Home education in the UK: Privacy Policy

If you disagree with any of the privacy policy below or the terms of use, please do not use this site.

Home-ed.info recognises that the privacy of your personal information is important. Below are details on the kind of personal information received when you visit, and how it is safeguarded.

Use of information collected

All information collected on this website by home-ed.info and/or its affiliated companies will be used primarily for internal purposes and/or to enhance visitor enjoyment and experience. Home-ed.info may also use email addresses or other personally identifiable information to contact visitors who directly communicate with home-ed.info, for example, to respond to visitors’ questions. Any such contact by home-ed.info is deemed by you to be at your request and with your permission, and shall be deemed by the parties, respectively, to be in compliance with all anti-spamming laws.

Home-ed.info does not share any personally identifiable information provided by visitors with third parties, unless you ask us to, and will never sell it to anyone. However, home-ed.info bears no responsibility for any action or policies of third parties who collect any information visitors may disclose on bulletin boards, chat areas, public forums, or other websites linked from within this website.

Mailing lists

If you sign up for the mailing list to be notified of updates to home-ed.info, or any of the other yahoogroups listed on this site, you will become a member of yahoogroups, and as such subject to their privacy policy. You can join or leave these lists at any time, and your email address will only be shown to other members of the list if you post on such a list. The home-ed.info update list does not allow members to post; email addresses subscribed to this list are visible to home-ed.info but will only be used for the irregular updates (no more than one per month) sent to all members, describing recent page additions or site upgrades. If you leave this list after subscribing, no record is kept of your email address.

Log files

As with most other websites, we collect and may use the data contained in log files.  The information on these log files may include your IP (Internet Protocol) address, your ISP (Internet Service Provider) address, the browser you used to visit home-ed.info (such as Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox), the time you visited the site, the duration of your visit, any search terms you may have used to find it, and which pages you looked at within the site.

Cookies and web beacons

Third party advertisements are shown on home-ed.info, and general tracking programs are used to observe trends amongst visitors. Some of these may use technology such as cookies and web beacons. A cookie is a piece of information that is transferred to a visitor’s hard drive for record-keeping purposes, and a web beacon is a tiny transparent image on the page which allows the site to record the simple actions of visitors when opening the pages.

These cookies and web beacons will send information to the advertisers and other affiliates, including your IP address, your Internet service provider, the country where you reside , the browser you used to visit our site, and in some cases, whether or not you have certain software (such as Flash or Javascript) installed. They are generally used for geo-targeting purposes (showing British ads to someone living in the UK, for instance) or showing certain adverts based on specific sites visited, such as showing cooking adverts to someone who frequents cooking sites.

DoubleClick DART cookies

Home-ed.info also may use DART cookies for ad serving through Google’s DoubleClick, which places a cookie on your computer when you are browsing the web and visit a site using DoubleClick advertising (including some Google AdSense advertisements).  This cookie is used to serve ads specific to you and your interests (‘interest based targeting’).  The advertisements served will be targeted based on your previous browsing history (For example, if you have been viewing sites about visiting London, you may see London hotel advertisements when viewing a non-related site, such as on a site about home education).  DART uses non personally identifiable information.  It does not track personal information about you, such as your name, email address, physical address, telephone number, social security numbers, bank account numbers or credit card numbers.  You can opt out of this ad serving on all sites using this advertising by visiting http://www.google.com/doubleclick/

Disabling cookies

You can chose to disable or selectively turn off cookies in your browser settings. However, this can affect how you are able to interact with this site as well as other websites. This could include the inability to login to services or programs, such as logging into forums or accounts.  Deleting cookies does not mean you are permanently opted out of any advertising program.  Unless you have settings that disallow cookies, the next time you visit a site running the advertisements, a new cookie will be added.

Analytics and site search

Google Analytics is used to help determine trends and interests of visitors. The Google Analytics site explains the type of data collected.

Home-ed.info provides a WordPress site search for the convenience of its visitors, to enable them to quickly find relevant pages. The only information collected from this service is the list of search terms used; learning these can be helpful for future development of the site.

Affiliate advertisements

All advertisements are from affiliate services, and are contextual: based on the page contents, the location of the visitor, and the cookies already residing on the visitor’s computer. Though home-ed.info is not responsible for their privacy terms, these links are to the privacy statements of the advertising affiliates, for your information:

Home-ed.info reserves the right to modify, alter or otherwise update this policy at any time so visitors are encouraged to review this policy from time to time.  Most recently modified on April 4th 2015, originally based on the privacy policy provided by JenSense.