Privacy and Cookies - Point of Reference

Privacy and Cookies

What Personal Data We Collect and Why We Collect it

Our website address is: http://www.point-of-reference.com.

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.

Cookies

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information, which your computer or mobile device downloads when you visit a website. When you return to websites they recognize these cookies and therefore your browsing device.

Why does Point of Reference use Cookies?

Cookies are used to assist your computer or device in remembering something the user has done within the website e.g.. which buttons have been clicked or if the user has been to our site before.

We also use cookies to:

  • Temporarily store input information in forms so you don’t have to re-enter it on future visits
  • Evaluate our promotional effectiveness (we own the anonymous data collected and don’t share it with anyone); and
  • We use both our own (first-party) and partner companies’ (third-party) cookies to support these activities

Types of Cookies

Session Cookies

These Cookies only last for the duration of your visit to our website. We use session cookies to help improve your experience with us and to support key activities that you want to undertake on our website. These cookies are administered by us and none of your personal data is stored or retained after you have left our website.

Persistent Cookies

These cookies are written on to your computer’s browser and remain in place until they expire or you choose to delete them.

These Cookies are used to retain your information to save you time and effort when downloading additional resources from our website.

Managing Your Cookies

You can use your browser to accept or reject new Cookies and to delete existing Cookies. You can also set your browser to notify you each time new Cookies are placed on your computer or other device. You can find more detailed information about how to manage Cookies at http://allaboutcookies.org

By using the Point of Reference website, mobile website and Apps, you are agreeing to our Privacy and Cookie policies and consent to the use of cookies and similar technologies by us and our carefully selected third party partners as described in these policies. If you do not agree to such use, please see the Managing Your Cookies section for details on how to adjust your settings

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 tracing 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.

Where We Send Your Data

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

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.