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Privacy Policy


1. Introduction and General Terms

Gifts & Lists is committed to protecting you and your family's personal information when you are using our services. We want our services to be safe and enjoyable environments for our audience. This Privacy Policy relates to our use of any personal information you provide to us through Gifts & websites.

In order to provide you with the full range of Gifts & Lists services, we are sometimes required to collect information about you.

This privacy policy explains the following:

  • what information Gifts & Lists may collect about you;
  • how Gifts & Lists will use information we collect about you;
  • when Gifts & Lists may use your details to contact you;
  • whether Gifts & Lists will disclose your details to anyone else;
  • your choices regarding the personal information you have provided to us;
  • the use of cookies on Gifts & Lists website and how you can reject these cookies.

As set out above, Gifts & Lists is committed to safeguarding your personal information. Whenever you provide such information, we are legally obliged to use your information in line with all laws concerning the protection of personal information, including the Data Protection Act 1998 (these laws are referred to collectively in this Privacy Policy as the "data protection laws").

This website contains hyperlinks to websites owned and operated by third parties. These third party websites have their own privacy policies, including cookies, and we urge you to review them. They will govern the use of personal information you submit or are collected by cookies whilst visiting these websites. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for the privacy practices of such third party websites and your use of such websites is at your own risk.

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2. What information will Gifts & Lists collect about me?

When you sign up to participate in or receive a service from Gifts & Lists, we may ask for personal information about you. This can consist of information such as your name, e-mail address and date of birth.

By entering your details in the fields requested, you enable Gifts & Lists to provide you with the services you select.

Gifts & Lists also uses cookies and collects IP addresses (an IP address is a number that can uniquely identify a specific computer or other network device on the internet). We use analysis software to look at IP addresses and cookies for the purpose of enhancing your user experience. This information is not used to develop a personal profile of you and the log files are regularly purged.

We also use your IP address to determine where you are accessing the services from so we can tailor the site to your needs.

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3. How will Gifts & Lists use the information they collect about me?

Gifts & Lists will use your personal information for a number of purposes including the following:

  • for "service administration purposes", which means that Gifts & Lists may contact you for reasons related to the service you have signed up for, as set out in paragraph 4 below (e.g. to provide you with password reminders or to notify you that a particular service has been suspended for maintenance);
  • to contact you about a submission you have made to the website, including any content you provide.
  • to personalise the way Gifts & Lists content is presented to you;
  • IP addresses are used to identify the location of users, the number of visits from different countries and also to block disruptive use; and
  • to analyse and improve the services offered on Gifts & Lists. e.g. to provide you with the most user-friendly navigation experience.

Where Gifts & Lists proposes using your personal information for any other uses we will ensure that we notify you first. You will also be given the opportunity to withhold or withdraw your consent for your use other than as listed above.

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4. When will Gifts & Lists contact me?

Gifts & Lists may contact you:

  • for "service administration purposes", which means that Gifts & Lists may contact you for reasons related to the service you have signed up for, as set out in paragraph 4 below (e.g. to provide you with password reminders or to notify you that a particular service has been suspended for maintenance);
  • in relation to the functioning of any service you have signed up for in order to ensure that Gifts & Lists can deliver the services to you;
  • where you have opted to receive further correspondence;
  • in relation to any contribution you have made to Gifts & Lists;
  • to invite you to participate in surveys about Gifts & Lists services (participation is always voluntary); and
  • for marketing purposes where you have specifically agreed to this (see paragraph 5 below)

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5. Will I be contacted for marketing purposes?

Gifts & Lists won't contact you for marketing purposes, or promote new services to you unless you specifically agree to be contacted for these purposes.

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6. Will Gifts & Lists share my personal information with anyone else?

We will keep your information confidential except where disclosure is required or permitted by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies) or as described in paragraph 7 below.

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7. Offensive or inappropriate content on Gifts & Lists website

If you post or send offensive, inappropriate or objectionable content anywhere on or to Gifts & Lists, or otherwise engage in any disruptive behaviour on Gifts & Lists, Gifts & Lists may use your personal information to stop such behaviour.

