Last Revised: Mon 19th November 2018
The DPA & GDPR May 2018
Myself & this website complies to the DPA (Data Protection Act 1998) & already complies to the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) which comes into affect from May 2018. I will update this policy accordingly after the completion of the UK's exit from the European Union.
Websites Server & Third Party Data Processors
- This website is hosted by Heart Internet within a secure UK based data centre.
- I use a CDN (Content Delivery Network) for speed improvements & improved accessibility no mater what location in the world you are viewing the website from. I use CloudFlare based in the USA who are enterprise-class security experts that help with the reduction of bandwidth on this site by up to 60%.
- All traffic (transferral of files) between this website & your browser is encrypted & delivered over HTTPS. It's issued by: COMODO ECC Domain Validation Secure Server CA 2 via CloudFlare's CDN.
What are cookies? Cookies are small files saved to the user's computers hard drive that track, save & store information about the user's interactions & usage of the website. This allows the website, through its server to provide the users with a tailored experience within this website.
Users are advised that if they wish to deny the use & saving of cookies from this website on to their computers hard drive they should take necessary steps by clicking on the C logo in the bottom left of the webpage & turn off Google Analytics. This will turn off Google analytics cookie tracking on every page throughout this website.
Can I control My Cookies?
You can use your web browser to:
- Delete all cookies
- Block all cookies
- Allow all cookies
- Block third-party cookies
- Clear all cookies when you close the browser
- Open a ‘private browsing' session
- Install add-ons & plug-ins to extend browser functionality
You need to be aware that if you choose to block cookies from your browser it may cause you to lose some of the functions of the websites you visit.
Use of my Cookies?
|Name||Provider||Expires||Description of Cookie|
|__utma||Google Analytics||2 years||This keeps track of the number of times a visitor has been to the site, when their first visit was, & when their last visit occurred.|
|__utmb||Google Analytics||30 minutes||A timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor enters the site.|
|__utmc||Google Analytics||End of session||A timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor leaves the site – having waited 30 minutes for another pageview to happen, & if it doesn't, it expires.|
|__utmz||Google Analytics||End of session||This keeps track of where the visitor came from, what search engine was used, what link was clicked on, what keywords used, & where in the world the site was accessed from.|
More information on the cookies set by Google Analytics .
Contact & Communication With Me
Users contacting me through this website via my do so at their own discretion & provide any such personal details requested at their own risk. Your personal information is kept private & stored securely until a time it is no longer required or has no use.
The data that you supply will be stored by this website or passed to / be processed by any of the third party data processors. Instead the data will be collated into an email & sent to me over the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP). My SMTP servers are protected by TLS (sometimes known as SSL) meaning that the email content is encrypted using SHA-2, 256-bit cryptography before being sent across the internet. The email content is then decrypted by our local computers & devices.
Where I have clearly stated & made you aware of the fact, & where you have given your express permission, I may use your details to send you products/services information through a mailing list system. This is done in accordance with the regulations named in 'The Policy' above.
I use a chat facility on my website that is a service from Drift
Drift is focused on GDPR compliance efforts. The EU-US Privacy Shield is a framework negotiated & agreed by the European Commission & U.S. Department of Commerce as a lawful way of transferring personal data. To comply with EU data protection laws around international data transfer, Drift is self-certified under the E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield & the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield framework.
External Website Links & Third Parties
Although I only look to include quality, safe & relevant external links, users are advised to adopt a policy of caution before clicking any external web links mentioned throughout this website. (External links are clickable text / banner / image links to other websites)
I cannot guarantee or verify the contents of any externally linked website despite our best efforts. Users should therefore note they click on external links at their own risk & I cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.
Social Media Policy & Usage
I adopt a Social Media Policy to ensure I conduct myself accordingly online. While I may have official profiles on social media platforms users are advised to verify authenticity of such profiles before engaging with, or sharing information with such profiles. I will never ask for user passwords or personal details on social media platforms. Users are advised to conduct themselves appropriately when engaging with us on social media.
There may be instances where my website features social sharing buttons, which help share web content directly from web pages to the respective social media platforms. You use social sharing buttons at your own discretion & accept that doing so may publish content to your social media profile feed or page. You can find further information about some social media privacy & usage policies in the resources section below.
I will report any unlawful data breach of this website's database or the database(s) of any of our third party data processors to any & all relevant persons & authorities within 72 hours of the breach if it is apparent that personal data stored in an identifiable manner has been stolen.