This Privacy Statement applies to the online collection of personal information via this website. Your privacy is important to us and we take precautions to protect it.
What personal information is collected and how is this information used?
We may collect information from you in the following ways:
- when you post a topic or comment
- directly from you when registering an account
- signing up for our newsletter/alerts
- from our web-server logs
- through our use of Google Analytics
- when you sign up using a social login service
- We use the information to provide you with a personalised experience when using this website. We do not share, sell, rent or lease any of the information you provide unless mentioned in this Privacy Statement or when the law requires it.
How do we protect your information?
Our webservers and your data is hosted and stored in secure environments and protected from accidental loss and from un-authorised access, use or disclosure. All passwords are fully encrypted. However, we cannot guarantee full protection and cannot guarantee that un-authorised persons will not be able to circumnavigate our security.
Registering, Buying, Posting or Commenting
When you register for services or to purchase products, we may ask you to provide limited personal information, for example, your name, address, phone number, email address. We keep this information in a contact database for future reference. We may use certain information you provide to contact you at a future date to offer you products and services that we believe may be of interest to you. For security purposes only, we may also store your IP address. We will only display your chosen name on the website which does not have to be your real name.
Correcting or Amending Your Personal Details and Preferences
You may amend or update your details and modify any account preferences at any time by logging onto the site and accessing your account. If you no longer wish to maintain an account with us, you may delete it at anytime. If you are subscribed to our newsletter and you wish to opt out, then you will find an opt out/unsubscribe link in the footer of the newsletter.
This website may provide chat rooms, discussion boards and other interactive services. Information disclosed in these areas is public and it is not recommended to disclose any personal information in these sections of the website. If you do disclose any personal information, you do so at your own risk and we will not be liable to you or responsible for any consequences.
Web Server Logs
During your visit to this website, we may track information about your visit and store that information in web server logs. This may include:
- your IP address
- your Internet service provider (ISP)
- date and time of your visit
- your computer or mobile operating system
- your browser name and version
- the town/city, county and country you are accessing from
- links you clicked and pages you viewed
- from which website you arrived
We use this information in the aggregate to analyse the sites usage, improve your experience, and monitor the site for inappropriate use.
To enable fast sign-up and login, we use Social Login features on this site. The service you chose to login with will share your private information with us to enable an authenticated login to occur. Although we only effectively require an email address, these services often provide additional information. We use and store the minimum to enable sign-up and login to occur. When you choose to enable this method of login, you will have the opportunity to see and agree to what data you share with us. Social login is not a requirement to register with us and you may prefer to register directly where we only require an email address and a password.
Social Share Buttons
We use social share buttons to enable you to share content you find interesting on your social sites. We count the shares and store your IP address to determine Geo Location as an aggregation to determine popular content. We do not use any third party service to host share activity and to track or learn about your online behaviour.
The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States .
Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage.
Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.
By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.
However, Google provides the opportunity to opt out of Google collecting your data. For more information about how to do this, see our Cookie Usage page.
Our website may contain links to other third party websites not owned or operated by us. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these websites and the presence of a link should not be considered an endorsement of that link.