At Go South West, we might collect some details from you, but we will do so in as unobtrusive a way as possible.

This information includes:
Information that is submitted to the website voluntarily by you. This might be personal details, such as your name and email address, which if you submit it in the form, I will use to send you the newsletter.

Automatically-collected information: sometimes we may log other details when you use the website. The internet does this automatically on every website that you visit, and doing so helps us make more great content that you’ll love.

Details that we may log are your IP address, your operating system type, the pages you viewed, your referrer and your browser type. We might also know where you went on the website by which links you clicked. We only use this information to see new stats and get exited about them, and see what is working for the blog so we can generate some great new content that you’ll love!

Cookies: we may store information using cookies. This doesn’t mean that we’re keeping secrets amongst our rich teas and bourbons – in the internet world, cookies are data. They help to customize what you see. Some are session cookies – which end when you close the browser – and others are called persistent cookies. These remain on your browser until they are deleted. Other types of persistent cookies are those ones that I bought from TESCO that just scream ‘eat me’…

How we use your information

We may use your information to:

  • Keep the website running seamlessly
  • Send you plenty of information, like newsletters. If you don’t want to receive a weekly warble from me, in each newsletter there is a link you can press to opt out of future ones.
  • To respond to comments or questions
  • Third-party use of personal information
  • We may (although we don’t often) use third-party services to carry out our services. Their use of your information depends on their own privacy policies.

Here’s what we use. You can check their websites for more information.

Mail Chimp: this would be our newsletter provider, where we send you our updates. You can opt-out of our newsletter at any time – it’s simple! Here’s Mail Chimp’s privacy policy for you to peruse.

Google Analytics: this website may track your IP address and give us information about the amount of people are online on Go South West on a daily basis.

Unless it is required by law, I promise that we will not sell, reveal or distribute your email addresses or any other personal information without your consent. We take privacy seriously.

We may, however, disclose some personal information that you have given to third parties, in the event that they obtain all or a part of our business. Why would they do this? It could be due to a merger, consolidation, or purchase of all or a portion of our assets. It could also be if we file for bankruptcy or reorganisation.

Anonymous Data

We may occasionally use anonymous data. I promise that this does not identify you – whether you are alone or combined with other parties’ data. However, this data may be provided to other parties. This would be for uses like marketing or advertising.


We use cookies (remember, not the delicious type, the data type) to store preferences of users, user-specific information, and customize our website content based on your browser. Cookies might also be used by third-party services like Google Analytics.

You can stop cookies by using a setting on your browser. Cookies may also be deleted at any time – you’re under no obligation to use them. However, do consider if cookies are not active, you may not be able to use some website functions.


Display Ads

We may use third-party advertising companies for content and advertisements. These companies might use cookies.

Retargeting Ads

Go South West may use Google, Facebook, Instagram, or other companies to market our website. These companies use cookies for ads too.


Go South West’s newsletter might be used for advertising and could contain tracking pixels. Using these means that we could see if and when you open the emails that we send to you, and which links in the email you happen to click. Doing this means that we can create newsletters that are of even more interest to you! This information is not passed to third parties.

Rights Related to your Personal Information

Opt-out – you can opt-out of any emails by clicking unsubscribe. You can also notify [email protected] and I’ll remove you right away.

Access – drop me an email on [email protected] and I’ll be happy to tell you what information we have.

Forget – again, drop me a message on [email protected] and I’ll magically forget all of your data.

Say Hi – you can also use my email – [email protected] – just to say hi!

Sensitive Personal Information

You will never ever be asked to submit sensitive personal information to the website. This includes information like your national insurance number (or equivalent for my non-UK folk), your race or ethnic origin, your political stance, your religion, your health or your criminal background. That’s for you to know. Any information that you choose to tell us will be subject to this Privacy Policy.

Children’s Information

We certainly don’t knowingly collect personally identifiable information for people who are under 16. If you have reason to believe that this website has the information of a child who is under 16, please contact [email protected] and we will do our best to remove it ASAP.

Affiliate Marketing

One of the ways that we make money is by affiliate marketing. This means that you use one of our affiliate links, a cookie may be put on your browser to look for any sales – if you make a purchase of our recommended products, we will get a commission. Just to let you know, this is no cost to you – its the brand’s way of saying thankyou to us for advertising their product.

Mediavine Programmatic Advertising (Ver 1.1)

The Website works with Mediavine to manage third-party interest-based advertising appearing on the Website. Mediavine serves content and advertisements when you visit the Website, which may use first and third-party cookies. A cookie is a small text file which is sent to your computer or mobile device (referred to in this policy as a “device”) by the web server so that a website can remember some information about your browsing activity on the Website.

First party cookies are created by the website that you are visiting. A third-party cookie is frequently used in behavioral advertising and analytics and is created by a domain other than the website you are visiting. Third-party cookies, tags, pixels, beacons and other similar technologies (collectively, “Tags”) may be placed on the Website to monitor interaction with advertising content and to target and optimize advertising. Each internet browser has functionality so that you can block both first and third-party cookies and clear your browser’s cache. The “help” feature of the menu bar on most browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new cookies, how to receive notification of new cookies, how to disable existing cookies and how to clear your browser’s cache. For more information about cookies and how to disable them, you can consult the information at All About Cookies.

Without cookies you may not be able to take full advantage of the Website content and features. Please note that rejecting cookies does not mean that you will no longer see ads when you visit our Site. In the event you opt-out, you will still see non-personalized advertisements on the Website.

The Website collects the following data using a cookie when serving personalized ads:

  • IP Address
  • Operating System type
  • Operating System version
  • Device Type
  • Language of the website
  • Web browser type
  • Email (in hashed form)

Mediavine Partners (companies listed below with whom Mediavine shares data) may also use this data to link to other end user information the partner has independently collected to deliver targeted advertisements. Mediavine Partners may also separately collect data about end users from other sources, such as advertising IDs or pixels, and link that data to data collected from Mediavine publishers in order to provide interest-based advertising across your online experience, including devices, browsers and apps. This data includes usage data, cookie information, device information, information about interactions between users and advertisements and websites, geolocation data, traffic data, and information about a visitor’s referral source to a particular website. Mediavine Partners may also create unique IDs to create audience segments, which are used to provide targeted advertising.

If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices to opt-in or opt-out of this data collection, please visit National Advertising Initiative opt out page. You may also visit Digital Advertising Alliance website and Network Advertising Initiative website to learn more information about interest-based advertising. You may download the AppChoices app at Digital Advertising Alliance’s AppChoices app to opt out in connection with mobile apps, or use the platform controls on your mobile device to opt out.

For specific information about Mediavine Partners, the data each collects and their data collection and privacy policies, please visit Mediavine Partners.


>We have made every effort to give you accurate information, however we can make no guarantees of any results that you will see from the information on our website.


If you need any further information, drop me an email at [email protected]

Privacy Policy last updated 05/09/2020 (5th September 2020)