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Cookies & Privacy

This policy was last updated 20th January 2014.



Everyone knows that cookies are not just the American word for biscuits. Cookies are small bits of text downloaded to your web browser as you surf the net. They improve your experience of a website and also help website owners to analyse what you do on their website.

If you’d like to learn more about cookies, I recommend these articles
– BBC Webwise – What are cookies? >>
– The Guardian – An introduction to Web Tracking >>

WindyCityBrits.com uses Google Analytics to gather and analyse cookie data which is used to improve your experience of using this website.

Google Analytics is a free service provided by Google Inc which analyses the information generated by the cookies and puts it into easy to read statistical reports. During the process, details about your use of the website (including your IP address) are transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. You can read more about Google Analytics here >>


WindyCityBrits.com tracks individual data for example how you found the site, which pages you read, how long you spent on them, your location and which web browser you are using.

WindyCityBrits.com also aggregates this user data and uses it to calculate information such as overall visitors, busiest traffic times and most popular pages.

The specific names of the cookies used can be found here:

WindyCityBrits.com uses this data is to measure our success, improve content (no point writing about things no one is reading!), identify and fix technical problems and also to entice sponsors to get involved with the website. Remember: Cookies DO NOT give any access to your computer or any personal information about you.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies by modifying your browser settings and also by visiting YourOnlineChoices.com.




Beyond cookies, there is other information you might choose to share with WindyCityBrits.com.


If you choose to subscribe to WindyCityBrits.com email updates, we ask you for:

– Your name
– Your email address

This information is used to send you occasional emails with links to useful articles, news, and, from time to time a promotional email about promoting something of interest.

If you open and read WindyCityBrits.com emails or click on the links in it, basic information is collected such as when you open the email, your IP address, your browser or email client type, and other similar details. We do this using web beacons which are similar to cookies. Information gathered using these web beacons in emails is measure the success of each email to improve the content of the next one. (No point sending out emails if no one is making use of them!)

We use MailChimp to manage emails. All the data collected from the emails sent (including your email address) is stored on a secure MailChimp server.

MailChimp keep our subscriber lists secure and private as stated in the MailChimp Privacy Policy “We don’t, under any circumstances, sell your lists, contact people on (Windy City Brits) lists, market to people on (Windy City Brits) lists, steal (Windy City Brits) lists, or share (Windy City Brits) lists with any other party, unless it’s required by law. If someone on (the Windy City Brits) list complains or contacts us, we may then contact that person. Only authorized employees have access to view Distribution Lists.”

You can unsubscribe from these emails at any time by clicking the “Unsubscribe” link in the email.


If you choose to comment on an article, you are required to give us:

– A  user name
– Your email address

This information is used by administrators to moderate your comment and contact or block you if it does not adhere to the Comments Policy. We do not store your email address and you can delete.

You can choose to delete your comment at any time. We do not store the emails after the comment is published.


Any information collected by WindyCityBrits.com will never, ever be disclosed, sold or leased  to a third party unless required by law to do so or in order to enforce or apply our terms of use and other agreements.



WindyCityBrits.com contains a lot of links to other useful websites.

If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies.

YOU CAN check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.



WindyCityBrits.com takes full advantage of all of the popular third party Social Media networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter LinkedIn and Instagram.

If you decide to interact with Windy City Brits via sites like these, it is your responsibility to read and adhere to their separate privacy policies.

YOU CAN check your social media privacy settings carefully and read their policies carefully, especially the parts regarding who can see your details.



This policy will be reviewed and updated regularly. Whenever changes are made, the date at the top of this page will change. Please check back to this page from time to time and check.



If you have questions about anything you have read here please email wotcha@windycitybrits.com.


It is great that you made it all the way to the bottom of this page, thank you so much for taking your privacy seriously.

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