Privacy Policy

Who we are

We are Aperture Therapeutic Services. Our website is https://aperturetherapeuticservices.co.uk, and our address is: Parkfield Business Centre, Park Street, Stafford, ST17 4AL.

This Privacy Policy explains how we  use and protect any information that you give us when you use this service.

We are committed to ensuring your data is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using our services, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

We may change this policy from time to time and we suggest that you regularly check this page to ensure that you continue to be comfortable with the measures we are taking to protect your privacy. This policy is effective from 25th May 2018.

By visiting https://aperturetherapeuticservices.co.uk/ you are accepting and consenting to the practices described in this policy.

By continuing to use our site you are agreeing to our use of cookies described below.

Any changes we make to our privacy and cookie policy will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you by e-mail. Please check back frequently to see any changes to our privacy and cookie policy.

For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998, the data controller is Dr Jo Robinson.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

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 anonymised 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. 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.

Subscription forms

These are used for the purpose of subscribing you to our blog posts. They will create and send an e-mail to info@aperturetherapeuticservices.co.uk.  Sending this form gives permission for Aperture Therapeutic Services to use the e-mail address provided for the purpose of sending you notifications of new blog posts. By subscribing to our blog you are giving us explicit permission to send you these notifications.

Cookies

Our site does use cookies in order to distinguish you from other users, to enable social media functions and for the website to monitor traffic to the site.

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.

You are able to disable cookies, which will prevent your visit being tracked. Some cookies are essential for the website to work properly.  We would advise you to disable cookies on your internet browser regularly.  Please see www.youronlinechoices.com/uk to provide you with information about cookies and www.aboutcookies.org for advice about deleting and managing cookies.

Social Share buttons (blog posts)

We embed a Facebook button to allow you share our blog posts. This button may collect your IP address, your web browser User Agent, store and retrieve cookies on your browser, embed additional tracking, and monitor your interaction with the button, including correlating your Facebook account with whatever action you take within the button (such as “sharing” our blog posts), if you are logged in to Facebook. For more information about how this data may be used, please see Facebook’s data privacy policy: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/update

We use a Twitter Tweet button at our website. As a result, our website makes requests to Twitter’s servers for you to be able to tweet our blog posts using your Twitter account. These requests make your IP address visible to Twitter, who may use it in accordance with their data privacy policy: https://twitter.com/en/privacy#update

We use a Linkedin Share button at our website to allow you to share our blog posts on Linkedin. These requests may track your IP address in accordance with their data privacy policy: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy

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.

Analytics

We use google analytics as a third party company to collect behaviour patterns of website visitors. This information does not identify individuals but shows a collection of website usage from the number of website visits, frequently used pages etc. Google’s use and ability to share information collected via Google Analytics about your visits to this site is restricted by the Google Analytics Terms of Use and the Google Privacy Policy.

Who we share your data with

We do not share our users’ data with any third-party providers.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise 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 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 before we receive them. We do not give your data to anyone else.

Your contact information

If provided for the purposes of subscribing to our blog, your contact details obtained via this website will only be used for the purposes of notifying you when a new blog post is uploaded to the site. Your email details will be stored  with Mailchimp, an email marketing platform. Mailchimp’s Privacy Policy can be found here.

Access to information

You can request access to the personal information that we hold about you and, except in limited circumstances when we are not permitted to do so for legal reasons, we will provide this information to you within 30 days.

If you feel that any information that we hold about you is inaccurate then you are able to ask us to update your information.  If you want us to delete your information then please do so in writing and we will endeavour to do so unless we are required to keep it for legal, professional or internal business purposes.

Our contact information

If you have any privacy-specific questions, concerns, complaints or requests for your information then please contact our Data Protection Officer, who is Dr Jo Robinson.

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