Privacy Policy

We understand the power that the Internet holds for changing your life and making things easier for you. These benefits are at risk if people are concerned about their personal privacy.
We are committed to providing you with an Internet experience that respects and protects your personal privacy, choices and concerns. Our privacy policy and practices are detailed below. Please read them thoroughly.

Helpful Definitions

Personally identifiable information is information, such as your name, birth date, e-mail address or mailing address, which can be used to uniquely identify you.
Anonymous information is not personally identifiable information. Anonymous information is information about how you use our site. Anonymous information also includes the domain names and/or IP addresses (as explained below) of Internet browsers that visit our site, the time of day that the site was visited, and other non-personal information.
Anonymous information is information that is not tied to any person, but helps us know what our users do (for example, we know that the average stay lasts over five minutes).

Collecting and Using Personally Identifiable Information

You can visit our site and use many of our services without telling us who you are or revealing any personal information about yourself to us. It is only when you enter details to contact us that will you be asked to provide us with personally identifiable information.
When you fill in these forms, you need to complete certain fields (some are required and some are optional). We use this information to share your information with select third parties who work with us, only if you give us permission (as we explain below).

Sharing Personally Identifiable Information with Other Companies

We will not share your personally identifiable information unless you have authorized us to share it. When we share your personal information with other companies, they can use this information but cannot combine this information with other information they have about you or share this information with other companies or people without your express permission.

Disclosure of Your Identity

From time to time we receive requests to disclose the identities of our users.
We do not disclose the identities of our users unless we are legally required to do so. If a governmental agency, or a law enforcement agency, requests information in relation to the identities of our user, we will comply with the request.
If we receive a request by a third party that is not a governmental agency (for example, a request in connection with civil litigation), we will contact the user whose identity has been requested using the contact information the user provided during the registration process.
We will wait 10 days after notifying the user before deciding whether to comply with the request by disclosing the identity of the user, unless the request requires us to disclose this information before then. If we cannot wait 10 days because of the deadline in the request, we will let the user know the deadline included in the request when we provide notice that we received it.

Anonymous Information

We collect anonymous information when people use our site, even if they have not entered their personal details.
We will not share any anonymous information about your use of our site with third parties if we know that this information will be linked with your personally identifiable information obtained from another source, unless you have given us permission to do this.

Cookies

A cookie is a small piece of data that is sent to your browser from a web server and stored on your computer's hard drive. Cookies do not damage your computer. Cookies make web surfing easier for you by saving your preferences while you are on our site.
You can decide if you want to accept cookies by changing the settings on your computer. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies, or allow your browser to show you when a cookie is being sent.

How We Use Cookies

This web site uses cookies to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. The specific cookies used to achieve this are listed below.

Google Analytics Cookies
Name Expiration Time Purpose
__utma 2 years from set/update Distinguishes between users and sessions. It is used to calculate new and returning visitor statistics. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__utmb 30 minutes from set/updateIdentifies new sessions and visits. Any activity by a user within the 30 minute life span of the cookie will count as a single visit, even if the user leaves and then returns to the site. A return after 30 minutes will count as a new visit. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__utmc End of browser session This cookie is not used in most sites but is set to enable interoperability with older versions of Google Analytics. This was used in combination with the __utmb cookie to identify new sessions/visits for returning visitors.
__utmt 10 minutes Limits the rate of data collection by the Google Analytics service on high traffic sites.
__utmz 6 months from set/update Identifies the source of traffic to the site enabling Google Analytics to tell site owners where visitors came from when arriving on the site. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
_ga 2 years Used by the new Google Universal Analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and essentially performs the same role as __utma, __utmb, __utmc, and __utmz.
_gat 10 minutes Limits the rate of data collection by the new Google Universal Analytics service on high traffic sites, essentially performing the same role as __utmt.

Expression Engine Cookies
Name Expiration Time Purpose
exp_tracker End of browser session Contains the last 5 pages viewed. Typically used for form or error message returns.
exp_last_visit 1 year Date of the user's last visit. Can be shown as a statistic for members and used by the forum to show unread topics for both members and guests.
exp_last_activity 1 year Records the time of the last page load. Used in conjunction with the exp_last_visit cookie.
exp_perpage 26 weeks Number of entries to show on the Content Edit page. This is relevant to site administrators only and has no effect for visitors.

Other Cookies
Name Expiration Time Purpose
PHPSESSID End of browser session Generated by applications based on the PHP programming language. This is a general purpose identifier used to maintain user session variables. It is normally a randomly generated number and is used for maintaining a logged-in status for a user between pages. This is relevant to site administrators only and has no effect for visitors.

Use of IP Addresses

An Internet protocol (IP) address is a set of numbers that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you log on to your Internet service provider or through your company's local area network (LAN) or wide area network (WAN). Web servers, the powerful computers that provide web pages for viewing, automatically identify your computer by the IP address assigned to it during your session online. We may collect IP addresses for some purposes.

Security

We operate secure data networks protected by industry-standard firewall and password protection. We have security measures in place to attempt to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of your user data under our control.
Only certain employees have access to the information you provide us. While we cannot guarantee that loss, misuse or alteration to data will not occur; we try to prevent such unfortunate occurrences.

Compliance with EU Privacy Laws

We may transfer your data outside of the European Economic Area. Where we do this we will ensure that there are adequate security measures in place to protect your personal data.