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Privacy Policy

MarineWales.com is owned and operated by Marine Wales Limited. Marine Wales Limited has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm belief and commitment to privacy. This policy applies whether or not you choose to create a user account, take a listing or place advertising on MarineWales.com. The following statement details what information we obtain from you, how we use it and how we fulfil our obligations to protect your privacy. Please take the time to consider it carefully, as by using the MarineWales.com site and its services you will be agreeing that you are happy for Marine Wales Limited to gather and use your information in the ways stated.

Browsing the site

At Marine Wales we like to ensure that we will continue to meet the demands of all our customers. To help us to understand your needs and improve the relevance of the services we offer you as an individual, we may collect anonymous information on your browsing activity while logged into MarineWales.com, such as:

  • IP address
  • browser type
  • access times
  • referring URL
  • content viewed
  • click activity

We mainly examine browsing activity to monitor aggregated site traffic and analyse it which we do to improve the content and services available to our users. This activity also helps us generate income as advertisers find this activity useful in planning campaigns. NB. Unless you are logged in you cannot be identified personally while you browse the site.

We may also provide anonymous and/or consolidated statistics about user's browsing activity to reputable third party vendors, but these will not include details that would allow the recipient to identify you.

Cookies and Personal Data

A cookie is a data file that certain web sites write to your computer's hard drive when you visit such sites. Our site uses cookies to recognise returning visitors and to deliver content specific to your interests. We use cookies, along with the personal data you provide, to personalise your experience on the site.

Most web site browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually change your browser settings to display a warning before accepting a cookie, or to refuse all cookies. However, if you choose to disable the receipt of cookies from our web site or do not complete the registration process you may not be able to use certain features of the site.

Directory Entries, Advertisements and Subscriptions

When you claim a listing, order an enhanced entry, place an advertisement, or subscribe to any member service on MarineWales.com there is certain information we need to obtain to enable us to process and fulfil your order, or contact you in case of a query. Details we may collect include:

  • Forename and surname
  • Company name and address
  • Home address and post code
  • Telephone number
  • Mobile number
  • Email address
  • Date/Year of birth
  • Personal interests, Awards and Qualifications

Other relevant information may be collected if we deem it necessary.

Children under 13

MarineWales does not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register. If you are under 13, please do not attempt to register for MarineWales or send any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, or email address. No one under age 13 may provide any personal information to or on MarineWales. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at office@marinewales.com.

Minors age 13 to 18

We recommend that if you are a minor over the age of 13 and under 18 that you seek parental consent before sending any information about yourselves to anyone over the Internet. As a parent, if you feel your child has created an authorised profile on MarineWales we ask you take this up with them in the first instance. NB. We will not be able to verify any user account that is marked as private without first obtaining the necessary permissions and legal clearance even if you can prove you are their legal guardian.

Personal Information Security

In terms of the personal information you submit when registering as a user or placing your order with MarineWales.com, this is held with the utmost commitment to your privacy.

The information is stored on a secure web server and in accordance with the UK Data Protection Act 1998.

When payments are made to MarineWales.com, we regard security and convenience as top priorities; this is why we use companies that are experts in these fields for all payments, including PayPal, Protx and/or Barclaycard.

If you use a web based payment page to pay for an enhanced listing, place an advertisement, list items for sale in the marketplace, or renew membership subscriptions the credit/debit card details you submit are encapsulated using PayPal or Protx’s encrypted and digitally-signed protocol, before they are passed for processing. This entire process is done using Secure Socket Layer (SSL), the industry standard for transmitting confidential information on the web using data encryption, ensuring that the information passed on to us is secure and tamper-proof. However SSL has been designed to work with Mozilla and Explorer browsers and you will need to have at least Netscape Navigator 3 or Internet Explorer 3 to take advantage of this added security.

We believe that your privacy is important and have security in place to protect it. However if this security is breached we cannot guarantee the security of your information.

Public and Private Information

Club and Business listing information and selected user data (such as username, first name, surname, location, reviews and photos) is treated as information for the public domain and therefore cannot be classed as private. Personal details including home and email addresses, telephone and mobile phone numbers are treated as private data and only shared with users you grant access. If we modify access rights to any information which could be classed as private, Marine Wales will make you aware of this at the time of submission and give you the option to restore default settings before saving the modified access privileges. Your account management page is always private and used by yourself to determine access setting.

By submitting your profile, listing information, placing an advertisement, or signing up for any member services you give Marine Wales Limited unconditional permission to store and or use this information free of charge, licences, and/or rights fee regardless of any moral rights, copyright, service mark, trademark or patent laws. Further you allow Marine Wales Limited to publish, modify, edit, translate, distribute and otherwise reproduce the information in whatever format we choose provided – of course – that we do this in accordance with UK laws and our own code of practice.

Use of Information Obtained by MarineWales

When you register with MarineWales, you create your own profile and privacy settings. Your profile information is used by MarineWales primarily to be presented back to and edited by you when you access the service and to be presented to others permitted to view that information by your privacy settings. In some specific cases and where your privacy settings permit it, other MarineWales users may be able to supplement your profile, such as tagging you in a photo or posting items to your wall.

