The security and privacy of your personal information is extremely important to Sarah at Unlock Your Past. This privacy policy explains how and why your personal data is used, to make sure you stay informed and can be confident about giving us your information.

Your personal data is in safe hands with Unlock Your Past:

We do respect your privacy and work hard to ensure we meet strict regulator requirements.

We don’t sell or share your personal data to third parties.

 

Who we are

Our website address is: https://www.unlockyourpast.co.uk.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

When you fill in my contact form, the site securely processes and stores what you enter, and emails it to me. I use it to respond accordingly, archiving correspondence as you would expect any responsible company to do.

When you contact me in person, by phone, email or post, I’ll also use your contact details and personal information to respond appropriately and store and archive it securely.

When you ask me to do research for you, I will use your contact details and personal information to liaise with you and for invoicing purposes. I will store and archive it securely.

If the research agreement requires it, I will ask you for or research myself the names, addresses, birth, marriage or other relevant information on living relatives. I’ll archive this information securely and will not process it after the project is complete and delivered to you.

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.