Privacy & Cookies

cookieI process personal data for a range of reasons, mostly to do with the administration of my business as a trainer and consultant. If you contact me for example, I will hold your contact details so that I can respond to and deal with your enquiry. I will not pass your details onto other people or organisations unless I have your consent. I have notified the Information Commissioner and you can consult my entry (registration number ZA071135) on the Commissioner’s website.

Email Marketing

If you sign up to my FOIMan News newsletter, your email address will be used to send you the newsletter. If you have indicated that you want to receive details of my courses and services I will contact you about my courses and services using the details you provide. All of this will be administered using MailChimp, a US company used by lots of businesses to administer marketing email. MailChimp store the list of email addresses for me but aren’t allowed to contact you directly or use your email for their own purposes. I remain the data controller in relation to this data and have a data processing agreement in place with MailChimp. More information about MailChimp’s privacy policies can be found on their website. All FOIMan News bulletins and other marketing emails will contain the option to unsubscribe if you decide that you no longer want to receive them.

Cookies

It takes quite a bit of time and effort to create the content and blog posts that are available on the FOIMan site. I probably would keep writing just for the fun of it, but it is nice to know that people are actually reading it.

So I use Google Analytics and WordPress to keep track of how many people visit the site, and a little bit about how they get to me (eg what search terms resulted in you finding your way to me). I’m legally obliged to tell you that in order to collect these statistics, Google and WordPress place “cookies” (small text files that are used by Google to see if you’ve visited me before, for instance) on your computer, mobile phone or whatever device you use.

Google provide more information on the cookies they place on your device on their website. If you really don’t like the idea of Google placing cookies on your computer, they also provide a browser add-on that you can run that prevents cookies being placed on your device by Google whatever websites you visit. In addition, you can also usually change your browser settings manually to block cookies from being placed on your device, and also to clear cookies that have already been placed there.

WordPress is the Content Management System (CMS) that runs the FOIMan website. It uses a cookie when logging in and out which is essential for proper website operation. It is only set if you are a registered user, so for most people it is not set at all. User data is all anonymous.

If you leave a comment on a blog post, then a cookie may be stored to ‘remember’ your details for the next time you post (should you choose the “remember me” option).