Privacy and Cookies Policy
Information we collect
The personal information that you are asked to provide, and the reasons why you are asked to provide it, will be made clear to you at the point we ask you to provide your personal information.
If you contact us directly, we may receive additional information about you such as your name, email address, phone number, the contents of the message and/or attachments you may send us, and any other information you may choose to provide.
Visitors cannot register an Account with the Hawkinge Gazette, so we do not hold personal details such as name, company name, address, email address, and telephone number of visitors to the website
How we use your information
We use the information we collect in various ways, including to:
- Provide, operate, and maintain our website
- Improve, personalize, and expand our website
- Understand and analyze how you use our website
- Develop new products, services, features, and functionality
- Communicate with you, either directly or through one of our partners, including for customer service, to provide you with updates and other information relating to the website, and for marketing and promotional purposes
- Send you emails
- Find and prevent fraud
Hawkinge Gazette follows a standard procedure of using log files. These files log visitors when they visit websites. All hosting companies do this and a part of hosting services’ analytics. The information collected by log files include internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), date and time stamp, referring/exit pages, and possibly the number of clicks. These are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable. The purpose of the information is for analyzing trends, administering the site, tracking users’ movement on the website, and gathering demographic information.
This site uses some unobtrusive cookies to store information on your computer.
Some cookies on this site are essential, and the site won’t work as expected without them. These cookies are set when you submit a form, login or interact with the site by doing something that goes beyond clicking on simple links. We also use some non-essential cookies to anonymously track visitors or enhance your experience of the site. If you’re not happy with this, we won’t set these cookies but some features of the site may be unavailable.
Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. These cookies are used to store information, such as the time that the current visit occurred, whether the visitor has been to the site before and what site referred the visitor to the web page.
Google AdSense – Cookies
This site publishes Google AdSense, a service for including advertisements from Google Inc. (“Google”). Google AdSense uses “cookies”, text files that are stored on your computer and allows you to analyze the use of the site. Google AdSense uses so-called web beacons (invisible images). Through this web beacons, information such as the visitor traffic will be evaluated on these pages.
The information generated by cookies and web beacons on this website (including your IP address) and delivery of advertising formats is sent to a Google server in the U.S. and stored there. This information can be passed on from Google to contractors of Google. Google is your IP address but not combined with other data you have stored.
We may collect information about your computer, including your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration and in order to create reports. This is statistical data about our users’ browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual.
Google Analytics is a web analytics tool that helps website owners understand how visitors engage with their website. Google Analytics customers can view a variety of reports about how visitors interact with their website so that they can improve it.
Like many services, Google Analytics uses first-party cookies to track visitor interactions as in our case, where they are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We then use the information to compile reports and to help us improve our site.
Google Analytics collects information anonymously. It reports website trends without identifying individual visitors. You can opt out of Google Analytics without affecting how you visit our site – for more information on opting out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites you use, visit this Google page.
To control cookies, you can adjust your browser settings.
*The Hawkinge Gazette does not hold any mailing lists and does not have registered members.
We use a third-party provider, Feedburner (Google) for those who wish to have our latest news headlines delivered to their email box. Please see Feedburner privacy notice (Google).
Visitors can also sign up to write comments to our stories through Disqus.
All personal information is kept by them.
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About the Hawkinge Gazette
The Hawkinge Gazette is a ‘hobby’ blog publishing articles predominately from East Kent in the UK.
It is committed to maintaining the trust and confidence of visitors to our web site.
We want you to know that The Hawkinge Gazette is not in the business of selling, renting or trading email lists with other companies and businesses for marketing purposes. In fact we don’t have ‘members’ and do not store personal information on the site apart from names of authors to articles and letters which have been published and attributed to the author/photographer by the Hawkinge Gazette.
Letters to the Editor – General rules and information
Please be courteous and only write or comment what you would be prepared to say face to face.
The Hawkinge Gazette and Channel Coast News (Localrags) will not under any circumstances publish letters from anonymous authors. We must have a valid Email address or home address. If the author wishes to withhold their name, the published letter will be signed – name and address supplied.
Anyone wishing to know the identity of the author must contact the Hawkinge Gazette and Channel Coast News (Localrags). We will then approach the author to see if they are willing to have their identity disclosed to everyone or to the person requesting the information.
Under normal circumstances we would request that we disclose the name of the person requesting the information, to the author.
Correspondence where the Editor considers there is a contrary view to another individual, group, party or business will only be published if the senders name is used.
Letters which are considered to be possibly libellous, abusive or threatening will not be published under any circumstances.
If you have any questions or concerns with this policy, please send your comments to