Privacy and cookies

St Andrew’s Church takes the protection of personal data seriously and the following tells you how we will safeguard your privacy and use ‘cookies’.

What personal information do we collect?

Information that you give us through the website. We also collect and store anonymous information about visits to and use of our website using cookies.

What are ‘cookies’?

‘Cookies’ are small text files that are downloaded onto a device when users first access a website. They are used to maintain and monitor website use.  They do not tell us who you are or make adverts pop up.

What cookies does this website use?

The ‘cookies’ on our website are downloaded from Google Analytics (_utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz) to track anonymously how people use our site. If you comment on our website, cookies will also be downloaded so that you will not need to retype all your details again when you want to leave another comment (comment_author, comment_author_email, comment_author_website). Our Gravatar, the image that appears by our name on posts, also uses a cookie (http://0.gravatar.com/avatar…) to register our use.

How do I opt out of cookie use?

At any time you can set your browser to delete and block some or all “cookie” downloads (click on the links to see how on the top browsers).  Alternatively you could download a free cookie blocking program like ghostery. Please be aware that the majority of websites use cookies, so if you do choose to block their downloads, you may have problems using some sites.

What is Google Analytics?

Google Analytics is a web analysis service provided by Google, Inc. (‘Google’). Google Analytics uses ‘cookies’, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States . Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and Internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

Do we share your personal information?

We will not share your personal information with third parties.   We may have to disclose information about you where we have to comply with the law, or to protect or defend our legal rights or those of our users.  We will only use your personal data for the purposes specified in this privacy policy or in relevant parts of the website. Occasionally we may use your personal data to send you information that we think will be of interest to you.  We will not send you information if you tell us that you do not wish to receive information from us.

What about security?

We will do all that we reasonably can to prevent the loss, alteration or misuse of personal data. However, we cannot guarantee the security of data sent via the internet, the transmission of which is not secure.

What about websites linked to our site?

This website does have links to other sites. We are not responsible for the privacy policy or content of these websites.

Will your policy change?

We may update our policy from time-to-time by posting it on our website.  You may therefore want to check our privacy policy periodically.

What if I have any concerns about my privacy?

If you have any question or concerns about our privacy & cookie policy or the way we have used your personal data, please do write or email us.

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