Privacy policy

Privacy Policy

Use of private information policy (GDPR)

Last updated: 24/05/2018


We respect the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and this policy explains how we collect and treat any information you give us. You won’t find any complicated legal terms or long passages of unreadable text. We’ve no desire to trick you into agreeing to something you might later regret.

Our policy covers

Why we value your privacy

We value your privacy as much as we do our own, so we’re committed to keeping your personal information safe.

We’re uncomfortable with the information companies, governments, and other organisations keep on file, so we ask for only the bare minimum from our customers. We’ll never use your personal information for any reason other than why you gave it, and we’ll never give anyone access to it unless we’re forced to by law.

How we collect information

Whenever you request a page, your IP address, browser and version, operating system and the site you came from are stored in a log file. This information cannot be used to identify a specific individual. This information is only used for statistical purposes to help improve this site and provide accurate statistics to advertisers in the form of aggregated data.

Personal information is collected via our registration form.

There is a poll system on the homepage of website. By voting you are not disclosing any other information other then the answer to the question the poll asks. A vote cannot be traced to a specific individual, and hence your identity remains anonymous.

What information we hold

The following data is required on our registration form: Username, password, email address, first name, last name, and country of residence. There are other fields which enhance a user’s profile on the site, but they are optional.

Where we store your information

Your private data is stored on our server hosted in Germany provided by a company called Hetzner.

What we use your information for

If you opt in to our weekly email newsletter, you will receive a newsletter on Wednesday morning (GMT).

If you opt in to our email news alerts, you will receive an email every time a news article is published on the website.

Users have the option to unsubcribe from the emails above by visiting the Edit profile page or contacting

Some of the information collected during the registration process for the The Holmesdale Online is used to contact members in the event of a Forum rule violation. It can also be used to prevent banned users from re-registering under a different username.

Personal data collected from the registration process are not sold, or disclosed to a third party.

Who’s responsible for your information at our company

Our webmaster is responsible for the security of your information. You can contact him by email at if you have any concerns about the information we store.

Who has access to information about you

When we store information in our own systems, only the people who need it have access. Our management team have access to everything you’ve provided, but individual employees have access to only what they need to do their job.

The steps we take to keep your information private

We restrict access to your private data to only to people who need it. We never use the same password twice.


Online behavioral advertising (“OBA”) and/or multi-site advertising is occurring on

We partner with Snack Media to serve ads and/or collect certain information when you visit our website. Snack Media may use cookies or web beacons to collect non-personally identifiable information (e.g., click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visit to this website in order to help show advertisements on other websites likely to be more interesting to you.

These third-party ad servers or ad networks use technology to the advertisements and links that appear on send directly to your browsers. They automatically receive your IP address when this occurs. Other technologies ( such as cookies, JavaScript, or Web Beacons ) may also be used by the third-party ad networks to measure the effectiveness of their advertisements and / or to personalize the advertising content that you see. has no access to or control over these cookies that are used by third-party advertisers.

You should consult the respective privacy policies of these third-party ad servers for more detailed information on their practices as well as for instructions about how to opt-out of certain practices.’s privacy policy does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities of, such other advertisers or web sites.

If you wish to disable cookies, you may do so through your individual browser options. More detailed information about cookie management with specific web browsers can be found at the browsers’ respective websites.

How to complain

We take complaints very seriously. If you’ve any reason to complain about the ways we handle your privacy, please contact

Changes to the policy

If we change the contents of this policy, those changes will become effective the moment we publish them on our website.