Privacy and security information

Your privacy is important to us. This site is secure and all your communication with it is encrypted: we use HTTPS with Strict Transport Security, a web security policy mechanism which is necessary to protect secure HTTPS websites against downgrade attacks. We have tried to extend our concern for your privacy to other aspects of this site including our use of cookies.

The contact forms on this site do not store your personal information in a database and no third party email or marketing service is involved. Your messages are sent directly to Florian’s inbox and will never be shared with anyone else.

What is a “cookie”?

Cookies are small text files which are sometimes placed on your computer when you visit a website. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently and securely, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. They can also be used to target you with advertising as you move from site to site.

 

For many people cookies raise issues about privacy, and we are anxious that you should understand how cookies are used on this site, and how you can take control of your browsing experience on the web.

 

There are broadly two types of cookie: “persistent” and “sessional”.

 

Sessional cookies are normally deleted automatically by your browser when you close it: they only remain during a single browsing session.

 

Persistent cookies are not deleted automatically unless you have adjusted your browser to do so; they remain until they expire, which could be quite a long time (a year or more). Persistent cookies hold information which is passed back to servers and are widely used to track user behaviour.

 

Cookies of both kinds can be set by the website you are browsing, in which case they are “first party” cookies; but they can also be set by other domains which are linked to the site you are browsing, for example through advertising or embedded content such as videos or social media feeds. These are “third party” cookies and most modern browsers allow you to choose to block third-party cookies, which are often used for tracking.

 

Cookies are actually just one example of a much wider and rapidly developing area of the web, web storage (also known as DOM storage). Cookies can only hold a tiny amount of information, but web storage (which can be sessional or persistent) allows for much more data to be stored on your computer (up to 1000 times more). When data is stored on your computer it is often called “local storage”.

 

You can manage web storage through your browser settings or through “extensions” which are available to add to many browsers. Like cookies, web storage can be a positive thing, giving users real benefits, but there are also genuine concerns about things which are effectively happening “behind your back” and without any explanation or consent.

 

This site does not currently make any first party use of persistent web storage.

Cookies set by this site

This site does not set cookies to collect information about how visitors use our site. We do not carry advertising or directly or indirectly gather or share marketing information or any other data about site users.

 

The site does set sessional cookies (DYNSRV) which help our hosting server work efficiently, and help the site operate effectively. These cookies do not record personal or identifying information and will be deleted from your computer when you close your browser.

 

When you first visit this site you are informed that we use cookies and invited to consent to cookies being set if necessary to record your preferences and make the site work properly and efficiently for you: we use a persistent cookie to record your decision even if you decide not to accept cookies (ironically it’s the only way we can do this at the moment!). This is the “civicCookieControl” cookie which will expire after three months: if you delete this cookie you will see the cookie banner appear every time you visit this site. This is currently the only cookie we use to record preferences.

Third party cookies

Third party cookies are issued by web services other than the website you’re browsing at the time, and can allow those web services to track you as you browse from site to site. Facebook and Google do this routinely, as do a number of other advertising networks. In the same way third parties may make some use of web storage. This site includes embedded material from other sites which will or may place cookies on your computer and may make use of web storage, but only if you actively engage with them (for example by watching a video or listening to an audio recording). Third party cookies will not be set if you simply navigate to a page which contains third party embedded material.

 

Currently these sites are YouTube, SoundCloud, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Vimeo and LinkedIn. Some of these cookies will be persistent: in other words they will remain on your computer even when you leave this site and even when you have closed your browser and switched the computer off (they will expire after a period of time, but this may be as long as a year or more). These same sites may also set tracking cookies and cookies which will be used to target you with advertising as you browse other sites you visit.

Please note that if you choose to turn our cookies off through the consent banner, it will not affect the action of third parties, only of this site, and will only prevent us setting persistent cookies other than the “civicCookieControl” cookie.

Managing third party cookies

You can easily remove such cookies, or prevent them ever being placed on your computer, by adjusting the settings on your browser. Most browsers allow you to opt out of third party cookies, while leaving first party cookies switched on.

 

This site will work perfectly well without third party cookies and we can take no direct responsibility for the cookie policies of other sites. However, we are concerned that you should understand what these third parties may do, and so we provide information below so that you can learn about their current cookie and web storage policies and how you can opt out or manage your relationship with them.

We embed in this site videos from Florian’s YouTube channel. When you visit pages with embedded videos Google and YouTube may set both sessional and persistent cookies if you watch a video. If you prevent these cookies being set, our site will work perfectly well. YouTube is part of Google and you can find full information about Google’s overall policies, as well as specific information about how YouTube and Google+ work, and how you can manage your privacy when interacting with Google products, by following the icon link above or:

 

Google’s privacy policy

 

Google’s cookie policy

On some pages we embed tracks from Florian’s SoundCloud account. SoundCloud use their own cookies to recognise you when you visit their website or use their apps. This means that you don’t have to log in each time you visit, and they can remember your preferences and settings. SoundCloud also makes extensive use of third party cookies to gather tracking and marketing information. They also make use of clear GIFs (also known as web beacons, an analytic tool, like a “pixel”), flash cookies and local storage. If you wish to find out about SoundCloud’s cookie policy, please follow the icon link above or:

 

SoundCloud’s cookie policy

Twitter makes extensive use of cookies and may also use “pixels” (tiny graphics with a unique identifier used to learn whether you’ve interacted with certain web content). If you make use of Twitter buttons and widgets (“Tweet” and “Follow” buttons), or simply visit a page which includes them, Twitter will place a number of both sessional and persistent cookies on your computer. You can control or limit how Twitter and their partners use these cookies either within your Twitter account, if you have one, or by changing the settings in your browser (see more below). Twitter’s own policy statement can be found by following the icon link above.

Facebook, like Twitter, makes extensive use of cookies and pixels for security purposes and to deliver products, services and advertisements, as well as to understand how these products, services and advertisements are used. Facebook will set both sessional and persistent cookies unless you prevent them (see below). You can find out more about Facebook’s cookie and privacy policies by following the icon link above.

We embed in this site videos from Vimeo. If you watch a Vimeo video, Vimeo or another third party may place a number of cookies in your browser. Vimeo uses various technologies to collect information from your computer and about your activities on their site. For more information on Vimeo’s use of cookies, and about the information they may collect and how they may use it please follow the icon link above or:

 

Vimeo’s cookie policy

This site includes links to Florian’s LinkedIn page. LinkedIn uses cookies on their websites (www.linkedin.com and slideshare.net) and mobile applications. Any browser loading these sites will receive cookies from them. For LinkedIn members and SlideShare users, they also place cookies in your browser when you visit non-LinkedIn sites that host their plugins (for example, LinkedIn’s “Share” button) unless you opt out. If you’re not a LinkedIn member, they will not place cookies in your browser through their plugins unless you actually use the “Share” button. You can find out more about LinkedIn’s policy on cookies by following the icon link above.

Learning more & staying safe

We support an informed community of web users and encourage you to find out more if you are uncertain about the meaning or significance of any of this information. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit aboutcookies.org or allaboutcookies.org using the button links below. You can modify the settings in most web browsers to accept or deny all cookies, or to request your permission each time a site attempts to set a cookie, or to allow first party cookies and block third party ones. Some browsers (including Firefox, Opera and Chrome) can also be extended to provide additional privacy functions and we strongly recommend exploring these options.

Please use only the latest version of your browser: many updates are related to security issues and it is very important not to use outdated and insecure software. You should also make sure you have software installed which can detect and remove spyware as well as viruses.