Privacy Policy / EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

What is a Privacy Policy?

A privacy policy is a document that explains how an organisation handles any customer, client or employee information gathered in its operations. All websites must now make their privacy policies available to site visitors.  A privacy page like should specify any personally identifiable information that is gathered, such as name, address and credit card number, as well as other things like order history, browsing habits, uploads and downloads.  The privacy policy should also explain if data may be left on a user’s computer, such as browser cookies. According to best practices, a privacy policy should also disclose if any personal data is shared with or sold to any third parties and if so, for what the purpose.

We have had a privacy policy in place on this website since 2015 detailing what data we collect and for what purpose. Due to new European Union legislation called the General Data Protection Regulation (also known as the GDPR) we have updated our policy documents to try and make things as transparent as possible as to what data we collect and for what purpose.

EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

What is the GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 is a regulation in European Union (EU) law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union and the European Economic Area (EEA). It also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU and EEA. The GDPR aims primarily to give control to citizens and residents over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment for international business by unifying the regulation within the EU. The GDPR was adopted on 14 April 2016 and after a two-year transition period, becomes enforceable on 25 May 2018. Because the GDPR is a regulation, not a directive, it does not require national governments to pass any enabling legislation and is directly binding and applicable.

How does it affect us as a website?

Maintaining the security of your data is a priority for us, and we are committed to respecting your privacy rights.  We pledge to handle your personal data fairly and legally at all times. Dover Ferry Photos is also dedicated to being transparent about what data we collect about you and how we use your data. We do not share your Personal Data with strangers. Personal Data about you is in some cases provided to our trusted partners in order to either make providing the service to you possible or to enhance your customer experience (for instance embedding social media related content from the likes of Twitter and Facebook) . Details of this are listed below in the ‘What personal data we collect and for what purpose?’ section of this privacy policy.

Please feel free to contact Ray Goodfellow, the Webmaster/Developer/Owner of Dover Ferry Photos if you have any questions or issues regarding the use of your Personal Data and he will gladly try to assist you as best as he can.

Who are we?

Dover Ferry Photos is a website which is intended to illustrate the various vessels, past/present/future, which have a connection with The Port of Dover. This site is owned by Ray Goodfellow and operated by Ray Goodfellow and Nigel Thornton, with contributions from a large number of trusted sources (collectively referred to as “Dover Ferry Photos”, “The Dover Ferry Photos Group”, “DFP”, “we” or “us” in this policy). 

This website is run as a ‘not for profit’ entity, it’s a hobby/pastime website, it is not a business. It has been developed by a group of like minded enthusiasts for those who may be interested in the varied maritime scene here in the port town of Dover.

We are an independent enthusiast group with no official affiliations, what we do is for the love of our hobby, therefore none of the companies or organisations featured within this website have any editorial control over it’s content or any of the views and opinions expressed within.

Website Overview

Our website utilises the popular content management system known as WordPress. WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (also known as a CMS) developed by Automattic. It is based on the on the ‘PHP’ programming language with it’s information stored in a ‘MySQL‘ database.

To function, WordPress has to be installed on a web server, which in our case is a part of an Internet hosting service. Our website is hosted with TSOhost at their privately owned Tier 3+ 2N UK Data Centre at Slough, Berkshire.

One of the advantages to using WordPress for the website is that it features a plugin architecture and a template system. The plugin architecture allows us to add additional functionality to the website without having to recode the entire site. The template system allows this sites authors to publish content with a universal visual appearance without any web publishing experience. WordPress is used by 30.6% of the top 10 million websites as of April 2018. The WordPress publishing system is continually updated to the latest web and security standards.

Automattic – Privacy Policy

What personal data do we collect and for what purpose?


Akismet is a spam filtering service that filters spam from comments, trackbacks, and contact form messages submitted to this website. The filter works by combining information about spam captured on all participating sites, and then using those spam rules to block future spam. Akismet is offered by Automattic, the company behind our website system, WordPress.

All contact form submission data — IP address, user agent, name, email address and message — is submitted to the Akismet service (also owned by the WordPress developer Automattic) for the sole purpose of spam checking. The actual submission data is not stored in the database of the site on which it was submitted and is emailed directly to the owner of the form (i.e. the site author who published the page on which the contact form resides). This email will include the timestamp, name, email address and message.

We use Akismet to protect our site through visitors comments and through our ‘Contact Us‘ form. Our contact form does not track users by stealth, write any user personal data to the database or use cookies.

Since it’s installation on Dover Ferry Photos Akismet has blocked just under 370,000 spam comments, thus saving the website team a valuable amount of time in manually deleting them.

AkismetPrivacy Policy


When visitors leave comments on this 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, 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 (authors and administration staff only), we also store the personal information you provide in your 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.

