Privacy Statement

We avoid collecting personal information except to contact you, for emails, comments or newsletters. We set some fairly standard cookies for analytics and marketing. See below for details.

Summary

We try not to collect any personal information we don’t need – mostly we ask you to provide us with name and email address when you want to contact us so we can respond to you, or we might ask for the same when you want to receive a newsletter from us.

We also use Google Analytics, Google Adwords and Facebook advertising which set cookies on your computer, but there are ways to opt out of those. We use Google Analytics to see how people interact with our site, we use cookies from Adwords and Facebook so we can see if our marketing is effective in bringing people to our site. We don’t see or collect personal information from these services but they may have personal info (for example Facebook probably know which specific profiles visited our site but we don’t have that info) please see below for more detail.

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Who we are

BLAM is the registered business name (571142) of sole trader Frank Prendergast. Registered address Ravenhill, Tivoli Estate, Cork.

Our website address is: https://www.blam.ie.

What We Do With Your Information

When you send us an email via our web form, we collect the personal information you give us such as your name, address and email address in order to be able to respond to you.

When you browse our site, we also automatically receive your computer’s internet protocol (IP) address in order to provide us with information that helps us learn about your browser and operating system.

Email marketing: With your permission, we may send you emails about our site, new products and other updates. We will always ask you to sign up for such emails and you will always be able to unsubscribe via a link in the email. We use MailChimp for our email newsletters. You can read more about their data privacy here.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

We ask you for your name and email address so that we can respond to your enquiries.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

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.

Cookies are set on our site for Google Analytics. 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.

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 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. More information on Google Analytic’s data privacy and security is available here.

Facebook

We also use a Facebook Pixel which allows us to track and measure the effectiveness of ads we place on Facebook. This does not allow us access to your personal information, but the data is processed by Facebook who potentially tie the iinformation to your profile. You can read more about Facebook’s data privacy here, and you can edit your settings regarding Facebook ads here.

Review your cookie settings for this site

If you want to change whether you accept the cookies we set on this site for analytics and marketing you can click the button below to open our cookie notice:

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Who we share your data with

We use Google Analytics, Google Adwords, Facebook Ads and Mailchimp as third party services. If you send us a message or a comment via our website the information is stored on our website server which is hosted with Siteground. All of these companies  process the data required for their services, but we don’t share any data with anyone other than that.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

We delete all contact form entries that are stored on the website server at least once a year.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Contact information

Contact us at blam@blam.ie for any enquiries.

Additional information

How we protect your data

Our website is a WordPress website and we try to adhere to best practises in our implementation for ensuring we do not fall foul of a data breach.

What data breach procedures we have in place

If our site is compromised we will notify everyone who might have been affected as quickly as we can – bear in mind the only data that would be on our server would be name, email address and the content of the message you sent via our site whether via contact form or comment.