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Privacy and Cookie Policy

Welcome to www.sarahcookphotography.co.uk.

Your Consent

By using this site, you agree with the terms of this Privacy Policy. Whenever you submit information via this site, you consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of that information in accordance with this Privacy Policy. In the event that we transfer the business (in whole or in part) to another entity, you also agree that your data may be transferred to such new entity.

Website Privacy Policy

This privacy policy is for this website (https://www.sarahcookphotography.co.uk) and served by (Sarah Cook Photography), and governs the privacy of its users who choose to use it. It explains how we comply with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), the DPA (Data Protection Act) [pre GDPR enforcement] and the PECR (Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations).

This policy will explain areas of this website that may affect your privacy and personal details, how we process, collect, manage and store those details and how your rights under the GDPR, DPA & PECR are adhered to. Additionally it will explain the use of cookies and the download of any documents, files or software made available to you (if any) on this website. Further explanations may be provided for specific pages or features of this website in order to help you understand how we, this website and its third parties (if any) interact with you and your computer / device in order to serve it to you. Our contact information is provided at the foot of this page if you have any questions.

The DPA & GDPR 25 May 2018

This website complies with the DPA (Data Protection Act 1998) and already complies with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) which comes into effect from 25 May 2018. We will update this policy accordingly after the completion of the UK’s exit from the European Union.

Use of Cookies

This website uses cookies to better the user’s experience while visiting the website. As required by legislation, where applicable this website uses a cookie control system, allowing the user to give explicit permission or to deny the use of /saving of cookies on their computer / device.

Cookies are small files saved to the user’s computers hard drive that track, save and store information about the user’s interactions and usage of the website. This allows the website, through its server to provide the users with a tailored experience within this website.

Users are advised that if they wish to deny the use and saving of cookies from this website on to their computers hard drive they should take necessary steps within their web browsers security settings to block all cookies from this website and its external serving vendors or use the cookie control system if available upon their first visit.

Website Visitor Tracking

This website uses tracking software to monitor its visitors, to better understand how they use it. The software will save a cookie to your computer’s hard drive in order to track and monitor your engagement and usage of the website, but will not store, save or collect personal information.

Downloads & Media Files

Any downloadable documents, files or media made available on this website, and in addition via the Online Picture Proof portal for client gallery downloads, are provided to users at their own risk. While all precautions have been undertaken to ensure only genuine downloads are available, users are advised to verify their authenticity using third party anti-virus software or similar applications.

Contact & Communication With us

Users contacting us through this website do so at their own discretion and provide any such personal details requested at their own risk. Your personal information is kept private and stored securely until a time it is no longer required or has no use.

Where we have clearly stated and made you aware of the fact, and only where you have given your express permission, we may use your details to occasionally send you products/services information through a mailing list system.  This is done in accordance with the regulations named in “The Policy” above.

When completing a contact form on this website, your contact information will be recorded and retained in our customer management system (CMS), and kept securely online in accordance to our privacy policy.   Your details are not shared with any third parties who are not directly employed by Sarah Cook Photography without your consent.

Email Mailing List & Marketing Messages

We operate an email mailing list program, used to inform subscribers about products, services and/or latest news.   Users can subscribe through an online automated process only where they have given their explicit permission. Subscriber personal details are collected, processed, managed and stored in accordance with the DPA / GDPR regulations named above. Subscribers will be able to unsubscribe at any time through an automated online service, or if not available, other means as detailed in the footer of sent marketing messages. The type and content of marketing messages subscribers receive, and if it may contain third party content, will be clearly outlined at the point of subscription.

Our Email Marketing Service provider is Mailchimp.

External Website Links & Third Parties

Although we only aim to include quality, safe and relevant external links, users are advised to adopt a policy of caution before clicking any external web links mentioned throughout this website.

We cannot guarantee or verify the contents of any externally linked website despite our best efforts. Users should therefore note they click on external links at their own risk and we cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.

Social Media Policy & Usage

Sarah Cook Photography adopts a Social Media Policy to ensure our business is conducted accordingly online. While we may have official profiles on social media platforms users are advised to verify authenticity of such profiles before engaging with, or sharing information with such profiles. We will never ask for user passwords or personal details on social media platforms. Users are advised to conduct themselves appropriately when engaging with us on social media.

There may be instances where our website features social sharing buttons, which help share web content directly from web pages to the respective social media platforms. You use social sharing buttons at your own discretion and accept that doing so may publish content to your social media profile feed or page. You can find further information about some social media privacy and usage policies in the resources section below.

Use of the Identifiable Image

In accordance with GDPR regulations, our clients have several options where it comes to image display. While it benefits this wedding/portrait photography business to be able to show new, regular and exemplary work via this site or corresponding social media channels, and/or to share these images with co-suppliers e.g. wedding venues, it is recognised that certain clients may benefit from limitations on this sharing.

Therefore clients have the right to fully request that identifiable images not be shared publicly. In addition, clients may request in writing that identifiable and commissioned images be erased from online sources at any future point in time. All commissioned image date will be used appropriately and with consent under our Terms of Business Contract.

Event images taken by Sarah Cook Photography appointed as official photographers, will be displayed publicly on our website for selling, digitally, or associated with products available, for marketing purposes and for display on social media platforms, in accordance with this Privacy Policy and our User Agreements. If you do not wish to have identifiable photographs of yourself displayed as above, you have the right to request for identifiable images of yourself to be removed. For protection, you may be required to provide proof of identity before the identifiable images are removed.

Contact us by email at Sarah Cook Photography if you have any queries about our Privacy Policy, the protection of personal data or wish to update or rectify the personal data that we hold about you.