As is standard industry practice, each time you visit our websites the third-party that hosts them for us, Vidahost, logs your IP address, device type, where you've linked from, pages visited, and access date/time. We use this information to optimise the performance of the website, ensure that it is secure, and to obtain a broad overview of the types of people who visit, and what they do once they are there. Whilst IP address is regarded as personal data from a GDPR perspective, and can be linked to your general geographic location, it is in fact stored in a pseudonymous form, and we make no attempt at all to actually personally identify you from it.
We believe that Vidahost comply with the provisions of the GDPR.
'Cookies' are small data files that are saved on your device when you visit our websites. We use them to remember your preferences between visits, implement 'shopping cart' functionality, track website usage, and the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns, and to support our affiliate marketing scheme. The vast majority of websites nowadays use 'cookies' for these purposes.
The first time you visit one of our websites, we warn you of this and seek your explicit consent.
If you don't like the idea of 'cookies', then you can use your browser in 'private mode' to temporarily prevent them being stored, or change your browser settings to permanently disable them. To find out how to do this, please see the user guide for your specific browser. Be aware, however, that if you disable 'cookies', our websites might not function as intended.
'Beacons' are file requests that are embedded within our emails and websites that are used in conjunction with 'cookies' to track website usage and the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns. This is a very common industry practice.
If you don't like the idea of beacons, then you can disable those within emails by instructing your email program to not load externally hosted images, or to not display emails sent in HTML format.
When someone visits our websites we use a third-party service, Google Analytics, to collect aggregated visitor information and behaviour patterns. We do this so we can can broadly see the types of people that visit our websites, the technology they use to access them, how they find us, and what they do once they are there. We use this information in order to make the websites more useful, relevant, easier to find, and simpler to use. This is a very common industry practice across a huge number of the websites that you are likely to already visit. The tracking information is only processed in a way which does not personally identify anyone.
Likewise the third-party services Eventbrite, which we use to handle our event ticket purchases, LinkedIn, which we use for advertising, and MailChimp, which we use to deliver email newsletters, all track visits to our websites so that we can analyse the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns. Once again, this is a very common industry practice.
In all these cases, tracking is carried out using website technologies such as 'cookies' and 'beacons'.
We believe that these third-parties all comply with the provisions of the GDPR.
Our websites also collect personal data in order to provide you with services that you explicitly request from us.