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Privacy & cookies

On this page you will find both my Privacy Policy (updated in May 2018 for GDPR) and my Cookie Policy for this website (last updated in September 2018). Between them they set out how I use and protect any information that you give me in any form and when you use my website.

I am committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should I 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 these statements.

I may on occasions change these policies by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes.

What I do with the information I gather

I require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

  • internal record keeping;
  • to improve my services;
  • to send emails about new services, resources or other information which I think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided;
  • to customise the website according to your interests.

I am committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure I have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information I collect online.


My Privacy Policy

1:  Your personal data and my role as data controller

Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data. Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession.

I am the data controller for my own work. I decide how your personal data is processed and for what purposes. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – from 25th May 2018.

2:  How I process your personal data

I seek to comply with my obligations under the GDPR

  • by keeping personal data up-to-date;
  • by storing and destroying it securely;
  • by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data;
  • by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure;
  • by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.

I use personal data to mail my bimonthly ‘Resources e-letter’, to send out prayer news, both by email, and to respond to requests from the ‘Contact John’ page of my website.


3:  The legal basis for processing your personal data

I have freely-given consent from those I email to send the items in question. I hold documentary evidence of this by means of copies of my website response forms, forms completed at training events I have run and personal emails (complete from January 2009). I give clear instructions on how to unsubscribe at any time. I do not disclose data to any third party. I keep data while it is still current.


4:  Your rights and your personal data 

Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data that I hold.

  • The right to request a copy of your personal data in a ‘portable format’. Please contact me to make such a request.
  • The right to ask me to correct any personal data if found to be inaccurate or out of date.
  • The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time and request your personal data is erased. Please contact me to make such a request.
  • The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing.
  • The right to object to the processing of personal data (where applicable).
  • The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office.


5:  Further processing

If I wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Privacy Policy, then I will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, I will seek your prior consent to the new processing.


6:  Contact details

John Truscott, 69 Sandridge Road, St Albans AL1 4AG      Tel 01727 832176

Email john@john-truscott.co.uk     Web https://www.john-truscott.co.uk


You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/email/ or at the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.

November 2017; updated May 2018


My Cookie Policy

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

I use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps me analyse data about web page traffic and improve the website in order to tailor it to customer needs. I only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help provide you with a better website, by enabling me to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives me access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with me.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

I use one analytical cookie 'is_unique' (used by Statcounter). Statcounter Analytics Cookies can be refused by clicking on the refuse button on this page: http://statcounter.com/about/set-refusal-cookie/.

I also use a long-lasting 'first party' cookie to control the cookie acceptance banner: 'bambooAcceptCookies'. This cookie is set if you click on 'OK' to indicate you accept use of cookies in accordance with this policy. And I use two 'first party' session cookies: 'eZSESSID' when the 'log in' or 'register' page is accessed by a visitor and 'is-logged-in' when the visitor logs in. None of these cookies links to personal information. 

Although your browser may be set up to allow the creation of cookies, you can specify that you are prompted before a site puts a cookie on your hard disk. This enables you to decide whether to allow or disallow the cookie. You can find out how to do this here: http://www.aboutcookies.org/Default.aspx?page=1

Alternatively, you can set your computer not to accept any cookies.

Links to other websites

My website may contain links to enable you to visit other websites of interest easily. However, once you have used these links to leave this site, you should note that I do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, I 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 statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

July 2010; updated June 2012; last updated September 2018

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