We believe you as a reader are entitled to know what we get up to on this website with your personal data. This is why we’ve created this page to tell you all about it.
What is listed below applies to all content hosted on ramblingman.org.uk. It was last updated on 10 November 2016.
We collect email addresses in the following situations:
- Comments – when you comment on any blog post you are asked for an email address. As part of our attempts to battle comment spam, we do not allow any comments without an email address. Your email address is stored in our content management system (called WordPress). If you opt in then this email address may be used to send you follow up comments by email. Each of these emails has an opt out link at the bottom. We may also use your email address to reply directly to your comment should this be necessary, although generally we reply on the blog comments themselves.
- Contact forms – each page of the site has a link allowing you to get in touch directly. If you do so, an email address is required so we can reply. These messages are stored in a Gmail inbox, provided by Google.
We take data protection very seriously and only ever use your email address for the purposes listed above. We never send out unsolicited information.
If, for any reason, you do not want us to hold your email address in the systems noted above, or any other system we may decide to use in the future, then the best suggestion is not to get in touch in the first place. However if you already have, please get in touch and we can sort something out.
Cookies are small text files stored on your computer which allow a website to identify you at a later date. Many websites use them, for example to stop you having to logon every time you visit.
We set a small number of cookies on ramblingman.org.uk, mostly related to supporting our commenting functionality. They do not track you as a user, but are used to establish that you are a user and not some evil spambot.
However we use third party services which may or may not set cookies. These include:
- Amazon.co.uk – some pages include links to buy products directly from Amazon.co.uk. These come in the form of simple text links, or in “widgets” hosted by the Amazon website and embedded in our webpages. These cookies do track you as a user. Their use is restricted to the Planning a Walk section.
If you have concerns over cookies, most web browsers allow you to disable or remove them – either by disabling them all, or by disabling just third party cookies. This website does not require or mandate cookies in order to view any page.
Information from your browser and IP addresses
Your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome etc) report various information to all web sites you visit. This is information about your computer, such as browser type and operating system. We use most of this data to ensure that we’re not making unusable web pages for people. Your browser will also tell us which the page you viewed before visiting one of our pages.
All this data is served in log files on our server. We also use some files hosted by third parties, such as Amazon, Google, Yahoo!, Flickr and YouTube. When you visit one of our pages your web browser will send the same information to those companies. This is true of all websites you visit, and whilst possible, it is not easy to disable if you wish to. However the data cannot be tracked to an individual person.
We also receive your IP address. This is a corner stone of how the internet works as it allows servers to always talk to each other. Your IP address is a number that refers to one, or more, PC.
It is not possible for a website to trace an IP address down to an individual (only your Internet Service Provider can do that) however we can use it to determine which country you live in. This allows us to tailor content accordingly; for example, to point you to your local Amazon website.
If you send us an email or submit a blog comment then your IP address will be stored within our mail system (Google) or content management system (WordPress) along with your email address. In that situation it would be possible to then go through the server logs and find every page you’ve ever visited, and what browser and computer operating system you’re using. However we’ve got better things to do with our time, and (at time of last update), have never, ever done this. If you don’t trust us not to get this urge, then we recommend you never email us or submit a blog comment.
If you would like any further information, please email us using our contact form.