Privacy and transparency policy

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Location of this website

This website is hosted on servers in the United Kingdom.

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Cookies

This website does not employ any first-party or third-party cookies.

More info: This website therefore complies, as far as cookies are concerned, with the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 which came into force in the UK on 26th May 2012. These regulations require websites serving users in the EU to obtain users’ consent before setting cookies on their computers.

What are cookies? Cookies are used by many websites to identify you and to track and record your browsing on that site, usually for statistical purposes or to remember your preferences or login details. However, a website may set not only its own cookies (‘first-party’ cookies), but may also set cookies from third-party providers – particularly Google, Facebook and other providers of advertising and analytics – to identify you and to track and record your browsing on many websites across the internet, building an extensive database of your browsing habits. In most cases, you will receive no warning about cookies being set or accessed on your computer.

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Scripts

This website does not employ any first-party or third-party scripts.

What are scripts? Scripts such as Javascript are used by countless websites. These often provide useful interactivity and functions which cannot be achieved otherwise. However, in many cases scripts are used by websites and internet services to identify you and to track and record your browsing. A website may employ not only its own scripts (‘first-party’ scripts), but may also call scripts from third-party providers. This is often the case with common services such as Google Analytics or Google APIs, which provide free-of-charge functionality for the owner of the website, but in return are able to identify and track visitors across different websites.

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Embedded objects

This website employs third-party embedded objects such as YouTube videos.

More info: This website includes embedded objects from third parties such as YouTube videos. This website will not recover or record any data from your browser when you view such embedded objects. However, the third-party provider may be able to obtain and record information from your browser when you view the object, and this may enable them to identify you again if you subsequently view more of that provider’s content on other websites. This will be covered by the third party’s privacy policy, and this website will provide a link to the relevant privacy policy alongside each third-party embedded object.

How to avoid this risk: If you wish to prevent third-party objects from loading when you visit this or any other website, you may be able to prevent this using the options in your browser or by installing a browser extension such as NoScript for Firefox.

What are embedded objects? Embedded objects such as Flash and Java are used by many websites to provide rich media content such as videos, apps and animations. A website may employ not only its own embedded objects (‘first-party’ objects), but may also load objects from third-party providers, potentially allowing these providers to track you across different websites; for example, each time you view a YouTube video on any website, you may be identified and tracked by YouTube (a part of Google).

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Information from your HTTP request headers

This website stores anonymised information from your HTTP request headers.

More info: This website, like most websites, keeps a record of the user-agent and referrer information from its visitors’ HTTP requests, in order to have an overview of who is visiting the site and to improve and tailor the website for them. None of this information is personally identifiable and none of it could be used to identify you if you returned to this website at a later date. Under no circumstances will anyone other than the website owner be given access to any of the data recorded in this way.

What are HTTP request headers? When you visit a website, certain information about your computer is sent to the web server in what is called the ‘HTTP request.’ This includes so-called ‘user agent’ information (your browser version and your computer’s operating system). It also includes ‘referrer’ information (showing the page you visited just before you landed on this website).

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Your IP address

This website stores an anonymised version of your IP address.

More info: Like most websites, this website keeps a record of the IP addresses of visitors to the website, in order to have an overview of who is visiting the website. However, this website removes the last few digits of the IP address (i.e. it removes the fourth and final section of the address) before recording it, which gives visitors additional anonymity. Under no circumstances will anyone other than the website owner be given access to any of the data recorded in this way.

What is an IP address? Your IP address is your location on the internet and it reveals the country you are located in and, usually (if you are using your home’s internet connection), the city or local area where you are located. All computers connected to the internet have an IP address, from web servers to ordinary home computers; however, because there are only so many IP addresses available, many computers do not have their own fixed IP address but share IP addresses between them. This means that in most cases you cannot be personally identified just from an IP address.

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Green: No data is recorded by this method. There is no risk to your privacy. Amber: Some anonymised data is recorded by this method, but you cannot be tracked, no third parties are involved and there is no significant privacy risk. Red: You could be tracked by third parties by this method and there is therefore a privacy risk. However this applies only to particular parts or features of this website which you may block or avoid if you prefer.

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