Terms & Conditions

Terms and Conditions

This website (the “Website”), located at www.sandiwassmer.co.uk, is the personal website of Sandi Wassmer.

Unless otherwise attributed, the material on this website is copyright © 2012 Sandi Wassmer.

I hope that visitors to my Website have the best experience possible; I want to ensure that the Website provides a place where everyone who visits feels safe and secure, so it is imperative that the Website is used only for its intended purposes.

In these Terms and Conditions "you" and "your" means any and all persons using this Website, and "me", "I" and "my" means Sandi Wassmer.

These Terms and Conditions have two sections:

Access, acceptance and use

Access to and use of any information on this Website is conditional on your acceptance of these Terms and Conditions without modification.

These Terms and Conditions may be altered at any time. If altered, all subsequent use of this Website will be governed by the newer version. I recommend that you review these Terms and Conditions from time to time in order to ensure that you are familiar with the most recent iteration. Your continued use of this Website will be deemed as acceptance of the most recently updated Terms and Conditions. If you do not wish to accept any part of them, you must not use the Website.

Applicable law

The Website is governed exclusively by the applicable laws of England and Wales. Any dispute or matter which arises from your use of the Website will be dealt with by the courts of England and Wales only.

Contact about the Website

If you would like to contact me about any aspect of the Website’s Terms of Use, Privacy and Cookies Policy or to make an enquiry about your personal information, please email terms[@]sandiwassmer[dot]co[dot]uk.

Website Terms of Use

Minimum age

Although I would like to invite people of all ages to use all aspects of this Website, UK law places certain restrictions on who and how people in certain age groups are able to use specific services on the internet. As keeping the people who use this Website safe and secure is essential, the Website adheres to the relevant legislation in order to do so.

If you are aged 18 or under, the content on this Website should be suitable for you to view. However, as what is deemed suitable or acceptable for under 18s differs greatly based on a wide range of factors, you will need to review the Website terms and conditions with your parent or guardian before using this Website. Until you are 18 years old, by using this Website, you certify that your parent or guardian has consented to your use of this Website and has agreed to the Terms and Conditions on your behalf.

Acceptable use

I encourage you to participate in the Website by commenting on Blogs and News stories and expect that you will do so respectfully and responsibly.

By submitting your comments to this Website, you:

  • Represent that you are fully entitled to do so.
  • Guarantee that whatever you submit:
    • Is accurate where it states facts.
    • Is genuinely held where it states opinions;
    • Provides clarification where there may be any ambiguity between what is fact and what is opinion.
    • Is lawful.
  • Guarantee that the content you submit does not:
    • Infringe any copyright, trademarks, other intellectual property rights or other rights of any other person or entity.
    • Contain any material which is defamatory.
    • Contain any material which is obscene or offensive.
    • Contain malicious code, viruses or other harmful programmes or material; including but not limited to spyware,
    • adware, devices, programs, robots, iframes, hidden pictures, redirects, spiders, computer scripts or other automated, artificial or fraudulent methods designed to deceive.
    • Encourage, promote or incite any unlawful conduct.
    • Mislead, deceive or misinform.
  • Grant a non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free, irrevocable, non-terminable world-wide right and licence to use, reproduce, copy, publish, modify, translate, licence, sub-licence, distribute, show in public and create derivative works or incorporate the content into any form, medium, or technology now known or later developed throughout the universe.
  • Agree to indemnify me and any related third parties in full from and against all third party claims, liabilities, losses and expenses (including reasonable legal fees) incurred or suffered by such persons arising out of or related to your content and/or any breach by you of any term in these Terms and Conditions.

I reserve the right to reject, block, suspend or remove the content you submit at any time and in my sole discretion. I in no way guarantee that your content or any part of it will be displayed on the Website.

Disclosure of Personal Information

You must not reveal any personal information about yourself or anyone else in your use of the Website.

