This Privacy & Cookie Policy applies to any information you provide to us, including through this website, communications by email, by telephone and in person. It also covers any information we receive from third parties.

By using our Site, you agree we may use your information as outlined in this Policy.

If you do not wish to have your information used in line with this Policy, you must not use our Site and not otherwise provide us with your information.

Information we may hold about you

  • Information you’ve provided to us
  • Information provided by other companies who have obtained your permission through their own privacy policies to share information about you, including from specialist data companies
  • Information about your interaction with our websites and other services, including adverts
  • Information we collect using cookies stored on your device about your use of our websites and/or selected third party websites.
  • Information we collect or remember using technologies similar to cookies, such as device identifiers on your mobile device.
  • Your IP address, which is a number that identifies a specific network device on the internet which allows your device to communicate with websites and apps.
  • Technical information from your device relating to the service you receive
  • Information relating to the location of your device.

In line with industry best practice guidelines, we have a central database were we compile and hold all the information we have about our readers.

How we may use your information

By using our website, and other services, you agree that we may collect, hold, use or otherwise process your information (including personal information) for the purpose of providing you with those services and developing our business which shall include (without limitation):

  • Verifying your identity (for example when you return to our websites)
  • Personalizing the content and advertisements you see on our websites
  • Developing the design and style of the our services to make improvements
  • Understanding more about you, such as your location and demographic information
  • Informing you about the latest changes to our services
  • Informing you of promotional offers that you might find interesting
  • Conducting market research
  • Carrying out statistical, technical and logistical analysis and strategic development
  • Sending you periodic newsletters about your chosen services
  • Sending you direct marketing. This may include communications by post, telephone or email or SMS about us and our business partners’ products and services, events and special offers
  • Providing you with personalized services, such as recommendations on our websites, apps and indirect marketing and tailored advertising. This includes where we use cookies or similar technologies in relation to the devices you use, for example to make some of the adverts you see more relevant to you
  • Maintaining records of our communications with you if you get in contact with us
  • Providing you with advertising more relevant to your interests and your online behavior through the use of cookies and similar technologies when you visit our websites and apps
  • Blocking disruptive use and ensuring the security of our products and services

How we may share your information

When you use our Site we partner with specialist companies to fulfill your needs. We usually remain the data controller of your information and the other companies only process data under our instructions and cannot use the information for their own purposes. We will use reasonable endeavors to ensure these third parties process your data securely.

We’ll let you know the precise arrangement at the time you provide your personal information.

We may share information about you with partners that we engage to help us provide the services and/or functionality.

We may also share personal information about you to third parties, where you have given us permission or where the third party can confirm that they have your permission for us to do this.

We may also provide third parties with certain aggregate statistical data about our readers’ use of our websites and apps, which may include demographic data such as age range and/or geographic location of groups of our customers. This aggregate data does not include contact details (such as the customer’s name, address or email address).

We may transfer, sell or assign any of the information described in this Policy to third parties as a result of a sale, merger, consolidation, change of control, transfer of assets or reorganization of our business.

Safeguards and security for your information

We have measures in place to protect the security of your personal information from unauthorized access or use, such as by using encryption technology.

Children & young people

Our websites other services are not aimed at children. We do not target, intend to collect, or knowingly collect or otherwise process information from anyone under the age of 13.

If you are under the age of 13, we request that you do not provide us with your information and do not use our website.

If you are a parent or guardian of a child under 13, please contact us if you are aware that your child has used our website or otherwise provided their information to us without your consent. In addition to “your choices” outlined in this Policy, we will delete or otherwise cease processing your child’s personal information within a reasonable time.

If you are aged 13, 14 or 15, we request that you seek your parent or guardian’s permission before providing us with your information or using our website.

Your choices

Please note that our website, apps and other products and services may not work correctly (or at all) if you change your preferences. For your cookie choices, please the Cookies Policy below.

Use of your location

You can choose whether to provide us with your precise location from your device through your browser’s “Help” menu, or through the “Location” or “Location Services” in the “Settings” section on your mobile device.

