Etiquette & Privacy


I would really love to hear any comments or suggestions you may have and I will not edit or censor your comments, positive or negative. However, I retain the right to withhold any comment that is disrespectful, offensive, hateful or vulgar. You will also notice that there is a delay between your posting your comment and it appearing on the comments section. That is because all comments are moderated so that I can check that your comments comply with my etiquette requests and so that I can consider your comment properly before I respond.



Where “we” is referred – this is Alison Allmand-Smith.

We are absolutely committed to protecting your privacy. Our policy can be summarised in one sentence: We will not share your information with others without your prior consent.

We also follow these principles:

We will do our utmost to protect user privacy through the appropriate use of technology.

We will respect your email privacy. We will, however, email you occasionally with information on the programme or queries about your postings.

We will not pass on any individual user details (including your email address) for third party use.

We always ensure any contractors we use in connection with the running of the website and services (for example hosting providers) are subject to strict contractual obligations. They are only able to process data on our behalf and in accordance with our principles and instructions and not for any other independent purpose.

Otherwise, we will only share anonymous aggregate statistics about our users and traffic patterns.

Our site is accessible via the Internet and so may potentially be accessed by anyone around the world. Other users may access the site from outside the European Economic Area. This means that, where you choose to post your data on the site, this could be accessed from anywhere around the world and therefore a transfer of your data outside of the European Economic Area may be deemed to have occurred. You consent to such transfer of your data for and by way of this purpose. Where we or our contractors transfer data outside of the European Economic Area this is only ever done with the relevant protections required by law in place.

Changes to privacy policy

Should we elect to change our privacy policy we will post the changes here. Where the changes are significant, we may also choose to email all our registered users with the new details.

What information do we collect?

We collect information on our users as follows, through registration and where you choose to disclose data in postings.

The minimum information we need to register a user is an email address.

How do we protect customer information?

UK Data Protection Legislation means we follow strict security procedures in the storage and disclosure of information which you have given us, to prevent unauthorised access.

Will we disclose the information we collect to third parties?

We will not sell, trade or rent your personal information to others.

Please note that we reserve the right to access and disclose individually identifiable information to comply with applicable laws and lawful government requests, to operate our systems properly and to protect both ourselves and our users.

Any data processors with access to your data in providing services on our behalf are subject to contractual restrictions to ensure that your data is protected, and not used independently by such third party.

Legal information under the Data Protection Act 1998

For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998, the Data Controller is Alison Allmand-Smith.

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