Privacy Policy

A. Introduction

The privacy of my website visitors is very important to me, and I am committed to safeguarding it. This policy explains what I will do with your personal information. Consenting to my use of cookies in accordance with the terms of this policy when you first visit my website permits me to use cookies every time you visit my website.

B. Collecting personal information

The following types of personal information may be collected, stored, and used:

information about your computer including your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, and operating system; information about your visits to and use of this website including the referral source, length of visit, page views, and website navigation paths; information, such as your e-mail address, that you enter when you register with my website; information that you enter when you create a profile on my website—for example, your name, profile pictures, gender, birthday, relationship status, interests and hobbies, educational details, and employment details; information, such as your name and e-mail address, that you enter in order to set up subscriptions to my e-mails and/or newsletters; information that you enter while using the services on my website; information that is generated while using my website, including when, how often, and under what circumstances you use it; information relating to anything you purchase, services you use, or transactions you make through my website, which includes your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and credit card details; information that you post to my website with the intention of publishing it on the Internet, which includes your username, profile pictures, and the content of your posts; information contained in any communications that you send to me by e-mail or through my website, including its communication content and metadata; any other personal information that you send to me.

Before you disclose to me the personal information of another person, you must obtain that person’s consent to both the disclosure and the processing of that personal information in accordance with this policy.

C. Using your personal information

Personal information submitted to me through my website will be used for the purposes specified in this policy or on the relevant pages of the website. I may use your personal information for the following:

administering my website and business; personalizing my website for you; enabling your use of the services available on my website; sending you goods purchased through my website; supplying services purchased through my website; sending statements, invoices, and payment reminders to you, and collecting payments from you; sending you non-marketing commercial communications; sending you e-mail notifications that you have specifically requested; sending you my e-mail newsletter, if you have requested it (you can inform me at any time if you no longer require the newsletter); sending you marketing communications relating to my business or the businesses of carefully-selected third parties which I think may be of interest to you, by post or, where you have specifically agreed to this, by e-mail or similar technology (you can inform me at any time if you no longer require marketing communications); providing third parties with statistical information about my users (but those third parties will not be able to identify any individual user from that information); dealing with inquiries and complaints made by or about you relating to my website; keeping my website secure and prevent fraud; verifying compliance with the terms and conditions governing the use of my website; and other uses.

If you submit personal information for publication on my website, I will publish and otherwise use that information in accordance with the license you grant to me.

Your privacy settings can be used to limit the publication of your information on my website and can be adjusted using privacy controls on the website.

I will not, without your express consent, supply your personal information to any third party for their or any other third party’s direct marketing.

D. Disclosing personal information

I may disclose your personal information:

to the extent that I am required to do so by law; in connection with any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings; in order to establish, exercise, or defend my legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk); to the purchaser (or prospective purchaser) of any business or asset that I am (or am contemplating) selling; and to any person who I reasonably believe may apply to a court or other competent authority for disclosure of that personal information where, in my reasonable opinion, such court or authority would be reasonably likely to order disclosure of that personal information.

Except as provided in this policy, I will not provide your personal information to third parties.

E. International data transfers

Information that I collect may be transferred to the following countries which do not have data protection laws equivalent to those in force in the European Economic Area: the United States of America, Russia, Japan, China, and India. Personal information that you publish on my website or submit for publication on my website may be available, via the Internet, around the world. I cannot prevent the use or misuse of such information by others. You expressly agree to the transfers of personal information described in this Section E.

F. Retaining personal information

This Section F sets out my data retention policies and procedure, which are designed to help ensure that I comply with my legal obligations regarding the retention and deletion of personal information. Personal information that I process for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes. Without prejudice to article G-2, I will usually delete personal data falling within the categories set out below at the date/time set out below: personal data type will be deleted after six months you have entered them. Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Section F, I will retain documents (including electronic documents) containing personal data: to the extent that I am required to do so by law; if I believe that the documents may be relevant to any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings; and in order to establish, exercise, or defend my legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk).

G. Security of your personal information

I will take reasonable technical and organizational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse, or alteration of your personal information. I will store all the personal information you provide on my secure (password- and firewall-protected) servers. All electronic financial transactions entered into through my website will be protected by encryption technology. You acknowledge that the transmission of information over the Internet is inherently insecure, and I cannot guarantee the security of data sent over the Internet. You are responsible for keeping the password you use for accessing my website confidential; I will not ask you for your password (except when you log in to my website).

H. Amendments

I may update this policy from time to time by publishing a new version on my website. You should check this page occasionally to ensure you understand any changes to this policy. I may notify you of changes to this policy by e-mail.

I. Your rights

You may instruct me to provide you with any personal information I hold about you; provision of such information will be subject to the following:

the payment of a fee of $5; and the supply of appropriate evidence of your identity (for this purpose, I will usually accept a photocopy of your passport certified by a notary plus an original copy of a utility bill showing your current address).

I may withhold personal information that you request to the extent permitted by law.

You may instruct me at any time not to process your personal information for marketing purposes.

In practice, you will usually either expressly agree in advance to my use of your personal information for marketing purposes, or I will provide you with an opportunity to opt out of the use of your personal information for marketing purposes.

J. Third-party websites

My website includes hyperlinks to, and details of, third-party websites. I have no control over, and am not responsible for, the privacy policies and practices of third parties.

K. Updating information

Please let me know if the personal information that I hold about you needs to be corrected or updated.

L. Cookies

My website uses cookies. A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed. Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that I store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies. I use only session cookies on my website.

The names of the cookies that I use on my website, and the purposes for which they are used, are set out below: I use Google Analytics on my website to recognize a computer when a user visits the website, track users as they navigate the website, website’s usability, analyze the use of the website, prevent fraud and improve the security of the website; Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies—for example: in Internet Explorer (version 10) you can block cookies using the cookie handling override settings available by clicking “Tools,” “Internet Options,” “Privacy,” and then “Advanced”;in Firefox (version 24) you can block all cookies by clicking “Tools,” “Options,” “Privacy,” selecting “Use custom settings for history” from the drop-down menu, and unticking “Accept cookies from sites”; andin Chrome (version 29), you can block all cookies by accessing the “Customize and control” menu, and clicking “Settings,” “Show advanced settings,” and “Content settings,” and then selecting “Block sites from setting any data” under the “Cookies” heading.

Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites. If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on my website.

You can delete cookies already stored on your computer—for example: in Internet Explorer (version 10), you must manually delete cookie files (you can find instructions for doing so at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278835 ); in Firefox (version 24), you can delete cookies by clicking “Tools,” “Options,” and “Privacy”, then selecting “Use custom settings for history”, clicking “Show Cookies,” and then clicking “Remove All Cookies”; andin Chrome (version 29), you can delete all cookies by accessing the “Customize and control” menu, and clicking “Settings,” “Show advanced settings,” and “Clear browsing data,” and then selecting “Delete cookies and other site and plug-in data” before clicking “Clear browsing data.” Deleting cookies will have a negative impact on the usability of many websites.