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Privacy Policy

OS Guides (also referred to as OSG) appreciates our readers and the support they give us. As such, we place a high value on your personal privacy. In using our website, you agree to this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use.

We respect the personal nature of the information you provide to us on our website and value the importance of protecting this information. In adopting this privacy policy (this “Privacy Policy”), our intent is to balance our legitimate business interests in collecting and using your personal information with your reasonable expectations of privacy.

This Privacy Policy may be revised or updated from time to time and we advise you to check its contents often to ensure you are familiar with the most recent version of our Privacy Policy. The date this policy was last updated can be located at the end of this document.

When do we collect your personal information?

Your personal information will be shared with OS Guides in several ways:

  1. By sharing your email address and other contact information when registering with us.
  2. By sharing your email address and other personal information with us when replying to posts on our website.
  3. By sharing your email address and other contact details with us when sending us messages via the websites’ contact form.
  4. Other information may be requested and shared with us from time to time, but registration will never be required in order to gain complete access to our website.

OS Guides is an open website that can be viewed by anyone. An email address and/or other valid log in information to use the Disqus comment system is all that is required in order to participate on published content on our website.

When logging in via Disqus using Twitter, Facebook, Google and Disqus accounts to comment on posts published on our website, we are not given any personally identifiable information other than your email address.

In addition to the personal information above, analytics trackers may also collect other non-identifiable information such as the operating system and web browser you are using, as well as your screen resolution and IP address.

Is there anything else I should know about my privacy and OS Guides?

Any information you disclose voluntarily on our comments pages or in any properties hosted by OS Guides becomes public information. OSGuides.co.uk is a public website and we are unable to control the actions of our site users and therefore advise you to use your discretion in sharing information about yourself on the Internet.

All information sharing is optional and done so at your own risk. Privacy is a very personal matter and we encourage you to be careful and responsible when disclosing personal information online.

How does OS Guides use my personal information?

We do not sell, reveal or otherwise provide any third parties with your personally identifiable information. The only exclusions to this are when we are required to do so for legal reasons. In order to be transparent, we will disclose any relevant information held by us under the following conditions:

  1. In response to legal processes, such as court orders.
  2. In response to a law enforcement agencies request for further information in the course of investigating, the prevention of or legal action in regards to illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations resulting in potential threats to the physical safety of another person, violations of our terms of use policies and as otherwise required by UK Law governing England and Wales.
  3. In the event that OS Guides is sold to, or merges with another company.

OS Guides is an English-speaking website operated from and located on servers in England, United Kingdom. We will respond to all formal legal requests as governed by the Laws of England and Wales.

Unless you give consent, at no time does any party other than OS Guides have access to your personally identifiable information and unless we have your consent, you will never be contacted by any party other than OS Guides.

When you sign up for our updates or receive e-mail messages from OS Guides, you will always be given the chance to opt-out of our communications. You may change your preferences at any time and will only be contacted in manners consistent with your stated preferences.

Can I request personal information you hold about me?

As per the UK Data Protection Act, you have the right to request a copy of all the personally identifiable information OS Guides holds about you. You also have a right to have any inaccuracies corrected. We will make all reasonable efforts to supply, correct or delete personal information as requested.

A nominal fee may be payable, and 2 forms of approved identification will also be required. Requests as well as questions about this Privacy Notice can be sent using the contact form on our website.

Who else has access to my personal information?

Google Adsense delivers the adverts appearing on our website to you. Information about your visits to our website, such as number of times you have viewed an ad (but not your name, address, or other personal information), is used to serve ads to you on this website.

In the course of serving advertisements to this site, Google Adsense may place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser. More information about DoubleClick, cookies, and how to “opt-out”, can be found on DoubleClick’s website.

DoubleClick’s privacy policy: http://www.google.com/doubleclick/

Google’s privacy policy: http://www.google.com/privacy.html

Feedburner’s privacy policy: http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/privacy

OS Guides is contracted with a number of advertising network partners to monitor certain pages of our website and RSS feeds for the purpose of reporting website and RSS traffic, statistics, advertisement “click-throughs,” and/or other activities on our website. Where authorised by us, these advertising network partners may use cookies, web beacons, and/or other monitoring technologies to compile anonymous statistics about our website visitors. No personally identifiable information is collected by or transferred to these network partners.

Third parties and web sites that have links on our website may also collect or use information about you. This Privacy Policy does not cover the information practices of other companies or people that OS Guides does not employ or manage.

User accounts associated with OS Guides are all ‘public.’ By ‘public,’ we mean that certain information will be viewable by all users. What you see on other user profiles is the same information that other users can see about you.

What if I am a user aged 16 or under?

OS Guides is designed to be viewed by people of all ages and we encourage its use by school students. However, if you are aged 16 or under you are required to have permission from your parent or guardian before sharing any personally identifiable information with OS Guides.

Users without this consent are not allowed to provide any personally identifiable information on any part of our website.

Requests for further information

Further information can be requested by contacting OS Guides using the contact form on our website.

Last updated: 26 April, 2012.

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