As a company processing some personal data, we are regulated by the Data Protection Act. This page is intended to keep you informed about what we do with the personal data we process. ‘Personal data’, for the purposes of the Act, means any information which can be used to identify an individual person; it includes things like your name, e-mail address, delivery address, billing address, telephone number and IP address.
We are the data controller for the Site.
Information we collect
If you use the Site just to browse the content, we will not collect, store or process any personal data of yours.
If you wish to post a comment, you will need to be signed into a Facebook account and the account name will be displayed above your comment. That name will be stored in our servers for the purpose of such display.
If you submit material to us as a contributor, we will store your name, email address and any other personal information that you supply, for administrative and contact purposes. However, we do not require you to submit any personal information other than your name and email address. If we reject your contribution, we will store your name and email address for a period of up to one year, for archival purposes.
If you sign up for our free newsletter, we will collect your email address to update you on our latest stories, you can unsubscribe at anytime.
The Data Protection Act
We are registered as required under the Data Protection legislation, and we will only process your personal information in line with the principles set out in the Act.
We will process your personal data carefully and lawfully, and will only share them within our organisation and among our employees and appointed representatives, except where we have your explicit consent.
We will do our best to protect your personal data using appropriate technical and organisational steps, and will store it on our database within a secure network. However, we cannot absolutely guarantee the security of your personal data.
If we reasonably believe that we are required by law to disclose your personal information to a third party, whether in compliance with any applicable law or regulation or by court order or in connection with legal proceedings, we may do so.
Apart from this, we will not disclose or sell your personal information to any third party without your permission. We will not transfer your data outside the European Union except to safe-harbour-certified third parties; this means that the entities to which we send it are certified as having equivalent privacy protection policies as apply within the European Union.
We may use aggregate anonymised data and share it with third parties.
We will not share your personal information with advertisers. However, some of the adverts you may see will be served from locations other than our own server, for example Google Adsense ads.
Purpose and Duration
We will use your personal data to:
- For users who do not leave comments on the Site, we will not store any personal information of yours.
- For users who leave comments on the Site, we will not use or disclose your personal information (that is, your email address) but will store it for as long as your comment is displayed below the article under which you left it.
- For contributors, we will use your personal information:
- to send and respond to emails from you
- to manage our interaction with you
- to maintain our records and databases;
- to carry out statistical analysis; and
- for administration, accounting, marketing and archival purposes.
- For users who sign up for our free newsletter, we will only use your details to send you our updates.
We will hold your personal information for as long as we need to in order to comply with our legal obligations. You may request for your personal information to be deleted at any time by emailing email@example.com. Deleted content may persist in backup copies for up to one year, but will not be available to third parties.
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Cookies are small text files that are sent to your computer or mobile device when you visit a site or page. They help the site to recognise your device on future visits.
Cookies have different functions. They can remember your login and preferences, and enhance your user experience in other ways, such as ensuring that the adverts you see are more relevant to you. Some cookies contain personal information: for example, when you click “Remember Me” when you log in to a website, a cookie will be used to store the registration number of the device you are using to access the website.
There are different types of cookies. Essential cookies have functions like recognising that logged-in users can access restricted pages. Functionality cookies remember your preferences while using the website. Performance cookies do not store personal information, but are used to analyse anonymised website usage data. Advertising cookies try to ensure that the adverts you see are tailored to your preferences.
You can block cookies by setting your browser preferences, but this will usually affect how and whether you are able to access the website, especially the restricted areas.