Data Used: Commenter’s name, email address, and site URL (if provided via the comment form), timestamp, and IP address. Additionally, a IFrame receives the following data: blog ID attached to the site, ID of the post on which the comment is being submitted, commenter’s local user ID (if available), commenter’s local username (if available), commenter’s site URL (if available), MD5 hash of the commenter’s email address (if available), and the comment content. As Akismet is enabled on this site, the following information is sent to the service for the sole purpose of spam checking: commenter’s name, email address, site URL, IP address, and user agent.

Activity Tracked: The comment author’s name, email address, and site URL (if provided during the comment submission) are stored in cookies. Learn more about these cookies.

Data Synced: All data and metadata (see above) associated with comments. This includes the status of the comment and, if Akismet is enabled on the site, whether or not it was classified as spam by Akismet.

AutomatticPrivacy Policy

Comment Likes

This feature is only accessible to users logged in to

Data Used: In order to process a comment like, the following information is used: user ID/username (you must be logged in to use this feature), the local site-specific user ID (if the user is signed in to the site on which the like occurred), and a true/false data point that tells us if the user liked a specific comment. If you perform a like action from one of the WordPress mobile apps, some additional information is used to track the activity: IP address, user agent, timestamp of event, blog ID, browser language, country code, and device info.

Activity Tracked: Comment likes.

AutomatticPrivacy Policy

Gravatar Hovercards

Data Used: This feature will send a hash of the user’s email address (if logged in to the site or — or if they submitted a comment on the site using their email address that is attached to an active Gravatar profile) to the Gravatar service (also owned by Automattic) in order to retrieve their profile image.

AutomatticPrivacy Policy


This feature is only accessible to users logged in to

Data Used: In order to process a post like action, the following information is used: IP address, user ID, username, site ID (on which the post was liked), post ID (of the post that was liked), user agent, timestamp of event, browser language, country code.

Activity Tracked: Post likes.

AutomatticPrivacy Policy


This feature is only accessible to registered users of the site who are logged in to

Data Used: IP address, user ID, username, site ID and URL, Jetpack version, user agent, visiting URL, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, country code. Some visitor-related information or activity may be sent to the site owner via this feature. This may include: email address, username, site URL, email address, comment content, follow actions, etc.

Activity Tracked: Sending notifications (i.e. when we send a notification to a particular user), opening notifications (i.e. when a user opens a notification that they receive), performing an action from within the notification panel (e.g. liking a comment or marking a comment as spam), and clicking on any link from within the notification panel/interface.

AutomatticPrivacy Policy


Data Used: In order to check login activity and potentially block fraudulent attempts, the following information is used: attempting user’s IP address, attempting user’s email address/username (i.e. according to the value they were attempting to use during the login process), and all IP-related HTTP headers attached to the attempting user.

Activity Tracked: Failed login attempts (these include IP address and user agent). We also set a cookie (jpp_math_pass) for 1 day to remember if/when a user has successfully completed a math captcha to prove that they’re a real human. Learn more about this cookie.

Data Synced: Failed login attempts, which contain the user’s IP address, attempted username or email address, and user agent information.

AutomatticPrivacy Policy


Data Used: When sharing content via email, the following information is used: sharing party’s name and email address (if the user is logged in, this information will be pulled directly from their account), IP address (for spam checking), user agent (for spam checking), and email body/content. This content will be sent to Akismet (also owned by Automattic) so that a spam check can be performed.

AutomatticPrivacy Policy


Data Used: To initiate and process subscriptions, the following information is used: subscriber’s email address and the ID of the post or comment (depending on the specific subscription being processed). In the event of a new subscription being initiated, we also collect some basic server data, including all of the subscribing user’s HTTP request headers, the IP address from which the subscribing user is viewing the page, and the URI which was given in order to access the page (REQUEST_URI and DOCUMENT_URI). This server data used for the exclusive purpose of monitoring and preventing abuse and spam.

Activity Tracked: Functionality cookies are set for a duration of 347 days to remember a visitor’s blog and post subscription choices if, in fact, they have an active subscription.

AutomatticPrivacy Policy


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. Image uploads are only currently available to this websites authors and administrative staff.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this website 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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website. You are advised to read and view the Privacy Policies of these third parties.

Web Analytics

Web Analytics is the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of web data for the purposes of understanding and optimizing web usage. We use these services to better get a better understanding of how our visitors interact with the website and to see if we have any technical issues, Also as publishers, it’s good for us to see people visiting and viewing our work!

Google Analytics with anonymized IP (Google Inc.)

Google Analytics is a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google utilizes the Data collected to track and examine the use of this Website, to prepare reports on its activities and share them with other Google services. Google may use the Data collected to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network.

