Privacy in our Reporting

We understand the importance of respecting privacy, and will only put private information into the public domain where the public interest outweighs the individual’s reasonable expectation of privacy.

Everyone is entitled to respect for his or her private and family life, home, health and correspondence, including digital communications.

It is unacceptable to photograph individuals, without their consent, in public or private places where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy.

We will never intimidate, harass or persistently pursue sources.

We consider the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) Editors’ Code of Practice to be a sound statement of ethical and responsible behaviour for journalists, including its regulations regarding privacy. You can read the code here.

Privacy in our Administration

We take all precautions to protect your personal and private information in our administrative processes.

Private information given to LymeOnline, such as bank details for advertising payments, is not kept on file and is destroyed responsibly.

We will never pass on your personal or private information to a third-party and will not use it for anything other than the purpose for which it was given to us.

Privacy on our Website

At LymeOnline, the privacy of our visitors is of extreme importance to us. This privacy policy document outlines the types of personal information is received and collected by LymeOnline and how it is used.

Log Files

Like many other websites, LymeOnline makes use of log files. The information inside the log files includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, type of browser, Internet Service Provider (ISP), date/time stamp, referring/exit pages, and number of clicks to analyse trends, administer the site, track user’s movement around the site, and gather demographic information. IP addresses, and other such information are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable.

Cookies and Web Beacons

LymeOnline does use cookies to store information about visitors preferences, record user-specific information on which pages the user access or visit, customize Web page content based on visitors browser type or other information that the visitor sends via their browser.

DoubleClick DART Cookie

  • Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on LymeOnline.
  • Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to users based on their visit to LymeOnline and other sites on the Internet.
  • Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy at the following URL – https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/.

These third-party ad servers or ad networks use technology to the advertisements and links that appear on LymeOnline send directly to your browsers. They automatically receive your IP address when this occurs. Other technologies (such as cookies, JavaScript, or Web Beacons) may also be used by the third-party ad networks to measure the effectiveness of their advertisements and / or to personalize the advertising content that you see.

LymeOnline has no access to or control over these cookies that are used by third-party advertisers.

You should consult the respective privacy policies of these third-party ad servers for more detailed information on their practices as well as for instructions about how to opt-out of certain practices. LymeOnline’s privacy policy does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities of, such other advertisers or websites.

If you wish to disable cookies, you may do so through your individual browser options. More detailed information about cookie management with specific web browsers can be found at the browser’s respective websites.