Smiths News PLC is committed to protecting and respecting the privacy of individuals. This Privacy Notice explains how Dispatches collects and uses information when the blog is used.
If you require any more information or have any questions about our privacy notice, please contact Kerrie Colford.
Hosting of this blog (Dispatches)
This blog is hosted and the software provided by WordPress.com, which is owned by Automattic in the USA. WordPress.com is one of the largest providers of this kind of software (known as a content management system or CMS) and hosting in the world.
Because the software is provided as a package, blogs like Dispatches using this software are limited in the extent to which they can add to or modify the functions of the site. This includes having no ability to add opt in/opt out facilities for blocking cookies, which you may have seen when viewing websites.
What are cookies?
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that is downloaded onto your computer when you visit a blog or website. Once a cookie is saved on your computer, only the website that created the cookie can read it. Cookies can do a number of things such as remembering who you are when you add a comment, collecting the information needed to manage blog subscriptions, and counting the number of people looking at a blog post.
Automattic policy on cookies
This text was downloaded on 26th November 2012. For the full text, and in case the text is modified by Automattic, please go to this page:
NB when Automattic mentions ‘website’ in its text, it is also referring to blogs like Dispatches.
Your implied consent
Collection of data by this website
This website does not collect or store any personal information, except where anybody may fill in a Contact Form or an email subscription form, or use in-built WordPress.com features such as Comment boxes or Like and Share buttons at the bottom of posts and pages, to communicate with the website owner. Data supplied is not stored in any other retrieval system and will never be sold or passed to third parties or used for marketing purposes, but purely to maintain communication with the person who initiated the enquiry.
Analytical data on this site
WordPress.com software has a built in analytics facility which provides summary data about visitors. This data is purely presented as statistics and no individual can be identified, nor can data be cross-tabulated to create profiles. The data available at time of writing (November 2012) was:
- Views by country
- Top posts and pages
- Referrers (e.g. search engine used to find the site)
- Search engine terms (e.g. the actual words visitors typed into their search engine)
- Clicks (links on this website that were clicked to go to external sites)
- Tags and categories
- Totals, followers and shares
This data is very useful for establishing the volume of people using the site, the most popular days of the week and the type of content people are most interested in, but as stated above, the data does not reveal any details about individuals and only gives summary data about the performance of the site.
WordPress.com software does not enable the site owner the power to switch these analytics off, nor to provide users with opt in/opt out facilities. WordPress.com may change the analytic tools available at any time.
Links to external websites
This site contains links to many external websites and social media sites such as the charities supported by Smiths News. This site will never add links which are knowingly unsafe or malicious, though you should always check the cookies and privacy policies of external sites if you have any concerns. This site cannot be responsible for external content or sites. If you have any concerns there are some useful links at the bottom of this page which may help to answer your questions.
- Cookies – advice for members of the public (Information Commissioner’s Office)
- Internet browser cookies —what they are and how to manage them (Direct.gov.uk)
- Allaboutcookies.org – includes information on how to remove cookies from your browser.
- Your own browser(s). Browsers usually include information under the help section about allowing and blocking cookies and private or ‘incognito’ browsing.
Links to privacy policies of external websites used: