The following statement explains our policy regarding the personal information we collect about you.
- Statement of intent
- Information on visitors
- What is a cookie?
- Submitting personal information
- Access to your personal information
- Users under 18
- How to find and control your cookies
Statement of intent
From time to time, you will be asked to submit personal information about yourself (eg name and email address etc) in order to receive or use services on our website. Such services include newsletters, live chats, message boards and forums, agony and support services. By entering your details in the fields requested, you enable this site and its service providers to provide you with the services you select. Whenever you provide such personal information, we will treat that information in accordance with this policy. Our services are designed to give you the information that you want to receive.
Information on visitors
What is a cookie?
When you enter a site your computer will automatically be issued with a cookie. Cookies are text files that identify your computer to our server. Cookies in themselves do not identify the individual user, just the computer used. Many sites do this whenever a user visits their site in order to track traffic flows. You can find out more on cookies and the law below.
Cookies themselves only record those areas of the site that have been visited by the computer in question, and for how long. Users have the opportunity to set their computers to accept all cookies, to notify them when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. The last of these, of course, means that certain personalised services cannot then be provided to that user.
NB: Even if you haven’t set your computer to reject cookies you can still browse our site anonymously until such time as you register for any of this site’s services.
Submitting personal information
In general, any personal information you provide to this site, such as comment registration details will only be used within the it. It will never be supplied to any third party without first obtaining your consent, unless we are obliged by law to disclose it. We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as you use the service you have requested, and remove it in the event that the purpose has been met, or, in the case of a membership, you no longer wish to continue with your registration as a member. Where personal information is held for people who are not yet registered but have taken part in other services (eg competitions), that information will be held only as long as necessary to ensure that the service is run smoothly. In some instances we ask that people sign our release form for podcasting, use of personal images or audio/visual/music production. Full details are within that form when you sign it.
This site may contact you for reasons of password retrieval therefore your information may be used to allow the this site to contact you for “service administration purposes”, this means that you may be contacted for the purposes related to the service you have signed up for. For example, we may wish to provide you with password reminders or notify you that the particular service has been suspended for maintenance or notifying you of improvements to the service or new services or subscritions.
Users under 18
If you are under 18, please get your parent/guardian’s permission beforehand whenever you provide personal information to the this website. Users without this consent are not allowed to provide us with personal information.
Cookies are set by web sites that you visit and stored by web browser applications (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc.) to remember information relating to the web site, and your activity on that site. The major uses of cookies are normal and necessary to keep track of your visit (or ‘session’) – for example to allow you to build a shopping basket or to log in to an online account.
Most web sites used ‘first party’ cookies to remember information for their own benefit, however there may be in addition some ‘third party’ cookies stored for third party services used on the site. Third party services can include tracking web site statistics, and tracking online advertising, this website’s advertising partners may set such cookies when clicked.
The new EU directive on websites and how they handle cookies and implicit and explicit consent for them, the cookies set by us maybe necessary for the provision of services. Refusal of cookies may for example would mean you having to login on every page you visit. A cookie saves your this trouble as it remembers who you are.
How to find and control your cookies
If you’re using Firefox:
On your Task Bar, click:
1. Options, then
3. ‘Remove individual Cookies’
4. Look in the list for this site’s url.
5. Beside the name will list the cookies used.
If you’re using Internet Explorer 9:
1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button . In the search box, type Internet Explorer, and then, in the list of results, click Internet Explorer.
2. Click the Tools button , and then click Internet options.
3. Click the Privacy tab, and then move the slider to a position between the top and bottom so you’re not blocking or allowing all cookies.
4. Click Sites.
5. In the Address of website box, type a website address, and then click Block or Allow.
As you type, a list of webpages that you’ve already visited will be displayed. You can click an item in the list and it will be displayed in the Address of website box.
6. Repeat step 5 for each website you want to block or allow. When you’re finished, click OK.
7. Move the slider back to the position it was originally in, and then click OK.
If you’re using Google Chrome:
1. Click the wrench icon tools menu on the browser toolbar.
2. Select Settings.
3. Click Show advanced settings.
4. In the “Privacy” section, click the Content settings button.
5. In the “Cookies” section, you can change the cookies settings.
If you’re using Apple Safari:
1. If you are concerned about cookies, you can set how you want Safari to handle them.
2. Important: Changing your cookie preferences or removing cookies in Safari may change or remove them in other applications, including Dashboard.
3. Open Safari if it is not already open.
4. Choose Safari > Preferences, and then click Privacy.
5. In the “Block cookies” section, specify if and when Safari should accept cookies from websites. To see an explanation of the options, click the Help button (question mark).
6. If you want to see which websites store cookies on your computer, click Details.
7. If you set Safari to block cookies, you may need to temporarily accept cookies to open a page. Repeat the above steps, selecting Never. When you’re done with the page, block cookies again, and then remove the page’s cookies.
Here is information on what types of personal information we receive and collect when you use and visit, and how we safeguard your information. We never sell your personal information to third parties.
You can chose to disable or selectively turn off our cookies or third-party cookies in your browser settings, or by managing preferences in programs such as Norton Internet Security. However, this can affect how you are able to interact with our site as well as other websites. This could include the inability to login to services or programs, such as logging into forums or accounts.
- Google’s use of the DoubleClick cookie enables it and its partners to serve ads to your users that are based on their visit to your sites and/or other sites across the Internet.