We realise that the privacy of your personal information is a priority and so here we explain what information we might collect when you visit our site and what we will, and more importantly will not, do with said information. Primarily you can be assured that we do not sell any of the information that may or not be collected on your visit with any third party.
By registering with this site, and therefore becoming a member of our small community, you are able to contact other members via email, and they you. If you wish to retain anonymity we suggest you sign up with a generic ‘throw away’ email address ( Hotmail/Gmail etc.)
We like to know who our visitors are and therefore, like the majority of web sites, we are able to discover, from our web site’s log files, such things as
Who your internet provider is ( AOL, Verizon, Orange etc.)
The IP address of your computer ( every computer has its own unique IP address a sort of registration number unique to that PC)
Where, roughly, in the world you live – a city/state/country – but not your street address.
What Internet browser you use (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari etc.)
The details of your visit: how long you stayed, what pages you viewed and, sometimes how you found us e.g. which search engine you used.
Cookies and web beacons:
A cookie is a little bit of textual code that sits on your computer. It is transfered there by a web site so that when you return to the site in the future you ( via the cookie) are recognised, by that site, as a returning visitor.
This can mean things such as you won’t have to login again or remember the details you’d entered before. For advertisng purposes it can mean you not being over-exposed to, say, pop-over advertising because the cookie now knows you’ve already seen the ad and so won’t show it repeatedly every time you return. A cookie can not, in itself, identify you in any way. Cookies are also used by 3rd party advertisers on our site (see below).
A web beacon is usually a tiny invisible transparent image placed on a web page to help site owners monitor a visitors actions and these often work in tandem with cookies. For example if a company owns a number of sites and wants to track your navigation of those sites a web beacon can help them personalize your browsing experience
You can disable web sites being able to drop cookies onto your computer by adjusting your browser settings, by doing so you will effectively disable web beacons too. However you might find that your web-browsing experience is diminished by doing so. More information on web beacons and disabling cookies is available at: http://www.allaboutcookies.org
3rd Party Advertising:
Many web site and blog owners, including this site, use third party advertisers to monetize their sites. This might consist of a link or links to companies and products with which they are affiliated or a PPC (pay per click) advertising agreement with companies such as Google Adsense, the Yahoo Publisher’s Network or the many others that web site and blog owners can partner with.
When clicking on any of these ads, or via a cookie, your information as mentioned above in the Information Collected section might also apply as these advertisers too would have knowledge of where you were in the world, your IP address and so on. From their point of view this has more to do with targeting their ads and offers rather than tracking you as an individual.