www.the-self-build-guide.co.uk strives to maintain the highest standards of decency, fairness and integrity in all our operations. Likewise, we are dedicated to protecting our customers’, consumers’ and online visitors’ privacy on our website.
www.the-self-build-guide.co.uk collects personally identifiable information from the visitors to our website only on a voluntary, ‘opt-in’ basis. Personal information collected on a voluntary basis may include name and email address.
This information is collected only if you request information from us, participate in a contest, sign up to join our email list or request some other service or information from us. The information collected is internally reviewed, used to improve the content of our website, notify our visitors of updates, and respond to visitor inquiries.
Once information is reviewed, it is discarded or stored in our files if it is part of ongoing correspondence. If we make material changes in the collection of personally identifiable information we will inform you by placing a notice on our site. Personal information received from any visitor will be used only for internal purposes and will not be sold or provided to third parties.
You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying your Web browser; however, if you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the site.
A web beacon is a transparent image file used to monitor your journey around a single website or collection of sites. They are also referred to as web bugs and are commonly used by sites that hire third-party services to monitor traffic. They may be used in association with cookies to understand how visitors interact with the pages and content on the pages of a web site.
Browsers can be set to accept or reject cookies or notify you when a cookie is being sent. Privacy software can be used to override web beacons. Taking either of these actions shouldn’t cause a problem with our site, should you so choose.
This website is powered by WordPress.orgwhich has been updated to latest version compliant with GDPR. Since the release of version 4.9.6 the WordPress core software is GDPR compliant.
When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
How long we retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
What rights you have over your data
If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
Where we send your data
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
Details submitted in contact forms will only be used for correspondence relating to your message. They will never be automatically added on to e-mail lists or shared with third parties without specific discussion and consent.
E-mail List Subscription
We also operate a double opt-in system where the first e-mail you receive contains a confirmation button to confirm your intention to join the list.
This website also uses social media buttons including Facebook, Twitter, Google +, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram which allows convenient interaction with these social media networks. www.the-self-build-guide.co.uk does not collect or store personal information or data associated with these buttons but cookies may be used by these buttons/sites to allow the features to function correctly.
These buttons are displayed on www.the-self-build-guide.co.uk by ‘Floating Social Media Icons’ by Acurax.
Clicking on the buttons will take you to the social website where your use of their site will be covered by their privacy and data protection policies.
In order to operate this website we use numerous third party interfaces to do things like analyse usage, share content and monetise. Some of these third parties use your data anonymously or otherwise to deliver their services. Services we use include the following:
www.the-self-build-guide.co.uk utilises Google Analytics to analyse anonymous data about visitor behaviour so that we can identify how the site is being used, what is popular and what is not, so that we can continually improve this site for all our visitors.
Google Analytics works by means of tracking code that is added to the pages of a website. Every user is registered with a unique ID, so that Google Analytics can provide website administrators with insight into how many unique visitors there are to the site and their behaviour.
By clicking ‘accept’ on the GDPR compliance cookie notice at the footer of this website you consent to and accept our use of Google Analytics on www.the-self-build-guide.co.uk.
Google may serve content and/or Adsense advertisements and collect information directly from visitors and may place or recognize cookies on visitors’ browsers. We do not have access to or control over cookies or other features that they may use.
Google’s use of your personal data in relation to the Adsense platform on our site can found on their Privacy and Terms page.
Once again, clicking ‘accept’ on the GDPR compliance cookie notice at the footer of this website you consent to and accept our use of Google Adsense on www.the-self-build-guide.co.uk
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act
This website is directed to adults; it is not directed to children under the age of 16. We operate our site in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, and will not knowingly collect or use personal information from anyone under 16 years of age. Our contact forms contain a 16+ age declaration checkbox before submission.
In some cases, we may collect information about you that is not personally identifiable. We use this information, which does not identify individual users, to analyze trends, to administer the site, to track users’ movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. The information collected is used solely for internal review and not shared with other organizations for commercial purposes.
Release of Information
If www.the-self-build-guide.co.uk is sold, the information we have obtained from you through your voluntary participation in our site may transfer to the new owner as a part of the sale in order that the service being provided to you may continue. In that event, you will receive notice through our website of that change in control and practices, and we will make reasonable efforts to ensure that the purchaser honors any opt-out requests you might make of us.
How You Can Correct or Remove Information
Updates and Effective Date
European Union Data Protection Regulation comes into effect on 25th May 2018.
Agreeing to Terms