This integration of Google Analytics anonymizes your IP address. It works by shortening Users’ IP addresses within member states of the European Union (EU) or in other contracting states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). Only in exceptional cases will the complete IP address be sent to a Google server and shortened within the United States of America (USA).

Personal Data collected: Cookies and Usage Data.

Google – Privacy Policy – Opt Out. Stats

Data Used: IP address, user ID (if logged in), username (if logged in), user agent, visiting URL, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, country code. Important: The site owner does not have access to any of this information via this feature. For example, a site owner can see that a specific post has 285 views, but he/she cannot see which specific users/accounts viewed that post. Stats logs — containing visitor IP addresses and usernames (if available) — are retained by Automattic for 28 days and are used for the sole purpose of powering this feature.

Activity Tracked: Post and page views, video plays (if videos are hosted by, outbound link clicks, referring URLs and search engine terms, and country. When this module is enabled, Jetpack also tracks performance on each page load that includes the Javascript file used for tracking stats. This is exclusively for aggregate performance tracking across Jetpack sites in order to make sure that our plugin and code is not causing performance issues. This includes the tracking of page load times and resource loading duration (image files, Javascript files, CSS files, etc).

AutomatticPrivacy Policy

Cookies In Use on This Site

In accordance with Article 5(3) of the E-Privacy Directive (Directive 2002/58/EC) of the European Parliament concerning the processing of personal data and the protection of privacy in the electronic communications sector (Directive on privacy and electronic communications) We have to give “clear and comprehensive information” about the cookies we use and what they are for.

Cookies and how they Benefit You

Our website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can.

What is a cookie?

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device.

You can find more information about cookies at:

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improve the user experience on our website.

Our cookies help us:

  • Make our website work as you’d expect
  • Save you having to login every time you visit the site (Site Editors and Administrators)
  • Remember your settings during and between visits  (Site Editors and Administrators)
  • Offer you free services/content (thanks to advertising via an affiliate)
  • Improve the speed/security of the site
  • Allow you to share pages with social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus
  • Continuously improve our website for you
  • We do not use cookies to:
  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
  • Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
  • You can learn more about all the cookies we use below.

Granting us Permission to use Cookies

Upon visiting our website for the first time you will be asked to give your consent to receiving cookies at the bottom of the screen. If you do not click on accept and continue to view the site some elements maybe missing from you, for instance social media links and embedded content from third parties, such as YouTube. If you wish to change your cookie preferences, this can be done at anytime by clicking on the ‘Cookie Consent‘ link in the footer at the bottom of the screen. 

More about our Cookies

Website Function Cookies

We use cookies to make our website work including:

Determining if you are logged in to the site (This only applies to Authors and Website Administrators Only) general visitors to the website are not required to log in.

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 you have a user account and you log in to this website, 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 an article, 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 (Authors and Website Administrators Only).

Cookie Consent – If you consent to receiving cookies from our site a cookie will be set to acknowledge this action. This cookie will expire after 1 calendar month.


What types of cookies do we use?

Essential: Some cookies are essential for you to be able to experience the full functionality of our site. They allow us to maintain user sessions and prevent any security threats. They do not collect or store any personal information. For example, these cookies allow you to log-in to your account and add products to your basket, and checkout securely.

Statistics: These cookies store information like the number of visitors to the website, the number of unique visitors, which pages of the website have been visited, the source of the visit, etc. These data help us understand and analyze how well the website performs and where it needs improvement.

Marketing: Our website displays advertisements. These cookies are used to personalize the advertisements that we show to you so that they are meaningful to you. These cookies also help us keep track of the efficiency of these ad campaigns. The information stored in these cookies may also be used by the third-party ad providers to show you ads on other websites on the browser as well.

Functional: These are the cookies that help certain non-essential functionalities on our website. These functionalities include embedding content like videos or sharing content of the website on social media platforms.

Preferences: These cookies help us store your settings and browsing preferences like language preferences so that you have a better and efficient experience on future visits to the website.

The below list details the cookies used in our website.

