This policy establishes how I handle the information I learn about you when you visit my website. Protecting the privacy and personal data of my visitors is of utmost importance to me and is an important aspect of the way I create, organise and implement my website activities on-line. My website follows the principles set out in Compliance Advice issued by the Information Commissioner published at www.dataprotection.gov.uk. My Data Protection registration number is Z7264965.
Purpose Specifications and Data Collection
In general, you can browse this website without disclosing any information about yourself. If you visit the website to read or download information, I collect and store only the following information that is automatically recognised: the date and time, the originating IP address, the domain name, the type of browser and operating system used (if provided by the browser), the URL of the referring page (if provided by the browser) and the data requested. This anonymous information is collected from visits to my website to help me improve the website, its layout and the type of data and information published on it. For example, I use the information that I collect to measure the number of visitors to the different areas of the website and to help me make my website more useful to visitors, but I do so in ways that keep the information anonymous.
I collect the anonymous information mentioned above through the use of various technologies, one of which is called "cookies". A cookie is an element of data that a website can send to your browser, which may then be stored on your hard drive. On this website cookies are used to save details of the visitor's last visit so that you can more easily ascertain, by reference to the log kept on the "What's New" page, what (if any) changes have been introduced since your last visit.
The following information is stored in cookies:
- date and time of the visit, originating IP address, domain name, type of browser and operating system used (if provided by the browser), and URL of the referring page (if provided by the browser). This data is recognised by the hit counter web server and is only used to automatically generate (unattributable) statistics regarding usage of the website;
- data requests. The keywords searched when you use the online search facilities, which data is recognised by the search engine web server and is only used to automatically generate (unattributable) statistics regarding frequency of repeat enquiries.
This anonymous information is used and analysed only at an aggregate level to help me understand trends and patterns. None of this information is reviewed at an individual level. If you do not want your transaction details used in this manner, you can disable your cookies.
Save for the above, this website does not automatically capture, store or process personal information from visitors and you will only be asked for personal information (limited to your name and email address) if you request data held by, but not published on, the website e.g. data recorded for an ancestor in the 1851 or 1891 Census and Militia Musters Lists of 1781 & 1782. In each case I will only use the personal information you provide to deliver the data (if any is available) you have requested and that limited personal information will be automatically deleted within 28 days during which time that personal information is retained only for the purposes of allowing you sufficient time in which to respond or request further assistance or data.
Individual Participation & Access
You can ask me whether I am keeping personal data about you, and you can also request a copy of that personal data. Before sending you any personal data, I will ask you to provide proof of your identity. If you are not able to provide proof of your identity, I reserve the right to refuse to send you the personal data.
I will make a sincere effort to respond in a timely manner to such requests or to correct inaccuracies in your personal information. At any time, you may ask me to delete or correct your personal information in these logs. For such requests, please contact me.
I intend to protect the quality and integrity of your personal information and have implemented technologies and security policies to protect the stored personal data of users from unauthorised access, improper use, alteration, unlawful or accidental destruction and accidental loss. I will continue to enhance these security procedures as new technology becomes available. Save for employees of the web servers hosting this website, its hit counter and search engines, no third party has direct access to this personal data.
Summary of Terms
Browser: a software program that allows you to locate, display and interact with web pages and various other kinds of Internet resources available on the World Wide Web. The most popular ones are Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Cookie: Message given to a web browser by a web server. The message is then stored by the browser in a text file called cookie.txt. Each time the browser requests a page from the server, this message is sent back. A cookie's main objective is to identify users and personalise their visit by customising web pages for them for example by welcoming them by name next time they visit the same site. A site using cookies will usually invite you to provide personal information such as your name, e-mail address and interests.
Information Commissioner: the UK independent supervisory authority reporting directly to the UK Parliament, appointed to enforce and oversee the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In the UK the Commissioner has a range of duties including the promotion of good information handling and the encouragement of codes of practice for data controllers, that is, anyone who decides how and why personal data, (information about identifiable, living individuals) are processed.
Home Page: also referred to as a web page, the home page is the starting point of a web presentation. It is a sort of table of contents for what is at the website, offering direct links to the different parts of the site.
HTML: an acronym for Hypertext Markup Language, HTML is the computer language used to create hypertext documents.
Hypertext: any text available on the World Wide Web that contains links to other documents. The use of hypertext is a way of presenting information in which text, sounds, images, and actions are linked together in a way that allows you to jump around between them in whatever order you choose.
IP (Internet Protocol): All networks connected to the internet speak IP, the technical standard which allows data to be transmitted between two devices. TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) is responsible for making sure messages get from one host to another and that the messages are understood.
IP Address: If you are connected to the Internet you have one, for example it may look something like this 188.8.131.52
Link: generally refers to any highlighted words or phrases in a hypertext document that allows you to jump to another section of the same document or to another document on the World Wide Web.
Web Server: a computer that handles requests for data, email, file transfers, and other network services from other computers (clients) and delivers (serves up) web pages to your computer.
Website: a collection of network services, primarily HTML documents, that are linked together and that exist on the Web at a particular web server. Exploring a website usually begins with the home page, which may lead you to more information about that site. A single server may support multiple websites.
World Wide Web: the exact definition of the World Wide Web (popularly known as the Web) varies, depending on whom you ask. Three common descriptions are:
- a collection of resources (Gopher, FTP, http, telnet, Usenet, WAIS and others) that can be accessed via a web browser
- a collection of hypertext files available on web servers
- a set of specifications (protocols) that allows the transmission of web pages over the Internet.
You can think of the Web as a worldwide collection of text and multimedia files and other network services interconnected via a system of hypertext documents. Http (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) was created in 1990, at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, as a means for sharing scientific data internationally, instantly, and inexpensively. With hypertext, a word or phrase can contain a link to other text. To achieve this, CERN developed a programming language called HTML, that allows you to easily link to other pages or network services on the Web.