About www.divescotty.com Data collection, Cookie and Policy
What is a Cookie?
Unfortunately, the cookie we mean here is not the kind of cookie that you eat. A web cookie is a small text file of information which is stored onto your computer or electronic device (e.g. smartphones, tablets, smart Tvs, or any internet-browsing device) when you access our webpages.
The cookie allows our webpages to anonymously identify if it is the same device when jumping from one page to another in our website and for us to improve your user-experience either for the duration of your visit (using a ‘session cookie’) and for repeated visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’). The use of the cookies is, mainly, for our website to deliver the exact user interface appropriate for your device. (Our website will look better on a desktop or laptop, though it is adaptive to phone or tablet)
Most of the pages on our websites have a Youtube video that you can watch for a better visual understanding and experience. We have placed a fake image thumbnail of the video so that your device won't automatically store Youtube's cookies (as far as we are aware) until you click to play the video. (you can right click on it and choose to open the video link in a new tab or a private window)
This makes your browsing experience on our web pages faster! And Youtube cannot also gather cookies about you unless you play the video.
The Information We Collect
As of now, we don't save any information that you have input in the inquiry form. However, it will be used for our admin to know who you are when receiving and answering your inquiries. The only time we collect your first name, last name, and email is when you choose to subscribe to our newsletter. But if you decide to unsubscribe, the information will be immediately removed from our database. You can unsubscribe through the newsletter email that we send you.
Because we are using a HTTPS protocol (the "S" means secured), any data that you have input in a form will be encrypted once you click the submit/send button. It means that the data are not readable while they are being transmitted to our server.
Once we deploy the booking system in our website, we may automatically collect your login information, the contents and information you provided on your booking cart, and other identifiers related to divescotty.com or sub-domain (example: https://jp.divescotty.com where 'jp' is a sub-domain) or any other of OUR domain.
When you visit our website and fill out a form providing your name, email address, contact information, etc. on the booking cart form, your answers will automatically be stored in a cookie. Every time you visit our site your device will use the stored cookie to auto-refill the form or the contents on your booking cart. It will save you the hassle of filling up the form again and reduce the data usage needed upon interacting with our website. The cookies will expire if inactive for eight (8) days and the content of your booking cart will be automatically deleted from our database, as well as your personal information.
We may also be adding a login system in our website. The username and the password you will provide is stored securely. We use the latest encryption technology so that your data will be safe. In any case you forget your password, please let us know so we can send you an email with the link to a page where you can set a new password up as we will be unable to read any encrypted password.
By enabling the cookie, our website can electronically know who you are. Not your life story! But by the information you have provided on our (future) online booking cart, the contents on your booking cart, your user preferences or few others.
Without cookies we cannot have a dynamic online booking cart on our website!
The Types of Cookies We Use
Functional cookies are used to save you time in filling up the forms on our website. These cookies lessen the hassle if you want to book or inquire on our website. It can also remind you that you still have contents on your booking cart. Furthermore, these cookies can recognize if you have signed up for our newsletter or if you have accessed to a particular page for the first time.
Functional cookies are essential for the website because they contain the session cookie (temporary cookie) and the persistent cookie.
Performance cookies are used to track visitor movements and gather broad demographic information. We use the information to help us continually improve our website. It allows us to understand your interests and preferences, which pages are most visited, and few others things. These cookies are not linked to personally identifiable information, so you need not worry. We are not spying on you!
We Thought You Should Know
We track our visitors through Matomo software, a Free and open source web analytics software, hosted ONLY by us, that enables us to save information or data gathered from our website to our OWN server and our OWN database ONLY! We have full control of the data and we DO NOT USE other remote-hosted services or third party trackers nor any third-party widgets (like Google Analytics, statCounter Analytics, weather-widgets, etc...).
We are proud to say that we are one of the only few websites who run and collect data directly on our own server and database!
So you don't need to worry or be scared! All collected data from our websites are safe with us and there are no third-parties between you and us.
In other words: We made and bake ourselves ALL our cookies! Facebook, Google, and so on, CANNOT track you here!
Manage Your Cookie Settings
All recent versions of internet browsers give you control over cookies. You can change your browser settings so that you receive a warning before certain cookies are stored to your device. You can set your internet browser to accept or reject all, or certain, cookies. For details and instructions on how to manage cookies, you may read the 'Help' section of your browser.
If you want to know more information about cookies, you may visit: About Cookies.