Privacy and Cookies

This page reports our Privacy Policy which covers our policies in relation to:

(a) any personal information we may collect about you consequent to your visit to this web site.

(b) cookies and the circumstances in which we use them.

 

This Privacy Policy should be read in conjunction with our Terms of use. It is provided by Stirnet Limited and applies to this web site. It does not apply to any other company or to any other web site you visit, even if accessed through this site. In particular, it does not apply to PayPal or any other organisation we use as our collection agent for the processing of payments to us over the Internet. We confirm that we have no access to any of the credit/debit card or banking information you may provide to PayPal or any other collection agent.

1. When using personal information, as in all other matters, we will always endeavour to act in accordance with current legislation and to apply ‘best practice’ as far as we know it.

 

2. We may maintain one or more databases identifying such details as you have provided us to enable us to operate our Membership Scheme. For this purpose we shall, for example, retain the email address you have registered with us for as long as you have Membership or Guest status with us.

* The computer databases we maintain are those that come with the WordPress template and plug-ins.

* The manual databases we maintain are of subscription fees received and free membership periods granted.

* The only time we are likely to consider using email addresses for a mass-contact exercise is if there is a major change to the site.

* See the note on ‘Use of e-mail addresses’ on Terms of use.

 

3. Except as mentioned below, we will not disclose any personal information obtained through this web site to anyone other than:

(a) as required by law; or

(b) in support of a request by an official investigatory or regulatory body if it would be ‘good practice’ to comply with that request.

 

4. Should you default on a payment or other obligation to us (or to our account) then we reserve the right to advise other parties of that default and of any personal information that we hold about you if it is legal & reasonable for us to provide such advice:

– to facilitate the clearance, reversal or settlement of that default; or

– so that those other parties do not risk you defaulting on a similar or equivalent payment or obligation to them.

 

5. In general, albeit recognising that it may be acceptable in certain circumstances, we disapprove of the practice of selling or renting personal information, particularly if it might lead to unsolicited telemarketing or spam. We intend never to enter into such practice or to support it in any way. However, we may share any personal information we obtain through this web site with organisations that are closely associated with this company through common ownership or control or purpose provided that we have identified such organisation in this clause (in italics, just below) and each such organisation has specifically undertaken:

– not to sell or rent that information or otherwise use that information other than for its own marketing purposes; and

– not to use that information for or in support of unsolicited telemarketing or spam or any illegal purpose.

* For the purposes of this clause, we confirm that there are at present no organisations with whom we have a close association.

1. One of the Terms & Conditions that we require people to agree to before they register an account with us is that they agree to and accept our use of cookies.

 

2. A cookie is a small data file sent to your computer from a web site’s computer which, if permitted by your browser, is stored on your computer’s hard drive. Cookies normally include a series of codes that enable the web site’s computer to identify whether or not your computer has registered itself with that web site in some way. Cookies may be used to record information about your past dealings with that web site. Browsers should only permit a web site to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other sites. Users can set their browsers to accept or reject all cookies and to notify them each time a cookie is sent to you. Rejection of a cookie may mean that you are not able to access certain services offered by that web site. However, blind acceptance of all cookies might leave your computer open to attack by viruses, spyware and such. Each browser is different so we suggest that you check the “Help” menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences. Your file management and/or browser software should contain information on how to locate the file or directory that stores cookies and how to delete them.

 

3. Two web sites that provide general information about cookies are www.aboutcookies.org and www.allaboutcookies.org which also provide independent advice on how to control and delete them.

1. Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site. You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) then you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.

 

2. The cookies we use are “functional” and “analytical” cookies. The functional cookies are needed to make the site work. The analytical cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around the site when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily. You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below. Please note that this table does not represent a definitive list of the cookies we use and is subject to change. You are therefore advised to check this policy regularly.

 

Cookie Name Purpose More Information
WordPress wordpress_logged_in_*wp-settings-* These cookies are used by the content management system that powers this site, WordPress. They store information ascertaining to the current logged in user. The cookies are set to expire two weeks from the time they are set.
Stirnet stirnet_ref_url This cookie is used during the registration process to remember at which point the registration process was started. This allows the visitor to return back to that point once registration is complete. This cookie expires one hour after it’s been set.
Google Analytics _utma_utmb_utmc_utmv_utmz These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around the site when they are using it. These cookies help us to improve the way our website works (for example by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily)._utma and _utmv expire after 2 years._utmb expires after 30 minutes._utmc expires when you close your browser._utmz expires after 6 months.

 

3. From time to time this site may participate in the Google AdSense Programme through its display of advertisements selected by Google. Google has reported that clicking on one of these adverts is likely to lead to Google sending your computer a cookie which may gather information about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and would like to know your options in relation to·not having this information used by Google, click here (which opens a page in Google’s website). We do not ourselves identify or (to our knowledge) have any access to information that could help us identify what other sites our visitors have visited, whether before or after visiting our site, other than a simple analysis of the search engines & sites that have ‘referred’ visitors to our site.

Although we have no plans to change this Privacy Policy, we reserve the right to do so at any time.