Security

It is strictly prohibited to link other Websites with this Website without prior written permission. I may permit some links for convenience, but I have no responsibility for the unaffiliated sites to which it is linked.

You are prohibited from attempting to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of the Website's system or breach its security.

This Website may contain links to other websites. Such other websites are not under my control or maintained by me and I am not responsible for the content of such websites. I provide these links for your convenience only but do not monitor or endorse the material on them.

I make no warranty that this Website or any websites that are linked to this Website are free from technical errors, computer viruses or any other malicious or impairing computer programs. It is your responsibility to ensure you make sufficient security provisions to satisfy your particular requirements.

Intellectual Property

All copyright, trademarks, and other intellectual property rights in and relating to this Website, unless otherwise stated, are owned by me.

It is easy to copy material that appears on websites, but this does not mean it is legal. Therefore, no-one may copy, distribute, show in public or create any derivative work from this Website or any of the material which is found on this Website unless properly licensed to do so by me.

Limitation of Liability

I do not accept liability for any loss or damage or other sum or claim of any nature whatsoever whether direct, indirect, consequential or other, which arises, directly or indirectly, in connection with this Website including, but not limited to, any use of any information or material contained in this Website or any inability to access or use this Website.

Warranties

No warranties, promises and/or representations of any kind, express or implied, are given as to the accuracy or completeness of any of the material or information contained on this Website.

Privacy and Cookies Policy

Privacy

This Privacy Policy endeavours to ensure that the Website:

  • Is secure and protects user's privacy.
  • Provides users with accurate, transparent and current information about how use of the Website impacts on privacy.
  • Gives users choice about the information stored and how it is used.

Keeping your Personal Information Safe

Whenever you submit your personal information via the Website, it will be treated in accordance with this privacy policy, our Website terms of use and current UK Data Protection legislation.

Please do not submit your personal information either via the Website or in email communications if you do not wish it to be collected.

Any personal information you submit will be used only for the express purpose for which it was intended.

I will not sell, share, or rent this information to third parties, unless I have your express permission to do so, or I am required to do so by law, for example, by a court order or for the purposes of prevention of fraud or other crime.

As is the nature of the Internet, no data transmission can be guaranteed to be 100 percent secure; I do, however, have systems in place to ensure that visiting the Website will be as secure as is reasonably practicable.

Data Protection

Your privacy and that of your personal information are protected in the UK by the Data Protection Act 1998. This provides that the information held about you:

  • Should be processed fairly and lawfully.
  • Should be accurate, relevant and not excessive.
  • Should not be retained for longer than is necessary.
  • Should be kept up to date, if applicable.

Cookies

A bit about Cookies

HTTP Cookies, or ‘cookies’ as they are generally known, are small text files that are placed on your computer's hard drive or memory by your web browser when you visit websites that use cookies.

Most modern websites use cookies to ensure that their website’s visitors have the best online experiences possible, and this Website uses cookies for these very purposes.

Definitions

Session Cookies

A ‘session cookie’ or ‘temporary cookie’ is stored within your computer‘s memory, and will only remain there for a single session - i.e .the duration of a single visit to a website.

Session cookies use unique session identifiers to establish your session and enable the website owner to provide certain features and functionality that will make your experience of the website better as you navigate through different web pages.

Persistent Cookies

Persistent cookies are stored on your computer's hard drive. Persistent cookies store useful information, such as user preferences, language or geographical location and serve as pointers. After visiting a website for the first time, on each subsequent visit, the data stored is sent via your web browser to the website’s server, enabling it to “remember” this information each time you visit the website.

Secure Cookies

Secure cookies are used for encrypted communications that share sensitive data, such as financial transactions or submitting personal information. A secure cookie can be either temporary or persistent; it simply provides additional security.

First-party Cookies

First-party cookies are cookies set by websites when you visit them directly and are generally used to improve the visitor’s experience. These can be temporary cookies, persistent cookies or both, depending on the functionality of the website.

