Privacy and cookies

This website uses cookies – small text files that your web browser saves on your computer. The sections below describe how Tidy Bag uses cookies, as well as what happens if you submit any personal details.

If your web browser is set to accept cookies, and you continue to use this website, then I take it to mean that you’re accepting the use of cookies on Tidy Bag (‘implied consent’). If you’d prefer to remove or block some of your cookies, you can usually do this in your browser settings. You can find out more about controlling your cookies on AboutCookies.org.

Measuring performance

The main reason Tidy Bag uses cookies is to measure what people are doing on the website: how many people are visiting, which pages are most popular, what people are searching for, and so on.

This helps me to improve the website by focusing on the most useful and interesting content, and by making sure that the design works best with the most common browsers/devices and screen sizes.

Tidy Bag uses Google Analytics and WordPress Stats to measure visits. They don’t collect personally identifiable information; they combine the data from all visitors into a range of reports.

Third-party services

Tidy Bag uses some embedded content from other services that may set their own cookies, including YouTube and Storify, and sharing buttons from Facebook and Twitter. The privacy implications will depend on whether you’re already signed in to those services and what privacy settings you have chosen there.

Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting tells me the age ranges and gender of visitors, and some categories that people who visit Tidy Bag are interested in, for example ‘TV Lovers’ and ‘Celebrities & Entertainment News’. This demographic data comes from a third-party DoubleClick cookie.

In your browser settings there’s usually an option to accept ‘first-party cookies’ from websites but block ‘third-party cookies’ from other providers if you don’t want them to track you.

Comments

If you submit a comment at the bottom of a page, your name and comment will be published on that page. Your email address will be stored but won’t be published. Your photo may be displayed if you sign in with a social media account that has an avatar.

If you log in to the Disqus commenting system, it will use cookies to remember you between pages.

If you make a comment on Twitter in response to a Tidy Bag page or tweet, your tweet may be added to the comments section at the bottom of that page. Your Twitter user name will be published, with a link to your Twitter profile. If you object to your tweet being used in this way, please contact me and I can remove it.

I also sometimes use Storify to make collections of interesting comments on a particular topic or event from Twitter and other sources like YouTube or Facebook. If you object to your comment being included, please contact me.

Competitions

If you enter a competition on this website, the details you provide will be stored for the purpose of running the competition. If you’re a winner, I’ll need to pass on your name and address to the promoter so they can send you the prize, and your name will be published on the competition page, unless you ask me not to.