Privacy Policy

Last Updated: 25th May 2018


The General Data Protection Regulation came into effect on 25th May 2018 and (basically) concerns how companies and organisations can store, handle and process consumer/customer personal information.

Our privacy policy has already been in place for several years and, in good faith, we believe it covers our limited use and dealings with the personal information of anyone visiting or interacting with this site.

If you have any concerns about information we may store about you, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how Family Relationships Magazine uses and protects any information that you give us when you use this website.

Family Relationships Magazine is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

We may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy supersedes all previous, and is effective from 25th May 2018.

What we collect

We may collect the following information: name, email address, web site address, IP address.

You are free to provide a name, email address and website address of your own choosing, providing you have authority and access to that email address/website. Your IP address is automatically provided but you may choose to use online tools to enhance your anonymity.

We may have access to personally identifiable information about you if you have liked our Facebook page. However, we do not engage in unsolicited contact with members of our Facebook page, and you can control how much information you publicly provide via Facebook’s own privacy settings.

What we do with the information we gather

When you leave a comment on this website, any personal data you provide is stored in a secure database on our web server, in order to allow your comment to be verified and published. Our web server is located wholly in the United Kingdom.

We may use cookie information stored on your computer from your previous visits to our site to improve our products and services.

We will not use your email address for any purpose other than verification.

If you choose to send us direct email, then our email is stored securely either on our web server, or on a single firewall-protected office computer.


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.

Access to this website is always via secure connection (https) with security certificates managed by the open source provider Let’s Encrypt.

Access to the administrative areas of this website are locked down with industry-accepted strong passwords and other methods including limited login locations.

How we use cookies

When someone visits this web site we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. We collect this information in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our websites. We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be up front about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.

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 work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

The table below explains the cookies we use and why.

civicAllowCookiesThe cookie determines whether a user has opted to allow cookies or not. At present, this site does not automatically disable cookies, but instead we simply provide information about the cookies we use and it is up to each individual user to explicitly block cookies as required in their own web browser software.
__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmzThese cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. 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. We use Google software (Analytics) for this purpose.
wordpress_*If cookies are set which begin with ‘wordpress_’, this means the visiting user has attempted to, or has successfully completed, log in as a registered user of the web site. This may allow more features such as unrestricted commenting, submission of articles, or administering of the web site. Most visitors, particularly first-time ones, will never see these cookies.
wp-settings*These cookies control various aspects of the WordPress content management system software. The site should operate and be readable without allowing them, but they may offer additional benefits to end users.
hellobar_*This is a cookie which helps with the display of the “hello bar” at the top of the page. Without it, the bar may constantly display or be hidden.

In addition, some other third party cookies may be set from time to time to provide more customised content or a better social experience. Explicitly, we use the Google AdSense network of advertisers, zZounds (although cookies are not set on our site but may be if you visit theirs), and plugins for Facebook, Twitter and other social network interactions.

If you have any concerns about our use of cookies, please feel free to contact us.

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.

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so.

We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.


We collect and store very little personally identifiable information about our visitors, because this website is primarily an information resource found through search engines, social media channels and such like. We have no official membership.

You may make a request to us in any reasonable form (contact form, telephone, email) to have us disclose the information we hold about you, or to alter it. However, due to the anonymous nature of much of what is stored on this website, it may be impossible to verify any such request is valid.

For example, we cannot easily confirm that a request to delete a certain public comment on our website has come from the originator of that comment, because we do not store enough personally identifiable information to link them to an actual person.

You may request data we hold about you if you are subscribed to our mailing list, but note that we only ever ask for a name and email address.

This web site is owned and operated by Andy Merrett, registered address: 1 Chevron Street, Porth, Rhondda Cynon Taf, CF39 0NB, United Kingdom.