your visit, or the ability to log into some of our features, such as a forum. Some of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons when they advertise on my sites, which will also send these advertisers ( such as Google through the Adsense programme) information including your IP address, your ISP, your browser, and in some cases whether you have Flash installed. This information is generally used for targeting purposes, or showing certain ads based on specific sites visited. A web beacon is a transparent image file used to monitor your journey around a single website or collection of sites. They are also referred to as web bugs and are commonly used by sites that hire third-party services to monitor traffic. They may be used in association with cookies to understand how my visitors interact with the pages and content on the pages of a web site.
Some of the information from third party cookies will be aggregated with other anonymous information for statistical purposes. The third party companies that generate these cookies have their own, very strict, privacy policies but we have no access to these cookies, other than allowing them to be served. I have no role or influence in these cookies but may use the information arising from these third party cookies and provided to us by third parties, to improve the targeting of advertisements to my users of the website.
If you would like to disable “third party” cookies generated by advertisers or providers of targeted advertising services, you can turn them off by going to the third party’s website and getting them to generate a one-time “no thanks” cookie that will stop any further cookies being written to your machine. If you would like further details please just send me an email and I would be happy to provide details by return.
This site may contain advertising and sponsorship from third parties, who are responsible for ensuring that what they are advertising or promoting on the site meets all legal and regulatory requirements, and does not contain information or material, which is objectionable or obscene. Any dealings between you and any third party advertisers or sponsors found on or via our site, including payment for and delivery of products, services and any other terms and conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and the relevant third party advertiser or sponsor. You agree not to hold us liable for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a direct or indirect result of any such dealings.
I recognise that privacy of your personal information is paramount, and therefore only use your details to respond to questions, or provide further information in due course. I never sell, or reveal any details, or any other information to third parties, unless you give me express permission in writing beforehand. The only exception to this is where we are requested to provide your details in order to comply with the law. Any information you send me may be viewed by others and is therefore at your own risk. However I use strict procedures and secure software to protect your data at all times.
You have a right to access the information I hold about you at any time. If you would like these details please just send me an email. Alternatively if you would like your details removed from our system, again please just write to me, and I will respond by return. Your details will then be removed from our system.