This site does not gather data on site visitors beyond the basic data needed to manage the marketing services described under Commercial Transparency and statistics gathered by Google Analytics which we currently use to monitor site usage – number of visitors, number of pages viewed, percentage of repeat visits, traffic sources such as search engines and other referring sites, etc.. We are not able, and make no attempt, to identify individuals. For more on “Cookies” see the following paragraphs.
The site contains affiliate marketing links, so that we can be paid commission on sales of products and services. These affiliate partnerships are managed by third party intermediary companies. Third party cookies are used to monitor non-personal information to enable us to be recognised by the affiliated company for our marketing efforts.
How cookies are used on this website
What is a Cookie?
A cookie is a small text file that is stored on a user’s computer. It is used for tracking purposes to enable the recording of particular information as further explained below. We may use a number of different cookies on this site including session and other third party cookies.
Session cookies are designed to assist navigation on our site. These cookies expire when the user’s browser is closed and are non invasive. Persistent cookies enable us to track specific information and is generally for record keeping purposes; for example, they enable us to see whether people return for further visits or leave after a single visit never to return again, and this helps us to develop the site and enhance its usefulness. Persistent cookies remain on your hard drive for an extended period of time.
What we share with third parties
We use a reputable analytics service (Google Analytics) on this site so as to gain information to help in the marketing process. The analytics company drops cookies via this website and collects non-personally identifiable information. We can then access the accumulated analytical information and study the site’s visitor traffic so as to gain a better understanding of how users access and use the site; for example, we can see which pages attract most visitors. This helps us to improve site design and user experience.
Google stores the information collected by the cookie on its servers in the United States. Google may transfer this information to other third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. We have no control over what Google or other third parties do with their cookies and related information. By continuing to use this website you consent to the processing of data by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.
If you would like to learn about how to reject or delete cookies by Google, please visit the following link.
In addition cookies are used in connection with any Google advertisements placed on this site. Please see Google’s policy on cookies in advertising.
3rd Party Vendors
When visitors click on commercial links and leave this site those third party vendor organisations may gather visitor data in other ways. If concerned you should check their declarations about this.
When purchases are made through this site we can see what has been bought, when, and for how much, but we cannot see who has made the purchase, nor can we access any details of the transaction process such as credit card data; that is entirely a matter between purchaser and vendor. If you are concerned about the use of your personal information on any of those third party sites you should examine their privacy statements on their sites.
We do not at present operate an email marketing system, and do not gather email addresses from site users unless someone takes the initiative to write to us by that means, in which case addresses are stored only in our email software and not in any bulk mailing system. Under no circumstance will we share email addresses with other online or offline businesses.