Updated on: 5 August 2018
WHAT ARE COOKIES?
Cookies are small pieces of text information that a website or advertiser asks your web browser to store on your own computer. Nearly all sites store cookies in this way.
If you leave a comment under an article, the details that you entered into the form for nickname, email and website will be stored in a cookie on your own computer. This saves you from having to enter the data again in future.
By asking your browser to store a cookie that records where on the web you found this website, or which sections of the site you have already viewed, we can show you content that is fresh and more relevant.
Cookies can't carry viruses or install malware.
HOW CAN I REMOVE COOKIES?
You can delete them at any time and some web browsers let you turn off cookies completely.
Google Chrome, Chromium Portable or SlimJet: click the spanner, cog-wheel or box with lines in the top right corner, choose Settings, then in the left column click History. Click the Clear Browsing Data button and tick the cookies box (and anything else you want to delete). Then hit Clear Browsing Data. A shortcut is to press the keys control, shift and delete together to bring up the window.
Firefox: go to the Tools Menu and choose Options. On the Prviacy tab, Show Cookies. A shortcut is to press the keys: control-shift-delete.
Internet Explorer 8: go to the Safety menu, choose Delete Browsing History, tick the Cookies box and click OK to delete them. A shortcut is to press the keys control, shift and delete together.
Opera: old versions of this web browser (up to 12.17) have some of the best tools for handling cookies. Go to the Tools menu and choose Delete Private Data. Opera can delete all cookies every time you close the browser, if you wish. Or you can set preferences on a site-by-site basis. Just right-click on a page, choose Edit Site Preferences and then the Cookies tab.
THIRD PARTY ADVERTISEMENTS
Currently we don't show any third-party ads on this website.
SERVER LOGS & THIRD PARTY ANALYTICS
Currently we don't use any third-party analytics services to track visitors. Nearly all websites store data about visitors in server logs and we do the same. The data is stored on the web server which hosts the website and for up to 12 months, but sometimes is deleted sooner.
The data includes an IP address — a unique number that is linked with an internet connection. Other details may include: the website a visitor came from (eg. Google), the pages they viewed, how long they spent on the site, which country they're in and the size of their screen.
This helps us to improve the content on our site. For example, if we see that a sizeable percentage view the site on a small mobile phone screen, we may decide to introduce pages that work better for them.
You are not personally identifiable to us purely from the data that is stored in the server logs.
PRIVACY OF THE ABOVE DATA
The only people with access to this data are the webmaster of the site and the technical staff of the web hosting company.
Ordinarily, no details that might help identify a visitor would ever be shared with a third party. An exception could be if a person was involved in posting abuse, attacking the hosting server or other illegal activities.
The logs are stored in a part of the web server that is password-protected. Currently the server is located in Europe.
QUESTIONS & COMMENTS
Questions regarding this privacy statement, or any other aspect of our website can be sent by email using our contact form.
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