Privacy Policy and Cookies

Data Protection


This Data Protection Policy is written in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 (UK).
Use of your information:
Leaving a comment on Matt McChlery's blog which is hosted on blogger.com asks for your name, email and website (if you have one). This information is used so other visitors will know who left the comment and to help us stop spammers. If you do not wish to leave your name, select the 'anonymous' option.

Use of Cookies

This Use of Cookies Policy is written in compliance with the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 (UK Regulations).

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit.

To learn more about cookies, you can visit www.aboutcookies.org. You will also find details on how to block and delete these cookies from your computer as well as more general information about cookies. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.
Please note that by deleting our cookies or disabling future cookies you may not be able to access certain areas or features of our site.

The Cookies We Use:

1st Party Cookies:

blogger_TID, S : These cookies are used by the blogging platform Blogger The blogger_TID and S cookies contain keys that refer to something internal inside the Blogger platform

HSID, SSID, SID, PREF, APISID, SAPISID : The Google+1 button is a way for you to share information publicly, as part of your Google Profile. Clicking it will be recorded by Google, along with the information about the page you are viewing. This helps you and others receive customised content from Google and its partners

NID, PREF : This cookie is used by Google to store user preferences and information when viewing pages with Google maps on them

_utmb : This cookie is used by Google Analytics to determine the visitor session times on our sites. Each time you visit a new page on the site the cookie is set to expire within 30 minutes, if it does not find an existing cookie, a new one is created

blogger_SID : The blogger_SID key contains information about you in the context of google accounts

_utma : This Cookie is used to identify unique visitors to our sites. The results are sent to our Google Analytics account so that we may see how many unique visitors come to this site based over a period of time


_utmz : This cookie is used by Google Analytics to determine the type of referral used by each visitor to arrive at our site. The cookie determines if the user has come directly to the site or via a search engine, email or email campaign. We use this data to understand how our users arrive at the blog


_utmv : This cookie is used by google analytics. It is used to set and pass custom variable information to Google Analytics server

_utmc : This cookie is used by Google Analytics in conjunction with __utmb to determine visitor sessions. Unlike __utmb this cookie does not have an expiry date, it determines whether a new session should be created based on whether you have previously closed your browser, re-opened it and come back to the sit

ASP.NET_SessionId : This cookie is necessary for the site to work and is set even if you do not accept our cookies. It contains no personal information

You can find out more about Google’s cookies on their privacy policy: http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/. You can also install the Google Analytics Opt-out tools in your browser: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout


3rd Party Cookies:

_atuvc : The _atuvc cookie is created and read by the AddThis social sharing site JavaScript on the client side in order to make sure the user sees the updated count if they share a page and return to it before our share count cache is updated. No data from that cookie is sent back to AddThis and removing it when disabling cookies would cause unexpected behavior for users

K, guest_id, js, _twitter_sess,  original_referer, external_referer : These cookies are set when you use the Tweet button on our event pages. Twitter uses these cookies to aggregate button usage, amongst other things

datr : Facebook social plug-in cookie. Only happens when you click on the facebook link, tracks browsing

reg_ext_ref : A session cookie set by facebook that will expire upon closing of browser. Contains an external URL of the site that refered you to facebook

lsd : The lsd cookie contains a random value that is set when a Facebook user logs out in order to prevent cross-site request forgery (CSRF) attacks

reg_fb_ref, reg_fb_gate : A session cookie set by facebook that will expire upon closing of browser. Contains the first and last facebook page the user visited

wd : Generated by Javascript. Helps facebook which represents the size of the browser window that the facebook page was loaded in

visitor_info1_live : YouTube sends this cookie when you click on play on one of our embedded videos

By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device

Further Information about 3rd Party Cookies:
YouTube & Vimeo – If you play an embedded video on our site, there may a cookie set by YouTube or Vimeo containing anonymous, non personally-identifiable information about the number of playbacks of embedded videos. To find out more please visit YouTube’s embedding videos information page. You can find out more on the Google Privacy Policy (Google owns YouTube):http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/and the Vimeo Privacy Policy: http://vimeo.com/privacy

Soundcloud - If you play an embedded song / track or use a link directed to SoundCloud.com, cookies may be placed on your computer to do so. Please read the SoundCloud privacy policy here http://soundcloud.com/pages/privacy

Sharing Tools – If you ‘Like’ or ‘Tweet’ using these services, third party websites may set a cookie when you are also logged in to their service (like Facebook or Twitter). We do not control these cookies and you should check the relevant third party website for more information about these cookies. Twitter privacy policy. Facebook cookies policy.
Notification of Changes:
If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on the this website.
External Links:
Matt McChlery is not responsible for the availability or content of external sites that may be linked to, from the site. If you find a broken link or if you have any questions or concerns about a link, please contact us.

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