Shawweb: Your privacy

This page sets out how Shawweb gathers and uses information about you and tells you the rights you have relating to your personal information. This guidance might be updated from time to time to ensure it remains accurate. It was last updated on 27 December 2023.

This is not a legal agreement. You are not agreeing to anything.

In a nutshell:

Who we are

Shawweb is owned by George Shaw of Stockport, England. Some of the websites on Shawweb are controlled by other members of the Shaw family. For information on contacting us, see our Contact us page.

Access logs

When you request a page on this website, we gather the following information, which we store in our server access logs:

Hiding your information: If you do not wish websites to record your IP address, you can use a VPN or proxy service to hide your IP address. If you do so, we would record the IP address of the VPN or proxy service instead.

Extensions are available for many web browsers that can hide or change the referrer and user agent. If you use such an extension, we would only record the information the extension provides to us.

How we use access logs: We gather this information for analysing the usage of the Shawweb websites, and for investigating and responding to technical problems and harmful activity. We do not build profiles of individual visitors. Our legal basis for gathering this information is our legitimate interests.

Where criminal behaviour occurs, we may pass information to law enforcement organisations. We do not sell or otherwise pass information from our access logs to others.

Retention: This information is retained for 30 days, unless investigation of or response to a specific incident requires us to retain it for longer.

Data residency: All storage and processing of access logs occurs in the United Kingdom. We do not transfer this information to other countries. The access logs are stored on servers managed by Mythic Beasts, a UK company. They have the technical means to access the logs, but would only do so for investigation of a specific incident.

Email contact

If you contact us by email, including when exercising your privacy rights, your email client and/or email provider might add information about you to the headers of your message. This would be visible to us and to any email servers involved in passing your message to us. Such information might include:

Hiding your information: You might be able to control some of the information added to your messages using settings in your email client and/or email provider. Changing your email software or provider might also change what information is revealed in your message headers. It is impossible to completely conceal the identity of your email provider.

We advise against withholding or faking your email address, as this can cause your message to be discarded as spam. If you want to conceal your email address, instead consider using an email provider that provides you with a “disposable” or “temporary” email address.

How we use emails: How we use an email depends on what it contains. For example, we might make changes to our websites based on information in an email. We would not use emails in a way we think the sender would find unreasonable; if unsure, we would ask for consent. If you do not wish us to use information you send us in a particular way, say so in your message.

We may use your email address to reply to you, unless you ask us not to. We would not generally use most of the other information added by your email client or email provider, though we would store it with the rest of the message. We might occasionally refer to such information when investigating abuse or technical problems.

Our legal basis for handling emails is our legitimate interests. Where you specifically say we can use your information for a particular purpose, we may rely on your consent as the legal basis.

Retention: We generally keep email messages so we can refer back to them, particularly if you supply us with useful information. The period we retain them varies depending upon the message. If you do not wish us to not retain your message or prefer us to remove your contact details (after replying, if applicable), simply say so in your message.

Cookies

Cookies are small pieces of information placed on your computer by websites you visit, which they read back next time you visit. Cookies have uses that benefit you, such as staying logged in to a website or remembering preferences you have set. However, they are more often used to store a unique number that identifies you, allowing websites to build a detailed profile of your activities.

Shawweb does not use cookies for any purpose. Furthermore, we do not use any other technologies that have a similar effect, such as local storage, Web SQL or IndexedDB.

HTTPS and HTTP Strict Transport Security

We do not require it, but we recommend you visit Shawweb using HTTPS. HTTPS protects your requests so your Internet service provider and others on the Internet cannot see the pages you are requesting. It also ensures the content cannot be modified by anyone else while in transit between Shawweb and your computer. (Some Internet service providers have been known to inject adverts and other content that interferes with non-HTTPS browsing.)

You are not browsing Shawweb using HTTPS. Switch to HTTPS now to improve your privacy and security.

When you access Shawweb using HTTPS, we use HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS). This instructs your browser to always use HTTPS for future visits to Shawweb. This avoids the risk of accidentally browsing without HTTPS on a later date.

HSTS stores a small piece of information on your computer. This is only used by your browser; we do not access it. As we do not access it, we cannot use it to tell you are a return visitor.

Your rights

You have the following rights:

Note: Where you need to contact us to exercise one of your rights, we may take up to one month to respond, though we would usually respond sooner. Since we only hold access logs for 30 days, this can mean we no longer have your information by the time we respond.

Additional information

Shawweb consists of multiple websites, each with their own privacy notices. You might want to review those too:

Shawweb contains links to third-party websites which probably have different privacy policies. The information on this page only applies to “shawweb.co.uk” and its sub-domains.