User anonymity and personal information
Our primary goal in collecting personal information from you is to provide you with a smooth, efficient, and personalised experience while using our services. This allows us to provide services and features that most likely meet your needs, and to customise our service to make your experience easier and quicker. We use a web analytics tool to analyse site usage, how our users arrive at our site, what they do on the site, what browser they are using and on what operating system etc. However, this analytics data is not tied to personally identifiable information. The Freemason Ltd will make no attempt to track or identify individual users and we do not sell or rent any personally identifiable information about you to any third party.
From 26 May 2012, all member states of the European Union websites are required by law to comply with the EU "Cookie Law" which means that companies must gain the consent of web users before serving them web cookies. A cookie is a very simple text file that gets downloaded onto your PC when you visit a website. They generally contain two bits of information: a site name and a unique user ID. Once the cookie is on your computer, the site "knows" that you have been there before and can then use that knowledge to tailor the experience that you have. The vast majority of commercial websites -- be they major online publishers, banks or ecommerce sites -- will use them.
Cookies. We use a number of different cookies on our site.
The following table describe the cookies we use on this site and what we use them for.
This website does not store any information that would, on its own, allow us to identify individual users of this service without their permission. Any cookies that may be used by this website are used either solely on a per session basis or to maintain user preferences. Cookies are not shared with any third parties. We use 'social buttons' in many of our pages' to allow you to integrate with popular services such as Twitter, Facebook and Google +1 but we are not responsible for cookies set by these third-parties. You should check the respective policies of each of these sites to see how exactly they use your information and to find out how to opt out, or delete, such information.
|ASP.Net_Sessionid||These cookies are used by our ecommerce pages to remember items you have in the basket and to assist in the checkout process. In addition, the use of search/filter and delivery of appropriate messages and communication. These are essential cookies to the operation of the site.|
|BIGipServerLB01-FEF1-FTTP-Pool||Load Balancer: This cookie is used by our load balancer to identify the server that is active for your request on our cluster. It's purpose is to improve the performance of the website. This is an essential cookie to the operation of the site that is always set by the load balancer and does not store any personal information.|
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|Forum cookies. These cookies control the community forum page numbering and 'whos on' features. These cookies are only set from the domain http://forum.thefreemason.com. These are essential cookies to the operation of the community forum pages.|
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Google Analytics: We use Google Analytics to monitor traffic levels, search queries and visits to this website.
Google Analytics stores IP address anonamously on its servers in the US, and neither we or Google associate your IP address with any personally identifiable information.
These cookies enable Google to determine whether you are a return visitor to the site, and to track the pages that you visit during your session.
Data Protection and Confidentiality
When you make a purchase, we use state of the art security tools and techniques to ensure that you are protected against fraud. All credit card numbers are encrypted in the software when the order is placed, your card details are never seen in plain text and we never store any card details.
When you fill in the payment form and click the submit button, your details are not sent straight away. What actually happens is that a secure link is set up between your browser and our payment processing systems. An encryption code is requested and received, which then wraps the order and transaction details before leaving your premises.
We know of no documented cases of credit card fraud using our shopping system over the internet. The ecommerce software utilised on this site is VISA Payment Application Best Practices (PABP) Certified. In addition, our payment system partners have achieved the highest level of compliance under the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI) and adhere to the most stringent levels of fraud screening, ensuring that your details remain secure throughout the transation process.
We are committed to protecting your privacy. We will only use the information that we collect about you lawfully (in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 - United Kingdom).
We may occasionally send you information about the latest web site events or promotional offers. You will always be given the option to decline to receive further mailings.