Your personal information when commenting on our site
When you leave a comment on our site, we collect your name, your email address and optionally collect a website address if you have one. Our system also records the date and time of your comment, the IP address being used and the browser user agent string.
We use the information we collect in a few different ways:
a. Displaying your comment
We show your name alongside your comment, together with the date and time the comment was made.
b. Spam Prevention
c. Gravatar Card
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.
Your personal information when signing up to our email distribution list
When you sign up to our email distribution list, your email address is collected and passed to a third party called MailChimp who we use to manage our email list and also our email distribution. We don’t store the data ourselves, it is passed to MailChimp and stored by them.
We use the email distribution list solely for sending out our newsletters. We do not pass, rent or sell the data to any third parties for any use at all. We also do not send out information ourselves on behalf of third parties.
Sharing Your Data
We will not share your data with any other 3rd party unless it is required by law, court order or regulatory requirement. In the event of this organisation being taken over by another organisation, your personal details may be transferred to the new owner.
You have the right to access the information held about you by us and, if necessary, have it amended if it is inaccurate or out of date. We may need to ask for proof of your identity before we can respond to your request. You have the right to request that your personal information is deleted.
If you have a question about your personal information, please contact us using the contact page on our site.
What are Cookies?
Our site puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) onto your computer or device to collect information about how you browse the site.
Cookies are used to:
• look at how you use the website so we can improve your user experience
• remember your preferences
• remember you when you comment on pages or posts
You can find out more about how to manage cookies from the Information Commissioner’s site here: https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/online/cookies/.
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 don’t have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)
We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use our site. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements.
Google Analytics stores information about the pages you visit, how long you spend on each page, how you got to the site and what you click on while you’re visiting the site.
We do not allow Google to share our analytics data other than for technical support purposes or using anonymised data for benchmarking purposes.
Measuring website usage (WordPress.com Stats)
We also use software made by Automattic, the owners of wordpress.com, to collect information about how you use our site. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements.
Automattic and wordpress.com stores information about the pages you visit, how long you spend on each page, how you got to the site and what you click on while you’re visiting the site.
We do not have access to the detailed data other than the key statistics showing website usage and visitor numbers. Automattic manages the data and it is retained for 28 days. The data is solely used to power activity tracking and is not shared with anyone else.
Embedded Content from Other Websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
These policies were updated on 28th June 2018