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EU legislation now requires me to tell you about the cookies used on this website. The cookies are nothing new: the site, like most others, has always used them. It’s just that I now have to make sure you understand that this is the case, and that you are happy to accept them. Hopefully, this page should answer any questions you might have.

Cookies and how they Benefit You

This website, in common with most others, uses cookies to make it work properly. Cookies are tiny text files that are automatically placed on your computer (or mobile phone or tablet etc) when you browse websites.

Cookies allow me to:

  • make the site work as you’d expect
  • remember your settings during and between visits
  • improve the speed and security of the site
  • offer you the opportunity to share pages with social networks
  • anonymously work out how people use the site, so that I can improve it

I don’t use cookies to:

  • Collect personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
  • Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
  • Pay sales commissions

You can learn more about all the cookies I use below.

Granting me permission to use cookies

If the settings on your browser are adjusted to accept cookies, I take this and your continued use of my website, to mean that you are happy with to accept cookies. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from this site you can learn how to do this below; however, doing so will likely mean that the site might not work as you would expect.

More about my cookies

I use cookies to make the website work, including allowing you to add comments to the site. There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than avoiding the site, or blocking the cookies with your browser settings.

More about third party cookies

This site, like most, includes functionality provided by third parties. The most obvious example is the occasional embedded YouTube video. Disabling third party cookies might break these functions.

Social Website Cookies

So you can easily “like” or share stuff on my site, I’ve included sharing buttons. There’s also a feed of my Twitter posts in the sidebar. Both of these use cookies. The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.

Specifically, on this site cookies are set by:

Anonymous Visitor Statistics Cookies

I use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited my website, what type of technology they are using, how long they spend on the site, what pages they look at, how they reached the site, and so on. This helps me to improve the site. Again, if you are not happy with this, you can block cookies in your browser settings.

Advertising Cookies

Cookies are widely used in online advertising, but no-one can gain personally identifiable information from cookies used on this site. I only work with advertising partners who work to accepted privacy standards.

You can learn more about online advertising at youronlinechoices.com. You can opt-out of almost all advertising cookies via this website, although I’d would prefer that you didn’t as ultimately adverts help to fund the site. It is also worth noting that opting out of advertising cookies will not mean you won’t see adverts, just simply that they won’t be tailored to you.

Turning Cookies Off

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies (Learn how here). Doing so will limit the functionality of many websites since cookies are a standard part of most modern websites.

It may be that you concerns around cookies relate to so called “spyware”. Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. You can learn more about managing cookies with antispyware software here.

The text on this cookie information page is modified from content provided by Attacat Internet Marketing.



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