Information we request and store
The only information we require from users registering on the Website (and therefore joining the Badham Family History Group) is a "full" name (minimum Forename and Surname), a valid email address (essential to validate the registration process to ward against unwarranted registrations and/or attacks) and a nominated "Username". A member's Username is the only identification used by (as well as seen and available to) other members on the website.
Once "joined" into the Group, we ask members to complete a brief "Member Profile" in order to provide any information they have on i) membership of (or interest or association with) Family Groups with the name Badham (or any of its variants), and ii) details of any intended, structured or ad hoc research they have undertaken (e.g. which could be of interest to others). This is not in any way intended to help identify the individual - members are advised to limit this information to ensure their identity is reasonably protected.
We will never sell any of the above-mentioned information provided by any individual. Additionally, we will never share any of the above-mentioned information that has been provided without the explicit approval and agreement of that individual.
We will never send you any unsolicited material, e.g. in the way of advertising products or services. We may however send you occasional information directly or indirectly relating to the interests you have signified in your "profile", or in relation (e.g.) to changed or new features and updates to the information on the website.
If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect. Also, we will confirm that we have erased any of the above-mentioned information from our records, if so requested.
We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. This includes the operation of a 'Secure Sockets Layer' (with an appropriate Certificate) for most areas of the website. This effectively means that most communications between a user and the website (including all critical information, e.g. your logging-in details) are encrypted. This is signified by a 'closed padlock' (or equivalent) symbol that will show the presence of the encrypted state in most internet browser programs.
How we use "Cookies" etc
You should be aware however that as with most other sites, if cookies are disabled some aspects of the site may not function and your overall experience may be affected or the site may operate unpredictably.
The Portal also makes use of "Google Analytics". Google use their own cookies, set when using their search engine, including to track where visitors originate from in terms of the country of origin (of their ISP) and how they "found" the site, including the search criteria used. This is very useful information for us as it allows us to improve aspects of the site, which we feel accords with the aims and objectives of the Badham Family History Group. Google Analytics cookies do not collect personal data. Google settings can also be changed and 'personalised' (including limited) by following links shown on the Google sites, although this may require registration. If you are unhappy about this aspect, Google provide an 'opt-out' browser plugin, of which details can be found HERE
Although a different aspect to cookies, once logged-in as a member a certain extent of "internal tracking" is undertaken, e.g. to identify most popular areas and articles, which is stored for a period within the website. However, this information is not used to identify an individual's use of the site and no information of this nature is written to a user’s computer.
If you want to know more about cookies and (specifically) the ones used on the website, click here: More About Cookies.
Links to other websites
Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.