Privacy Policy



In order for us to operate this website, it is sometimes necessary for us to collect or process information about you or which you may provide. In general terms, this information will take one or more of the following forms:

  1. Information that you provide to us directly, for example completing an online form or send us a message via our website;
  2. Information that is automatically sent to us by your computer’s internet browser when you visit our website, such as your computer’s technical address (or ‘IP address’) or information about which particular internet browser you are using and similar;
  3. Information about how you use our website or our services, such as which pages you visit, how frequently you visit the site and how long you spend on it.

This privacy policy sets out the detail of what information we collect, as well as how that data is used and protected. This Privacy also includes our policy for Cookies.

Who we are

We are the Risks and Ventures team and our website address is:

If you would like to contact us please do so using the comment form on the Contact Us page of this website in the first instance, or if for any reason this is not functioning, or you would prefer to email us you may use our email address which: hello @ [removing the spaces].

We do not have a separate email address for specific privacy inquiries at this time.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


We use cookies to allow us to better understand how users are using our website and other related services, including for the purpose of providing advertisements that may be of interest to you. Cookies are all small data files placed on your computer (or other device) that allow us to tell when you have visited a particular page, or performed a particular action (such as clicking a particular button) on our website.

These technologies are used by most websites as they provide useful insight into how the services are being used, as well as improving speed, performance and security, and enabling us to improve our personalisation of your experience.

There are several types of cookies:

Session cookies expire at the end of your browser session and allow us to link your actions during that particular browser session. Persistent cookies are stored on your device in between browser sessions, allowing us to remember your preferences or actions across multiple sites. First-party cookies are set by the site you are visiting. Third-party cookies are set by a third party site separate from the site you are visiting.

You can influence how cookies are used on your devices. Most commercial internet browsers allow you to set preferences for whether to allow or block website cookies. They will also provide tools that allow you to remove any cookies that have already been set. Using the ‘Help’ functionality of your browser, or an internet search, will help you to understand how to use these features for your particular browser.

We have incorporated specific cookie functionality on our website that allows you to easily indicate when you first visit the site whether or not you are happy for cookies to be set on your device. When you first visit our site, a Cookie Control box will be displayed allowing you to choose whether to allow cookies or not. 

If you click on the ‘OK’ button in the Cookie Control box or continue to use our site for example by clicking in a link or continuing to scroll down the page, we will enable our Analytics and Marketing (if applicable) cookies. If you do not positively agree to the use of cookies in one of the ways described above, we will not set any non-essential cookies.

For visitors who do not make comments we have set out cookies to expire after 90 days. If you follow links on our site to Third Party, external sites it is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with their Privacy and Cookie policies for these Third Parties and your choice whether to accept their policies or not. 

We are a WordPress site hosted by Dreamhost,and WordPress does also make use of cookies for a variety of different purposes. Some cookies are only set for registered users, whereas others are set for all visitors. aims to collect the minimal amount of data necessary to provide their services. For more detailed information, please see their dedicated Cookie Policy page and Privacy Policy.

Website Analytics

We use Slimstat to better understand what people look at on our website.  When people visit our site, information about their visit (such as which pages they look at, how long they spend on the site and so on) is retained by Slimstat on our hosting servers at Dreamhost. This is not sent to Third Parties.

The data contains information about anyone who uses our website from your computer, and there is no way to identify individuals from the data.

We ensure that no personally identifiable information is ever contained within the data sent to our analytics providers, and Slimstat performs a process which partially obscures your IP address information.

As analytics information is not personal data, we do not specifically ask for your prior consent.

The Slimstat Privacy Policy can be found by following this link.  


On pages and posts where we enable comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, 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 leave a comment on 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 we may allow you to upload images to our website and you choose to do so, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website may be able to download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. This information will be retained on Dreamhost’s servers.  All visitors submitting comments will have to asked to indicate their consent that their information is being retained in this way.

Embedded content from other websites

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.

Who we share your data with

At this time we do not directly share your data with any external parties. Data provided to Risks and Ventures is stored on servers provided by our hosting service Dreamhost.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment or email us, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments 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, or have left comments, 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. We will attempt to expedite release of this data as soon as reasonably possible for a site that does not have full-time staff.

How we protect your data

We take the security of personal data seriously, and that data is protected in a number of ways:

Access control:  Access is controlled by individual user accounts, where a strong password policy is enforced, and we do not share information externally.

Data encryption: where data is stored in a cloud facility (such as the storage of website backup files), that data is encrypted both ‘in transit’ and ‘at rest’ – meaning that all data is securely obscured both during the process of transfer to the cloud provider, and then additionally when it is in storage at its final location.

SSL: This website is also secured with SSL encryption, which means that all traffic to and from our servers is encrypted. This applies to our own administrative access to the website as well as that of users of our services.

Oversight: Our procedures in relation to data security are managed by a certified information security advisor.

What data breach procedures we have in place

In the event of a data breach it will be our policy to inform you 1. if there has been a data breach that effects any information that you have provided to us 2. what information we reasonably believe may have been compromised. 

In the event of a significant breach we will seek assistance from Third Party subject matter experts in this field that may include legal and law enforcement organisations. 

Data from Third Parties

Risks and Ventures does receive or use any personal data from Third Parties. 

Our site may include advertisements and affiliate marketing links from Third Parties about products and services, and Risks and Ventures may receive a commission if our sites visitors click on Third Party links in our site, or inquire about, or buy products and services from those Third Parties. It is our policy that areas of our site dedicated to advertising or affiliate marketing will be clearly labelled as such. 

As a matter of Editorial Policy we do not write posts or articles on a paid commission basis at this time. 

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

Risks and Ventures does not undertake automated decision-making and / or profiling at this time. 

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

Risks and Ventures has no industry-specific disclosure requirements. and takes no specific measures in this regard.

Editorial Policy

For information about our Editorial Policies and approach please visit our About Us page to learn more. 

(This page was last updated on 2nd February 2020).