Third-party Cookies

Third-party cookies are cookies set by websites other than the website being visited. These cookies are generally used for advertising purposes; they provide advertisers with information, such as how many times a web page displaying a specific advertisement was loaded. These can be temporary cookies, persistent cookies or both, depending on the functionality of the website.

Debunking a few Cookies Myths

  • Cookies do not contain software.
  • Cookies do not contain viruses.
  • Cookies do not spontaneously launch applications on your computer.
  • Cookies should not contain any personally identifiable information.
  • Cookies rarely contain useful information on their own, as they work in combination with your browser and the website’s database.
  • The cookie monster is not real.

The Cookies used on this Website

The cookies used on this Website are an integral part of how the Website works and avails a better online experience for Website visitors. Importantly, cookies enable users to set accessibility preferences on the Website without having to register or log in.

The Website also uses Google Analytics cookies, which collect anonymous information, such as how many people visit the Website, which web pages they visit and how long they visit for. Google kindly offer the Google Analytics service free of charge and the information collected is invaluable for making the Website the best it can be.

In order to ensure that your privacy is being protected, we have assessed ‘cookie intrusiveness’, which determines the risk of intrusion a certain type or use of cookie that places on your privacy.

A list of the cookies used on the www.sandiwassmer.co.uk website and detailed information about what they are used for are provided below. A Content Management System (CMS) is used to maintain the Website.

Intrusiveness Legend
Level of Intrusiveness ID
None 0
Negligible 1
Minimal 2
Moderate 3
Considerable 4
High 5
Intrusiveness by function
Category ID Level of Intrusiveness
Strictly necessary 0 None
Website functionality 1 Negligible
Website preferences 1 Negligible
CMS member access 1 Negligible
CMS administration 1 Negligible
Analytics 2 Minimal
Social media 3 Moderate
Third-party functionality 4 Considerable (we do not use these)
Targeted advertising 5 High (we do not use these)
Non-CMS Cookies: Google Analytics
Cookie Name Duration Type Owner Type Expiry Data Stored Level
__utma Persistent First-party 730 days Initially a Unique Client ID is stored; subsequently, the number of visits, and the time of the first, previous and current visit. 2
__utmb Temporary First-party 30 mins Duration of visit 2
__utmc Temporary First-party 1 session Duration of visit 2
__utmz Persistent First-party 180 days Referral data: where the user came from. 2
CMS Cookies: All Users
Cookie Name Duration Type Owner Type Expiry Data Stored Level
PHPSESSID Temporary First-party 1 session Unique Session ID 1
PageCommentInterface_Name Persistent First-party 90 days Name, as per user input. Users are not required to disclose their real name and can comment anonymously. 1
CMS Cookies: Administrative Users
Cookie Name Duration Type Owner Type Expiry Data Stored Level
bypassStaticCache Temporary First-party 1 session Value = 1 1
siteTreeFutureState Temporary First-party 1 session Value = 1 0

