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Our Privacy Policy

Beach Web Design respects your right to privacy.

What information do we collect?

If you contact Beach Web Design personally, or buy products or services from us, you consent to your personal information being used by us to fulfil our obligations to you, including to process your payment. We will not pass any of your personally identifiable information to third parties without your consent unless we are required to by law.

You have the right to see the personal information registered about you upon request. If the information is inaccurate, incomplete or irrelevant, you have the right to request that the information be corrected or deleted.

Some technical information is collected automatically on each page in order to give us an idea of how people are finding our website, what technologies they are using to access it and which pages interest them. Each time a visitor loads a page from a website is counted as one 'page load'. At any time, information is only stored for the 100 most recent page loads. About once a month we also collect the current set of page load information to look for trends, for example changes in the screen resolution, operating system or browser that is most often used. We take this information into account when planning for usability and accessibility in website design.

We also collect information on how visitors reach our website, including search engine use, search key word use, and links referring visitors to our website. We use this information in our search engine optimisation and marketing strategies.

Some examples of the information we collect and analyse include: the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet, your browser type and version, your operating system and screen resolution. We do not collect personally identifiable information about our visitors without their consent.

If you join a mailing list operated by us, you will be able to unsubscribe at any time.

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Backup Storage of our Websites and Data

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Our websites are backed up on completion and after updates. Backups are stored on a MyBook external hard drive, safeguarded by a wireless firewall and protected by continuous antivirus scanning and regular checks for spyware. We do not store any of our customers' credit card details or other financial data.

(One of the drawbacks with these Amazon links is that they are continually updating
with their best prices and showing me how much cheaper they are!)



Third-Party Advertisers and Links to Other Websites

Our site includes third-party advertising and links to other websites. This advert for McAfee Internet Security Suite is an example. We do not provide any personally identifiable customer information to these advertisers or third-party websites. Our advertisers will generally store cookies on visitor's computers to record information including which advertisement they followed to reach the advertiser's website, and the date when they visited. Depending on the advertiser, cookies will expire (ie be automatically deleted) after different lengths of time.

We have the same thing to say about this as Amazon:
These third-party websites and advertisers, or Internet advertising companies working on their behalf, sometimes use technology to send (or "serve") the advertisements that appear on our website directly to your browser. They automatically receive your IP address when this happens. They may also use cookies, JavaScript, web beacons (also known as action tags or single-pixel gifs), and other technologies to measure the effectiveness of their ads and to personalise advertising content. We do not have access to or control over cookies or other features that they may use, and the information practices of these advertisers and third-party websites are not covered by this Privacy Notice. Please contact them directly for more information about their privacy practices. In addition, the Network Advertising Initiative offers useful information about Internet advertising companies (also called "ad networks" or "network advertisers"), including information about how to opt-out of their information collection.
Accessed 24 January, 2007.

Click here for the Network Advertising Initiative's home page. In particular, they have an interesting and helpful section for consumers called Helping You Protect Your Privacy Online.

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What we can do is provide links to our advertisers' own privacy policies and quotations from some of them, given below:

TradeDoubler

Most of our affiliate advertising is controlled through TradeDoubler. This is what TradeDoubler says about their use of cookies:
Cookies
According to the EU directive 5.3 we have to inform you that TradeDoubler uses cookies. We cannot connect an identity or specific person with the content of a cookie and we do not build profiles. The cookies are completely anonymous. There are different purposes for using cookies, for example to keep track of your choice of language when you log in to the website, to be able to show the reports that you used last time when logged in, but also in our tracking in order to measure the effect of advertisements and hence be able to remunerate affiliates. To facilitate for surfers to find out about cookies on a website, we have chosen to follow the policy for integrity that W3C (same group that sets standards for browsers) has put together, called P3P. The result is that a surfer can easily decide if cookies from a website should be accepted or not. These rules are set in your browser. P3P is supported by all the larger browsers and you can read more about P3P on http://www.w3.org/P3P/. If you want to limit or turn off the usage of cookies, change your browser settings.
Accessed 24 January, 2007
TradeDoubler's privacy policy may be viewed here, but it is only in relation to their account holders.

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Pay Pal

PayPal's privacy policy may be viewed here. In particular, this is what they say about information security in relation to payments:
Information Security
PayPal is committed to handling your customer information with high standards of information security. Your credit card and bank account information are stored only in encrypted form on computers that are not connected to the Internet. We restrict access to your personally identifiable information to employees who need to know that information in order to provide products or services to you. We maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards that comply with regulations to guard your non public personal information. We test our security systems regularly and also contract with outside companies to audit our security systems and processes. For more information on PayPal's security practices, please visit the PayPal Security Centre.
Accessed 24 January 2007
PayPal's Security Centre may be visited here.
Click here to read 'Who Will Steal Your Online Money?' from Motley Fool UK

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Amazon

The second largest proportion of our advertising is from Amazon.co.uk. Their privacy policy can be viewed here. In particular, this is what they say about their use of cookies:

...like many websites, we use "cookies" and we obtain certain types of information when your Web browser accesses Amazon.co.uk. A number of companies offer utilities designed to help you visit websites anonymously. Although we will not be able to provide you with a personalised experience at Amazon.co.uk if we cannot recognise you, we want you to be aware that these tools exist.
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* Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we transfer to your computer's hard drive through your Web browser to enable our systems to recognise your browser and to provide features such as 1-Click purchasing, New for You, personalised greetings and storage of items in your Shopping Basket between visits.
* The Help menu on the menu bar of most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie and how to disable cookies altogether. However, cookies allow you to take full advantage of some of Amazon.co.uk's most innovative and useful features and we recommend that you leave them turned on.
* If you do leave cookies turned on, be sure to sign off when you finish using a shared computer. Click here for more information on how to sign off.
Accessed 24 January, 2007

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Netlawman

Netlawman's privacy policy can be accessed here. In particular, they say:

At Net Lawman we are extremely concerned to protect your privacy and confidentiality. We understand that all users of our site are quite rightly concerned to know that their data will not be used for any purpose unintended by them, and will not fall into the hands of a third party. Our policy is both specific and strict. It complies with UK law. If you think our policy falls short of your expectations or that we are failing to abide by our policy, do please tell us.
Accessed 24, January, 2007.

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Google

This is part of an experiment detailed in my blog, in which I test out various aspects of advertising. Ads of this type are provided by Google AdSense, and they are targeted to be relevant to the content of the website and / or page they are on (ie they get the information from the website contents not the visitors themselves). I wonder what privacy related ads they will come up with!:

Click here for Google's Privacy Center and click here for their full privacy policy.

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Contact Beach Web Design

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your privacy on this website, or with any of our advertisers.
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