Privacy: Cookie Policy

What is a Cookie?

A cookie is a text file saved to your browser. It can only be read by the site set­ting the cookie and is typ­ic­ally used for improv­ing the cus­tomer exper­i­ence. For example it can be used by a web­site so that you don’t have to log in every time you visit.

What cook­ies does this site use?

This site uses cook­ies for registered authors, to help remem­ber what their pref­er­ences are, who they are and help with what they are doing. We also set a cookie if you leave a com­ment. It means you should be able to reply to other com­ments faster because our soft­ware, though not us, will know what inform­a­tion you shared last time.

Additionally, we host third-party plu­gins. For example the share boxes are sup­plied by Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Because these boxes come from Twitter, Facebook and Google, we can­not read them. However, if you have signed up to these ser­vices, they may be used to track your site vis­its around the web. If this con­cerns you, you should visit their site and search for inform­a­tion on Do Not Track options.

YouTube may also set cook­ies when you watch a video.

We also use two track­ing cook­ies from WordPress and Google. We use Google Analytics to col­lect inform­a­tion about how people use our site. We do this to make sure it’s meet­ing your needs and to under­stand how we could improve it. Google Analytics stores inform­a­tion about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not col­lect or store your per­sonal inform­a­tion (e.g. your name or address) so this inform­a­tion can­not be used to identify who you are.

Why do cook­ies matter?

New laws from the EU state that sites must inform users over what cook­ies are being set. On the whole this is a good thing. A flaw in the law is that EU law applies in the EU. Many sites are out­with the EU’s bor­ders, so they can carry on regard­less har­vest­ing your data. What we can do is at least inform you who we know will be watch­ing you. We’ll be review­ing how we tackle cookie pri­vacy on an ongo­ing basis.

What if I don’t want cookies?

Look for the ‘pref­er­ences’ panel in your web browser. This may also be called ‘set­tings’ or sim­ilar. Now look for pri­vacy and then deselect any options to allow or use cook­ies. This will pro­tect you from cookie intru­sion in any country.