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Terms and Conditions

Please note the following terms and conditions governing the use of the blaven.com website.

This page outlines important legal aspects governing access and use of this website including the essential areas of copyright, reproduction of material, privacy and the protection of children.

Legal notice

All information, comments and views expressed in this web site are the personal opinion of the author. The information is not intended to constitute legal or other professional advice or services. Instead, this information is merely intended to be of a general nature and is provided solely for the interest of the reader. Consequently I accept no responsibility whatsoever for its use. In particular, this information should not be used as a substitute for a full and proper consultation with appropriately qualified specialists. Any and all information is subject to change without notice.

I have endeavoured to ensure that all information and software contained on this blaven.com website has been obtained from sources that I believe to be reliable. However, the accuracy and completeness of any information and the accuracy, completeness, quality, performance or fitness for a particular purpose of any software provided on this site is not guaranteed, and I am neither responsible nor liable for any errors or omissions or any consequences, losses or damages arising from its use.

If you have information that corrects or improves any of the published information then I encourage you to use the comments feature available at the end of most pages.

Copyright and reproduction

Unless otherwise stated, all of the content of this web site subject to the copyright of the author. Except as provided below, reproduction of any of that content is prohibited. You may download to a local hard disk and print extracts from this website only for your personal use.

You may also recopy downloaded extracts to others for their personal use only. However, none of the content of this website may be copied or otherwise incorporated into or stored in any other website, electronic retrieval system, publication or other work in any form (whether hard copy, electronic or other).

Links to the blaven.com website may be included in any other website without my explicit permission however I do appreciate being made aware of where this has been done.

This website provides hypertext links to external websites. Provision by this website of a hypertext link to another site does not represent authorisation by me for a user to access information held on that site. I am not responsible for the content, availability or suitability of external sites and provision of a link should not be taken as endorsement of any kind.

Privacy policy

I adhere to current United Kingdom data protection legislation and seek to meet international standards of data protection. I will use all reasonable endeavours to protect all personal information against loss, unauthorised access, use, modification, disclosure or other misuse. If you have any concerns about my data protection practices, please contact me

Use of cookies

On May 26th 2011 new European Union privacy legislation came into effect requiring websites to obtain consent from visitors before they can store or retrieve any information on a computer, tablet, mobile 'phone or any other web connected device.

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

The list below details the cookies I use on blaven.com and their purpose;

  • ASP Session ID - 'ASP.NET_SessionId' - This cookie is used by the Microsoft IIS Web Server software to maintain anonymous session information. This cookie is automatically deleted whenever you close your web browser. You can read more about how session ID cookies are used by ASP.NET and Microsoft IIS on the Microsoft website at here.
  • Cookie acceptance - 'BlavenCookieAccepted' - This cookie is used to record if you have accepted the use of cookies on this website. This cookie expires after 365 days. To withdraw your consent after accepting this cookie, delete the BlavenCookieAccepted cookie. Find out how at www.aboutcookies.org.
  • Google Analytics - '_utma', '_utmb', '_utmc', '_utmz' - These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use this site, which I use to help improve it. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. You can read more about Google Analytics cookies and the associated privacy policy here. You can opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites here.

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set by the websites you have visited and how to manage and delete them, visit www.aboutcookies.org.

Disclosure of personal information

You may browse the blaven.com web site without telling me who you are or revealing any personal information. The web server records anonymous usage statistics that I use to help improve this site. I don't know who you are, only that a person from an IP Address has visited this site. Access to some of the information on the site is only accessible to those who have been given appropriate authorisation.

Except as stated below, any and all information about you collected on this site will be kept strictly confidential and will not be disclosed to a third party. In compliance with UK Data Protection legislation no information that you offer will be used for more than the purpose for which you provided it. Specifically;

  • Visitor book - If you choose to sign the visitor book all information requested is optional. In addition you have the option of making any message private.  Private messages are never be published in the visitor book. In the event that your message is public and is subsequently published, I may display your name, location (only at a town or country level) and your message. I will not publish your email address or other personal information. I reserve the right to make minor editorial changes to your message without notice. You may subsequently request that your entry be edited or removed by contacting me.
  • Visitor book contact - I regularly receive requests from visitors asking to be put in touch with individuals who have signed the visitor book. The visitor book includes a facility to indirectly contact a person in the visitor book. To avoid abuse, messages will be reviewed by me before being passed on. Email addresses are never disclosed and I reserve the right not to forward a message if I feel that it is inappropriate or likely to cause offence.

Protection of children

I will use all reasonable endeavours to ensure that no offensive material or material unsuitable for children appears on this site. 

Other websites

This website contains links to other websites that provide further information or that I believe will be of interest or relevant to visitors. These links are indicated by the presence of a square symbol and an arrow like this example. I select and review these links for inclusion when I first publish a page. However, I am not responsible for the content or the privacy practices of other websites.

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