Privacy & Cookies

Welcome to iAuthor. We take our commitment to your privacy extremely seriously and treat any information you supply to us with the utmost care. By respecting your privacy, we believe we will forge a lasting relationship with you. Accordingly, the below privacy policy outlines how iAuthor uses and protects personally identifiable information.

Very occasionally, iAuthor may modify the below privacy policy to reflect changes in the law. In such cases, we'll update this page to reflect all changes. Changes are effective from the moment they are posted here. Please check this page periodically to ensure that all changes meet with your approval.

This policy is effective from 19th December 2014.

1. WHAT WE DO WITH THE INFORMATION WE GATHER

We gather information to understand your needs and to provide you with a better quality of service. In particular, we use your information for the following:

- Internal record-keeping

- Registration issues

- Informing you of changes in service, including new website features

2. SECURITY

iAuthor is committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. iAuthor is built on the Joomla! platform, using their most recent LTS. This means it implements all the security features of Joomla! in its core. As such, we can follow and keep up with all non-zero-day exploits in our relevant software, and patch any security issues. As an example, the heartbleed bug was fixed for iAuthor on the same day that the exploit was announced to the public, and a OpenSSL patch was available. iAuthor is protected from internal hacking by FastCGI running in sandboxes, XSS-attacks prevented by HTML-filtering, and database injections prevented by prepared SQL statements.

3. HOW WE USE COOKIES

Like all online social platforms, iAuthor uses traffic log cookies to identify which site pages are being visited most. Google Analytics (GA) – the most widely used website statistics service – helps us analyse data about web page traffic, and further enhances our website by tailoring it to customers' needs. Google Analytics cookies store anonymous information such as whether a visitor has been to the site before (new or returning visitor), the timestamp of the current visit, and the referrer site that directed the visitor to iAuthor. Google Analytics in no way gives us access to your personally identifiable information.

iAuthor also uses session cookies. These are essential for the site's smooth operation while a user is logged in, allowing you to move from page to page without having to log-in repeatedly. Session cookies are widely used by sophisticated e-commerce sites (for example, to keep track of items that a consumer has added to their shopping cart). Session cookies are transient – Web browsers automatically delete them when the user closes their browser. Additionally, session cookies do NOT collect any personally identifiable information from the user's computer.

Warning: disabling session cookies entirely will prevent you from taking full advantage of the website. Sign-up and book creation will be severely compromised.

4. LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES

Our website contains links to other websites. If you use such a link and leave our site, please note that we do not have any control over external websites you visit. Consequently, we cannot be responsible for the protection or privacy of any information you provide while visiting such sites. You should exercise caution, and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

5. CONTROLLING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties without your express permission. You should be aware that if we are requested by the police or any other regulatory or government authority investigating suspected illegal acitivities to provide your personal information and/or user information, we are bound to do so.

6. ENTIRE AGREEMENT

This privacy policy, together with our terms and conditions, constitutes the entire agreement between you and us in relation to your use of our website, and supersedes all previous agreements in respect of your use of this website.

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