Cookies and privacy notice

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Simple statement about this website

Cookies: When you use this website, it may leave cookies on your computer. I cannot use them to identify you personally. I use these cookies to improve the experience of website visitors.

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Your personal data: If you enter personal data onto a contact form it will be used only for the purposes of contacting you in the manner prescribed. Your personal information is kept private and stored securely until a time it is no longer required or has no use. At no time do I sell or pass your personal data to other companies/ people to use.

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Marketing: I will not use your personal data to market to you unless you give explicit permission and tell me what subjects you are interested in.

My beliefs regarding your privacy and data protection

Your privacy and your data protection are human rights.

  1. I have a duty of care to all those people I store data on
  2. Data is a liability, it should only be collected and processed when necessary
  3. I loathe spam as much as you do (actually I suspect I hate it more than you, do you get rabid?)!
  4. I will never sell, rent or otherwise distribute or make public your personal information

The data controller for this website, my marketing, and my operations is me, Adrian Cove

The following policy gives more details on the subjects above.

The privacy and data notice for this website.

To read individual sections of this policy, click on the + sign to open them.

1.0 External Website Links & Third Parties

Although I attempt to only include quality, safe and relevant external links, users are advised to adopt caution before clicking any external web links in this website.

External links are clickable text / banner / image links to other websites, for example this one) I cannot guarantee or verify the contents of any externally linked website despite my best efforts.

You click on external links at your own risk and I cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.

2.0 Social Media Policy & Usage

I adopt a Social Media Policy to ensure the business and any representatives/ staff conduct themselves accordingly online. While I have official profiles on social media platforms you are advised to verify authenticity of such profiles before engaging with, or sharing information with such profiles.

I never ask for user passwords or personal details on social media platforms. You are advised to conduct yourself appropriately when engaging with me on social media.

This website may feature social sharing buttons, enabling you to share web content directly from this website to social media platforms. You use social sharing buttons at your own discretion and accept that doing so may publish content to your social media profile feed or page.

3.0 My core beliefs regarding user privacy and data protection

  • User privacy and data protection are human rights
  • I loathe spam as much as you do (actually I suspect I hate it more than you, do you get rabid?)!
  • I will never sell, rent or otherwise distribute or make public your personal information
  • I have a duty of care to the people whose data I hold
  • Data is a liability, it should only be collected and processed when absolutely necessary

4.0 Relevant legislation

This website is designed to comply with the following legislation with regards to data protection and user privacy:

My business and internal computer systems also are designed to comply with the same legislation.

5.0 Personal information that this website collects and why I collect it

This website collects and uses personal information for the following reasons:

5.1 Cookies

Cookies are small files saved to the your user’s computer that track, save and store information about the user’s interactions and usage of the website. This website uses cookies to improve the user experience of visitors, and to collate anonymous information about how you (and other users) use the website.

All visitors give permission or to deny the use of/ saving of cookies on computer/ device. This is done when you first visit the website.

The cookies I use are (click down arrow to see details:


If you accept the cookie policy, clicking accept will stop you being asked about it each time you visit this site. [cookie_accept colour=”blue”]

If you want to delete the cookie left by the cookie policy, [delete_cookies text=”click here”]. This will only affect ‘view cookies’ cookie and will mean you are asked to accept cookies again next time you visit this site.

You can disable cookies on your internet browser, it will stop cookies from tracking any part of your visit to pages in this website.

5.2 Visitor tracking.

Like most websites, this site uses Google Analytics to track user interaction (via the use of cookies). I use this data to determine how many visitors use the site, to better understand how they find and use the web pages and to see their journey through the website.

Google Analytics records data such as your geographical location, device, internet browser and operating system; however, none of this information personally identifies you to me.

Google Analytics also records your computer’s IP address which could be used to personally identify you, but Google do not grant me access to this. I consider Google to be a third-party data processor (see section 6.0 below).

5.3 Contact forms and email links

Should you choose to contact us using the contact form on our ‘Contact us’ page or an email link like this one, the data that you supply will NOT be stored by this website.  It will be processed by the third party data processors defined in section 7.0 that relates to email conversations.

Your data will be collated into an email and sent to us over the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP). Our SMTP servers are protected by TLS (sometimes known as SSL) meaning that the email content is encrypted using SHA-2, 256-bit cryptography before being sent across the internet. The email content is then decrypted by our local computers and devices. I ONLY use your email address to respond to you, and don’t keep the email for more than 6 months, unless the email goes on to form the basis of a contract or a marketing request (these are separate reasons for holding your data).

5.4 Downloads & Media Files

Any downloadable documents, files or media on this website are provided to users at their own risk. All precautions have been undertaken to ensure only relevant downloads are available virus free. You are advised check all files with third-party anti-virus software or similar applications.

When you request a download you will be explicitly told if your data is being stored for marketing purposes (occasional, related emails). If the form does not make this explicit, I do not keep data on you as somebody who has downloaded material from the website.

6.0 How this website stores your personal information

If you enter a comment to the blog on this site some personal information will be stored within this website’s database (your name, email address and your comment). This is the only occasion where personal data is stored on this website.

This data is currently stored in an identifiable fashion (this is a limitation of website system we and most websites use –  Wordpress).

6.1 This website’s server

This website is hosted by Siteground within a UK data centre.

7.0 My third party data processors

I use the following third parties to process personal data on my behalf. These third parties all comply with the legislation set out in section 2.0.

These third parties are based in the EU. They are:

These third parties are based in the USA and are EU-U.S Privacy Shield compliant. They are:

8.0 Data breaches

I will report any unlawful data breach of this website’s database or the database(s) of any of our third-party data processors to any and all relevant persons and authorities within 72 hours of the breach if it is apparent that personal data stored in an identifiable manner has been stolen.

9.0 Data controller

The data controller of this website is: Adrian Cove, a sole trader, whose office is:


10.0 Data protection officer

Adrian Cove, contact details as above.

11.0 Changes to this policy

This website privacy and data policy may change from time to time to keep up to date with legislation or industry developments. We will not always explicitly inform clients or website users of these changes.

I recommend you check this page occasionally for any policy changes. Specific policy changes and updates are mentioned in the change log below.

11.1 20/1/20

This policy was first created.