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Privacy and Cookies Policy

Part 1: Personal information and privacy

1.         Introduction

1.1     We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of our website visitors; this policy sets out how we will treat your personal information.

1.2     Our websites are:


1.2     We will ask you to consent to our use of cookies per the terms of this policy when you first visit our website. The message will be thus: “By using our website and agreeing to this policy, you consent to our use of cookies per the terms of this policy.”

2.         Collecting personal information

2.1     We may collect, store and use the following kinds of personal information:

(a)      information about your computer and your visits to and use of this website (including your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of stay, page views and website navigation paths).

(b)      information that you provide to us when registering with our website (including your email address).

(c)      information that you provide to us to subscribe to our email notifications and/or newsletters (including your name and email address).

(d)      information relating to any purchases you make of our goods (including your name, delivery address, payment address, telephone numbers, email address and card details.

(e)      information that you post to our website for publication on the internet (including your username, profile pictures and reviews).

(f)      information contained in or relating to any communications you send to us (including the communication content and metadata associated with the communication).

(g)      any other personal information that you choose to send to us; and

(h)      provide details of other personal information collected.

2.2     Before you disclose to us the personal information of another person, you must obtain that person’s consent to both the disclosure and the processing of that personal information per the terms of this policy.

3.         Using your personal information

3.1     We may use personal information submitted to us through our website for the purposes specified in this policy or on the website’s relevant pages.

3.2     We may use your personal information to:

(a)      administer our website and business.

(b)      personalise our website for you.

(c)      enable your use of the services available on our website.

(d)      send you goods purchased through our website.

(e)      send statements, invoices and payment reminders to you, and collect payments from you.

(f)      send you non-marketing commercial communications.

(g)      send you email notifications that you have specifically requested.

(h)      send you our email newsletter (you can inform us at any time if you no longer require the newsletter).

(i)       send you marketing communications relating to our business or the businesses of carefully selected third parties which we think may be of interest to you, by post or, where you have specifically agreed to this, by email or similar communication technology (you can inform us at any time if you no longer require marketing communications).

(j)      provide third parties with statistical information about our users (but those third parties will not identify any user from that information).

(k)      deal with enquiries and complaints made by or about you relating to our website.

(l)       keep our website secure and prevent fraud.

(m)     verify compliance with the terms and conditions governing the use of our website; and

(n)      other uses.

3.3     If you submit personal information for publication on our website, we will publish and otherwise use that information per the licence you grant to us.

3.4     We will not, without your express consent, supply your personal information to any third party for their or any other third party’s direct marketing.

3.5     All our website financial transactions are handled through our payment service providers, Stripes and PayPal. You can review the provider’s privacy policy on their websites:  https://stripe.com/ and https://www.paypal.com/. We will share information with our payment services provider only to the extent necessary for processing payments you make via our websites, refunding such payments and dealing with complaints and queries relating to such payments and refunds.

4.         Disclosing personal information

4.1     We may disclose your personal information to any of our employees, officers, insurers, professional advisers, agents, suppliers or subcontractors insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in this policy.

4.2     We may disclose your personal information to any member of our group of companies (this means our subsidiaries, our ultimate holding company and all its subsidiaries) insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in this policy.

4.3     We may disclose your personal information:

(a)      to the extent that we are required to do so by law.

(b)      in connection with any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings.

(c)      to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for fraud prevention and reducing credit risk).

(d)      to the purchaser (or prospective purchaser) of any business or asset that we are (or are contemplating) selling; and

(e)      to any person who we reasonably believe may apply to a court or other competent authority for disclosure of that personal information where, in our reasonable opinion, such court or authority would be reasonably likely to order disclosure of that personal information.

4.4     Except as provided in this policy, we will not provide your personal information to third parties.

5.         International data transfers

5.1     Information that we collect may be stored and processed in and transferred between any countries in which we operate to enable us to use the information per this policy.

5.2     Information that we collect may be transferred to the following countries which do not have data protection laws equivalent to those in force in the European Economic Area: The United States of America, Russia, Japan, China and India.

5.3     Personal information that you publish on our website or submit for publication on our website may be available, via the internet, around the world. We cannot prevent the use or misuse of such information by others.

5.4     You expressly agree to the transfers of personal information described in this Section 5.

6.         Retaining personal information

6.1     Section 6 sets out our data retention policies and procedures to help ensure that we comply with our legal obligations to retain or delete personal information.

6.2     Personal information that we process for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.

6.3     Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Section 6, we will retain documents (including electronic documents) containing personal data:

(a)      to the extent that we are required to do so by law.

(b)      if we believe that the documents may be relevant to any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings; and

(c)      to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for fraud prevention and reducing credit risk).

7.         Security of your personal information

7.1     We will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information.

7.2     We will store all the personal information you provide on our secure (password- and firewall-protected) servers.

7.3     All electronic financial transactions entered through our website will be protected by encryption technology.

7.4     You acknowledge that the transmission of information over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data sent over the internet.

