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Privacy policy

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When you use this website, we collect some information about you. This page tells you what we collect, and how we use it.

We also have pages on how we keep the website secure, and in particular how we keep credit card data safe.

The short explanation

What we do:

  • We collect data to make the website work properly for you and us
  • We send anonymous traffic data to Google Analytics, for our statistics

We share some data with third-parties, but only for the purpose of making the website work well.

For example, if you pay for a subscription with your credit card, that data is sent securely to Stripe (who handle the payments).

What we don’t do

  • We never share your data with people who want to sell you stuff or send you unwanted email
  • We carefully limit the email we send you; you won’t find yourself signed up to a newsletter you never asked for
  • We don’t share your data with sleazy organisations that track you across websites to build an advertising profile (I’m looking at you, Facebook)

What we collect

It’s not practical to give a complete description of every bit of data, but this should give you a clear picture of the types of information we store.

Information for your use of the website

This data makes the website work properly for you.

Account data

If you have registered with us, we keep data to make your account work, including:

  • Your email address
  • A password for your account
  • Details about your subscription (if you have one)
  • Details about any payments you have made
  • Some credit card data, such as the last four digits of your card and the expiry date (if you paid by card)

We never store any sensitive credit card data, such as your full card number or your security code.

Other bits & pieces

We also collect some more disposable data, such as website preferences that you have chosen (e.g. whether you are left-handed).

Information for our records

This data makes the website easier for us to manage. It includes:

  • Your billing address, if it has been sent to us during a payment process
  • The email address associated with your Paypal account (if you paid using Paypal)
  • Your IP address when you log in
  • Any previous email addresses that you used with us
  • Anonymous traffic data, which we send to Google Analytics (see below)

What we do with your data

We use your data to make the website work well for you, and to help us run the website. Nothing else.

We never sell your data to other people.

We never disclose any personally identifiable data to anyone, unless we are required to do so by law (this has never happened, and it’s extremely unlikely).

Email address

Your email address is safe. No spam, no advertising, no hassle.

I hate websites filling my inbox with unwanted crap, so I won’t do it to you, and we certainly won’t give your email to anyone else.

This website does need to send you emails sometimes, such as when you are resetting your password. When you change something about your account, you can expect an email.

We may occasionally send you other emails too, but I promise it will be rare. We will not add you to a newsletter unless you specifically asked for it.

How we store your data

Important data lives in a database

Most of your data is stored on our website’s database (which is like a big spreadsheet). The database lives on a computer in London, owned by our web host, Digital Ocean.

For example, this is where we keep your email address and password. Most of the data is stored in plain text, but your password is stored in a special secure format.

We make regular backup copies of the database. We store these on Amazon S3, on a computer also located in London.

Some data lives in your browser, in cookies

We store some data in your web browser, in small text files called cookies. For example, we use cookies to store website preferences (such as your playing hand) and temporary stuff to make logins work (these are called session cookies).

We also use HTML5 local storage for some of your data. This is basically the same thing as a cookie, just more modern.

We also send data to Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to collect anonymous traffic data, using cookies.

This includes information about the popularity of each page, how people found the page, what browsers they use, and what part of the world they are in.

This does not include your email, your address, or any other personal data.