Privacy Policy

It’s the boring legal bit which can be summed up in one short line — I take your privacy very seriously.

If you contact me, you do so at your own discretion and provide any such personal details requested at your own risk. You can be confident that your personal information is kept private and stored securely until such time as it is no longer required or has no use, as detailed in the Data Protection Act 1998.

I will never pass any of your personal information on to third parties without your consent, and I will never sign you up to receive any newsletters or marketing material without your consent either.

My web analytics service may collect information about your computer, including your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration and in order to create reports. This is statistical data about my users’ browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual.

I have implemented Google Analytics features based on Display Advertising  (Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting). You can opt-out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising and customize Google Display Network ads using the Ads Settings. In addition, you can use the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-on to disable tracking by Google Analytics. I use the data provided by Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting to develop the site and content around my users’ interests. None of the information made available to us by Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting allows me to identify individual users.

I use Akismet for comment moderation and to stop spam comments on the site. Their privacy policy is here.

Cookies
Google Analytics
Google Analytics is a web analytics tool that helps website owners understand how visitors engage with their website. Google Analytics customers can view a variety of reports about how visitors interact with their website so that they can improve it.

Like many services, Google Analytics uses first-party cookies to track visitor interactions as in my case, where they are used to collect information about how visitors use my site. I then use the information to compile reports and to help me improve my site.

Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. These cookies are used to store information, such as the time that the current visit occurred, whether the visitor has been to the site before and what site referred the visitor to the web page.

Google Analytics collects information anonymously. It reports website trends without identifying individual visitors. You can opt out of Google Analytics without affecting how you visit my site – for more information on opting out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites you use, visit this Google page.

WordPress
My website runs the popular WordPress CMS and cookies are used to store basic data on your interactions with WordPress, and whether you have logged into WordPress. WordPress uses a session cookie to remember your log-in for you if you are a registered user and these are strictly necessary to the working of the website. If these are disabled then various functionality on the site will be broken.

More information on session cookies and what they are used for at http://www.allaboutcookies.org/cookies/session-cookies-used-for.html

Third-Party Cookies
These are cookies set on your machine by external websites whose services are used on this site. Cookies of this type are the sharing buttons across the site allow visitors to share content onto social networks. Cookies are currently set by Soundcloud, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest. In order to implement these buttons, and connect them to the relevant social networks and external sites, there are scripts from domains outside of my website. You should be aware that these sites are likely to be collecting information about what you are doing all around the internet, including on this website. If you’d like information on how to disable companies tracking your web use, you can email me at simon@simonkelsey.net.

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