In general, Calderdale-Online does not collect, store, use or disclose personally identifying information except in very specific instances, such as for example, when you elect to advertise through the website, or request to use our message boards. Whenever we collect such personal information, you will have a choice regarding whether to provide it and, if it could possibly be disclosed outside the organisation, to whom it will be disclosed. The instances in which Calderdale-Online does collect and use personal information is specifically described in this Privacy Policy.

Calderdale-Online provides fun, easy-to-use services. Calderdale-Online values its readers and their concerns about privacy. To this end, Calderdale-Online engages in consistent information practices and uses its best efforts to make clear disclosures regarding those practices. Calderdale-Online also complies with all applicable data protection legislation, including the UK Data Protection Act 1998. This Privacy Policy is a part of that compliance.

The Act defines eight Data Protection Principles. They require that data shall be:

Calderdale-Online conforms to the provisions of the Act. We are exempted from notification since we only process personal data for our own business and for the following purposes:-

What does this Privacy Policy cover?

This Privacy Policy applies to the processing of information by Calderdale-Online, including information from which a living individual can be identified ("Personal Data") and anonymous information.

Processing includes the collection, use, storage and disclosure of information by Calderdale-Online. Please be aware that, as part of the services, Calderdale-Online provides links to Web sites operated by third parties. Calderdale-Online is not responsible for the information, collection or privacy practices or the content of those third party Web sites or applications. Also, please be aware that any banner ads on Calderdale-Online are generally provided by a third party, which may collect cookies as part of the process of serving those ads. These cookies are typically used for the purpose of tracking performance of the banner ads. Calderdale-Online does not determine what specific information those third parties collect.

What information does Calderdale-Online collect and how is it used? Does Calderdale-Online disclose information to third parties?

Calderdale-Online may collect any or all of the following three types of information: (a) traffic or clickstream data, (b) cookies, or (c) contact information and other personally identifying information. Only the information in (c) is considered Personal Data, which falls within the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998. Calderdale Online's collection and use of each type of data is described below, as well as the ways (if any) in which the data may be shared with third parties.

(a) Traffic or Clickstream Data. Data about traffic and usage is not personally identifying or identifiable, and is not supplemented or combined with personally identifying or identifiable information. Calderdale-Online may share information it collects with certain selected third parties, but only in aggregated, anonymous form. For example, we may tell a funder or partner that a certain number of people visited a certain area on our Web site, or searched our Web site for the term "health." Calderdale-Online collects some information regarding use of the services by observing browser functions and the files (pages) readers' access. For example, Calderdale-Online's servers collect information about the site from which you entered to enable Calderdale-Online to calculate and pay any affiliates, information about the most frequently searched terms to help its partners to provide the most relevant information, data about usage to check for fraudulent behaviour or other abnormalities and to ensure that our services are technically superior. In addition to the foregoing applications, Calderdale-Online uses the information (in aggregate form) to better design our services.

(b) Cookies. Like many sites, certain sections of Calderdale-Online may collect information about online behaviour using cookies. These cookies contain identification information that enables our readers to login to specific services easier and to enable us to see how our readers are interacting with our site and how frequently they are returning. Our cookies do not contain any personally identifiable information and are not combined with any other information we hold, such as registration data, to provide us with personally identifiable information. Cookies let us know about repeat visitors and if we are delivering quality products and services. Calderdale-Online also uses cookies to identify which sites our repeat visitors are coming from. To Calderdale-Online, using information within cookies is a way to survey how we are doing and to look for ways to improve our services while protecting our readers' anonymity.

You may set your browser software to reject cookies, but you may not be able to use all of the features of the services. Calderdale-Online may share information about usage of the services collected by cookies with third parties, but only in aggregated, anonymous form.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small piece of code that a website gives to you, via your web browser. Cookies can be used for a variety of purposes, but most commonly they are used to give sites information about their users. In this way, sites can appear to 'remember' information about visitors, such as passwords, preferences and viewing habits.

As far as clogging your machine goes, this is unlikely as cookies are very small - usually text files stored in a cookies directory within your browser applications memory on your local hard drive. As far as security goes, cookies can't spread viruses as they are not executables, i.e. programs that contain viruses.

You're not damaging your PC or software by using a cookie - you're only increasing the information that websites hold about you. If you don't like this, then you can use your browser to restrict or even cancel their use. Cookies are used in several sections of the website to ease access to resources.

(c) Contact Information or Personally Identifying Information. Calderdale-Online can obtain access to your Personal Data (such as name, e-mail address and other contact information) only (1) when you become an advertiser with Calderdale-Online, provide comments, submit a problem, request some information or a newsletter from Calderdale-Online, or access one of our message board forums and provide your name or return contact information, or (2) in connection with special offers or contests.

More details are provided on each of these categories below, but in each case Calderdale-Online will only collect, hold and process the Personal Data that you choose to provide to us, and for the purposes and in the manner set out in this Privacy Policy or otherwise provided to you at the time of the collection of your Personal Data.

