Privacy Policy

Information Collection and Use
Design by Cactus is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. We will not sell, share, or rent this information to third parties in ways other than those disclosed in this policy. Design by Cactus collects information from our users at several different points on our websites.

Design by Cactus is a limited company registered in Ireland. Our sites include our main website(s), blog and social media pages. Design by Cactus is identified as Design by Cactus, designbycactus.com on certain social media sites.

Registration

Some of our sites restrict access to online content. To gain entry a user must first complete a registration form. During registration a user is required to give their contact information (such as name and e-mail address). For sites where online access to content is part of a subscription package, registration forms will often contain full subscriber details used to identify and fulfil that subscriber’s account.

E-mail alerts

If a user wishes to subscribe to our alerts, updates, briefings etc. we ask for contact and delivery information such as name and e-mail address. All of these e-mail lists provide opt out facilities with each e-mail broadcast. In some cases the user is asked to provide optional demographic and personal interest information that is used to keep our content as relevant as possible.

Sharing

We will share aggregated demographic information with our partners. This is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person.

Contact Us

We request information from the user on our contact forms. Here a user must provide contact information (like name and address). This information is used to respond to the customer’s enquiry. If we have trouble replying to a customer, this contact information is used to get in touch with the user.

Use of Cookies and Other Tracking Devices

Many of our sites use cookies. A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user’s hard drive containing information about the user. Usage of cookies is for the convenience of visitors. For instance, by setting a cookie on our site, the user would not have to log in a password more than once, thereby saving time while on our site. Cookies can also enable us to track and target the interests of our users in order to enhance the experience on our site.

You can delete cookies from your hard drive at any time however this will mean that any settings such as your stored username and password will have to be reset. You can set your internet browser so that it will not allow cookies to be stored on your computer. This may reduce functionality of the site, but you will still be able to use our sites. Further information on how to prevent cookies from being stored on your computer can be found on the help menu within your internet browser.

Some of our websites use web analytics services provided by third parties such as Google, Inc which use cookies to help us analyse how visitors use our sites. They will use this information to produce statistical data outlining website activity for us and provide other information detailing website activity and internet usage. This information is aggregated across all users and personal information is not included in these reports.

Google may also transfer this information to third parties where it is a legal requirement, or where such third parties process the information on their behalf. They will not match your IP address with any other data they hold. If you don’t want Google to use cookies in this way please visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. You may also refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. By using this website, you provide your consent to the processing of data about you by those service providers as described above.

In addition, we use tracking technology in our e-mail newsletters to let us know which e-mails have been opened by the recipients. This allows us to gauge the effectiveness of certain communications and the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns. All of our e-mail newsletters provide the facility to opt-out (see opt-out section below).

Links

Some of our websites contain links to other sites. Please be aware that Design by Cactus is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this website.

Surveys & Contests

From time to time our site requests information from users via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose this information. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and address), and demographic information (such as gender, age level). Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of this site.

Recommend this site

If a user elects to use our referral service for informing a friend about our site, we ask them for the friend’s name and e-mail address. We will automatically send the friend a one-time e-mail inviting them to visit the site. This information is not stored except for the sole purpose of sending this one-time e-mail.

Security

This website takes every precaution to protect our users’ information. When users submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and off-line. All of our users’ information is restricted in our offices. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job are granted access to personally identifiable information.

Site and Service Updates

We will send the user site and service announcement updates. Members are not able to un-subscribe from service announcements, which contain important information about the service. We communicate with the user to provide requested services and in regards to issues relating to their account via e-mail or phone.

Correction/Updating Personal Information

If a user’s personally identifiable information changes (such as your address), or if a user no longer desires our service, we will endeavour to provide a way to correct, update or remove that user’s personal data provided to us. This can be done by e-mailing the site editor.

Choice/Opt-out

Our users are given the opportunity to ‘opt-out’ of having their information used for purposes not directly related to our site at the point where we ask for the information. Users who no longer wish to receive a newsletter/alert/briefing etc. may opt-out of receiving these communications by replying to the unsubscribe link in the e-mail.

Notification of Changes

Design by Cactus will seek to advise all users if we change our privacy policy.

Discussion boards

We take every precaution to ensure all contributions to discussion boards are factually correct, and not deemed to be untruthful, libellous, defamatory, racist or persecutory, please be advised that these messages are entered by third parties. Our editor will monitor discussion boards as much as possible and content deemed unsuitable will be removed. All users are reminded of copyright – Articles from other websites should be linked to rather than copied in full. Articles from within Design by Cactus publications/websites may be copied in their entirety for use on Design by Cactus discussion boards. Design by Cactus reserves the right to remove articles and contributions without notice or reason.