Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Please note, this privacy policy applies to this website. If you do not accept this privacy policy and cookies notice, do not use this Site.

When you create or log in to an online account you agree to our privacy policy and cookie notice.  Information collected from your  use of this website will be processed in accordance with  this notice. Please see our cookies notice.

Privacy notice

Information we may hold about you Information you’ve provided to us, including our websites(s) Information about products and services you’ve ordered or enquired aboutInformation provided by other companies who have obtained your permission to share information about you Information about your interaction with adverts and services such as registration, comments Information we collect using cookies stored on your device (for example, this may be a PC, phone or tablet) about your use of our website and/or selected third party websites.  For more information on cookies and how to manage them, please see our cookies notice below.  Your IP address, this is a number that identifies a specific network device on the internet and is required for your device and is required for your device to communicate with websites Technical information from your device relating to the service you receive Information relating to the location of the device you use to access our Site. Please do not submit your personal information to us if you do not wish us to collect it.

Message boards, blogs and other public forums

Please note, the Site makes message boards, blogs and other such user generated content facilities available to users of the Site and registered users can provide content for and participate in these facilities. Any information that is disclosed in these areas of our Site becomes public information and you should always be careful when deciding to disclose your personal information.

Email a friend and share these facilities Please note, when you use these facilities and provide us with personal data (e.g. the name and email address) of a third party, please ensure that you have their consent before giving us their details.

Location-based and user specific services Delivery of certain content on the Site requires you to agree to the use of your location (for example to deliver content, advertising or services along with an anonymous device identifier to enable us to recognise your browser or mobile device and provide these services across subsequent visits to our Site. To enable the delivery of these services we will use(i) the latitude and longitude of your location, or place a unique cookie on the browser of your device when you first visit the Site , or a similar identifier as applicable (each a “Device Identifier”). See our Cookies notice for more information on the use of cookies and Device Identifiers on our Site. Your location will be determined either from a lookup of your public IP address (sent in the request for content to our servers) from a public GeoIP database (effectively giving us the location of your Internet Service Provider), or directly from the device depending on its capabilities and the permissions granted to access this information. If you consent, your location will be used so that we can, together with our advertisers, provide content and advertising which is relevant to both you and your location (called “Personalised Advertising”). Please see Internet Based Advertising, Advertising Services below for further information. You can unsubscribe from these user and location based services or withdraw your consent to receiving Personalised Advertising at any time by setting the ‘Do Not Track’ preference in your browser. You can also stop all information collection by uninstalling applications on your device. You may use the standard uninstall process available as part of your mobile device.

How we may use your information

By using this Site, you agree that we may collect, hold, process and use your information (including personal information) for the purpose of providing you with the Site services and developing our business which shall include (without limitation): Verifying your identity (for example when you return to the Site) Personalising your visits to the Site and developing the design and style of the Site to improve the services provided to you Informing you about the latest changes to the Site, or products, services or promotional offers that you might find interesting Dealing with, and responding to you about, a comment you have submitted for or on our message boards, blogs and other such user generated content facilities Enabling you to share our content with others e.g. using our Email a friend and Share this article facilities Compiling customer reviews Conducting market research Carrying out statistical, technical and logistical analysis According to your preferences, communicating (and personalising such communication) with you: To send you periodic newsletters about your chosen services To send you direct marketing.  This may include communications by post, telephone or email or SMS about us and our business partners’ products and services, events and special offers To provide you with personalised services, such as providing with you with viewing recommendations and tailored advertising.  This includes where we have agreement to store information about you on the devices you use, for example to make some of the adverts you see more relevant to you. To provide you with advertising more relevant to your interests and your online behaviour through the use of cookies when you visit our website(s) We may share your personal information with other companies within the Solomon group of companies Subject to obtaining your consent, we may also supply personal information about you to third parties We may transfer, sell or assign any of the information described in this policy to third parties as a result of a sale, merger, consolidation, change of control, transfer of assets or reorganisation of our business.

Updating your preferences

Marketing You can opt out by clicking on the ‘unsubscribe’ link in the direct marketing/newsletter emails from us.  You can opt out of marketing text messages replying ‘STOP’. ‘Or you can use the contacting us’ details at the end of this privacy notice. Online behavioural advertising (OBA) If you do not want to receive online advertising where this advertising is relevant to your interests, or don’t want  information processed through the use of cookies, please see the section below on cookies.

Interest based advertising Cookies used by us. In order to fund our websites we run advertising on them – much of this advertising is run by the . To make its advertising more relevant and effective, the network uses a range of technologies provided by third parties; many of which use cookies. Cookies are files that store small amounts of information on your computer or other device (for example, your mobile phone). None of the cookies that we use contain information such as your real name or address, so you cannot be identified personally by them. Some of the cookies used by our websites are set by us, and some are set by third parties who are delivering services on our behalf.

Advertising services We gather anonymous information such as on the types of pages visited, and keywords searched on in order to build an overall, but anonymous, picture of interests or preferences based on individual users browsing habits so that we can offer a more personal experience. To this information, we include information relating to a user’s country, region and connection type gathered from elements of the IP of the browsing device. This practice is a core method used by our group to make our online advertising more efficient for our advertisers and more relevant to consumers. With permission from our advertisers, we also collect information about their sites, for use on their advertising campaigns. This is often called Retargeting, or Remarketing, and involves showing ads to groups of users that have, for example, visited that client’s homepage.We will also gather information, still anonymously, on the users that reach an action page on an advertiser’s site. This allows us to monitor how many sales or actions we achieve for a client, and therefore how effective our advertising is. In order to know how many advertisements we serve, how many times these are clicked, how many advertisements we show to a given user and how many customer actions these generate, we use cookies when we show advertisements on a page. As well as our licensed ad servers, ads are also often served from third-party ad servers, such as those of media agencies, which all use cookies to track the same metrics as ours do. For more information about interest based advertising and how to turn this feature off, please see our cookies notice below.

Ad verification technology In order to protect our advertisers’ brands, we often use a technology that scans the page to ascertain that it is safe from profane, sensitive & potentially brand-negative topics, before serving an ad there. This process is called Ad Verification, and these technologies use cookies to count ads served, those blocked, clicked and engaged by a user (i.e. they have hovered over them with their cursor). For a list of cookies served to our website please see our cookies notice below.

Safeguards and Security

No data transmission over the internet can be entirely secure, so we do not guarantee the security of your personal information and/or use of the Site. However, we use reasonable endeavours to protect the security of your personal information from unauthorised access or use by using encryption technology. In addition to these safeguards, your personal information is protected in the UK by the Data Protection Act 1998. This provides that the information which we hold about you should be processed fairly and lawfully, should be accurate, relevant and not excessive, not be retained for longer than is necessary and, if applicable, be kept up to date. For more information on the Data Protection Act 1998 and your related rights please see www.ico.gov.uk.

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