Cookies: Purposes

Non-CMS Cookies: Google Analytics
Cookie Name Purpose
__utma When users visit the website for the first time, the __utma cookie is used to identify each unique visitor, as determined by the user's client. The __utma cookie is subsequently used to track user visits and activity on to the website over time.
__utmb The __utmb cookie is used to establish and maintain a single user session, and to measure the duration of each session. The __utmb cookie will remain operative whilst the user is active on the website. If the user is inactive for 30 minutes, the cookie will expire and the session will be determined as completed for analytics purposes.
__utmc The __utmc cookie works in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to establish and maintain a single session.
__utmz The __utmz cookie is used to determine the "referral type" - the route the user took to get to the website. For example, whether the user entered the website url directly into their browser, they did a Google Search, they clicked on a link on another website and suchlike.
CMS Cookies: All Users
Cookie Name Purpose
PHPSESSID The PHPSESSID cookie is native to PHP and enables websites to store serialised state data. On the website it is used to establish a user session and to pass state data via a temporary cookie, which is commonly referred to as a session cookie. As the PHPSESSID cookie has no timed expiry, it disappears when the client is closed. The use of the PHPSESSID cookie is highly embedded in the SilverStripe CMS and is a central part of the working of the system; initiating a session is one of the first things SilverStripe does when a web page is requested. The PHP Session::start() command that sets the cookie is invoked from the programme main.php, which is part of SilverStripe’s core code. In addition, SilverStripe utilises the PHP session for many of its features. On the website, the accessibility style switcher uses the PHP session to maintain state and would not function as intended without the PHPSESSID cookie being set. The security for the registration form relies on the PHP session and, as there are no specific cookies used to pass login state data, user logins are preserved through the session. The page view history for logged in users is initially recorded as an array in the PHP session and requires the PHPSESSID cookie to be set in order to function.
PageCommentInterface_Name The PageCommentInterface_Name cookie is set when a user leaves a comment using the "Comments" feature in certain sections of the website, such as blogs or news. The standard SilverStripe comments feature sets cookies for all of the data sent from the comment form, but we have modified the comments feature to improve UX and accessibility, and only the commenter name is stored. This cookie allows the commenter name to be pre-populated on all pages of the website when the user makes subsequent visits. This feature provides convenience to the user, but is not essential.

Its up to you

Most internet browsers accept cookies automatically, but they also provide means to delete cookies and prevent them from being set.

Some browsers also provide a Do Not Track (DNT) facility, intended to stop you from being tracked and subsequently served targeted advertising. As all browsers do things differently, please refer to the website of the browser you use for more information.

Internet Explorer
Disable cookies

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278835

Do Not Track (DNT)

http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/Browser/TrackingProtectionLists/

Firefox
Disable cookies

http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/Deleting%20cookies

Do Not Track (DNT)

http://dnt.mozilla.org/

Chrome
Disable cookies

https://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95647&p=cpn_cookies

Do Not Track (DNT)

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/epanfjkfahimkgomnigadpkobaefekcd

Safari
Disable cookies

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Safari/3.0/en/11471.html

Do Not Track (DNT)

http://developer.apple.com/library/safari/#documentation/appleapplications/Conceptual/Safari_Developer_Guide/2SafariDeveloperTools/SafariDeveloperTools.html

Opera
Disable cookies

http://help.opera.com/Mac/11.60/en/cookies.html

Do Not Track (DNT)

The feature is only currently in Opera 12 beta, there's no documentation as yet., but details can be found at:

Preferences > Advanced > Security : ask websites not to track me (checkbox)

Cookies consent

Acceptance

The Website's approach to cookies is that of implied consent; it is understood that, having provided you with transparent and accurate information about the use of cookies, on the Website, how to control and delete cookies and the impact this will have on your use of the Website, you have the tools to make an informed decision about whether or how you choose to interact with the Website. As such, your continued use of the Website is accepted as your consent to our use of cookies.

Non-acceptance

If you do not accept our use of cookies, you can;

continue to use our Website without cookies, on the understanding of the limitations this may place on functionality, or; not use the Website and delete any cookies we may have set once you have left our Website.

Privacy and Other Technologies

Although the Website only uses first-party cookies, there are other technologies used to store data on your computer or mobile device to track behaviour. Some of the existing and emerging technologies include:

  • Flash cookies (FlashLocallyStoredObjects)
  • Web beacons
  • HTML5 storage
  • Web/DOM storage
  • Indexed Database API
  • Local data storage in mobile applications

And just one more thing

At present, there are no mechanisms that ensure total anonymity on the Internet. Disabling cookies and using DNT will not prevent you from being trackable, as the following data remains available:

  • Your IP Address
  • The timezone your device is set to
  • Your preferences, such as screen resolution and colour depth
  • The fonts installed on your device
  • Which browser you are using and on what device
  • What browser extensions and plugins are installed on your device
  • Whether your browser has JavaScript turned on or off
  • Whether your browser accepts cookies or not

For more information about cookies, please visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org