We use files known as cookies on The Courtyard to improve its performance and to enhance your user experience. By using The Courtyard you agree that we can place these types of files on your device.

Cookies are small text files that a website may put on your computer, or mobile device, when you first visit that site or one of its pages.

There are many functions that a cookie can serve. For example, a cookie will help the website, or another website, to recognise your device the next time you visit it. The Courtyard uses the term "cookies" in this policy to refer to all files that collect information in this way.

Certain cookies contain personal information – for example, if you click on "remember me" when logging on, a cookie will store your username. Most cookies will not collect information that identifies you, but will instead collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use The Courtyard, or a user’s general location.

Cookies can perform several different functions:
1. Necessary Cookies
Some cookies are essential for the operation of The Courtyard. These cookies enable services you have specifically asked for.

2. Performance Cookies
These cookies may collect anonymous information on the pages visited. For example, we might use performance cookies to keep track of which pages are most popular, which method of linking between pages is most effective and to determine why some pages are receiving error messages.

3. Functionality Cookies
These cookies remember choices you make to improve your experience.

The Courtyard does not currently allow third parties to serve cookies. If this changes in the future (if, for example, we choose to use Google Analytics) you will be alerted to that change and asked to agree to it before continuing your use of the site.

Blocking Cookies
To find out how to manage cookies on your device, see your browser’s help section or your mobile device manual. Further information is also available from the following sites: www.aboutcookies.org www.allaboutcookies.org

Please remember that if you do choose to disable cookies, you may find that certain sections of The Courtyard do not work properly.

Other Third Party Cookies
The Courtyard does not have links to any social networking websites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter or YouTube). If this changes in the future you will be alerted to that change and asked to agree to it before continuing your use of the site.

However, posts made by users of these boards may contain links to other sites, including (but not limited to) social networking sites, and these websites may place cookies on your device when you follow those links. The Courtyard is not responsible for the actions of external websites, and has no control over how they use their cookies, therefore The Courtyard suggests you check their website(s) for further information if you are concerned.
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To comply with the GDPR you need to be made aware that your account on The Courtyard will, at a bare minimum, contain a name that is uniquely identifiable on this board (hereinafter “your user name”), a personal password used for logging into your account (hereinafter “your password”) and a personal, valid email address (hereinafter “your email”). Your information for your account at The Courtyard is protected by data-protection laws applicable in the UK. Any information beyond your user name, your password, and your email address required by The Courtyard during the registration process is either mandatory or optional, at the discretion of The Courtyard. In all cases, you have the option of what information in your account is publicly displayed. Furthermore, within your account, you have the option to opt-in or opt-out of automatically generated emails.

Furthermore we will store all of the IP addresses that you use to post with. Depending on your preferences The Courtyard may send you emails to the email address that The Courtyard holds in your account which will either be the one that you used when you registered or one that you have subsequently changed to, but you are able to change your preferences in this respect from your User Control Panel (UCP) at any time.

The personal details that you gave us when you signed up, or added later, will be used solely for the purposes of The Courtyard board functionality. They will not be used for anything else and neither will they be passed on to any third party without your explicit consent. You can check, at any time, the personal details The Courtyard is holding about you from the Profile section of your UCP.

The only other information about you is that which you decide to post on these boards.

If at any time you wish to have your personal data removed, a member of the administration team will be happy to delete your account. This will remove all data apart from your posts, which are necessary for the maintenance of clarity on the board. They will, however no longer appear under an anonymised name. Should any of these posts contain personal data (ie that which could be used to identify you) we will be happy to edit or remove those posts.

If you never log into your account after it has been activated it will be deleted in its entirety after 6 months.

The Courtyard will always store your personal information securely in our database and will make every effort to ensure that it remains secure by, but not limited to: ensuring our database and software is kept up-to-date, monitored, backed up and encrypted wherever possible.

In the event of a data breach The Courtyard will notify you of the breach at the earliest opportunity and will tell you what data has been breached, how we are dealing with it and what steps we are taking to ensure your data is secured.