Thursday, July 19, 2018

What is this privacy policy for?

This privacy policy is for this blog michaelwilliamsuk.com and company (michaelwilliamsuk.com) governs the privacy of its users who choose to use it.

The policy sets out the different areas where user privacy is concerned and outlines the obligations & requirements of the users, the blog and blog owners. Furthermore the way this blog processes, stores and protects user data and information will also be detailed within this policy.

The blog

This blog and its owners take a proactive approach to user privacy and ensure the necessary steps are taken to protect the privacy of its users throughout their visiting experience. This blog comply’s to all UK national laws and requirements for user privacy

Use of cookies

This blog uses cookies to better the users experience while visiting the blog. Where applicable this blog uses a cookie control system allowing the user on their first visit to the blog to allow or disallow the use of cookies on their computer / device. This complies with recent legislation requirements for blog’s to obtain explicit consent from users before leaving behind or reading files such as cookies on a user’s computer / device.

Cookies are small files saved to the users computers hard drive that track, save and store information about the users’ interactions and usage of the blog. This allows the blog, through it’s server to provide the users with a tailored experience within this website.

Users are advised that if they wish to deny the use and saving of cookies from this blog on to their computers hard drive they should take necessary steps within their web browsers security settings to block all cookies from this blog and it’s external serving vendors.

This blog uses tracking software to monitor it’s visitors to better understand how they use it. This software is provided by Google Analytics which uses cookies to track visitor usage. The software will save a cookie to your computer’s hard drive in order to track and monitor your engagement and usage of the blog, but will not store, save or collect personal information. You can read Google’s privacy policy here for further information [ http://www.google.com/privacy.html ].

Other cookies may be stored on your computer’s hard drive by external vendors when this blog uses referral programs, sponsored links or adverts. Such cookies are used for conversion and referral tracking and typically expire after 30 days, though some may take longer. No personal information is stored, saved or collected.

Privacy policy

Your privacy is very important to us. Accordingly, we have developed this Policy in order for you to understand how we collect, use, communicate and disclose and make use of personal information. The following outlines our privacy policy.

  • Before or at the time of collecting personal information, we will identify the purposes for which information is being collected.
  • We will collect and use of personal information solely with the objective of fulfilling those purposes specified by us and for other compatible purposes, unless we obtain the consent of the individual concerned or as required by law
  • We will only retain personal information as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes
  • We will collect personal information by lawful and fair means and, where appropriate, with the knowledge or consent of the individual concerned
  • Personal data should be relevant to the purposes for which it is to be used, and, to the extent necessary for those purposes, should be accurate, complete, and up-to-date
  • We will protect personal information by reasonable security safeguards against loss or theft, as well as unauthorised access, disclosure, copying, use or modification
  • We will make readily available to customers information about our policies and practices relating to the management of personal information

We are committed to conducting our business in accordance with these principles in order to ensure that the confidentiality of personal information is protected and maintained.

Contact & communication

Users contacting this blog and/or it’s owners do so at their own discretion and provide any such personal details requested at their own risk. Your personal information is kept private and stored securely until a time it is no longer required or has no use, as detailed in the Data Protection Act 1998. Every effort has been made to ensure a safe and secure form to email submission process but advise users using such form to email processes that they do so at their own risk.

This blog and it’s owners use any information submitted to provide you with further information about the products / services they offer or to assist you in answering any questions or queries you may have submitted. This includes using your details to subscribe you to any email newsletter program the website operates but only if this was made clear to you and your express permission was granted when submitting any form to email process.

Or whereby you the consumer have previously purchased from or enquired about purchasing from the company a product or service that the email newsletter relates to. This is by no means an entire list of your user rights in regard to receiving email marketing material. Your details are not passed on to any third parties.

Email Newsletter

This blog operates an email newsletter program, used to inform subscribers about products and services supplied by this blog. Users can subscribe through an online automated process should they wish to do so but do so at their own discretion. Some subscriptions may be manually processed through prior written agreement with the user.

Subscriptions are taken in compliance with UK Spam Laws detailed in the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003. All personal details relating to subscriptions are held securely and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. No personal details are passed on to third parties nor shared with companies / people outside of the company that operates this blog. Under the Data Protection Act 1998 you may request a copy of personal information held about you by this blog’s email newsletter program. A small fee will be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to the business address in the contact page of the blog.

Email marketing campaigns published by this blog or it’s owners may contain tracking facilities within the actual email. Subscriber activity is tracked and stored in a database for future analysis and evaluation. Such tracked activity may include; the opening of emails, forwarding of emails, the clicking of links within the email content, times, dates and frequency of activity [this is by no far a comprehensive list]. This information is used to refine future email campaigns and supply the user with more relevant content based around their activity.

In compliance with UK Spam Laws and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 subscribers are given the opportunity to un-subscribe at any time through an automated system. This process is detailed at the footer of each email campaign. If an automated un-subscription system is unavailable clear instructions on how to un-subscribe will by detailed instead.

External links

Although this blog only looks to include quality, safe and relevant external links users should always adopt a policy of caution before clicking any external web links mentioned throughout this blog.

The owners of this blog cannot guarantee or verify the contents of any externally linked blog despite their best efforts. Users should therefore note they click on external links at their own risk and this blog and it’s owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.

Adverts and sponsored links

This blog may contain sponsored links and adverts. These will typically be served through our advertising partners, to whom may have detailed privacy policies relating directly to the adverts they serve.

Clicking on any such adverts will send you to the advertisers website through a referral program which may use cookies and will tracks the number of referrals sent from this blog. This may include the use of cookies which may in turn be saved on your computer’s hard drive. Users should therefore note they click on sponsored external links at their own risk and this blog and it’s owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.

Shortened links in social media

This blog and it’s owners through their social media platform accounts may share web links to relevant web pages. By default some social media platforms shorten lengthy url’s [web addresses] (this is an example: http://bit.ly/zyVUBo).

Users are advised to take caution and good judgment before clicking any shortened url’s published on social media platforms by this blog and it’s owners. Despite the best efforts to ensure only genuine url’s are published many social media platforms are prone to spam and hacking and therefore this blog and it’s owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any shortened links.

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