Privacy Policy

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This  website is managed by the copyright owner and its authorized webmaster.    We respect your  privacy and are committed to protecting your  personal data. This privacy  notice will:

  • inform you as to how we look after your personal data when you visit our websites;
  • tell you about your privacy rights;
  • tell you how the law protects you.

What do we collect?

We  may collect data about you, how you use our websites, and how our   websites perform when you use them. This may include personal data.

Personal  data, or personal information, means any information about  an  individual from which that person can be identified. It does not   include data where the identity has been removed (anonymous data).

We  may collect, use, store and transfer different kinds of personal  data  such as identity data, contact data, transaction data, technical  data  (e.g. IP address), profile data (e.g. user name and password),  usage  data (e.g. using cookies and page tagging), email data and usage.

This data can be viewed by authorised people and trusted partners to:

  • improve the site by monitoring how you use it e.g. pages you visit on the site and browser versions used
  • gather feedback to improve our services
  • help us respond to your feedback, if you’ve asked us to
  • send email alerts or newsletters to users who request them
  • allow you to access services and make transactions

We make every effort to collect data appropriately and restrict monitoring only to parts of our websites.


When  visitors leave  comments on the site we collect the data shown in the  comments form, and  also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent  string to help  spam detection.

An  anonymized string created from your email address (also called a  hash)  may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using  it. The  Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your  profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If  you upload images  to the website, you should avoid uploading images  with embedded  location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the  website can download  and extract any location data from images on the  website.


If  you leave a  comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name,  email address  and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so  that you do  not have to fill in your details again when you leave  another comment.  These cookies will last for one year.

If  you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to  determine  if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no  personal data  and is discarded when you close your browser.

When  you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your  login  information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last  for two  days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select   “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of   your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If  you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved  in  your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply   indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1   day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles  on this  site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images,  articles, etc.).  Embedded content from other websites behaves in the  exact same way as  if the visitor has visited the other website.

These  websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed  additional  third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that  embedded  content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded  content  if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

This  privacy policy only applies to this website (including any  sub-domain)  and doesn’t cover other websites that we link to. These  services, have  their own terms and conditions and privacy policies. If  you do go to  another website from this one, read the privacy policy on  that website  to find out what it does with your information.

How do we use you data

We  will only use your personal data when the law allows us to. Most   commonly, we will use your personal data in the following  circumstances:

  • Where we need to perform the contract we are about to enter into or have entered into with you.
  • Where  it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a  third  party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override  those  interests.
  • Where we need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation.
  • To understand the behaviour of visitors to the site. This would include:     
    • The number of visitors to different areas
    • The types of information being searched for via the sites search engine
    • To identify any anomalies in site usage
    • To evaluate the popularity of news articles

How long we retain your data

If  you leave a  comment or send us a message, the comment and its metadata  are retained indefinitely. This is  so we can recognize and approve any  follow-up comments automatically  instead of holding them in a  moderation queue.

What rights you have over your data

If  you have an  account on this site, or have left comments, you can  request to receive  an exported file of the personal data we hold about  you, including any  data you have provided to us. You can also request  that we erase any  personal data we hold about you. This does not  include any data we are  obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or  security purposes.

Where we store and send your data

We store your data on secure servers in the European Economic Area (EEA). 

Although  we make every effort to keep your data in the EEA, we  occasionally  work with third parties in the United States. In these  cases, we ensure  they are certified on the EU-US Privacy Shield programme

Use  of third parties where information will be processed outside of  the  EEA will be identified prior to data being collected and a separate   Privacy notice will be provided.

Visitor comments or messages may be checked through an automated spam detection service.