We take your privacy and the protection of your information seriously. Please review this statement periodically as we will amend and update it from time to time. This policy relates to transactions and activities in which you voluntarily engage and it relates to data gathered on this website but it does not extend to any offline activities between you and any of our third party advertisers or news items.
This website is not directed at users under the age of 13. We do not to the best of our knowledge collect information from or relating to children under the age of 13.
You are not required to provide information directly to us in order to view this website; however there are sections of the website which require registration. We only request information which is necessary for us to fulfil our service obligations on the website.
Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways;
To notify you of any changes to the website or service
To notify you of local offers/news within any newsletter we may produce which you voluntarily register for
To analyse our audience demographically for internal use and behaviour tracking, we never disclose personal information to any 3rd party
To improve our customer service levels to you - having your information and knowing how you use the website helps us to respond efficiently and effectively to your support requests
Your information, whether public or private will not be sold to any other company for any reason whatsoever without your express consent.
Please do not submit your personal information if you do not want us to collect it
Any personal information which you volunteer in your public profile either through a live blog or which you post as a comment will be available worldwide to anyone with access to the website.
Please do not post any information you are not happy to leave up indefinitely or turn up in Google search results. Please do not post any offensive or discriminatory information (commenting house rules.) We recommend you do not post your name, address, telephone number, email address or anything else that may lead someone to identify you if this is something you would not wish to have publicly accessible.
Please note that certain information (such as profile photographs) which you may choose to provide might reveal your gender, ethnic origin, nationality, religion and/or sexual orientation.
You are free (if you wish) to choose a username which does not reflect your real name. However please be aware that we cannot guarantee that others will not be able to determine your identity.
We make every effort to protect the data which you provide to us. We consistently monitor our servers for unauthorised access and we have appropriate security management systems in place to safeguard this. Anti-virus software and Firewalls are installed on all areas of the site. If we ask anyone else to do some work for us on our websites or servers we ensure they have the same high levels of security in place.
We do recognise however that, unfortunately, no data transmission over the internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you provide to us. You do so at your own risk.
Like most other websites we will collect information about your computer including, if available, your IP Address, Operating System, Browser Type and Location for statistical and behavioural tracking. This information helps us to enhance our service to you. This does not identify any individual; it is used as a tool to gather broad levels of data for analysis and to measure audience size and patterns of usage such as visitor numbers and how unique they are.
We may also collect a cookie file for the same reason. These are small files that a site or service provider transfers to your hard drive through your browser which essentially enables us to remember certain non-identifiable information. You can disable cookies through Internet Options on your browser menu at any time.
We also use outside providers for web-site statistics. The primary provider we use is Google Analytics. You can find further information on the information which it collects at http://www.google.com/analytics/.