7.5     You are responsible for keeping the password you use for accessing our website confidential; we will not ask you for your password (except when you log in to our website).

8.         Amendments

8.1     We may update this policy by publishing a new version on our website from time to time.

8.2     You should check this page occasionally to ensure you are happy with any changes to this policy.

8.3     We may notify you of changes to this policy by email or through the private messaging system on our website.

9.         Your rights

9.1     You may instruct us to provide you with any personal information we hold about you; the provision of such information will be subject to:

(a)      the payment of a fee currently fixed at GBP 10; and

(b)      the supply of appropriate evidence of your identity (for this purpose, we will usually accept a photocopy of your passport certified by a solicitor or bank plus an original copy of a utility bill showing your current address).

9.2     We may withhold personal information that you request to the extent permitted by law.

9.3     You may instruct us at any time not to process your personal information for marketing purposes.

9.4     In practice, you will usually either expressly agree in advance to our use of your personal information for marketing purposes, or we will provide you with an opportunity to opt-out of using your data for marketing purposes.

10.      Third party websites

10.1    Our website includes hyperlinks to and details of third-party websites.

10.2    We have no control over and are not responsible for third party’s privacy policies and practices.

11.      Updating information

11.1    Please let us know if your personal information about you needs to be corrected or updated.

Part 2: Cookies

1.         About cookies

1.1     A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) sent by a web server to a web browser and stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.

1.2     Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.

1.3     Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user. Still, personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

1.4     Cookies can be used by web servers to identity and track users as they navigate different pages on a website and identify users returning to a website.

2.         Our cookies

2.1     We use both session and persistent cookies on our website.

2.2     The names of the cookies that we use on our website, and the purposes for which they are used, are set out below:

we use cookies on our website to recognise a computer when a user visits the website, track users as they navigate the website, enable the use of a shopping cart on the website, improve the website’s usability, analyse the use of the website, administer the website, prevent fraud and improve the security of the website, personalise the website for each user, target advertisements which may be of particular interest to specific users

3.         Analytics cookies

3.1     We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of our website.

3.2     Our analytics service provider generates statistical and other information about website use using cookies.

3.3     The analytics cookies used by our website have the following names: _utma, _utmb, _utmc and _utmz

3.4     The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of our website.

3.5     Our analytics service provider’s privacy policy is available at http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/.

4.         Third-party cookies

4.1     Our website also uses third party cookies.

4.2     We publish Google AdSense interest-based advertisements on our website, and Google tailors these to reflect your interests. To determine your interests, Google will track your behaviour on our website and other websites across the web using the DoubleClick cookie. We publish Google AdSense advertisements on our website. To determine your interests, Google will track your behaviour on our website and other websites across the web using the DoubleClick cookie. This behaviour tracking allows Google to tailor the advertisements you see on other websites to reflect your interests (we do not publish interest-based advertisements on this website). You can view, delete or add interest categories associated with your browser by visiting: http://www.google.com/settings/ads/. You can also opt-out of the AdSense partner network cookie using those settings or the NAI’s (Network Advertising Initiative’s) multi-cookie opt-out mechanism http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/. However, these opt-out mechanisms use cookies, and if you clear the cookies from your browser, your opt-out will not be maintained. To ensure that an opt-out is maintained for a particular browser, you may wish to consider using the Google browser plug-in available at https://www.google.com/settings/ads/plugin.

5.         Blocking cookies

5.1     Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies, for example:

(a)      in Internet Explorer (version 10), you can block cookies using the cookie handling override settings available by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy”, and then “Advanced”.

(b)      in Firefox (version 24), you can block all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Options”, “Privacy”, selecting “Use custom settings for history” from the drop-down menu, and unticking “Accept cookies from sites”; and

(c)      in Chrome (version 29), you can block all cookies by accessing the “Customise and control” menu and clicking “Settings”, “Show advanced settings”, and “Content settings”, and then selecting “Block sites from setting any data” under the “Cookies” heading.

5.2     Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact on the usability of many websites.

5.3     If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.

6.         Deleting cookies

6.1     You can delete cookies already stored on your computer, for example:

(a)      in Internet Explorer (version 10), you must manually delete cookie files (you can find instructions for doing so at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278835).

(b)      in Firefox (version 24), you can delete cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Options” and “Privacy”, then selecting “Use custom settings for history”, clicking “Show Cookies”, and then clicking “Remove All Cookies”; and

(c)      in Chrome (version 29), you can delete all cookies by accessing the “Customise and control” menu, and clicking “Settings”, “Show advanced settings”, and “Clear browsing data”, and then selecting “Delete cookies and other site and plug-in data” before clicking “Clear browsing data”.

6.2     Deleting cookies will have a negative impact on the usability of many websites.