Privacy Policy

I. Introduction

Your privacy on the Internet is of the utmost importance to us. Because we gather certain types of information about the users of the GWE Forum, we want to ensure that you fully understand the terms and conditions surrounding the capture and use of that information. This privacy statement discloses what information we gather and how we use it.

II. What Information Does the GWEForum Collect?

Personal information

If you register for an email newsletter, buy a book, post to a blog or join a discussion group, you may be asked for information that helps to identify you, such as your name, email address, and organization. The information you are asked to provide is used for technical and customer administration of the site only and is not shared with third parties.

Non-personally identifiable information

GWEForum has and will continue to contract with third-party vendors to track and analyse information about the usage of the website. This information is gathered so that the GWEForum can better understand the usage of its site and improve and develop it. None of this information can be used to identify individual site visitors. All vendors that the GWEForum works with have their own privacy policies that include clauses that they will not share GWEForum data with third parties unless specifically requested to do so by the GWEForum or as directed by law. All data collected by third party vendors is owned by the GWEForum, and the GWEForum will not share, sell, distribute or rent this information to anyone.

Only summaries of visitors’ behaviour are produced. Examples of this type of information include statistics on most popular and least popular pages. The information collected cannot be traced back to a particular individual.

The purpose of this data collection is so that the GWEForum can better understand the preferences of its visitors and improve its site and services. This information is never connected with any personal information you supply to us if you register on our website.

Use of cookies and web beacons

When you register for one of our services, the GWEForum sets a cookie, a small bit of code stored on your computer’s hard drive that enables you to manage your subscriptions and online profile. By setting this cookie, the GWEForum will remember you the next time you visit and won’t have to bother you by asking questions you have already answered (like address information).

You are always free to decline cookies if your browser permits, although in that case you may not be able to use certain features on the site and may be required to re-enter information more frequently to use certain services on the website.

IP Addresses

In addition, the GWEForum also records your IP address, which is the Internet address of your computer, and information such as your browser type and operating system. This information helps us learn about the geographical distribution of our website visitors and the technology they use to access our site.

III. What If I Don’t Want to Share My Information?

Registering on our site is optional. If you choose not to register or provide personal information, you can still use the GWEForum’s web site. However, you will not be able to purchase items or receive email newsletters.

If you register for a newsletter, post to a blog, or contribute to a forum, consultation, or conference the GWEForum will not share, sell, distribute or rent your information to anyone.

IV. Security

The GWEForum employs a range of technologies to protect the information maintained on our systems from loss, misuse, unauthorised access or disclosure, alteration, or destruction.

V. How to Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns about the GWEForum’s please contact us.

Glossary

Cookie: A cookie is a small amount of data, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier that is sent to your browser from a website’s computers and stored on your computer’s hard drive. Each web site can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser’s preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) your browser only permits a website to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other sites. Once the user has closed the browser the cookie will no longer be accessed during that session.

Demographic Information: This may include your gender, age, postal code, interests, and other information you provide to us voluntarily. We use this information to provide you with personalized services and to analyze trends to ensure the information provided by the sites meets your needs. For example, we could offer personalized News or reminders about upcoming events if you tell us which programs and topics you’re interested in.

IP Address: When your web browser or email application requests a web page or email from another computer on the Internet, it automatically gives that computer the address where it should send the information. This is called your computer’s “IP address.” (IP stands for “Internet protocol.”) For many users accessing the Internet from a dial-up Internet service provider (ISP), the IP address will be different every time you log on. The GWEForum does this to learn about the geographical make-up of its web site traffic.

Web Beacons: Also known as “clear gifs,” “web bugs” or “pixel tags,” these are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to allow us to count users who have visited certain pages and to help determine the effectiveness of promotional or advertising campaigns. When used in HTML-formatted email messages, web beacons can tell the sender whether and when the email has been opened. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive, web beacons are embedded invisibly on Web pages.

Last Updated: 8th June 2020