Contact information provided in connection with problems, comments or requests is used only to respond to those problems, comments or requests. This information is not stored or used in connection with traffic or clickstream data and is provided to third parties only as is reasonably necessary to respond to the comment, problem or request.

You may choose to provide other Personal Data, including contact information, other personally identifying information, and demographic information in order to receive email newsletters, participate in optional surveys or contests, which are run for promotional purposes and receive services from Calderdale-Online. This will require you to provide personal information such as your name, email address, home and work postcodes. This information is mandatory and is required by Calderdale-Online to supply a reasonable level of services to readers and our advertisers. Calderdale-Online uses such Personal Data to notify you if you win the contest and may also use it for direct marketing purposes with your consent (see below).

Message Board Forums

In order to use these forums, readers are required to provide a user name, password and email address. Neither the Administrators of these forums, or the Moderators participating, are responsible for the privacy practices of any user. Remember that all information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to share any of your personal information. Any user who finds material posted by another user objectionable is encouraged to contact us via email. We are authorised by you to remove or modify any data submitted by you to these forums for any reason we feel constitutes a violation of our policies, whether stated, implied or not.

These forums give readers two options for changing and modifying information that they provide in their profile: Readers can login with their username and password to change any information in their profile.

In case of lost password, readers can send an email to the Forum Admin.

Cookies must be turned on in your browser to participate as a user in these forums. Cookies are used here to hold your username and password and viewing options, allowing you to login.

By pressing the "Agree" button you confirm that, you the reader, are 13 years of age or over. You are fully responsible for any information or file supplied by this identity. You also agree that you will not post any copyrighted material that is not owned by yourself or the owners of these forums. In your use of these forums, you agree that you will not post any information which is vulgar, harassing, hateful, threatening, invading of others privacy, sexually oriented, or violates any laws.

This site contains links to other web sites and files. Calderdale-Online is not responsible for appropriateness or the content of external internet sites and/or links We have no control over the content and cannot ensure it will not be offensive or objectionable. We will, however, remove links to material that we (in our absolute discretion) feel is inappropriate as we become aware of them. Calderdale-Online however respects freedom of information and we will allow links that highlight issues if we feel that providing access to this information is more important that some users sensibilities.

To what extent will you use my Personal Data for Direct Marketing? Can I prevent this?

Personal Data obtained from optional surveys or contests may be used by Calderdale-Online itself, or disclosed to carefully selected third parties, for the purpose of making readers aware, through direct marketing, of new products or special offers or promotions which Calderdale-Online thinks you may be interested in. Calderdale-Online will only do so if it has obtained your consent to this use at the point of collection of the Personal Data.

You will also be able to indicate that you not wish to receive such newsletters by using the unsubscribe functions. We don't intend to abuse the trust of our readers by offending them with spam.

You can withdraw any such consent that you give at any time by sending an e-mail and typing [remove] in the subject line. In addition, any time we do send you a communication, we will include a process for removing yourself from that mailing list in the event that you decide you no longer wish to receive information from us.

Is my Personal Data sent abroad?

Personal Data and other information obtained by Calderdale-Online may be processed on behalf of Calderdale-Online by data processors outside of the European Economic Area. In addition, where Calderdale-Online discloses information to third parties, those third parties may be located or process the Personal Data, outside of the European Economic Area.

Is data stored by Calderdale-Online secure?

To prevent unauthorised access, maintain data accuracy and integrity, and ensure the appropriate use of information, Calderdale-Online has put in place appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure the safety and security of the information it collects online, and ensures that any third party processing such information on Calderdale-Online's behalf is contractually obliged to put in place similar measures. You should consider any communication that you transmit to Calderdale-Online (such as data, questions or answers, comments, or suggestions) as non-confidential, and agree that Calderdale-Online will not be liable or responsible if information that belongs to you is intercepted and used by an unintended recipient.

Does Calderdale-Online collect Personal Data from or about children?

Calderdale-Online uses reasonable efforts not to collect use or disclose individually identifiable information from children under the age of 13. The services are not targeted at children, and children may not register without parental permission for any portions of the services that require registration.

How can I access or correct any personally identifying information about me?

To request a copy of your Personal Data held by Calderdale-Online, please send an e-mail containing your request. You must provide your full name and the e-mail from which the request is received (and to which the response will be sent) must match the e-mail on file with Calderdale-Online. You may then correct or delete such information using the procedures specified in the e-mail.

How do I find out more about Calderdale-Online's information practices?

If you have any questions about anything in this Privacy Policy, or about collection of personally identifiable information, or information generally, please contact Calderdale-Online as follows:

Attn: Legal Affairs
Salem Mill
Central Street
Hebden Bridge
West Yorkshire
United Kingdom

Or email Legal

You may also use the above contact information if you think any information about you is inaccurate, incomplete, or if you want to change the sort of information about you that Calderdale-Online may have collected.

This Privacy Policy was last revised on 12th January 2005.