Profile information that you submit to MarineWales will be available to users of MarineWales who you allow to access through your privacy settings. Your name, location, and profile picture thumbnail will be available in search results across the MarineWales network and may be made available to third party search engines. This is primarily so people you know can find you and send a connection request. People who see your name in searches, however, will not be able to access your profile information unless they are a registered user and/or have a relationship to you (friend, member of your club, etc.) that allows such access based on your privacy settings.

MarineWales may use information in your profile without identifying you as an individual to third parties. We do this for purposes such as aggregating how members in club or region rate an activity or supplier and to personalise advertisements and promotions. We may also use information about you that we collect from other sources to supplement your profile, including but not limited to newspapers and Internet sources such as blogs, RSS feeds, instant messaging services, other social networks, platform developers and other users of MarineWales. Where such information is used, we generally allow you to specify in your privacy settings that you do not want this to be done or to take other actions that limit the connection of this information to your profile.

Email Communications

To support and encourage development of the MarineWales community all registered users can send one-2-one emails message from a member’s profile listing. This facility can be blocked at any time by the user themselves and will be removed from anyone who abuses this privilege.

MarineWales may occasionally use your name and email address to send you notifications regarding new services offered by MarineWales that we think you may find valuable. We may also send you service-related announcements from time to time through the general operation of the service. For instance, if a friend sends you a new message, if someone becomes a follower, or if anyone posts on your wall, you may receive an email alerting you to that fact. Generally, you may opt out of such emails, though MarineWales reserves the right to send you notices about your account even if you opt out of all voluntary email notifications.

Sharing Your Information with Third Parties

As a social network MarineWales is about sharing actions, opinions and experiences with others including friends, followers and people in your club and local networks, while providing you with privacy settings that restrict others from accessing your private information. Please keep in mind that if you disclose personal information in your public profile or when posting comments, messages, etc., this information may become publicly available.

We allow you to choose the information you provide through MarineWales. Our site configuration and information architecture and your privacy settings allow you to make informed choices about who has access to your information. We do not provide contact information to third party marketers without your permission. We share your information with third parties only in limited circumstances where we believe such sharing is 1) reasonably necessary to offer the service, 2) legally required or, 3) permitted by you. For example:

  • Your news feed and activity feed may aggregate the information you provide and make it available to your friends, followers and site members according to your privacy settings.
  • Information you post or share with other users, such as name, comments, photos, videos and marketplace listings, may be shared with all users in accordance with the privacy settings you select.
  • We may provide information to service providers to help us bring you the services we offer. Specifically, we may use third parties to facilitate our business, such as to host the service at a co-location facility for servers, to send out email updates about MarineWales , to remove repetitive information from our user lists, to process payments for products or services, to support an on
  • line membership or job application, or to provide search results or links (including sponsored links). In connection with these offerings and business operations, our service providers may have access to your personal information for use for a limited time in connection with these business activities. Where third parties are used for the processing of any personal information, we implement reasonable contractual and technical protections limiting the use of that information to the MarineWales-specified purposes.
  • We may be required to disclose user information pursuant to lawful requests, such as court orders or in compliance with applicable laws. We do not reveal information until we have a good faith belief that an information request by a law enforcement agency or private litigant meets applicable legal standards. Additionally, we may share account or other information when we believe it is
  • necessary to comply with law, to protect our interests or property, to prevent fraud or other illegal activity perpetrated through the MarineWales service or using the MarineWales name, or to prevent imminent bodily harm. This may include sharing information with other companies, lawyers, agents or government agencies.
  • We let you choose to share information with marketers or electronic commerce providers through clubs, suppliers or other on or off site offers.
  • We may provide services jointly with other companies on MarineWales. You can tell when another company is involved in any store or service provided on MarineWales , and we may share customer information with that company in connection with your use of that store or service.
  • If the ownership of all or substantially all of the Marine Wales business or individual business units owned by Marine Wales Limited were to change, your user information may be transferred to the new owner so the service can continue operations. In any such transfer of information, your user information would remain subject to the promises made in any pre-existing Privacy Policy.
  • Finally, all data collected by MarineWales may be shared with our parent site WalesCymru.com; although any data provided will be according to the same access and privacy settings that apply on MarineWales at the time this data is transferred.

Third party links

MarineWales contains links to other sites but we cannot assume responsibility for any other site's content or information handling practices. We urge you to review each site’s privacy policy before entering into transactions with them.

Your Consent

By registering or advertising with MarineWales, you agree that you are happy for your information to be gathered and used in the ways described in this policy.

However, if you change your mind about the way you have agreed your data can be used, just contact us via the website to stop specific or all uses of your data.

NB. If you do not wish your data to be used as indicated above you will not be able to remain a site member or advertiser.

If you have any questions about this privacy policy, please contact us at privacy@marinewales.com

Privacy Policy issued by:
Marine Wales Limited
168 Albany Road, Cardiff CF24 3RW
Company number: 06579861
Date issued: 5 June 2008