Last updated: 27th March 2008
County Echo is a trading entity within Tindle Newspapers Ltd.. Tindle Newspapers is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tindle Newspapers Ltd, The Old Courthouse, Union Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7PT.
For the purposes of this policy, references to County Echo are deemed to include all newspapers, web sites and any other media produced by County Echo. References to the www.countyecho.co.uk web site are also deemed to include all other websites within the County Echo online portfolio.
The websites contains hyperlinks to websites owned and operated by third parties. These third party websites have their own privacy policies, and we urge you to review them. They will govern the use of personal information you submit or that which is collected by cookies whilst visiting these websites. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for the privacy practices of such third party websites and your use of such websites is at your own risk.
When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.
Enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them through Internet browser cookies, what they are and how to manage them.
These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:
Recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with govt services so we can make them better You can manage these small files and learn more about them from the article, Internet Browser cookies- what they are and how to manage them
There are two types of cookie you may encounter when using www.countyecho.co.uk :
When you sign up to participate in or receive a service from any www.countyecho.co.uk website, such as newsletters, competitions, comments, feedback, live chats or message boards, we may ask for personal information about you. This can consist of information such as your name, email address, postal address, telephone or mobile number or date of birth. Different web pages may ask for different personal information.
By entering your details in the fields requested, you enable County Echo and its service providers to provide you with the services you select.
Please note that sometimes on particular web pages we will require you to provide additional personal information, and sometimes sensitive personal information (e.g. if you are sending in an application to be a contributor on a political party we may need to know your political leanings). When we do this we will specify further on these web pages why we are collecting your information and how we will use it.
County Echo may, as relevant, use your personal information for a number of purposes including the following: for "service administration purposes", which means that County Echo may contact you for reasons related to the service you have signed up for, as set out in paragraph 4 below (e.g. to provide you with password reminders or to notify you that a particular service has been suspended for maintenance); to contact you about a submission you have made to the websites, including any content you provide. to personalise the way County Echo content is presented to you (e.g. if we notice that the first thing you look at every day is the weather for London, then we may present this information or a link to it on your homepage); IP addresses are used to identify the location of users, the number of visits from different countries and also to block disruptive use; and to analyse and improve the services offered on www.countyecho.co.uk. e.g. to provide you with the most user-friendly navigation experience. Where County Echo proposes using your personal information for any other uses we will ensure that we notify you first. You will also be given the opportunity to withhold or withdraw your consent for your use other than as listed above.
County Echo may contact you:
In relation to the functioning of any service you have signed up for in order to ensure that County Echo can deliver the services to you; where you have opted to receive further correspondence; in relation to any contribution you have made to www.countyecho.co.uk, e.g. on County Echo comment boards; to invite you to participate in surveys about County Echo services (participation is always voluntary); and for marketing purposes where you have specifically agreed to this (see paragraph 5 below) Local pages will give you detailed information about how the County Echo will contact you in relation to specific services.
We will keep your information confidential except where disclosure is required by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies) or as described in paragraph 7 below. Generally, we will only use your information within County Echo. However, sometimes County Echo uses third parties to process your information. County Echo will require these third parties to comply strictly with its instructions and County Echo will require that they do not use your personal information for their own business purposes. Please note that if you are accessing County Echo websites from outside the UK and you make a comment or complaint regarding any element of advertising (see paragraph 11 for more details about this) then County Echo may forward your correspondence to County Echoâ„¢ advertising department only for the purposes of responding to you.
If you post or send offensive, inappropriate or objectionable content anywhere on or to www.countyecho.co.uk, or otherwise engage in any disruptive behaviour on www.countyecho.co.uk, County Echo may use your personal information to stop such behaviour.
Where County Echo reasonably believes that you are or may be in breach of any of the laws of England or Wales (e.g. because content you have posted may be defamatory), County Echo may use your personal information to inform relevant third parties such as your employer, school e-mail/Internet provider or law enforcement agencies about the content and your behaviour.
If you are aged 16 or under, please get your parent/guardian's permission beforehand whenever you provide personal information to County Echo websites. Users without this consent are not allowed to provide us with personal information.
We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary for the relevant service, or as long as is set out in any relevant content you held with County Echo or County Echo's content database.
Under the Data Protection Act you have the right to request a copy of the personal information that County Echo holds about you and to have any inaccuracies corrected. (We charge Â£10 for information requests and will require you to prove your identity with 2 pieces of approved photographic identification.) We will use reasonable efforts to supply, correct or delete personal information about you on our files.