AnalyticsSyncHistoryNo description
bcookieLinkedIn sets this cookie from LinkedIn share buttons and ad tags to recognize browser ID.
bscookieLinkedIn sets this cookie to store performed actions on the website.
CLIDNo description
CONSENTYouTube sets this cookie via embedded youtube-videos and registers anonymous statistical data.
cookielawinfo-checkbox-advertisementSet by the GDPR Cookie Consent plugin, this cookie is used to record the user consent for the cookies in the "Advertisement" category .
cookielawinfo-checkbox-analyticsSet by the GDPR Cookie Consent plugin, this cookie is used to record the user consent for the cookies in the "Analytics" category .
cookielawinfo-checkbox-functionalThe cookie is set by the GDPR Cookie Consent plugin to record the user consent for the cookies in the category "Functional".
cookielawinfo-checkbox-necessarySet by the GDPR Cookie Consent plugin, this cookie is used to record the user consent for the cookies in the "Necessary" category .
cookielawinfo-checkbox-non-necessarySet by the GDPR Cookie Consent plugin, this cookie is used to record the user consent for the cookies in the "Non-necessary" category .
cookielawinfo-checkbox-othersSet by the GDPR Cookie Consent plugin, this cookie is used to store the user consent for cookies in the category "Others".
cookielawinfo-checkbox-performanceSet by the GDPR Cookie Consent plugin, this cookie is used to store the user consent for cookies in the category "Performance".
CookieLawInfoConsentRecords the default button state of the corresponding category & the status of CCPA. It works only in coordination with the primary cookie.
cookie_choiceNo description available.
cto_bididNo description available.
cto_bundleNo description available.
frFacebook sets this cookie to show relevant advertisements to users by tracking user behaviour across the web, on sites that have Facebook pixel or Facebook social plugin.
gdidNo description available.
IDEGoogle DoubleClick IDE cookies are used to store information about how the user uses the website to present them with relevant ads and according to the user profile.
JSESSIONIDThe JSESSIONID cookie is used by New Relic to store a session identifier so that New Relic can monitor session counts for an application.
langLinkedIn sets this cookie to remember a user's language setting.
lidcLinkedIn sets the lidc cookie to facilitate data center selection.
li_gcNo description
MUIDBing sets this cookie to recognize unique web browsers visiting Microsoft sites. This cookie is used for advertising, site analytics, and other operations.
port_tzNo description
SERVERIDThis cookie is set by Slideshare's HAProxy load balancer to assign the visitor to a specific server.
session_id_sp_trkNo description
SMNo description available.
SRM_BUsed by Microsoft Advertising as a unique ID for visitors.
SseClient.GuidNo description
test_cookieThe test_cookie is set by and is used to determine if the user's browser supports cookies.
UserMatchHistoryLinkedIn sets this cookie for LinkedIn Ads ID syncing.
user_dfNo description
user_tzNo description
visitorCookie used to customize the user experience.
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVEA cookie set by YouTube to measure bandwidth that determines whether the user gets the new or old player interface.
wp_apiNo description
wp_api_secNo description
YSCYSC cookie is set by Youtube and is used to track the views of embedded videos on Youtube pages.
yt-remote-connected-devicesYouTube sets this cookie to store the video preferences of the user using embedded YouTube video.
yt-remote-device-idYouTube sets this cookie to store the video preferences of the user using embedded YouTube video.
yt.innertube::nextIdThis cookie, set by YouTube, registers a unique ID to store data on what videos from YouTube the user has seen.
yt.innertube::requestsThis cookie, set by YouTube, registers a unique ID to store data on what videos from YouTube the user has seen.
_gaThe _ga cookie, installed by Google Analytics, calculates visitor, session and campaign data and also keeps track of site usage for the site's analytics report. The cookie stores information anonymously and assigns a randomly generated number to recognize unique visitors.
_gat_gtag_UA_31496596_1Set by Google to distinguish users.
_gidInstalled by Google Analytics, _gid cookie stores information on how visitors use a website, while also creating an analytics report of the website's performance. Some of the data that are collected include the number of visitors, their source, and the pages they visit anonymously.
_uetsidBing Ads sets this cookie to engage with a user that has previously visited the website.
_uetvidBing Ads sets this cookie to engage with a user that has previously visited the website.

Third party functions

Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded YouTube video. Our site includes the following which use cookies: YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Social Media Website Cookies

So you can easily “Like” or “Share” our content on the likes of Facebook , Twitter and Google+ we have included various sharing buttons on our site.

Cookies maybe set by:

The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks. Please visit the ‘Privacy Policy’ links provided for detailed information.

Anonymous Visitor Statistics Cookies

We use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when our site isn’t working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what pages they view etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. These so called ‘analytics’ programs also tell us if, on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine).

We use: Google Analytics – Privacy Policy

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files saved on your computer, to help the website analyze how you use and interact with the site.

The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. If this website anonymizes IP addresses, your IP address will be truncated by Google within a EU member state or other EEA state before being transmitted to the US. Only in exceptional situations will your full IP address be transmitted to Google servers in the United States and truncated there.

Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however, please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

Turning Cookies Off

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies. For our site, If you wish to change your cookie preferences, you can via our Cookie Consent options.

It may be that your concerns around cookies relate to so called “spyware”. Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive.

Changes To This Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to periodically make changes to this Privacy Policy.  We will notify you of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy to this page. You are advised to review this Privacy Policy for any changes. Changes to this Privacy Policy are effective immediately upon publication to the website.

Last modified: 11th February 2022

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