Where Gifts & Lists reasonably believes that you are or may be in breach of any of the laws (e.g. because content you have posted may be defamatory), Gifts & Lists may use your personal information to inform relevant third parties such as your employer, school e-mail/Internet provider or law enforcement agencies about the content and your behaviour.

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8. What if I am a user aged 16 or under?

If you are aged 16 or under, please get your parent/guardian's permission beforehand whenever you provide personal information to Gifts & Lists's website. Users without this consent are not allowed to provide us with personal information.

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9. How long will Gifts & Lists keep my personal information?

We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary for the relevant service, or as long as is set out in any relevant contract you hold with Gifts & Lists. In the case that you wish to cancel your registration as a Gifts & Lists member, your details will be deleted.

Where you contribute to Gifts & Lists Gifts & Lists will generally only keep your content for as long as is reasonably required for the purpose(s) for which it was submitted.

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10. Can I find out what personal information Gifts & Lists holds about me?

Under the Data Protection Act you have the right to request a copy of the personal information Gifts & Lists holds about you and to have any inaccuracies corrected. (We charge £10 for information requests and will require you to prove your identity with 2 pieces of approved photographic identification.) We will use reasonable efforts to supply, correct or delete personal information about you on our files.

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11. What if I am accessing the Gifts & Lists site from outside the UK?

All personal information submitted by you to the site goes directly to Gifts & Lists and will be processed in accordance with this Privacy Policy (and any local terms that apply on websites) unless terms on sites specify otherwise.

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12. Changes to the Gifts & Lists Privacy Policy

This privacy policy may be updated from time to time so you may wish to check it each time you submit personal information to the Gifts & Lists website. The date of the most recent revisions will appear on this page.

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13. Cookies Policy - Information Gifts & Lists collects from you

a. What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small amount of data, which often includes a unique identifier that is sent to your computer or mobile phone (referred to here as a "device") browser from a website's computer and is stored on your device'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 website 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 traffic flows.

Cookies record information about your online preferences and allow us to tailor the websites to your interests. Users have the opportunity to set their devices to accept all cookies, to notify them when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. The last of these means that certain personalised services cannot then be provided to that user and accordingly you may not be able to take full advantage of all of Gifts & Lists features. Each browser is different, so check the "Help" menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.

During the course of any visit to Gifts & Lists, the pages you see, along with a cookie, are downloaded to your device. Many websites do this, because cookies enable website publishers to do useful things like find out whether the device (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.

b. How does Gifts & Lists use cookies?
Information supplied by cookies can help us to analyse the profile of our visitors and help us to provide you with a better user experience. 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. Gifts & Lists also users a cookie to identify users when they adding items to their lists.

c. Third party advertising cookies
Most of the advertisements you see on the website are generated by third parties. Some of these third parties generate their own cookies to track how many people have seen a particular advertisement (or use the services of third parties to do this), and to track how many people have seen it more than once. These cookies cannot be used to identify an individual; they can only be used for statistical purposes, for example, in providing you with advertisements that are more relevant to your interests. Some of the information gleaned from third party cookies will be aggregated with other anonymous information for statistical purposes. The third party companies that generate these cookies have their own, very strict, privacy policies but we don't have access to these cookies; other than allowing them to be served, we have no role to play in these cookies at all (although we may use statistical information arising from these third party cookies and provided to us by third parties, to improve the targeting of advertisements to users of the website).

If you would like to disable "third party" cookies generated by advertisers or providers of targeted advertising services, you can turn them off by going to the third party's website and getting them to generate a one-time "no thanks" cookie that will stop any further cookies being written to your machine. For example to disable Google, ad-related cookies visit the following address:

Google Advertising and Privacy

Please note, as of April 2009 Google has begun to make use of interest-based advertising. If you wish to opt-out of this you can use the link provided above.

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14. Contacting Gifts & Lists about this Privacy Policy

If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Policy please contact;


This Document was last updated on March 27th, 2009.

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