In plain English
- I use Google Analytics on this website to monitor what’s popular or identify usability improvements
- There may be some remarketing performed if you’ve visited this website, which you can opt out of by changing your browser settings
- If you purchase a service or digital product of mine, I can delete your information if you wish
- If you have emailed me then let me know and I can remove information held on you
- No financial data is held by me, I use third parties to process payments such as PayPal and Stripe
- Your data is never sold or passed on to third parties, unless you have opted in to do so in order to complete a service for example
Here’s what I know about the average visitor
Google Analytics collects
- Your IP address
- Web browser
- Operating system
- The referrer (how you got my website, which could be Twitter, Google or directly typing in the URL)
- Your country plus town/city
This is not an exhaustive list, for the purpose of this website though I pay attention to what is popular, what appears to be working and where the website traffic is coming from.
More detailed information
Information collected about our Customers
Why do we collect your personal information?
We collect information to help manage your interactions with us and to provide a quality service:
- To deliver products and services you have ordered from us;
- To manage the services we provide to you;
- To charge you for the products and services you have ordered from us;
- To be able to answer questions you may have now and in the future about the services we have provided to you;
- To fulfil our legal obligations as a business; and
- To help us run and grow our business.
We also collect information, so we can tell you about our products and services. We will not collect any personal information from you we do not need.
Information collected via our website
You can visit our site (www.denegibson.co.uk) without telling us who you are or providing us with any personal information. However, we may collect the I.P. (Internet protocol) addresses of all our website visitors and other related information to be used to improve our website. We use a third-party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone.
Making Contact via our website
You may choose to raise a query with us via the contact forms provided on our website. In this case we will collect and store your name, address and telephone number (if these are provided) and your email address, along with any further information you provide specific to your enquiry. As an alternative method of contact you may click on one of the email addresses on our website. In this case the link will open your own email application and you will not need to save your information on our website.
Information collected about our Customers
When you purchase a product or service from us will collect the personal information required to perform the service. This information includes your name, billing and installation addresses, email address, phone number, payment method and other location information required to perform the service. We may also collect personal information of your staff where this is needed to provide the service to them. We will retain this information to assist you while you remain a customer of DG web consultancy. Our lawful basis for collecting this information is that we have a Legitimate Interest to enable us to provide products and services to you.
Who we share your personal Information with
We use a number of service providers to assist us deliver products and services to you and share necessary portions of your personal information with them:
- Our website hosting, Webfaction. Our website is hosted inside of the EU and the organisation complies with the EU’s data privacy regulations;
- For customers who require their service to be delivered we will share your name, address and contact telephone number with our Contractor in order to fulfil the contract.
All of our service providers are required to maintain the confidentiality and security of your personal information and to use it only in compliance with applicable privacy laws. These companies are not authorised to use your information in any manner, other than in helping us to provide you with products and services or as otherwise required by applicable law. We may also disclose specific personal information about you if required by law, governmental request or court order if, based on our good faith belief, it is necessary to conform or comply with such law, request or court order.
Retention of Personal Information
We only keep your personal information for as long as necessary for the purposes we collected it, to support a claim or defence in Court or as otherwise required by law.
Security of your Personal Information
We maintain reasonable administrative, technical and physical safeguards in an effort to protect against the loss, theft, unauthorised access, use, modification and disclosure of personal information in our custody and control. We only provide access to personal information to employees and authorised service providers who require such information for the purposes described in this Privacy & Security Policy.
Sale of our Business
In the event of a merger or transfer of our business to a new owner we may transfer or share information we have about you to a third-party acquirer.
How to Contact Us about your personal information
You can request a copy of the personal information we hold on you at any time. If you believe the information we process on you is incorrect you can request to see this information, and have it corrected or deleted. If we are providing a service to you under contract, then it may not be possible to delete your information. We may also be required to retain some parts of your personal information for legal reasons – such as invoice and payment records. Please make such a request in writing. There will be no charge for reasonable requests for information and we will respond within 30 days. If it will take longer than 30 days to meet your request we will advise you accordingly. Please be aware that if you do request a deletion of information this may limit the service we can provide to you. If you wish to raise a request regarding your personal information or to register a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are processing your personal data not in accordance with the law you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office at https://ico.org.uk/
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|Setting the Scope of Your Site Content||Because any cookie read/write access is restricted by a combination of the cookie name and its domain, default visitor tracking via Google Analytics is confined to the domain of the page on which the tracking code is installed. For the most common scenario where the tracking code is installed on a single domain (and no other sub-domains), the generic setup is correct. In other situations where you wish to track content across domains or sub-domains, or restrict tracking to a smaller section of a single domain, you use additional methods in the ga.js tracking code to define content scope. See Domains & Directories in the Collection API document for details.||All cookies|
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|Tracking Traffic Sources & Navigation||When visitors reach your site via a search engine result, a direct link, or an ad that links to your page, Google Analytics stores the type of referral information in a cookie. The parameters in the cookie value string are parsed and sent in the GIF Request (in the utmcc variable). The expiration date for the cookie is set as 6 months into the future. This cookie gets updated with each subsequent page view to your site; thus it is used to determine visitor navigation within your site.||__utmz|
|Custom Variables||You can define your own segments for reporting on your particular data. When you use the _setCustomVar() method in your tracking code to define custom variables, Google Analytics uses this cookie to track and report on that information. In a typical use case, you might use this method to segment your website visitors by a custom demographic that they select on your website (income, age range, product preferences).||___utmv|
|Website Optimiser||You can use Google Analytics with Google Website Optimizer (GWO), which is a tool that helps determine the most effective design for your site. When a website optimizer script executes on your page, a _utmx cookie is written to the browser and its value is sent to Google Analytics. See the Website Optimizer Help Center for more information.||___utmx|
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|__utma||This cookie is typically written to the browser upon the first visit to your site from that web browser. If the cookie has been deleted by the browser operator, and the browser subsequently visits your site, a new __utma cookie is written with a different unique ID. This cookie is used to determine unique visitors to your site and it is updated with each page view. Additionally, this cookie is provided with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure.||2 years from set/update.|
|__utmb||This cookie is used to establish and continue a user session with your site. When a user views a page on your site, the Google Analytics code attempts to update this cookie. If it does not find the cookie, a new one is written and a new session is established. Each time a user visits a different page on your site, this cookie is updated to expire in 30 minutes, thus continuing a single session for as long as user activity continues within 30-minute intervals. This cookie expires when a user pauses on a page on your site for longer than 30 minutes. You can modify the default length of a user session with the _setSessionCookieTimeout() method.||30 minutes from set/update.|
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|__utmv||This cookie is not normally present in a default configuration of the tracking code. The __utmv cookie passes the information provided via the _setVar() method, which you use to create a custom user segment. This string is then passed to the Analytics servers in the GIF request URL via the utmcc parameter. This cookie is only written if you have added the _setVar() method for the tracking code on your website page.||2 years from set/update|
|__utmx||This cookie is used by Website Optimizer and only set when the Website Optimizer tracking code is installed and correctly configured for your pages. When the optimizer script executes, this cookie stores the variation this visitor is assigned to for each experiment, so the visitor has a consistent experience on your site. See the Website Optimizer Help Center for more information.||2 years from set/update|
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