User Privacy and Data Protection
- This policy sets out how the Salisbury Diocesan Guild of Ringers (hereafter referred to as the SDGR) uses and protects any information that you give the SDGR when you use their website.
- The SDGR is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.
- Personal data is a liability. It will only be collected and processed when absolutely necessary.
- We will never sell, rent or otherwise distribute or make public your personal information.
This website is designed to comply with the following national and international legislation with regards to data protection and user privacy:
- UK Data Protection Act 1988 (DPA)
- EU Data Protection Directive 1995 (DPD)
- EU General Data Protection Regulation 2018 (GDPR)
What information do we collect and what do we do with it
This website collects and uses personal information for the following reasons:
Like most websites, this site uses metrics software to record user interaction. This data is used to determine the number of people using our site, to better understand how they find and use our web pages and to see their journey through the website. Although this metrics software records data such as your geographical location (country), internet browser and operating system, none of this information personally identifies you to us. Your computer’s IP address is also recorded which could be used to personally identify you but we do not have access to this information.
Should you choose to add a comment to any posts that we have published on our site, the name and email address you enter with your comment will be saved to this website’s database, along with your computer’s IP address and the time and date that you submitted the comment. This information is only used to identify you as a contributor to the comment section of the respective post and is not passed on to any third party data processors. Only your name will be shown on the public-facing website although if the supplied email address is linked to a Gravatar account, your Gravatar photo will also be displayed.
If you are under 16 years of age you MUST obtain parental consent before posting a comment.
NOTE: You should avoid entering personally identifiable information to the actual comment field of any post comments that you submit on this website.
Contact forms and email links
All messages sent via this web site are forwarded to an external address (not @sdgr.org.uk) that the recipient has provided.
How we store your personal information
As detailed above, if you submit a comment to a post published on this website some personal information will be stored within this website’s database. This is currently the only occasion where personal data will be stored on this website. This data is currently stored in an identifiable fashion; a limitation of the content management system that this website is build on (WordPress).
Anonymising this data (a process known as pseudonymisation) is a recent requirement of the GPDR legislation and will be implemented on this web site as soon as the means to do so are available.
A number of third parties provide services to this web site. They all comply with the legislation set out above. They are all based in the USA and are EU-U.S Privacy Shield compliant. It is not necessary to have an account with these 3rd parties to use this web site.
The security of your personal information is important to us, but please remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. We will report any unlawful data breach of this website’s database 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.
A cookie is a small file placed on your computer’s hard drive. It enables our website to identify your computer as you view different pages on our website. Cookies allow websites and applications to store your preferences in order to present content, options or functions that are specific to you. They also enable us to see information like how many people use the website and what pages they tend to visit.
We may use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about webpage traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to your needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.
Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not.
A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.
Links to other websites
Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.
26 Feb 2018
- Policy first published.