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(Last updated March 2018)

The term ‘Mum’s Guide To Limited’ or ‘us’ or ‘we’ refers to the owner of the website whose registered office is at The East Stable, Thrales End Farm, Thrales End Lane, Harpenden AL5 3NS.  Our company is registered in England and Wales under registration number 08045592.  The term ‘you’ refers to the user or viewer of our website.

1. Introduction

We are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.  This Policy sets out how we will treat any personal information we collect from you or that you provide to us. By visiting www.mumsguideto.co.uk you are accepting and consenting to the practices described in this Policy.

2. The information we collect

We may collect, store and use the following kinds of personal information:

  1. your email address if you choose to receive a Mum’s Guide To newsletter;
  2. your name and email address if you choose to register as a Mum’s Guide To user in order to leave recommendations;
  3. your name, postal address, email address and telephone number if you choose to enter one of our competitions, prize draws or other promotions which we may run from time to time;
  4. information about your computer and about your visits to and use of this website (including your IP address, geographical location, web browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, your activity on the website, page views, website navigation and the website you exit to);
  5. Cookie information (see below); and
  6. any other information you may choose to send to us.

3. Use and storage of your personal information

Personal information submitted to us via this website will be used for the purposes specified in this Policy or in the relevant parts of the website.

Our newsletter mailing list is stored and maintained by the 3rd party provider MailChimp.

All personal information is stored securely in accordance with the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998.

We may use your personal information to:

  1. administer the website;
  2. improve our service;
  3. send to you our newsletter by email;
  4. enable you to add your recommendations to the site;
  5. provide third parties with statistical information about our users, although this information will not be used to identify any individual user;
  6. notify you that you have won a competition, prize draw or other promotion; and
  7. deal with enquiries and complaints made by you relating to the website.

If you enter a competition, prize-draw or other promotion you give us permission to pass on your personal information to any third party prize supplier so that they can contact you should you win the competition, prize-draw or promotion.   Should you not win the competition, prize-draw or promotion your personal information will not be passed on without first obtaining your express consent.

Other than as set out above, any personal information you provide to us will only be used by us.  It will not be supplied to anyone outside of Mum’s Guide To Limited without first obtaining your express consent, unless we are obliged or permitted by law to disclose it.

4. About cookies and the way we use them

A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your computer when you visit a website.  We use cookies on our website to track information about how visitors use our website, such as which pages are visited most, in order to make improvements to the website. We also share information about your use of our website with our advertising and analytics partners.

The cookies we place on your computer do not contain any personal or identifiable information.

We place cookies on behalf of our advertising affiliate programmes Affiliate Windows, Webgains and Google Adsense and provide information about these cookies back to them.  By clicking on adverts placed via these affiliate programs you will be directed to the advertiser’s website via the internet domains of the affiliate programs and you should be aware that these domains also use Cookies.  Google Adsense will also use cookies to personalise some of the adverts you see.  You can find out more about how Google uses data here: http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/partners/

By continuing to use our website you are consenting to the use of cookies. Clicking on the “Accept” button on the cookies notice will cause the notice to disappear.

You can find out more about cookies here: http://www.allaboutcookies.org

You can delete any cookies we have placed on your computer and block any future cookies by following the instructions here: http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies. However, if you block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our website.

The table below lists the cookies we use and those placed by third parties:

Cookie Name Purpose
Mum’s Guide To Consent Cookie cookieconsent This cookie is set when the consent button is pressed. This tells us that you are aware we are using cookies and have explicitly consented to having cookies stored on your computer and we will no longer display the notification.
Mum’s Guide To User Cookie mgt-web-user This cookie is set when users log into a Mum’s guide to local website and is used to provide the additional features associated with registering as a Mum’s guide to user.
Google Analytics _utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmt, _utmz These cookies are set on our behalf by Google Analytics to enable us to collect information about how many people visit the website and which pages they visit. We use the information to help us improve the website. The information is anonymous and we cannot trace it back to individual visitors.
Affiliate Windows Tracking Cookie aw1001 The cookie name will be different for each advertiser, but will be the letters ‘aw’ followed by an id to represent the advertiser Set when you click on a link or an advertisement placed via the Affiliate Windows programme and used to let the advertiser and Affiliate Windows know the website from which you came.
Affiliate Windows Targeting Cookie awpv1001 The cookie name will be different for each advertiser, but will be the letters ‘awpv’ followed by an id to represent the advertiser Set when you see an advertisement placed via the Affiliate Windows programme and used to let the advertiser and Affiliate Windows know where you were when you saw it.

 5. Data security

Data security is of great importance to us.  All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers. In order to prevent unauthorised access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Any information you send to us will be encrypted using SSL technology. However, please note that the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

6. Children’s privacy

We never knowingly collect or maintain information from our website from individuals under 16 years of age.

7. Third party websites

The website contains links to other websites. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.

8. Your personal information

Please let us know if the personal information which we hold about you needs to be corrected or updated.

You have the right to ask for a copy of your personal information on payment of a small fee.

9. Data controller

For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998, the data controller responsible in respect of the information collected on this website is Mum’s Guide To Limited.

Our data protection registration number is PZ318299.

10. Changes to this Policy

We may change this Policy as we deem necessary from time to time or as may be required by law.  Any changes will be immediately posted on the website and you are deemed to have accepted the terms of the Policy on your first use of the website following the alterations.  You should check this page occasionally to ensure you are happy with any changes.

11. Contact

Should you have any questions or concerns about this Policy, our Terms of Use or any part of our website, please contact us.