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Disclaimer, Privacy & Cookie Policy

This Privacy Policy and Cookie policy governs the manner in which IlluminatedAperture collects, uses, maintains and discloses information collected from users (each, a "User") of the https://illuminatedaperture.com website ("Site").

These policies are effective from 19th February 2007 and was last updated on 24th May 2018.

Disclaimer

By visiting this website, you are accepting and consenting to the practices described in this Disclaimer and Privacy Policy which may be amended from time to time. If you use this website after I have published such changes, you will be agreeing to be bound by those changes. If you do not agree to be bound by this policy at any time, you should not use the Website.

The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by Tim Trott and whilst I endeavour to keep the information up-to-date and correct, I make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.

In no event will I be liable for any injury, loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website.

Through this website you are able to link to other websites which are not under the control of myself. I have no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.

Every effort is made to keep the website up and running smoothly. However, I take no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, the website being temporarily unavailable due to technical issues beyond my control.

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how I use and protect any information that you give me when you use this website.

Your privacy is important to me. I am committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected whilst using this website. Should I ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

Users within EU member states are subject to GDPR regulations. Upon entering the Site your IP address is used to determine your approximate geo-location (at the Country level) in order to determine which privacy regulations to apply. IP Address information is transmitted to the server automatically and is checked against an IP to country list. Your IP address is not stored or recorded during this process.

What information is collected?

I may collect personal identification information from Users in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, when Users visit my site, fill out a form, respond to a survey, and in connection with other activities, services, features or resources we make available on my Site. Users may be asked for, as appropriate, name, email address and website URL. Users may, however, visit my Site anonymously. I will collect personal identification information from Users only if they voluntarily submit such information to us. Users can always refuse to supply personally identification information, except that it may prevent them from engaging in certain Site related activities.

Non-personal identification information

I may collect non-personally identification information about Users whenever they interact with our Site. The non-personal identification information may include (but not limited to) approximate geographical location, browser name and type, operating system, referral source, length of visit, pages viewed, the type of computer and the operating system, Internet service providers utilized and other similar information.

Google Analytics

I use Google Analytics to record visits to the site and to view anonymous usage information in order to provide a better service. Further information about the data collected, storage and privacy is available in the Google privacy policy.

Analytics tracking through Google Analytics makes use of IP masking which removes the last octet of the User's IP address prior to its use and storage, so no data collected is considered personally identifiable information.

Opt-Out
If you would like to opt out of Google Analytics tracking all together then you may do so by installing the Google Analytics Opt Out Browser Addon.

Google Adsense

I use Google Adsense to serve non-personalised advertisements on the pages in this Site. Non-personalised, or placement targeted, adverts do not track or use User demographics to serve adverts, therefore no personal information is required, provided or exchanged.

Opt-Out
If you would like to Opt-Out of all personalised ads in the Google Network you can do so on the Google Adsense website or on the Network Advertising website.

You also have the right to install browser-based advertisement blocking plugins, however, please be aware that this action negatively affects revenue generated on this Site and as such may limit my ability to provide a service and may result in the Site being shut down.

I do not control the content or links that appear on these sites and I am not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from this Site. In addition, these sites or services, including their content and links, may be constantly changing. These sites and services may have their own privacy policies and customer service policies. Browsing and interaction on any other website, including websites which have a link to our Site, is subject to that websites own terms and policies.

Comment Forms

Within this site you have the opportunity to contribute thoughts, ideas and questions. In order to submit a comment, you must submit your name (real or handle) and optionally your email address. If you choose to submit your email address, it will be checked against the Gravatar website to find and display avatar icons. It will also be submitted to Akismet for spam verification checks. This is the only use for your email address. It will not be used for any marketing purposes, nor will it be displayed on the site or made available.

If you do not want this Gravatar support or your email address submitted to Akismet, do not enter your email address.

Gravatar privacy policy can be viewed here. Akismet privacy policy can be viewed here.

