Garden City Samba is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.
Garden City Samba may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from February 2021.
Data we collect
The only data we collect is the contact information you enter while submitting a contact form. These may include:
– Email Address
– Phone Number
We don’t ask for anything else, but any other details you tell us will be saved in our email system.
How we use this data
We use this information solely to enable correspondance. This necessarily includes the initial correspondance when you contact us, but may also include further communication if you are booking us or joining any of our sessions. We may use these details to contact you in the future for events or sessions that we think are relevent to you.
How long we keep this information
We may keep this information indefinitely. In practise, we regularly clear old emails from our inbox, so if Garden City Samba is no longer relevent to you, we will eventually delete this information.
Who we share your information with
Usually, no one. We’ll only share your contact details in the course of carrying out an event or sessions which you are involved in. In this case, it is for practical purposes only. Your contact details are only given to band members also involved, or possibly third parties who are also involved.
We will never sell your information or give it to advertisers.
You can contact us at any time to find out what data we hold about you, or ask us to remove it.
Cookies we use
Our website only sets cookies to enable one feature of our site: Logging in. Naturally, this only applies to our uses who do login, namely, band members. However, because we use various plugins and third-party packages on our site, you will receive some third-party cookies. These include:
– Google: We use Google Captcha to pretect our contact forms from spam. Because your browser loads packages from Google to enable this, Google can set cookies. We use some other Google services in our member’s resources pages, so there are Google cookies there as well.
– Vimeo: We use Vimeo video players across the site. Because your browser loads the videos from Vimeo, Vimeo can set cookies.
You can delete or block cookies in your browser settings. Disabling all cookies will disable logging into this website. Disabling just third-party cookies might break some third-party features, but usually doesn’t.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small files placed in your browser by websites you visit. They enable some crucial features of the internet, but are also used by advertisers to profile your interests and habits.
Whenever your browser makes a request to a website, when the website responds it might ask your browser to save some cookies. The important thing is that these cookies correspond only to that website.
Now, whenever your browser makes another request to that site, it sends the cookies back to the site along with the request. Why bother sending them back to the site that set them? This is the only way for the site to recognise you again!
On gardencitysamba.com, our site needs to recognise you to remember if you are logged in or not. Otherwise, all requests look the same, and our site can’t tell if you should see our members pages. Think about a site like facebook.com – it’s always just facebook.com, but it looks completely different whether you are logged in or not. This is possible with cookies.
Now, advertising. On our contact pages, we use Google Captcha. When your browser loads it, it has to contact google.com, so it sends any corresponding cookies it has. Google gets the request and says, “Aha, it’s you. I’ll add gardencitysamba.com to this list of sites I know you visit.” Before you know it, Google is trying to sell you an agogo.
These days, browsers are allowing users to block third-party cookies, but allow first-party cookies. This means you can still use features like logging in, but advertisers have a harder time tracking you. Some features may break, but you can always turn third-party cookies back on if something isn’t working.