Cookies Policy

You should be aware that when you use our websites and apps we may collect information using cookies or similar technologies.

When you visit our pages on social media or other websites, the social media site or other website may also use cookies in line with their own cookies policies.

What are cookies and how do they work?

Cookies are small files that are downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Your browser sends these cookies back to the website every time you visit the site again, so it can recognize you. This allows websites to tailor what you see on the screen.

Do you use other technologies which are similar to cookies?

Our website often contains small invisible images known as ‘web beacons’ or ‘tracking pixels’. These are used in a way similar to cookies, to understand when a particular part of a webpage is viewed.

What do you use cookies for?

Cookies are an important part of the internet. They make using websites much smoother and affect lots of the useful features of websites. There are many different uses for cookies, but they fall into four main groups:

(i) Cookies that are needed to provide the service you have asked for

Some cookies are essential so you can move around the website and use its features. Without these cookies, services you’ve asked for can’t be provided. These cookies don’t gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering your browsing history.

(ii) Cookies used to improve your browsing experience

These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make, such as your language or region and they provide improved features. For example:

  • Remembering your preferences and settings, including marketing preferences.
  • Showing ‘related article’ links that are relevant to the page you’re looking at.
  • Restricting the number of times you’re shown a particular advertisement. This is sometimes called ‘frequency capping’.

Cookies are also used to enable social media components on our websites, such as embedded content from social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter, share buttons and videos. The cookies are set by the relevant social media provider. For more information about these cookies, including how to set your preferences for these cookies, please refer to the relevant social media provider’s website for more information.

(iii) Cookies used to understand how people use our services (Analytics)

We like to keep track of what pages, links and sections of our apps are popular and which ones don’t get used so much to help us keep our sites relevant and up to date. It’s also very useful to be able to identify trends of how people navigate (find their way through) our sites and if they get ‘error messages’ from web pages.

We use cookies, which are often called ‘analytics cookies’, to gather this information. These cookies don’t store you contact details (such as your name or postal address). We may, however, combine information collected by analytics cookies with other information that you provide to us. We use this information to provide you with personalized content recommendations and marketing communications. We may also use this combined information to improve our products and services. For instance, we may analyze this information in aggregate to improve our advertising systems.

 

(iv) Cookies used to show advertising that is relevant to you

We also use cookies in order to know how many advertisements we serve, how many times these are clicked or hovered over with a mouse cursor, how many advertisements we show to a given user and how many customer actions these generate.

We also use cookies on our own and advertisers’ sites to understand which customers reach a sale or other action page on an advertiser’s site. This allows us to monitor how many sales or actions we achieve for an advertising client, and therefore, how effective our advertising is.

In order to protect our advertisers’ brands, we often use a technology that scans the page to ascertain that it is safe from profane, sensitive & potentially brand-negative topics, before serving an ad there. This process is called “ad verification”.

We and our advertisers may use information from within our webpages to determine whether you have an ad-blocker enabled. This information may be stored or associated with your device (including through the use of cookies) to re-insert advertisements on our websites and to understand how our customers use ad-blockers. The advertisements that are re-inserted may include those from ad-blockers’ “white lists” or that promote our own products and services.

Our websites do not respond to “Do Not Track” (DNT) browser settings.

Some of our web pages will contain promotional links to other companies’ sites. If you follow one of these links and then register with or buy something from that other site, a cookie is sometimes used to tell that other site that you came from one of our sites. That other site may then pay us a small amount for the successful referral.

Your cookie choices

Please note that our website and other services may not work correctly (or at all) if you change your preferences. Please consult our websites for more details.

You can opt-out of receiving cookies by changing your web browser settings.

Changes to this Privacy & Cookies Policy

We reserve the right to make changes to our Privacy & Cookies Policy. Where changes are made, we will post the revised Policy here with an updated effective date. Your continued use of our website or other services will signify your acceptance of these changes.