What information we collect
Your IP address: When you visit our site, we will collect your IP address, which is a unique Internet address given to your machine or network. This is automatically logged by our servers and we use it to note your interest in the site, for statistical purposes, to identify which site you have come from, and also to be able to demonstrate if any actions on the site have been initiated from your machine. Your IP address alone is usually not enough to allow us to identify you, unless you are a registered user of the site, in which case we may be able to associate your IP address with the personal details about you that we retain on our servers.
Your use of the site and communications: We may, through our servers, collect and keep information about the pages on the site that you visit. We also keep a record of emails and other communications that we send to you and that you may send to us.
We make use of "cookies", which are small amounts of data which we send to your machine on the basis of the information we collect about your visit(s). This helps us to recognise you (if you have told us who you are) and to keep track of your preferences, etc. Cookies are stored locally on your machine and can be retrieved by this site.
We employ two kinds of cookies: "session" cookies (they are deleted from your machine when you leave the site and are used purely to help you to navigate around the site), and "permanent" cookies (these remain on your machine so that the site can recognise you when you return).
Most web browsers can be set to prevent you from receiving new cookies, to notify you before accepting cookies or to disable cookies altogether. Details about this can normally be found in your browser. If you disable cookies, you may not be able to use all features of this site.
What we do with your information
We are take your privacy seriously. Any personal information that we collect about you will be used in accordance with the applicable data protection laws. We are subject to the UK Data Protection Act 1998.
We will use your personal information for the following purposes:
- to contact you when you take certain actions on the site (for example when you register or de-activate your account or where you ask for a password reset), to inform you of any change to your status on the site, to tell you of any events relating to content you have submitted to the site, etc.);
- for other purposes which are explained on the site, for example, if you become entitled to remuneration and if we need to get in touch with you to verify your details;
- to send you our newsletters and other information about the site, if you choose to be informed; and
- to comply with our legal obligations.
We would also like to inform you, from time to time, of various promotions and events that may be of interest to you. These would either come from us or from carefully selected third parties. You may be contacted by post, email, telephone, SMS or such other means as we regard as appropriate, including new technology. If you do not wish to receive these communications, please indicate your choice by ticking/unticking the relevant box in your profile page on the site - there may be a slight delay in us acting on your request.
We may disclose your personal information to other members of our corporate group, to service providers processing information on our behalf and to other organisations providing related services to us, where this is necessary to allow them to provide their contracted services to us so that we can continue to operate the Site, and where we are required by law to disclose.
The site is hosted on servers that are located in the United States of America and other countries. Depending on where you reside, our use of your personal information may include transfers of information to countries other than that in which you normally are a resident of.