Homesitters Privacy Policy

We are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. This Privacy Policy applies to your use of our site. The same definitions apply.

This Privacy Policy sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us including personal information (together, "Information"), will be processed by us. Please read the following carefully to understand our practices regarding your personal Information and how we will treat it. If you do not agree with this Privacy Policy, please do not use our site.

Data Controller: For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998 (the Act), the data controller is Homesitters Limited.

Information we may collect from you: Please do not submit your personal information to us if you are not agreeable to our collection of it. By using our site you are agreeing that we may collect and process the following Information about you (without limitation):

  • Personal information such as name, address and contact details, property information, housesitting requirements, dates of availability etc. that you provide by filling in forms on our site and otherwise by corresponding with us via or in connection with our site;
  • Other details of your visits to our site including, but not limited to, traffic data, search criteria, location data, weblogs and other communication data, and the resources that you access; and
  • Automatically collected data from your visits to the site, which may involve the use of cookies and web beacons which allow us to facilitate your convenient use of our site and to enhance user experience developments. (Please note that you may refuse to accept cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the use of cookies. However, if you select this setting you may be unable to access certain parts of our site).

Uses made of your Information: We use Information held about you in the following ways:

  • To operate our site and carry out our obligations arising from our site.
  • To allow you to participate in interactive features of our site.
  • To provide you with information about us, our advertisers and Homesitters.
  • To ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer.
  • To notify you about changes to our site.

Data Security and Protections: All Information you provide to us may be stored on our servers. Once we have received your Information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access. In addition to these safeguards, your personal information is protected in the UK under the Data Protection Act 1998. This obliges us to ensure that your Information should be processed fairly and lawfully, should be accurate, relevant and not excessive, not be retained for longer than is necessary and, if applicable, be kept up to date. Your statutory rights are not affected.

Your rights: You have the right to ask us not to use your Information for ongoing reasons, such as emailing you. Please contact us with your request to unsubscribe from our mailing list or use the unsubscribe link on our marketing emails. We will do our best to process your request within a reasonable time and subject to practical limitations. In particular, backup copies of your Information may exist for a time after receipt of your request.

Email marketing: We agree not to sell, distribute, or otherwise share the information we receive from the email extension with anyone.

Third party privacy policies: Our site may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of our advertisers and affiliates. 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. Please check these policies before you submit any Information to these websites.

Homesitters.co.uk uses the Google Maps API for some location based services, it's privacy policy can be viewed here.

Access to Information: The Data Protection Act 1998 gives you the right to access Information held about you. Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with the Act. Any access request may be subject to a fee of £10 to meet our costs in providing you with details of the Information we hold about you.

Changes to our Privacy Policy: Any changes we may make to our Privacy Policy in the future will be posted on this page and, where we consider appropriate, we may notify you by e-mail in advance of their application.

Use of Cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

One of the cookies we use is essential for parts of the site to operate and has already been set when you viewed the first page of the site (see "Essential site cookies" below). You may delete and block all cookies from this site, but parts of the site may not work.

Essential site cookies (Session Cookies): Session Cookies allow you to proceed through many pages of a site quickly and easily without having to authenticate or reprocess each new area you visit. A common example of this functionality is the shopping basket feature of an e-commerce site. When you select some items for purchase, the session cookie remembers your selection so your shopping basket will have the items you selected when you are ready to check out. Session Cookies are deleted as soon as you close your browser.
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Google Analytics cookies: Google Analytics uses cookies to define user sessions, as well as to provide a number of key features in the Google Analytics reports. Google Analytics sets or updates cookies only to collect data required for the reports.
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Homesitters Limited uses Google Analytics to analyse website traffic and implement features such as:

  • Remarketing to advertise online
  • Display Network Impression Reporting
  • Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting

Display Advertising

Third-party vendors, including Google, may show adverts on sites across the Internet based on data collected via these tools. P&MM and third-party vendors, including Google, use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookie) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) together to inform, optimise and serve ads based on previous visits to our websites. This data may also be used to report on ad impressions and ad services related to visits to this website.

Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting

Data gathered with this toolset is used to analyse audience data (such as age, gender and interests) within Google Analytics in order to better optimise the content provided to users.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites click here

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, click here