What information are you collecting and how are you collecting it?
Do you collect IP addresses?
Every computer connected to the Internet is given a set of numbers, that serve as that computer’s IP (“Internet Protocol”) address. When a visitor requests a page from any Web site within our network of sites, our Web servers automatically recognize that visitor’s IP address (and possibly a domain name associated with the IP address). The domain name and IP address reveal nothing personal about you other than the IP address from which you have accessed our Sites. We use this information to examine our traffic in aggregate, and to investigate misuse of our network, its users, or to cooperate with law enforcement. We do not collect and evaluate this information for specific individuals. Our Web servers do not automatically record e-mail addresses of the visitors.
What are cookies?
From time to time, we or our advertisers may send a “cookie” to your computer.
A cookie is a small piece of data that is sent to your Internet browser from a Web server and stored on your computer’s hard drive. A cookie can not read data off of your computer hard disk or read cookie files created by other Web sites. Cookies do not damage your system.
This website uses Google Analytics to help analyse how our visitors use the site. The tool uses “cookies,” which are text files placed on your computer, to collect standard Internet log information and visitor behaviour information in an anonymous form. The cookie is used to store information, such as what time the current visit occurred, whether the visitor has been to the site before, and what site referred the visitor to the web page. A different cookie is used for each website, and visitors are not tracked across multiple sites. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including IP address) is transmitted to Google. This information may then be used to evaluate visitors’ use of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity, although we can not track your progress though the site.
Cookie name Purpose Expires
__utma This cookie is used to determine unique visitors to our site. 2 years.
__utmb, This cookie is used to calculate the average length of time users spend on our site. 30 minutes,
__utmz This cookie records information about how the page was reached (for example via a search engine result or a direct link). 6 months.
Full details on the cookies set by Google Analytics are published on the Google website here.
To disable this type of cookie, some browsers will indicate when a cookie is being sent and allow you to decline cookies on a case-by-case basis. In addition to declining cookies, you can also install the Google Analytics Opt-out Add-on in your browser, which prevents Google Analytics from collecting information about your website visits.
Learn more about the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on and other Google Analytics privacy information.
We will never (and will not allow any third party to) use the statistical analytics tool to track or to collect any Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of visitors to our site. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. Neither we nor Google will link, or seek to link, an IP address with the identity of a computer user. We will not associate any data gathered from this site with anyp ersonally identifiable information from any source, unless you explicitly submit that information via a fill-in form on our website.
You can choose whether to accept cookies by changing the settings of your Internet browser. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies, or allow your browser to show you when a cookie is being sent. You can also change the settings on your browser to clear all cookies (or run cookie removal software if you prefer).
If you choose not to accept these cookies, your experience at our Site and other Web sites may be diminished and some features may not work as intended.
By using our website, if you do not change the settings of your internet browser, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.
How do you use single-pixel gifs?
We and our advertisers may use single-pixel gif images, sometimes referred to as web beacons, to count Web page accesses and gather some general statistical information. We do not gather personal information through the use of these images. Our advertisers and third party providers may use single-pixel gifs that can track information from cookies that may have been previously placed on a user’s computer. We may also use various third party providers (including Google Analytics) to track and analyze non-personally identifiable aggregate usage information from visitors to our websites in order to continuously improve the quality of our sites and services to you.
What personal information do you collect?
We may request your e-mail address or mailing address for the purposes of conducting a contest or to provide additional services (for example, subscriptions to announcement lists or information about conferences and trade shows). Participation in contests or other promotions on our network is completely voluntary and you have a choice whether or not to disclose personal information. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as PostCodes). Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes.
We may also offer access to some services that require registration. We may use your registration contact information to send notification to you of products and services by e-mail and/or postal mail. We will not share that information with our clients. We may, however, use your IP address internally and share it with third parties.
When you use co-branded services, or those provided by a third party, withinour Network, your information may be passed to the co-brand or third party provider and their use of your information is subject to their applicable privacy policies.
We may from time to time send e-mail announcing new products and services. If you choose to supply your postal address in an online form, you may receive postal mailings from us.
Will you disclose the information you collect to outside third parties?
We will disclose personal information and/or an IP address:
1) When required by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to:
a) Cooperate with the investigations of purported unlawful activities and conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on us;
b) Protect and defend the rights or property of our network of sites and related properties, or visitors to our network of sites and related properties;
2) When we have your consent to share the information;
3) When you use co-branded services within our network of sites, you grant us permission to pass your registration information back to that service partner. Their use of your information is subject to their applicable privacy policies.
What else should I know about my privacy when online?
We may use third-party advertising companies and advertising networks to serve ads to you based on information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to our Web sites in order to provide targeted advertisements about goods and services that we feel may be of interest to you.
Please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information online – for example through e-mail, discussion lists, or elsewhere – that information can be collected and used by others. In short, if you post personal information online that is accessible to the public, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return.
Ultimately, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your personal information. Please be careful and responsible whenever you’re online.
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(Last revised 1st July 2006)