Cookie & Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how Lyndon Watkins uses and protects any information that you give when you use this website.

I am committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected and at present, this website does not contain any functionality other than that described below in the ‘How I use cookies’ section, which requests information from any user.  The contact form only submits the information that you choose to enter and this information is used for correspondence only.

I may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this document from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 4th December 2014.

How I use cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

On this site, I use traffic log cookies via Google Analytics to identify which pages are being used. This helps me analyse data about web page traffic and improve my website. I only use this information for statistical analysis purposes. The five Google Analytics cookies in use on this site are:

__utma – A cookie which tracks the number of times a visitor has been to the site, when their first visit was, and when their last visit occurred.

__utmb & __utmc – These cookies are used to track how long a particular visit on our website lasts.

__utmt – Indicates the type of request, which is one of event, transaction, item, or custom variable. If this value is not present in the GIF request, the request is typed as a page.

__utmz – This cookie tracks which site or search engine the visitor came from, the link clicked or keyword used, and the visitor’s geographic location.

Google provides a way of opting out of all analytics globally.

Other Cookies:

DYNSRV – This cookie is used by our web hosting providers load balancer to provide you with the fastest possible load times.  This cookie expires when you close your browser.

mailmunch_ – There are several cookies that you may encounter, starting with mailmunch_.  These are used to track whether or not you have signed up for my newsletter.  These are typically set to expire at differing times, from when you close your browser to up to one year later.  These cookies may be blocked with little effect to your browsing experience.

Overall, cookies help to provide you with a better website experience by enabling me to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not.  A cookie in no way gives me access to your computer or any information about you, other than what you choose to share.

You may choose to accept or decline cookies.  Most web browsers automatically accept cookies; however, you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer, but this may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website and may affect your browsing experience.

Links to other websites

My website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave my site, you should note that I do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, I 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.  Similarly embedded videos and Social Media widgets may also use cookies and again you should refer to their respective privacy statements for more information.

Updated: Friday 18th March 2016

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