This policy covers ADVFN's use of personal information that ADVFN collects
when you use ADVFN.com. The policy also gives you information about cookies; ADVFN
From time to time, you will be asked to submit personal information about
yourself (e.g. name and email address) in order to receive or use services on
our website. Such services include newsletters, competitions, live chats,
message boards and ADVFN.com membership.
By entering your details in the fields requested, you enable ADVFN and its
service providers to provide you with the services you select. Whenever you
provide such personal information, we will treat that information in accordance
with this policy. When using your personal information ADVFN will act in
accordance with current legislation and aim to meet current Internet best
Visitor Information During the course of any visit to ADVFN.com, the pages
you see, along with a short text file called a 'cookie', are downloaded to your
useful things like find out whether the computer (and probably its user) has
visited the website before. This is done on a repeat visit by checking to see,
and finding, the cookie left there on the last visit.
Information supplied by cookies can help us to provide you with a better online
user experience and assist us to analyse the profile of our visitors. For
example: if on a previous visit you went to our education pages, we might find
this out from your cookie and highlight educational information on your second
and subsequent visits.
What is a cookie? A cookie is a small amount of data, which often includes an
anonymous unique identifier that is sent to your browser from a website's
computer and stored on your computer's hard drive. Each website can send its own
cookie to your browser if your browser's preferences allow it, but (to protect
your privacy) your browser only permits a web site to access the cookies it has
already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other sites.
Many sites do this whenever a user visits their website in order to track online
Cookies record information about your online preferences. Users have the
opportunity to set their computers to accept all cookies, to notify them when a
cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. The last of these, of
course, means that certain personalised services cannot then be provided to that
user user and accordingly you may not be able to take full advantage of all of
ADVFN.com features. Each browser is different, so check the "Help" menu of
your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.
If you have set your computer to reject cookies you can still browse ADVFN.com
anonymously until such time as you wish to register for ADVFN.com services. For
further information on cookies please visit www.aboutcookies.org.
Use and storage of your personal information When you supply any personal
information to ADVFN.com (e.g. for competitions, ADVFN.com Community services or
ADVFN.com membership) we have legal obligations towards you in the way we use
those data. We must collect the information fairly, that is, we must explain how
we will use it (see the notices on particular webpages that let you know why we
are requesting the information) and tell you if we want to pass the information
on to anyone else.
In general, any information you provide to ADVFN will only be used within the
ADVFN and by its agents and service providers. Your information will be disclosed
where we are obliged or permitted by law. Also, if you post or send offensive,
inappropriate or objectionable content anywhere on or to ADVFN.com or otherwise
engage in any disruptive behaviour on ADVFN.com, ADVFN can use whatever
information that is available to it about you to stop such behaviour. This may
involve informing relevant third parties such as your employer, school e-
mail/Internet provider and law enforcement agencies about the content and your
We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as you use the
service you have requested, and remove it in the event that the purpose has been
met, or, in the case of ADVFN.com membership you no longer wish to continue your
registration as a ADVFN.com member. For safety reasons, however, ADVFN may
store messaging transcript data (including message content, member names, times
and dates) arising from the use of ADVFN.com Community services such as
Connector for a period of six months. Where personal information is held for
people who are not yet registered but have taken part in other ADVFN.com
services (e.g. competitions), that information will be held as long as is
necessary to ensure that the service is run smoothly. We will ensure that all
personal information supplied is held securely, in accordance with the Data
Protection Act 1998.
If you are notified on a ADVFN.com site that your information may be used to
allow ADVFN to contact you for "service administration purposes", this means
that ADVFN may contact you for a number of purposes related to the service you
have signed up for. For example, we may wish to provide you with password
reminders or notify you that the particular service has been suspended for
maintenance. We will contact you for promotional purposes, such as notifying
you of improvements to the service or new services on ADVFN.com. You can alter your
email settings by going to http://www.advfn.com/p.php?pid=subscriptions
Access to your personal information You have the right to request a copy of
the personal information ADVFN holds about you and to have any inaccuracies
corrected. (We charge £10 for information requests.) Please address requests to
the Data Protection Officer, ADVFN.com, 26 Throgmorton Street, London, EC2N 2AN.
Users 16 and under If you are aged 16 or under, please get your
parent/guardian's permission beforehand whenever you provide personal
information to ADVFN's website. Users without this consent are not allowed to
provide us with personal information.