What personal information do we collect from the people that visit our website?
We collect information when you register on our website, subscribe to our newsletters, fill out a form, answer a survey or comment of the site. When registering on the website, as appropriate, you may be asked to fill in the following information:
- Name (Required)
- Email Address (Required)
- Website (Optional)
- Mobile Number (Optional)
Should you not wish to register on the website you are of course not obliged to do so and can visit the site anonymously.
When visitors leave comments on the site 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 upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.
Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the site’s or service provider’s systems to recognise your browser and capture and remember certain information.
- Understand and save user’s preferences for future visits.
- Keep track of advertisements.
- Compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interactions in order to offer better site experiences and tools in the future. We may also use trusted third-party services that track this information on our behalf.
You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser (like Internet Explorer, firefox, chrome, safari etc.) settings. Each browser is a little different, so look at your browser’s Help menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.
If you turn cookies off, some features will be disabled, but this shouldn’t affect your experience with the website to a large degree.
First Party 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 do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
We use Google AdSense Advertising on our website. Google’s advertising requirements can be summed up by Google’s Advertising Principles. They are put in place to provide a positive experience for users. https://support.google.com/adwordspolicy/answer/1316548?hl=en
This type of service allows user data to be utilised for advertising communication purposes displayed in the form of banners on this website. In order to understand Google’s use of Data, consult Google’s partner policy.
There are basically two types of advertising that can be provided by AdSense. It should be noted that within the European Union (EU) ONLY non-personalised ads are used on this website currently:
Personalised Ads will use the behavioral retargeting technique, i.e. displaying ads tailored to the User’s interests and behavior, including those detected outside This Application. For more information, please check the privacy policies of AdMob.
Personal Data: Ad identifiers, unique identifiers for advertising (Google Advertiser ID or IDFA, for example) and Usage Data.
Non-personalised Ads are ads that are not based on a user’s past behavior. They are targeted using contextual information, including coarse (such as city-level) geo-targeting based on current location, and content of the website. Google disallows all personalized targeting, including demographic targeting and user list targeting. Although non-personalized ads don’t use ad identifiers for ad targeting, they do still use ad identifiers for frequency capping, aggregated ad reporting, and to combat fraud and abuse. Personal Data: Ad identifiers, coarse location and Usage Data.
This website uses analytics (usage data) in order to understand how users engage with the website. This provides information on how the website can be improved. When you use website it automatically sends certain information to our analytics partner Google Analytics. The information gathered includes, for example, operating system type, the session length, and interactions with various user interface elements.
The analytics data collected is anonymous and does not include personal data. A cookie, which does not contain any personal information is generated on initialisation of analytics.
Google Analytics is a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google utilises the Data collected to track and examine the use of this website, to prepare reports on its activities and share them with other Google services.
Google may use the Data collected to contextualise and personalise the ads of its own advertising network, if applicable (i.e. if you have allowed personalised advertising).
Personal Data collected: Cookies and Usage Data.
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.
How long we retain your data
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.
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
What rights you have over your data
If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
How do we use your information?
We may use the information we collect from you as follows:
- To personalize your experience with the website by allowing us to deliver the type of content you are interested in.
- To improve our website. Feedback and information provided by you allows the website to continually improve.
- To improve our customer service by responding to customer service requests and any support you require in a more efficient manner.
- To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other site feature.
- To send periodic emails which may contain relevant site information or responses to questions, queries or requests.
How do we protect visitor information?
We implement various security measures with the intention of keeping your personal information (when you enter, submit, or access your personal information) as safe and secure as we can.
We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include website hosting partners and other parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or serving our users, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release information when it’s release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others’ rights, property, or safety.However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.
Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third-party products or services on our website. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.
California Online Privacy Protection Act
According to CalOPPA we agree to the following:
- Users can visit our site anonymously.
- Users are able to change their personal information by logging in to their account
How does our site handle do not track signals?
This site does not support “Do Not Track” requests. To determine whether any of the third-party services this site uses honor the “Do Not Track” requests, please read their privacy policies.
Does our site allow third-party behavioral tracking?
We allow third-party behavioural tracking.
COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)
When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under 13, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children’s privacy and safety online.
We do not specifically market to children under 13.
What happens if there is a data breach?
Data breaches in the modern age of the internet appear to be a more common occurrence. While we will take every precaution to ensure your data stays safe and confidential, should a data breach occur we will:
- Notify the affected users via email within 72 hours
- We will notify the users via in-site notification within 72 hours
We also agree to the Individual Redress Principle, which requires that individuals have a right to pursue legally enforceable rights against data collectors and processors who fail to adhere to the law. This principle requires not only that individuals have enforceable rights against data users, but also that individuals have recourse to courts or government agencies to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data processors.
CAN SPAM Act
The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them, and spells out tough penalties for violations.
If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you can email through the contact form and we will promptly remove you from ALL correspondence.
Terms and Conditions
This policy was last modified on 13/12/2018
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