Understand what personal information this website collects and how it will be handled.
I respect your right to privacy online and understand that you want to keep control of your personal information. That’s why I am committed to protecting any information you share with me.
I will never sell, distribute or intentionally make your personal information public and have implemented appropriate technical and organisational security measures to protect the data you share with me from loss and preserve its security and confidentiality. All your interactions with this website are protected by strong 256-bit encryption and I aim to collect the minimum of personal information needed to provide an effective service.
I will collect and process information about you only where I have legal basis for doing so. This legal basis will depend on the individual services you use and how you use them. Additional information is provided below but in general terms I will only collect and use your information where:
In cases where you have consented to my use of your personal information for a specific purpose you have the right to change your mind at any time. Where I am using your information because I have a legitimate interest to do so, you have the right to object to that use, but in some cases this may mean your are no longer able to fully access my services.
My website is hosted in the US in a data centre managed by GoDaddy. When you visit the website or access one of the files stored on our web server information about this request will be automatically stored in a log file to provide usage statistics, enable security features and aid technical troubleshooting. This is on the legal basis of legitimate commercial interests. In these cases your IP address at the time acts as a unique identifier and is stored along with information about your operating system, browser version and the pages/files you access. These logs are retained on the server for up to 30 days, after which they are automatically deleted. GoDaddy will also record a similar set of data for the purposes of data management and security. This data is retained by them for up to 3 months.
Like most businesses I use Google Analytics to help understand how my website is being discovered and interacted with and use this information to help improve the experience for visitors and make decisions about future development. Google Analytics presents aggregate information about the geographic location, device types and operating systems used by website visitors, but not in a way that personally identifies you. Additionally Google will record your computer’s IP address and set a number of temporary cookies in your browser to help distinguish you as an individual visitor as you move around our site. In the interests of limiting the amount of data Google collects via our site I am using Google’s standard Analytics implementation and have not enabled any additional advertising features, such as remarketing tags which would tie your usage of our site in with your broader browsing habits. Any user-level data that is associated with Analytics’ cookies are retained for up to 26 months from your last activity on our site, after which it is automatically deleted from Analytics’ servers.
This website contains a number of links to third party sites. It is important to be aware that these external sites are governed by their own privacy policies and I do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. The inclusion of a link to an external source should not be understood to be an endorsement of that website, its owners or their products/services. Always check the individual privacy policies of these external sites before you submit any personal data through them.
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 temporary files stored in your web browser by a website to help track usage and enable services that rely on a persistent identity. You can control which cookies you accept and remove them at any time by adjusting your browser settings or using the controls built-in to this site, but it is important to be aware that some cookies are essential and our website may not function as expected without them.
These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through my website and to use some of its features. But you can still block or delete them by changing your browser preferences.
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.
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
When you send me an email, either directly or through the online contact form, I will collect your email address and any other information you provide within your email. This information will only be processed in relation to the purpose of your correspondence. I have no fixed retention period for email correspondence, but I am committed to only storing your data for no longer than is necessary to serve my legitimate interests of record keeping or to perform a contract I have entered into with you.
My website and services are not for use by children under 16 years and I will not knowingly collect or use the personal data of children. If you are under the age of 16 please do not provide any personal data even if prompted to do so.
The General Data Protection Regulation (2018) gives you the right to know what person data we hold, to have it updated if it is inaccurate or removed entirely if you no longer consent to our use of it. We will endeavor to respond to any such requests within one month confirming receipt and outlining what follow-up actions will be taken and when.