Data Protection

Data Protection
The Historic Towns Forum (HTF) respects the privacy of users of this website. This Data Protection Policy applies to any page from which it is linked.

Information you supply
You may be asked to provide personal information by entering it onto a web page, and submitting it to HTF by clicking a button or link (this includes the Forums). Generally, this information will be requested to help us provide a service. However, whenever you enter such information on a web page, HTF has legal obligations to you about the ways in which it may use and store the data you provide. We will treat this data in accordance with current legislation and aim to follow best internet practice. The data will not be supplied to anyone outside HTF without your permission unless required by law, and when stored in a database, this will be in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Information we gather
When you access a web page, information about your usage is automatically collected. This will usually include your operating system, browser, IP Address (a number, assigned to your computer to identify it on the network), the pages which you browse, the referring page that led you to the current page, your software and aspects of its configuration. This information is available to web service administrators. Some of this information is also automatically included in feedback e-mails sent from the HTF website, but does not represent the passing of any additional information to us (and is used to help us resolve any technical issues related to your use of the site).

You are not personally identifiable as an individual from such information alone. However, HTF may be legally obliged to release this information to appropriate authorities.

Personal Disclosures
Please be aware that information you share via e-mail, discussion forums, or web pages could be distributed or used in ways you did not intend. For example, if you disclose your mobile phone number in an online discussion board, another user could copy that phone number and distribute it to others outside the discussion board without your permission. Similarly, if you use a discussion forum to relate a personal experience to fellow users, expecting it to remain confidential, it could be copied and distributed to others outside your intended audience. Therefore, please exercise caution in sharing via web pages information you would not wish to be made public.

Users under 16
If you are aged 16 or under, you should not enter personal information on our web pages without the approval of a parent or guardian.

Participation in a discussion forum may require you to send and receive e-mail. The Web Administrator and HTF Support may correspond with you through e-mail and may in addition request that you communicate with fellow users through e-mail. Your email address will also be published if you post to a discussion forum, however, you do have a choice whether this is displayed to other users.