Privacy Policy

Our Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website is called The Signal Box

Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors post information at this site (for example in the visitors book or through the contact page) we collect the data, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

The data from contact forms is transmitted securely by email to the recipient using Secure Socket layers (SSL).


To use certain parts of our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish something on the site, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

We embed very little content on this web site.

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


We do not use any analytics service.

Who we share your data with

Your data is not shared with anybody outside the administration team, except in special cases where we may be required by law to do so.

How long we retain your data

If you post information on the site, the comment and its metadata may be retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up postings automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an external automated spam detection service.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

Any significant changes to this Privacy Policy will be notified to you with a fresh “cookie notice” when you next access the site.

Our contact information

You can contact us by visiting the Telegraph The Signalman page, or postally to:
The Mill Wheel, 23A Church End, Potterspury, Northants NN12 7PX

Additional information

How we protect your data

Your data is kept on a web server in a modern and secure server centre.

Backup copies may be held securely on alternative servers and locally. In all cases backup copies are password-protected.

What data breach procedures we have in place

In the event of a data breach we consider it our duty to you to contact you promptly.

What third parties we receive data from

We don’t! We are not interested.

What happens if you ignore the cookie question or notification?

If you ignore the cookie question or the notification, the website will continue to set cookies as necessary. This approach of “implied opt-in” is specifically discussed and approved in the guidance notes issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (the organisation charged with enforcement of this legislation).


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