In addition to your email address, your IP address will be logged for the purposes of spam and flood control. This is an essential requirement for security and for maintaining the server environment and cannot be opted out of. If you do not wish this to take place then do not submit a comment.

Server Logs

My web server automatically logs visitor information to the site and collects essential information about Users visits to the Site. This information is collected for the purposes of preventing fraud and unauthorized access and maintaining the security of my servers. Data is retained for a maximum of 60 days and is then removed from the server.

How I use this information

I may use information collected to:

  • Run and operate my Site. I may need your information display content on the Site correctly.
  • Improve customer service. The information you provide helps me respond to your customer service requests and support needs more efficiently.
  • Personalize user experience. I may use information in the aggregate to understand how Users as a group use the services and resources provided on our Site.
  • Improve our Site. I may use feedback you provide to improve our products and services.

I will not provide your ANY personal information to any third parties unless required to do so by law or other regulation.

Cookies

A cookie is a small file that asks permission to be placed on your computers 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.

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

This site does not actively use cookies, however, I do use third party services such as Google Adsense and Google Analytics to serve content and provide analytical data. These third parties may set cookies.

All modern browsers allow you to see what cookies you have, and to clear them individually or in their entirety by changing your cookie settings. Cookie settings are typically found in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your browser, otherwise, you should use the 'Help' option in your browser for more details. You may also find the links below helpful:

Email

To passively use our site, I do not need your e-mail address.

Any email address you provide in contact or feedback forms may be checked against the third party gravatar website to enable avatar graphics to be displayed. The information is sent in a secure and encrypted format and is not readable by third parties. If you do not wish this to occur then please do not supply your email address when leaving comments. Under no circumstances will an email address you provide be published on this site.

Links to other websites

This 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 that 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.

Controlling your personal information

I will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless I have your permission or are required by law. With the exception of gravatar support (detailed above), your email address will not be shown on the site or supplied to any third party and will never be used for the purposes of marketing, research, newsletters, subscriptions or any other kind of unsolicited email.

Comments

I welcome all kinds of thoughts - supportive, dissenting, critical or otherwise. All comments are moderated and there may be a delay before yours are shown.

I do not delete or censor comments unless they have content that:

  • is abusive
  • is off-topic
  • contains ad-hominem attacks
  • promotes hate of any kind
  • uses excessively foul language
  • is blatantly spam

All comments are filtered through spam filtering technology; the kind we use varies over time, but we are currently using a combination of Akismet, Spam Karma 2 and Bad Behavior 2. The spam-filtering technology isn't perfect and from time to time it flags legitimate emails (false positives).

Copyright Notice

The contents of these pages are copyright © Tim Trott 2005 - 2018. All rights reserved.

You may download to a local hard disk and print extracts from this website for your own personal use. You may also recopy downloaded extracts to others provided you do not do so for profit and you clearly link back to the original page.

Reproduction of part or all of the contents in any form is prohibited unless for personal use. None of the content of this website may be copied or otherwise incorporated into or stored in any other website, electronic retrieval system, publication or other work in any form (whether hard copy, electronic or other). For the avoidance of doubt, the framing of this site or any part of it is not permitted without my express permission.

Unless otherwise stated, all photographs are Copyright Tim Trott. You may not copy, distribute, reproduce, distribute on any other website or electronic communication without my express consent.

Notwithstanding the above, caching of this site is permitted by an information service provider acting in the normal course of its business as provided for in the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002. Any enquiries should be directed to the Webmaster.

Changes to these policies

IlluminatedAperture has the discretion to update these policies at any time. When I do, I will post a notification on the main page of my Site. I encourage Users to frequently check this page for any changes to stay informed about how I am helping to protect the personal information I collect. You acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to review this privacy policy periodically and become aware of modifications.

Your acceptance of these terms

By using this Site, you signify your acceptance of this policy. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use our Site. Your continued use of the Site following the posting of changes to this policy will be deemed your acceptance of those changes.

Contacting Me

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, Copyright information or disclaimer, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, please contact me.

 

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