Last updated May 2014
I am committed to safeguarding the privacy of my website visitors; this policy sets out how I will treat your personal information. The legal stuff is below, but I will give a brief outline in plain English first and try to give you as much information as I can. Like most websites, georgformby.org collects and stores information on its visitors, by using cookies. The cookies are used when visitors leave comments, and will recognise the visitor if they make a subsequent comment at a later date, removing the need to further approve their comments. Cookies may also be used to track movements on the website, to record patterns of navigation, time spent, etc. If a visitor leaves a comment on georgeformby.org they give their name, email address and (if they have given one) website URL, and these are also stored. I do not actively share, sell or transfer any information I hold on any visitor. However, some of your information is shared, for instance with the internet service provider hosting this website (because it rests on their servers). I take security of this site seriously, and ensure that relevant passwords for the site and server access are difficult and changed regularly.
You can choose to block cookies, or delete them from your browser. I will not use any email addresses stored on this site, and I will not contact anyone directly using their email address unless expressly requested by that person. I am of course bound by law to disclose any information on this site if requested to by the police or the courts.
Isobel Kennedy and Michael Daly are participants in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.co.uk. All transactions through our georgeformby.org shop are with Amazon.co.uk directly. Amazon EU S.à r.l. (and other advertisers) may serve content and advertisements, collect information directly from visitors, and place or recognise cookies on visitors’ browsers. We have no plans to sell directly from this site, or take or store home addresses or phone numbers. If we start a subscription service for updates, or a forum, then we will update the policy accordingly. Please contact us through the site contact page or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information if required.
MICHAEL DALY, May 2014
(2) What information do we collect?
We may collect, store and use the following kinds of personal information:
(a) information about your computer and about your visits to and use of this website including your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views, website navigation;
(b) information that you provide to us for the purpose of registering with us, or for making comments, including name, email address or website URL;
(c) any other information that you choose to send to us;
A cookie consists of information sent by a web server to a web browser, and stored by the browser. The information is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. This enables the web server to identify and track the web browser.
We may use both ‘session’ cookies and ‘persistent’ cookies on the website. We will use the session cookies to keep track of your visit whilst you navigate the website. We will use the persistent cookies to enable our website to recognise you when you visit; session cookies will be deleted from your computer when you close your browser; persistent cookies will remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach a specified expiry date.
Our service providers may also send you cookies.
Most browsers allow you to reject all cookies, whilst some browsers allow you to reject just third party cookies. For example, in Internet Explorer you can refuse all cookies by clicking ‘Tools’, ‘Internet Options’, ‘Privacy’, and selecting ‘Block all cookies’ using the sliding selector. Blocking all cookies may, however, have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites, including this one.
(4) Using your personal information
We may use your personal information to:
(a) administer the website;
(b) send you email notifications which you have specifically requested;
(c) provide third parties with statistical information about our users – but this information will not be used to identify any individual user;
Where you submit personal information for publication on our website, we will publish and otherwise use that information in accordance with the licence you grant to us.
We will not without your express consent provide your personal information to any third parties for the purpose of direct marketing.
In addition, we may disclose your personal information:
(a) to the extent that we are required to do so by law;
(b) in connection with any legal proceedings or prospective legal proceedings;
(c) in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk;
(d) to any person who we reasonably believe may apply to a court or other competent authority for disclosure of that personal information where, in our reasonable opinion, such court or authority would be reasonably likely to order disclosure of that personal information.
In addition, personal information that you submit for publication on the website will be published on the internet and may be available, via the internet, around the world. We cannot prevent the use or misuse of such information by others.
(6) Security of your personal information
We will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information.
We will store all the personal information you provide on the secure servers provided by our Internet Service Provider.
Of course, data transmission over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data sent over the internet.
(7) Policy amendments
(8) Your rights
You may instruct us to provide you with any personal information we hold about you.
Provision of such information will be subject to:
the supply of appropriate evidence of your identity (for this purpose, we will usually accept a photocopy of your passport certified by a solicitor or bank plus an original copy of a utility bill showing your current address).
We may withhold such personal information to the extent permitted by law.
You may instruct us not to process your personal information for marketing purposes by email at any time. It is already our policy not to share your information for marketing purposes without your express consent.
(9) Third party websites
The website contains links to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of third party websites.
(10) Updating information
Please let us know if the personal information which we hold about you needs to be corrected or updated.